"An unprecedented partnership" was the theme of the recent building inauguration of World Trade Center at City Creek. Hundreds of local businesspeople and community leaders watched as representatives of this unique partnership entitled "Team Utah" assembled large puzzle pieces symbolizing the joint effort involved in making the World Trade Center at City Creek a reality. Strategic partners in this event also included City Creek Reserve, represented by Presiding Bishop Stevenson and Governor Herbert, each of whom had their own piece of the puzzle to add.
The motivation behind the renaming of the building, previously named Eagle Gate Tower at 60 E. So. Temple, is the strengthening of an ever-growing public-private partnership within a single location. The naming of World Trade Center at City Creek enhances the visibility and branding of World Trade Center Utah within the World Trade Center Association’s network of 330 global members.
Team Utah is comprised of 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) and is built on a foundation of collaboration designed to strengthen Utah’s local economic and energy development objectives en route to a stronger global presence.
The direct connection of the four partners in economic development to the World Trade Center Association’s mission to achieve “Prosperity through Trade” is a defining component of Utah’s economic development plan.
“The renaming of Eagle Gate Tower to World Trade Center at City Creek increases our visibility in the global marketplace, enabling us to better serve Utah’s businesses who are seeking to grow their international presence,” said Lew Cramer, WTC Utah’s president and CEO. “Add our increased visibility to the measurably enhanced collaboration of ‘Team Utah’ as a result of our timely co-location and the State of Utah clearly has created a formula designed to support the efforts of Utah companies wherever they wish to do business.”
“Our co-location with USTAR, WTC Utah and OED is an opportunity that demonstrates Governor Herbert and the State legislature’s commitment to a forward-looking economic development plan,” said Spencer Eccles, executive director of GOED. “Thanks to that commitment, and some truly inspired collaboration, the private-public partnership of ‘Team Utah’ in the newly renamed World Trade Center at City Creek will continue to support the private sector that is the engine powering Utah’s globally renowned and business friendly environment.”
“The inauguration of World Trade Center at City Creek rewards our State’s acclaimed collaboration with a name that reflects our globally minded efforts,” said Ted McAleer, executive director of USTAR. “Utah’s strategic investment in developing world-class research facilities, recruiting prominent researchers and supporting promising new technologies continues to be a proven economic stimulus for the State. The increased collaboration at our new location further helps to place Utah-based innovation onto an international stage.”
“Thanks to Governor Gary Herbert’s commitment to the responsible development of Utah’s abundant energy resources, Utah has a competitive edge in the domestic and global marketplaces,” said Samantha Mary Julian, director of the Office of Energy Development. “Our co-location with ‘Team Utah’ at the newly renamed World Trade Center at City Creek ensures the goals of the State and the goals of individual offices can be efficiently met through close collaboration within a globally recognized business environment.”
“Renaming Eagle Gate Tower as the ‘World Trade Center at City Creek’ builds upon the established achievements of City Creek’s revitalization efforts in the heart of downtown. This new marquee name and the ‘Team Utah’ tenants in this building add global business identity and expertise to our urban community,” said Mark Gibbons, president of City Creek Reserve, Inc. “We are so pleased to partner with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the Office of Energy Development, USTAR, and World Trade Center Utah to create a new icon of international commerce at City Creek.”