Salt Lake City, Utah- (ABC4 Utah) – The annual E2 Summit, hosted by Mitt Romney brings together national leaders in politics, policy and business.
The influential crowd is gathering at the Stein Eriksen Lodge at Deer Valley.
Some of the big names attending include Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, Nebraska Senator, Ben Sasse, former Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta and Hewlett Packard CEO, Meg Whitman.
“They are looking at things that are not going to be solved by whoever is sitting behind the desk in the West Wing, because the real solutions to those kinds of problems happen on Main Street, happen in our home towns, happen with business leaders coming together around big problems,” said Sutherland Institute President, Boyd Matheson.
It’s closed to the media, but Matheson, who is attending says it’s an opportunity to have a frank discussion on the big issues of the day.
“Elevate the dialogue, create ideas and strategies that can be beneficial to everybody.”
Most of that centers around jump starting the national economy and competing globally.
It’s a significant opportunity for our state.
“People can see wow, look it’s working in Utah. We have a great free market, we have great civil society, upward mobility. And so, it’s a good chance for Utah to shine on the national stage again,” said Matheson.
Romney and presumptive GOP Nominee, Donald Trump have been locked in a public battle.
Matheson doesn’t think Trump will come up in any of the scheduled discussions, but says he will likely be a big part of the hallway discussion outside the summit.