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Two Major Companies to Launch New Silicon Slopes Chapter

Silicon Slopes — Intermountain Electronics (IE) and Emery Telcom lead the effort to establish a new chapter of Silicon Slopes in Carbon and Emery Counties. Creating this chapter is a primary focus of the Utah Coal Country Strike Team, an effort started by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute a little over two years ago. 

“It is with great excitement that we announce the official beginning of the Silicon Slopes East chapter in Carbon and Emery Counties,” stated Clint Betts, Silicon Slopes CEO. 

Carbon and Emery Counties have been known for over a century as the energy hub for the State of Utah. With the changing economy, the businesses in Coal Country have been diversifying by bringing on a tech aspect, including the addition of three coworking spaces in the two county region. 

IE is a founding member of Silicon Slopes East. Bobby Houston, Director of Mission Critical Operations with IE, will be co-chairing the chapter. Houston stated, “Our company is a great example of the shift to tech related services because we have been building electrical systems for coal mines and now we are constructing equipment for major data centers.” 

Emery Telcom is the other founding member of the new chapter. “We are proud to be a founding member of Silicon Slopes East,” said Brock Johansen, Emery Telcom CEO, “ and being in the tech industry for many years, we are willing to guide the way for other companies in Carbon and Emery Counties. With Emery Telcom’s full Fiber-to-the-Premise network in the two counties, we are poised to take advantage of these opportunities.” 

“It’s been an exciting couple of years of planning,” said Mayor Michael Kourianos of Price, UT, “and it’s even more exciting to see the plans start to come to fruition.” Mayor Danny Van Wagoner of Castle Dale, UT said “The Silicon Slopes East really peaked my interest. In a community that sees a lot of remote workers that like to come to Emery County to climb, boulder and recreate, we need to adapt to support the remote working economy.” 

Carbon County Commissioner Tony Martines stated, “For many years Carbon County has been lush with mineral lease money. Now as that money isn’t as constant as it once was, I am grateful that the businesses are now being innovative and diversifying products and services.” Emery County Commissioner Kent Wilson explained, “There are two types of industries in the tech world: software and hardware. Coal Country is building the hardware that many software companies are using.” 

“The Southeastern Utah Association of Local Governments (SEUALG) is excited to be a part of this great endeavor,” Geri Gamber, SEUALG Exective Director stated while expressing gratitude that the SEUALG was selected to manage the chapter. 

The Silicon Slopes East chapter will be having a formal launch event on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 beginning at 10:00 am at Utah State University Eastern (410 E 400 N, Price, UT 84501). Please contact Jade Powell to RSVP. 

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    Bryan Bryner

    This is great! There are great, innovative people in Carbon and Emery counties. Hopefully this chapter will help diversify the economies in Eastern Utah and also allow more people from outside the area to work, play, and live in the area.

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