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Center for Economic Opportunity & Belonging

“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).

A Three-Fold Action Plan

The first step in our action plan is to launch the Belonging 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.

How can businesses participate in the Center’s mission and programs?

First, learn about Utah’s changing demographics and the positive impact New Americans have on our economy:


Contact Ze Min Xiao at
zxiao@edcutah.org.
Follow CEOB on LinkedIn
@BelongInUtah and Twitter @BelongInUtah
Photo credit: Utah Office of Tourism

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