OGDEN -- Ogden businessman Alan E. Hall, new chairman of Prosperity 2020, said he will represent all of Utah, but has a special interest in giving a voice to education and businesses in the Top of Utah.
"Most state leadership comes out of Salt Lake," said Hall, whose appointment was announced Wednesday. "It's nice that someone from Weber County has the opportunity to chair, and to represent all of Utah, but to know the concerns and issues important to us as well."
Prosperity 2020 is a Utah business-led movement to advance educational investment and innovation. The Prosperity 2020 movement is supported by 20 chambers of commerce across the state and multiple businesses and business associations.
The group has three goals it hopes to achieve by 2020:
* 66 percent of Utah adults with a post-secondary certificate or degree
* 90 percent of elementary students proficient in reading and mathematics
* A STEM Top Ten center for technology jobs and businesses
The state Legislature has taken action that supports the first two of the three goals.
"Education is critical to our long-term economic prosperity and to our quality of life," said Hall, who serves as president of the Weber State University Board of Trustees. "I have been involved for many years in business and higher education. I look forward to doing my part to build on the momentum of this movement and to push us toward our goals."
Hall is founder of Marketstar Corporation and of Grow America, which works with partners, mentors and capital entrepreneurs to create and support business growth. He is a founder and managing director of Mercato Partners, a growth equity venture capital fund that invests in high-growth technology companies that need additional funding and expertise in marketing and sales. Hall and wife, Jeanne, are the chairman and president of the Hall Foundation. The mission of the foundation is that "there be no poor among us."
Hall said Prosperity 2020 will encourage the Utah Legislature to do everything in its power to give appropriate funding to Utah's schools. Prosperity 2020 will also urge schools to be productive and efficient, and "... deliver the best quality education they can," Hall said.
"We want people across the state and in the Top of Utah to know people here will be fighting for them."