The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) works with widely recognized trade groups, associations and industry organizations to provide connection, information and resources for prospective and current Utah businesses.
GOED support is offered in many areas of interest to the public and the private sector including connections to education, technology, entrepreneurship, finance, strategic industry clusters, networking, trade and technology to identify a few of the services available. By utilizing the expertise of these institutions, companies can better prepare to successfully navigate the Utah business environment profitably.
Since 1970 Utah’s seven Associations of Governments (AOGs) have convened communities across the state to design and implement effective regional strategies that have contributed to Utah’s recent performance ranking among the top states in the country in entrepreneurship, job creation, and economic growth.
UTC is the premier industry-led technology organization in Utah. As a privately funded industry trade association, UTC was formed by the merger of the Utah Information Technology Association (UITA) and the Utah Life Science Association (ULSA) in April 2006. The UTC is a strong advocate for creating many new high-paying tech jobs in Utah.
Venture Capital.Org (Formerly Wayne Brown Institute)
VentureCapital.org (formerly the Wayne Brown Institute) is the nation’s oldest and most successful non-profit, 501(c) (3) venture accelerator in assisting entrepreneurs in their quest for capital. To date, of the over 850 groundbreaking high tech companies that have presented in a VC.org program, 70% have raised over $10 billion dollars in financial transactions, accounting for ½%-1% of venture capital deal flow in the United States.
Our mission is to enhance the business climate in Utah. UMA is a highly-regarded voice at the Utah Legislature and with regulatory agencies. Our efforts have saved manufacturers and other businesses millions of dollars and streamlined the governmental processes that regulate industry. Our “service to member” programs are designed to benefit our members and to add value to their businesses and value to UMA membership.
The Motion Picture Association of Utah is a professional organization that represents the private sector of the motion picture industry within Utah. Its primary goal is to provide opportunity and mechanism by which both Utah film professionals and enthusiasts alike can come together as a single organization in order to network, assist, educate, brainstorm, showcase, share, communicate, and promote amongst themselves, state agencies, local businesses, and other community resources.
The Utah Bankers Association is the professional and trade association for Utah’s commercial banks, savings banks and industrial loan corporations. Established in 1908, the UBA serves, represents and advocates the interests of its members, enhancing their ability to be preeminent providers of financial services.
The League is a membership organization serving the credit unions of Utah. Working to meet the needs and promote the goals of the credit unions and the credit union movement,the League provides, public relations, compliance information, education, training, legislative lobbying, community involvement projects, and much more.
The Salt Lake Chamber is Utah’s largest business association and Utah’s Business Leader™. With roots that go back to 1887, the Chamber has been standing as the voice of business, supporting its members’ success and championing community prosperity for over 100 years. The Chamber represents roughly 4600 businesses statewide and one in every three jobs in the Utah economy.
Founded in 1989, Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the premier trade association for companies in the active outdoor recreation business. OIA provides trade services for over 4000 manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, sales representatives and retailers in the outdoor industry. Outdoor Industry Association seeks to ensure a healthy and diverse specialty retail and supply chain based on quality, innovation and service. To this end, OIA works diligently to raise the standards of the industry; increase participation in outdoor recreation to strengthen business markets; provide support services to improve member profitability; represent member interests in the legislative/regulatory process; promote professional training and education; support innovation; and offer cost-saving member benefits.
The Mountain West Chapter is the branch of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) representing the states of Utah and Idaho. The group has grown steadily since its establishment in 2010. The Mountain West Chapter Mission Statement: “To provide a supportive environment for the growth and maintenance of a vibrant community that recognizes the inherent strength of its academic, industry and environmental attributes to be a ‘Center of Excellence’ for Unmanned Systems and Robotics.”
The state’s independent life science association was created to elevate the stature and influence of Utah’s life science community on the national and global stage. Launched in 2012, the organization serves Utah’s medical device, biopharma, natural products and healthcare industries through networking, advocacy and education programs. BioUtah creates value for its members through events, legislative initiatives and communication outreach.