During our annual meeting held in Salt Lake City on September 8, EDCUtah celebrated significant successes of the past fiscal year. In addition, the organization recognized community members Mel Lavitt and Daniel Stewart, as well as the Dominion Energy Loaned Executive Program, for their outstanding leadership in economic development.
In Fiscal Year 2021-2022 (FY 22), in collaboration with partners such as the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity and local economic development offices, EDCUtah won multiple expansion and relocation projects for high-profile companies such as Jabil, Cytiva, and American Packaging Corporation. The hard work of the EDCUtah team, its investors and partners, and the community led to:
“Fiscal year 2021-22 proved to be one of the busiest in EDCUtah's history. Thanks to collaboration with the Governor's Office of Economic Opportunity (Go Utah) and market demand for manufacturing and distribution projects, our active project pipeline stair-stepped upward throughout the year, and we met or surpassed our project win, job creation, capital investment, and real estate square footage absorption goals,” said Theresa A. Foxley, EDCUtah president and CEO. “We were also happy to see more than a dozen corporate expansions take place off the Wasatch Front, further diversifying Utah’s healthy economy.”
In the awards portion of the meeting, EDCUtah recognized community members for their outstanding leadership in economic development. Former Go Utah board member Mel Lavitt was honored with the Nick Rose Award; Cedar City economic development director Danny Stewart received the Thayne Robson Award; and Dominion Energy received the Larry H. and Gail Miller Family Cornerstone Award.
Former Governor Gary R. Herbert said, “Mel Lavitt has long been a champion of Utah among the business community, and his leadership as board chair helped elevate the expertise of what was then the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. His involvement in the growth and diversification of Utah’s economy is significant, and his fingerprints can be seen on many of the successful businesses that are here today and will continue to grow in the future.”
“Danny Stewart is truly a leader. He excels at bringing people to the table to find better solutions and opportunities for Cedar City and the surrounding region,” said Stephen Lisonbee, senior advisor for rural affairs, State of Utah. “Danny has a unique ability to adapt to changing market demands in economic development, and he's very willing to be flexible and creative.”
“Having a Dominion executive on the team gave both our staff and our clients a more in-depth understanding of the utility infrastructure that supports both large and small business expansion projects,” said Stephanie Frohman, EDCUtah senior vice president of strategy & partnerships. “The people who worked with us through the loaned executive program were not only wonderful professionals, they've also become terrific friends.”
View our annual report for more information on the award winners and EDCUtah’s annual performance.