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Advancing Utah's Energy Future

Governor’s Office of Energy Development partners with The Leonardo to host the state’s first Energy Career Expo

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SALT LAKE CITY (June 13, 2017) — With the aim of advancing Utah’s skilled energy and minerals workforce, the Governor’s Office of Energy Development is pleased to partner with The Leonardo to host the state’s first Energy Career Expo for high school and college students tomorrow, June 14, 2017.

From 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., students will engage with government officials, industry leaders, educators, and policymakers to learn more about the various programs, internships, and career opportunities available to them to drive Utah’s diverse and innovative energy and minerals sector.

“We are proud to support Governor Herbert’s goal of building an educated workforce to power our thriving economy and high quality of life for decades to come,” said Dr. Laura Nelson, the governor’s energy advisor and executive director of the Governor’s Office of Energy Development. “By connecting our rising generation with key leaders from our energy and minerals sectors, we hope to bring a new wave of ingenuity to this integral industry.”

In coordination with The Leonardo’s MindRiot Competition, the Utah Energy Career Expo will encourage students to build their own energy or mineral career pathway through a series of educational “STEAM Talks,” interactive workshops, networking breakouts, and outdoor presentations – including an electric racing car built by high schoolers. Following the career expo, the three-day MindRiot competition will allow more than a hundred high school students to tackle some of the most challenging energy issues facing society.

“Providing a forum to discuss unique solutions to today’s energy issues is important to us,” said Alexandra Hesse, The Leonardo’s executive director. “We’re proud to partner with the Governor’s Office of Energy Development and kick off an energy career festival in conjunction with our annual high school entrepreneurial competition, MindRiot. We’re excited to contribute to the energy dialogue and serve as a place that can help build the energy solutions of the future.”

The Utah Energy Career Expo is a key component to the Office’s Utah Energy and Minerals Education Initiative, which includes an interactive website ( hosting curriculum for K-12 students, scholarships, research grants, and hands-on events for all ages. For more information on the Utah Energy Career Expo, including registration details, visit



About the Governor’s Office of Energy Development (OED)

Governor Gary R. Herbert recognizes energy as one of the four cornerstones of Utah’s strength, along with education, job creation, and self-determination. In recognition of this priority, the Governor’s Office of Energy Development (OED) was created in 2011 to advance Utah’s diverse energy sector through planning, policy and direct engagement with the private sector; and thereby to foster economic growth through energy development and conservation activities and through the provision of affordable, reliable energy.

About The Leonardo

Located in the heart of Salt Lake City, The Leonardo is Utah’s Center for Exploration. Here