The Governor’s Rural Partnership Board is made up of a diverse group of Utahns representing universities, the League of Cities and Towns, Department of Workforce Services, Division of Indian Affairs and the following industries: agriculture, travel, rural utilities, oil, gas and mineral extraction industries; and five rural members appointed by the governor, with at least one representative from a private rural business.

The director of the Office of Rural Development (ORD) serves as staff to the Governor’s Rural Partnership Board and its executive committee. The ORD director works with the GRPB executive committee to develop agendas for board meetings, held at least semiannually. The ORD director also provides opportunities for board members to review business development grants and incentives administered by the Office of Rural Development, and assists in the development of required reporting.

GRPB Members

_Lt. Governor

Spencer J. Cox

_GRPB Co-Chair, At-Large

Steve Styler

_GRPB Board Member, At-Large

Shannon Ellsworth

_GRPB Board Member, Association of Governments

Geri Gamber

_GRPB Board Member, Tourism

Joan Hammer

_GRPB Board Member, VP of USU Extension Services

Dr. Brian Higginbotham

_GRPB Board Member, SUU, President's Designee

Stephen Lisonbee

_GRPB Board Member, At-Large

Michael McCandless

_GRPB Board Member, At-Large

Michael McKee

_GRPB Board Member, Oil, Gas and Mining

Robert Miller

_GRPB Board Member, Agriculture

Tim T. Munns

_GRPB Board Member, Utah League of Cities and Towns

Emily Niehaus

_GRPB Board Member, Rural Utilities

Jeff Peterson

_GRBP Board Member, At-Large

Brian Raymond

_GRPB Board Member, Department of Workforce Services

Zachary Whitwell

_GRPB Board Member, Utah Association of Counties

Commissioner Kent Wilson

_GRPB Board Member, At-Large

Jason Yerka


_Program Support Specialist

Joshua Wiggins



Utah State Code

GRPB Annual Report

GRPB Board Meeting Information

Nov. 7, 2018 Agenda Minutes
Feb. 22, 2019 Agenda Minutes
April 17, 2019 Agenda Minutes
Sept. 4, 2019 Agenda Minutes