“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:
In May 2021, EDCUtah launched the Center for Economic Opportunity & Belonging (CEOB). The Center is funded in part by grants from the Walton Family Foundation, the Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation, and the Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation. Learn more about CEOB here.
CEOB is developing a statewide communications effort called @BelonginUtah. It’s modeled on national efforts to explore stories of people experiencing the positive power of belonging. You can see more on the national campaign at https://belongingbeginswithus.org
As the initial step in the statewide campaign, and with the support of Comcast, CEOB has published the "We Are Utah" video. Companies that are seeking ways to recruit and retain talent from diverse backgrounds are welcome to use it. Watch it now:
A subtitled version is available here.
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. The committee seeks to:
“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: English Language Institute
May 26, 2022
EDCUtah is highlighting a Utah community organization or multicultural resource group on a periodic basis, in an effort to inform our investors about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) best practices and resources in Utah. We spoke to Robert Rendon, SVP and community development director for Zions Bank, about the English Language Institute (ELI). Since the program’s inception, the Bank has been the primary funder of the program.
New Americans Task Force Interview on KPCW
May 10, 2022
Thanks to KPCW for interviewing Ze Min Xiao and Natalie El-Deiry on the Mountain Money show. Listen to gain a better understanding of the New Americans Task Force and the impact of new Americans have on our economy.
Fox File: New Americans in Utah
May 9, 2022
May 3 marked the launch of the New Americans Task Force and the release of research from the American Immigration Council showing the impact of new Americans in Utah. I had the honor of joining fellow convenors – the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity, Salt Lake Chamber, and World Trade Center Utah – in a discussion of this important issue.
EDCUtah DEI Profile: A Conversation with Peter Bromberg of EveryLibrary
April 25, 2022
EDCUtah is highlighting a Utah community organization or multicultural resource group on a periodic basis. This is part of an effort to inform our investors about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) best practices and resources in Utah. We spoke to Peter Bromberg, associate director of EveryLibrary.
EDCUtah DEI Profile: Congregation Kol Ami
April 4, 2022
EDCUtah is highlighting a Utah community organization or multicultural resource group each month. This is part of an effort to inform our investors about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) best practices and resources in Utah. We spoke to Rabbi Sam Spector of Congregation Kol Ami in Salt Lake City for a peek into Utah’s thriving Jewish community.