Unified Economic Opportunity Commission

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

Gov. Spencer J. Cox chairs the commission. It includes senior leaders from Utah’s legislative and executive branches, education, local government, and subject matter experts.

The commission has several subcommittees and working groups specializing in various components 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
Chair

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

Claudia O’Grady
VP of Multifamily Finance
Utah Housing Corporation

Mayor Dawn Ramsey
City of South Jordan

Commissioner Gage Froerer
Weber County

Non-Voting Members

Miles Hansen
CEO
World Trade Center Utah

Theresa Foxley
CEO
Economic Development Corporation of Utah

Stephen Lisonbee
Gov. Cox’s Senior Advisor for Rural Affairs