“Nothing about us without us.”
In January 2021, Utah elected officials, and business, faith-based and community leaders signed the Utah Compact on Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion pledging to work together toward programs and laws that create economic access and foster communities of respect.
The private sector has since pledged its commitment to the Utah Compact by launching the Center for Economic Opportunity & Belonging at EDCUtah (CEOB).
The first step in our action plan is to launch the Belong in Utah campaign. It’s modeled on national efforts to explore stories of people experiencing the positive power of belonging. You can see more at https://belongingbeginswithus.org
The second step is to build mutually respectful relationships across racial and ethnic lines that honor and value each person's humanity. Through participatory asset mapping, we will foster an environment where communities of color are active planners in closing the racial equity gap for children and families in Utah.
The third step focuses on economic equity. New Americans, who are immigrants, play a vital role in Utah. The Center will support a statewide task force on New Americans to develop a strategic plan to improve opportunities, advance integration of foreign-born residents, and maximize their potential to succeed.
First, learn about Utah’s changing demographics and the positive impact New Americans have on our economy:
WISE Words: Six Questions for Salt Lake County Economic Development
October 27, 2022
Salt Lake County Council approved $10 million of ARPA funding for the Workforce Inclusion & Successful Employment (WISE) program. We caught up with Jevon Gibb, Salt Lake County economic development director, and Meredith Muller, Salt Lake County workforce development manager, to learn more about this new initiative.
Welcoming and Belonging: Southeastern Utah Association of Local Governments (SEUALG)
October 5, 2022
The Center for Economic Opportunity & Belonging is interviewing members of the Welcoming and Belonging Community Cohort to talk about their progress, highlight success stories, and share best practices. We spoke to Julie Rosier, SEUALG community services program manager, about the welcoming efforts in southeastern Utah.
Comcast and EDCUtah won a Telly Award!
October 4, 2022
"We Are Utah" diversity and inclusion video is recognized with a Telly.
Welcoming and Belonging: Cedar City Spring Fiesta
August 31, 2022
The Center for Economic Opportunity & Belonging is interviewing members of the Welcoming and Belonging Community Cohort to talk about their progress, highlight success stories, and share best practices. We spoke to Brooke Twitchell, event director for Cedar City, about the Spring Fiesta held in May 2022.
Utah’s Welcoming and Belonging Community Cohort
August 24, 2022
In 2022, the Center for Economic Opportunity & Belonging at EDCUtah launched the Welcoming and Belonging Community Cohort in partnership with Welcoming America.