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Jon M. Huntsman Sr., president and chief executive officer of Huntsman Chemical Corp., received the Utah Business Development Award from Gov. Norm Bangerter during the annual Governor's Conference on Economic Development.

In presenting a plaque to Huntsman, Bangerter said the businessman has taken entrepreneurship to a level seldom achieved in Utah or anywhere. "You can find his company's presence around the world," the governor said.He said Huntsman has represented the state well and is a living and breathing example of how a business with international interests can succeed in Utah. In 1988, Huntsman was named economic ambassador for the state by Bangerter.

Also presented were awards in the Utah Young Entrepreneur Search. Ryan D. Morrison, a student at Hillcrest High School in Salt Lake City, heads a company called Salt Lake Security. He received the $10,000 first prize. A second prize of $3,000 went to Heath Hendrickson, Richfield High School, whose company is Panorama Game Rental, and third prize of $2,000 went to Travis Good, Manti High School, whose company is Weed Free Lawn Care.

The program was rescued at the last minute when Salt Lake businessman James L. Sorenson donated more than $15,000 for the prize money.

Keynote speaker during the conference was Jerry Jasinowski, president of the National Association of Manufacturers, who outlined a five-point program for success in business and economic development.

Jasinowski said the Utah Centers of Excellence program is one of the finest of its kind in the U.S. for developing technology on university campuses.