“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.
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"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 emeritus
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: Department of Veterans and Military Affairs
October 13, 2021
“There are distinct advantages for veterans in Utah, including our outdoor lifestyle, an awesome healthcare system, transition resources for veterans, great educational and economic opportunities, and a state-supported communication system focused on veterans.” - Gary Harter
EDCUtah Announces FY 21's Economic Development Successes and Award Winners
September 23, 2021
During its annual meeting held September 22 at the Salt Lake Bees stadium, EDCUtah celebrated significant successes of the past fiscal year. In addition, the organization recognized community members David Lang, Natalie Gochnour, and the Utah Transit Authority for their outstanding leadership in economic development.
An EDCUtah DEI Profile: Suazo Business Center
September 16, 2021
EDCUtah is highlighting a Utah community organization or multicultural resource group each month, as part of an effort to inform our investors about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) best practices and resources in Utah. For September’s profile, we talked with Silvia Castro, Executive Director, and Edward Bennett, Director of Business Development, at the Suazo Business Center.
Major Foundations Announce Support for the EDCUtah Center for Economic Opportunity and Belonging
September 2, 2021
The Walton Family Foundation, the Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation, and the Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation have announced their support for the EDCUtah Center for Economic Opportunity and Belonging (CEOB).
A Quick Summary of Utah and the Census
August 13, 2021
Utah Policy – edited by Holly Richardson – gives a concise summary of Utah findings in the latest Census.
An EDCUtah DEI Profile: Pacific Island Knowledge 2 Action Resources (PIK2AR)
August 4, 2021
Utah’s population has the highest percentage of Pacific Islanders of the Lower 48 states. Since 2012, August has been recognized and celebrated as Utah Pacific Island Heritage Month. We spoke with Susi Feltch-Malohifo’ou, Co-founder and Executive Director of Pacific Islander Knowledge to Action Resource (PIK2AR) to learn more.