Mountain West Innovation Summit

June 21-22, 2022

University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

Under the auspices of the "National Commission on Innovation & Competitiveness Frontiers", the Summit brought together leaders from across the region and country to share best practices in advancing local innovations to drive national competitiveness. The Summit also kickstarted the next phase of work for the Council’s National Commission.

Key areas of focus included: the future of sustainable production and consumption; developing and deploying disruptive technologies at scale; the future of place-based innovation; and, the future of the workforce and workplace – along with deep dives on the future of energy, finance, etc.

The Summit, based in Wyoming but national in scope, featured keynotes from:

Governor Mark Gordon of Wyoming – leading the state’s efforts to turbocharge an innovation economy.

Dr. Erwin Gianchandani, Assistant Director, National Science Foundation - tasked to stand up and lead the NSF’s first new directorate in over 30 years, Dr. Gianchandani is focusing on expanding the “geography of innovation” across the United States.

Mr. Tony Aquila, Chairman and CEO, Canoo Technologies, Inc. – heading one of the world’s most innovative electric vehicle companies, Mr. Aquila is passionate about creating strategies to develop and scale innovative manufacturing in the United States.

... and many more, including the Summit’s 4 hosts – each of whom is a National Commissioner in the Council on Competitiveness: Dr. Edward Seidel, President, University of Wyoming; Mr. Greg Hill, President & COO, Hess Corporation; Dr. John Wagner, Director, Idaho National Laboratory; and, the Honorable Deborah Wince-Smith, President & CEO, Council on Competitiveness.

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