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.

The Commission is chaired by Governor Spencer J. Cox, and counts among its members senior leaders from Utah’s legislative and executive branches, education, local government, and subject matter experts.

The Commission has several subcommittees and working groups, each specializing in one component of Utah’s economic development strategy. They are:

  • Subcommittee on Business and Economic Development
  • Subcommittee on Talent, Education, and Industry Alignment
  • Working group on Rural Economic Growth
  • Working group on Sustainable Community Growth
  • Working group on Small Business and Entrepreneurism
  • Working group on Multicultural Economic Empowerment
  • Working group on International Relations, Trade, and Immigration

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


_Associate Director for the Unified Commission

Kyle Palmer