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Utah Rural Summit on Friday's Access Utah

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For two days each year in August, county, municipal and state leaders and other stake holders gather in Cedar City for the Utah Rural Summit. They come from throughout Utah to explore issues that impact rural life, to hear from experts the latest information pertaining to rural life, and to discuss policies necessary to maintain and expand the political, cultural and economic relevance of rural communities. UPR's Southern Utah Correspondent Chris Holmes reports from the summit on its second day.

Yesterday, as the conference opened, attendees heard from Utah Governor Gary Herbert as well as Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell. The afternoon keynote address yesterday was delivered by Congressman Rob Bishop, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation. We'll hear from Governor Herbert and Congressman Bishop on the program today, as well as Charles Fluharty, the Founding Director of the Rural Policy Research Institute, who was the keynote speaker in yesterday’s opening session of the summit.  

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.