“There is no doubt we are stronger as a state when we embrace our differences and use our diversity as an asset.” —Utah Governor Spencer Cox
In January 2021, Governor Spencer Cox was sworn in as Utah’s 18th Governor. On day one, he signed the Utah Compact on Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and appointed Nubia Peña to his cabinet as Utah’s first Senior Advisor on Equity and Opportunity.
Utah’s business and government leaders have also signed the same compact, reaffirming our vision to create a society in which race and ethnicity do not determine or limit value, opportunity, and life outcomes. Similar Utah initiatives include:
Utah employers are successfully hiring, retaining, and elevating world-class talent from many diverse backgrounds. Click on the logos below to read in-depth interviews with DEI experts. Current stories include:
Utah is home to many terrific advocacy groups who connect, support, and elevate diverse and underrepresented talent. EDCUtah works closely with these partner organizations and can make local introductions to additional advocacy groups upon client request. In addition to the partners below, Living Color Utah maintains a wide range of resources for diverse Utahns and their families.
"Economic development and DEI are connected at the hip. It's imperative that we enable every dynamic in a community. Nobody can be left out if we're going to reach an economy's full potential." — Tom Morgan, Executive Vice President of Zions Bank and EDCUtah board chair
In late 2020, EDCUtah chartered a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Board Committee. Members include executives from private companies, Utah communities, and the State of Utah
“Economic development is inseparable from diversity, equity, and inclusion. We look forward to adding our strength to the many community partners who are already doing groundbreaking work to support diverse talent in Utah, and we won’t stop until Utah enjoys the most inclusive economy in the nation.”
— EDCUtah CEO Theresa Foxley
An EDCUtah DEI profile: The Center for Economic Opportunity and Belonging at EDCUtah
July 7, 2021
This is the second in a series of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) profiles on local community organizations and multicultural resource groups. These articles are part of an effort to inform EDCUtah investors about DEI best practices and resources in Utah.
Diversity in the Workplace: A Conversation with Northrop Grumman
July 5, 2021
Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are top priorities as Northrop Grumman embarks on adding over 2,000 positions in Utah over the next two years. We spoke to Kerri Harris, Manager, HR Business Partner, and Iris Lovell, Senior Principal, HR Business Partner, to learn more.
Knitting Diversity into the Corporate Fabric: A Conversation with Weave CEO Roy Banks
June 24, 2021
A conversation on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) with CEO Roy Banks of tech unicorn Weave
Ze Min Xiao to Lead EDCUtah’s Center for Economic Opportunity and Belonging
May 12, 2021
The Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah) is pleased to announce that Ze Min Xiao has accepted the position of director of the newly formed Center for Economic Opportunity and Belonging.
The Return of Site Visits: Five Questions for Mike Flynn
May 10, 2021
In nearly two decades in economic development, EDCUtah chief operating officer Mike Flynn had seen nothing like the recent pandemic-driven hiatus in site visits. But times are changing.