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As of November 2022, Utah held the second-lowest unemployment rate in the country, 2.1% compared to a national average of 3.8%. Northrop Grumman remains a key driver in the state. In September 2020, the company and the state of Utah were awarded a $13.3 billion Sentinel defense contract to construct more than 400 new intercontinental ballistic missile. The contract will create more than 5,000 jobs and open up new opportunities for innovation sector expansions around the campus. Professional, scientific and technical services remain one of the fastest growing sectors in the state, said Theresa Foxley, president and CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah. “The growth in Utah is the result of top-notch higher education institutions and a thriving innovation economy that has been expanding over the past decade,” she said.

“Utah’s economy continues to lead the nation. Strategic policies, smart fiscal decisions and forward-thinking reserve funds, combined with the hard work of Utahns across the state, have placed Utah on top once again. This year, we made generational investments in education, social services, water, housing, transportation and infrastructure while cutting taxes for the third consecutive year. Not only have we weathered recent economic storms, we’ve planned for future uncertainties and downturns.”
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Economic Development Tax Increment Financing (EDTIF): Offers a refundable tax credit for up to 30% of new state revenues over the life of the project, up to 20 years.

Rural Economic Development Tax Increment Financing (REDTIF): Offers a refundable tax credit of 30% and in specific instances up to 50% of new state revenues for up to two years.

Industrial Assistance Account (IAA): Offers a grant to provide assistance to companies that plan to make a significant economic impact to the state in strategic areas where infrastructure or talent development needs can contribute to greater economic benefits to the region or statewide.

Tax Increment Financing (TIF): Offers incentive dollars generate through the creation of a new “property tax increment” that a development will generate.


Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity


Salt Lake City Economic Development

City of Provo, UT Economic Development


Custom Fit Training is a partnership between the Utah System of Higher Education Custom Fit institutions, the state of Utah and the local business community. Its mission is to provide customized employee training to businesses at an affordable cost. The Utah State Legislature appropriates funds each year as an investment in custom fit training.


  • Texas Instruments announced in February 2023 it will invest $11 billion and create up to 800 jobs at a semiconductor wafer fabrication plant in Lehi.
  • Proctor & Gamble Paper Products Company announced in February 2023 a $400 million capital investment and 100 new jobs in Box Elder County.
  • Schreiber Foods announced in May 2023 a $135 million expansion and 52 new jobs in Logan.
  • Delta Airlines announced in June 2023 a $120 million training facility in Salt Lake City.
  • Fidelity announced in June 2023 the addition of 300 new jobs in Salt Lake City. The company currently employs more than 2,800 people in the state.
  • Lineage Logistics Holdings announced a $125 million warehousing and logistics facility in Grantsville that will create 96 jobs.


20 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in state, including:

  • Walmart
  • United Parcel Service
  • FedEx
  • Wells Fargo
  • Walt Disney
  • Tesla
  • Goldman Sachs Group
  • Tyson Foods
  • Delta Air Lines

Strategic Planning Workshop

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Over 70% of Executives Surveyed Agree: Many Strategic Planning Efforts Lack Systematic Approach Tips for Enhancing Your Strategic Planning Process

Executives expressed frustration with their current strategic planning process. Issues include:

  1. Lack of systematic approach (70%)
  2. Laundry lists without prioritization (68%)
  3. Decisions based on personalities rather than facts and information (65%)


Steve Rutan and Denise Harrison have put together an afternoon workshop that will provide the tools you need to address these concerns.  They have worked with hundreds of executives to develop a systematic approach that will enable your team to make better decisions during strategic planning.  Steve and Denise will walk you through exercises for prioritizing your lists and steps that will reset and reinvigorate your process.  This will be a hands-on workshop that will enable you to think about your business as you use the tools that are being presented.  If you are ready for a Strategic Planning tune-up, select this workshop in your registration form.  The additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

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Women in Leadership Seminar and Peer Discussion

2:00 - 5:00 pm

Female leaders face the same issues all leaders do, but they often face additional challenges too. In this peer session, we will facilitate a discussion of best practices and how to overcome common barriers to help women leaders be more effective within and outside their organizations. 

Limited space available.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $495 will be added to your total.

Golf Outing

10:30 - 5:00 pm
General’s Retreat at Hermitage Golf Course
Sponsored by UBS

General’s Retreat, built in 1986 with architect Gary Roger Baird, has been voted the “Best Golf Course in Nashville” and is a “must play” when visiting the Nashville, Tennessee area. With the beautiful setting along the Cumberland River, golfers of all capabilities will thoroughly enjoy the golf, scenery and hospitality.

The golf outing fee includes transportation to and from the hotel, greens/cart fees, use of practice facilities, and boxed lunch. The bus will leave the hotel at 10:30 am for a noon shotgun start and return to the hotel after the cocktail reception following the completion of the round.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $295 will be added to your total.