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The Unified Economic Opportunity Commission develops, directs, and coordinates Utah’s statewide and regional economic development strategies. The commission informs policy decisions and works towards consensus building.

Gov. Spencer J. Cox chairs the commission. It includes senior-level management representation from government offices and departments, education officials, state legislative leaders, representatives focused on housing, cities, and rural counties, plus several subject matter experts and non-voting members.

The commission’s subcommittees include:

  • Incentives and growth alignment
  • International relations, trade, and immigration
  • Multicultural economic empowerment
  • Rural programs and infrastructure
  • Small business and entrepreneurship
  • Talent development

The following are essential requirements and objectives of the commission:

  • Develop a 10-year statewide economic opportunity strategy
  • Develop solutions and policies for the significant challenges facing the state
  • Identify solutions for economic, infrastructure, and transportation growth
  • Identify solutions for education, training, and workforce development
  • Ensure the commission’s efforts are data-driven and evidence-based

Unified Economic Opportunity Commission Members

Gov. Spencer J. Cox

Dan Hemmert
Vice Chair
Executive Director, Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity

Casey Cameron
Executive Director, Department of Workforce Services

Carlos Braceras
Executive Director, Department of Transportation

Brian Steed
Executive Director, Department of Natural Resources

Margaret Busse
Executive Director, Department of Commerce

Craig Buttars
Commissioner, Department of Agriculture and Food

Sophia DiCaro
Executive Director, Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget

Dave Woolstenhulme
Commissioner of Higher Education

Sydnee Dickson
State Superintendent of Public Instruction

President Stuart Adams (or designee)
Utah State Senate

Speaker Brad Wilson (or designee)
Utah House of Representatives

Voting Commission members who will be appointed:

An individual who is knowledgeable about housing needs in the state, including housing density and land use (appointed by Gov. Cox)
An individual who represents the interests of urban cities (appointed by the Utah League of Cities and Towns)
An individual who represents the interests of rural counties (appointed by the Utah Association of Counties)

Non-Voting Commission members:

Miles Hansen, CEO, World Trade Center Utah
Theresa Foxley, CEO, Economic Development Corporation of Utah
A senior advisor to the chair of the Commission with expertise in rural affairs of the state, appointed by the chair of the commission