News Release
For Immediate Release
Feb. 12, 2015

Michael Sullivan
GOED Communications Director

Utah Impact Initiative Aims to Raise funds for Philanthropic Investing at Upcoming Conference

SALT LAKE CITY, UT— The second annual Utah Impact Initiative (UII) conference will take place at Utah Valley University (UVU) in Orem, UT on Feb. 29. The conference will provide education, networking and collaboration opportunities to elevate and accelerate philanthropic impact investment among stakeholders and entrepreneurs.

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) is a sponsor of the event. Organizers include UVU’s Woodbury School of Business and Purpose Investor Network (PIN), the Hawkins accounting firm and the Keeler Thomas wealth management firm. Other sponsors include J.P. Morgan Private Bank, Zions Bank, Kirton McConkie, the Dickson Foundation and FutraMed.

“We are pleased to be involved with any endeavor to promote entrepreneurship in the state,” said Val Hale, executive director of GOED. “But what’s especially important about this conference is that it inspires and supports entrepreneurship with true social impact.”

The purpose of this year’s conference is to transform the world through impact investments while building wealth. It will focus on initiating new, more productive capital in Utah and engaging investors and philanthropists from multiple states in the nation.

The outcome of the conference will benefit the community a great deal as UII has set a goal to raise millions for impact investments in Utah-based social enterprises as well as lead a broad movement toward philanthropic impact investing. The goal of the conference is to drive new capital into Utah communities through education and networking and bring continued funding to help promote Utah’s economy.

“We are pleased to have the support from GOED,” said Curt Bassett, CEO and founder of Impact Investment Leaders (IIL). “We realize that the support of the state will help attendees and sponsors realize even more the importance of this impact investing conference. We would like to make this a highlighted annual conference here in Utah.”


About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Governor Gary Herbert’s commitment to economic development statewide. Utah’s economic development vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business environment and tourist destination. The mandate for this office is to provide rich business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. GOED accomplishes this mission through the administration of programs that are based around targeted industries or “economic clusters” that demonstrate the best potential for development. GOED utilizes state resources and private sector contracts to fulfill its mission. For more information please contact: Michael Sullivan, 801-538-8811 or

About the Utah Impact Initiative Conference 2016
The Utah Impact Initiative is part of a multi-state Initiative designed to elevate and accelerate impact investing by facilitating education, networking, collaboration, and partnerships among investors, entrepreneurs, and practitioners.