SLCircle Hosts Forum on Rural Opportunity Hubs, Economic Development

Salt Lake City, UT -April 25, 2016 – SLCircle will be hosting a special lunch-hour forum on how Utah’s rural communities can be an answer to the growing crisis of workforce talent shortage. The public is invited to join the discussion on this important topic April 28, 2016 at the Holodeck co-working space in downtown Salt Lake City.

Corporate executives are encouraged to come and participate in the discussion which starts at noon as AccelerantBSP (Accelerant) and the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) is seeking corporate participants for a pilot collaboration.

Dean Lundberg (President – Accelerant) will introduce the Urban/Rural Opportunity Hub model followed by a panel comprised of members of industry/government experts who will include:

  • Ted Mcaleer (Pando Labs – Park City Angels)
  • Linda Clark Gillmor (GOED-Director, Office of Rural Development Associate Managing Director, Urban & Rural Business Services)
  • Vatsala Kaul (GOED-Director, Information Technology & Software Cluster)
  • A Virtual panel of Rural County Economic Development Officers who will discuss how technology and emerging pathway education programs can be used to narrow the skills gap companies are facing:
  • Scott Barney – Millard County

  • Annie Smith – Uintah County

  • Tami Ursenbach – Carbon County

  • Joel McKay Smith – Moderator (CEO – Accelerant

The Holodeck is located at 175 W. 200. S. (Garden level) in Salt Lake.

SLCircle member Accelerant will be introducing its business model to provide jobs in rural Utah by building Opportunity Hubs in towns where residents can remotely train for and work in technology and professional service oriented jobs for larger companies.

Businesses in Utah are struggling to find technical job talent while rural workers need more opportunity. “Creating the bridge between the urban workforce talent crisis and the rural job loss crisis is long overdue.  It’s time to break down the walls of traditional employment thinking and use technology to solve these problems” says Dean Lundberg, President of Accelerant.

Accelerant BSP Rural Forum

Communities in rural Utah have a great interest in job creation as traditional rural occupations in energy, agriculture and mining are disappearing. The loss of both businesses and residents is a double whammy to local economies.  “Accelerant’s solution addresses the needs of companies, communities and the citizens of rural Utah” says Joel McKay Smith, CEO of Accelerant

SLCircle provides a number of educational meetings and networking opportunities each month including their Marquee Event on the third Tuesday of the month. The Rural Forum on Economic Development is part of their Thursday “Lunch & Learn” program which features a different speaker each week. Learn more about the circle at or visit our YouTube channel.


Joel McKay Smith
Phone: 801-999-8342

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