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Utah Business Ambassadors

Governor Gary Herbert has created the Utah Business Am­bassadors program through the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) to open a dialogue with friends of Utah around the country. We will keep you informed about exciting developments in Utah’s economy with monthly emails and will provide direct access to the Governor’s Office through GOED.

The program started in New York City in September 2011, where the Governor gathered 25 executives for a private get-together. Since he has followed up with similar meetings in Washington, DC and Northern California and Utah.

The business ambassador program operates like an alumni network. Gov. Herbert wishes to recruit business leaders who either grew up in Utah, went to school here, or have some other strong connection, in locations such as St. Louis, Chicago, Dallas and San Francisco.

Duties of an Ambassador

  • Share what you know about Utah’s economic climate and successes with people in your business sphere.
  • Act as a liaison for the state with governmental or business leaders when a local relationship is needed.
  • Entertain invitations from the Governor or other Utah officials to outreach events.
  • Extend invitations to other networking events where the interests of Utah can be furthered.

Utah Economic Development Online
You can follow breaking news about Utah’s business environment and innovation ecosystem at

What’s the time commitment?
In most cases the time commitment is small and flexible. As opportunities arise in your region, GOED may ask you to reach out by phone or email to any contacts you have at a given company that’s considering an expansion. An Ambassador’s personal effort can position Utah for a thoughtful review by the company’s site selectors. In other words, you can help us get in the front door, and we’ll take it from there.

Other questions? Care to join? 
Contact Michael O’Malley, business marketing director, supporting the Business Ambassadors Program, at 801-538-8879, or

Governor’s Objectives
Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business destination.
1. Strengthen and grow existing Utah businesses, both urban and rural.
2. Increase innovation, entrepreneurship and investment.
3. Increase national and international business.
4. Prioritize education to develop the workforce of the future.

Quick Facts

  • Utah #1 Economic Growth Potential – Business Facilities Magazine
  • Utah #1 Small Business Friendly States – Thumbtack / Kauffman Foundation
  • Utah #3 Best State for Business and Careers – Forbes Magazine
  • Utah #3 Top States for Business – CNBC
  • Cost of Doing Business – Top 10 in the State Business Tax Climate. Our AAA bond rating poises Utah for even more growth. Centrally located in the Western U.S. with over 600 daily flights (to and from the #1 on-time airport in the country) and the nexus of three interstate highways.
  • Workforce – 2nd fastest growing state in the U.S. Utah’s young (29 years), productive workforce is highly multilingual.
  • Quality of Life – Five national parks, seven national monuments and 43 state parks. Four of the top North American ski resorts, plus fishing and golf in summer.