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City Creek Now Home to World Trade Center

Heather Stewart

May 24, 2012

The World Trade Center at City Creek is “a brick and mortar example of people working together,” said Gov. Gary R. Herbert during the building’s inauguration Wednesday afternoon.

The newly named building, formerly Eagle Gate Tower, is now home to the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), World Trade Center Utah (WTC Utah), the Utah Science Technology and Research initiative (USTAR) and the Office of Energy Development (OED).

Lew Cramer, president and CEO of WTC Utah, said the World Trade Center at City Creek is a signal to the world that “Utah is truly open for international business.” He noted that Utah was the only state to double its exports over the past five years. And Herbert has set a goal to double exports again in the next five years.

Utah’s World Trade Center building joins 324 other world trade centers around the globe, said Cramer, in a network that facilitates international business growth and expansion. Rebranding the building to World Trade Center at City Creek will help strengthen the public-private partnerships that now work shoulder-to-shoulder in the building.

“Today is the culmination of a multi-year effort to get into a building,” said Spencer P. Eccles, executive director of GOED. The four organizations, all focused on economic development, can now work more closely together and provide comprehensive business development services under one roof, he said.

Herbert said his administration has set a goal that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and that “Utah will be known as a premiere global business destination.” He also said the World Trade Center at City Creek is another example of the “unprecedented partnerships” he has been promoting since he took office.

World Trade Center at City Creek is located at 60 E. South Temple within the three-block City Creek development.

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