The defense and aerospace industry has and will continue to help bolster the economy along Utah’s most northern reaches.

That was one of the themes that emerged during the Northern Utah Business Economic Forecast, held Wednesday at Hub 801 Events in Ogden. The forum is a partnership between the Ogden-Weber Chamber of Commerce, the Bank of Utah and Weber State University’s John B. Goddard School of Business and Economics.

The panel discussion featured local business and economy authorities, a group that set out to provide Northern Utah’s business community with an insider’s perspective on the region’s economy. The broad spectrum of speakers — from the state’s aerospace industry, commercial real estate and higher education — mirrors the collaborative efforts that keep area’s economy churning, said Chuck Leonhardt, president of the OW chamber.

Leonhardt said Northern Utah’s economy is strong, in large part due to partnerships between independent, local businesses and the area’s sectors of government, health care and education.

“These partnerships are what is making our economy roll,” he said. “And it’s what we expect will drive it in the future.”