Rural Development Partners


Office of Rural Development

Linda Gillmor
The Office of Rural Development (ORD) is dedicated to facilitating business growth and economic vitality in Utah’s rural communities through partnerships with local governments, economic development directors, state and federal agencies and other business service provider organizations.  ORD also administers several business growth programs such as the Business Expansion & Retention(BEAR) and the Rural Fast Track Grant programs.

Procurement Technical Assistance Centers

Chuck Spence
PTAC is proud to provide services to businesses located in rural areas of Utah to navigate and attain contracts with the federal government. With offices located throughout the state, PTAC
is a go-to source for all things government contracting.

World Trade Center, Utah

Jim Porter
World Trade Center Utah (WTC Utah) helps businesses across the state think, act and succeed globally. From identifying potential foreign markets to making connections on the ground, WTC Utah is the gateway resource to all things international business. Whether exporting company's near - or distant-future, WTC Utah can help them prepare now to succeed in the international economy.
Broad Band Outreach Center

Broadband Outreach Center

Kelleigh Cole
By providing mapping and broadband consultation services,
the Broadband Outreach Center helps rural businesses locate utilities and broadband providers throughout Utah.

Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Brian Anderson
MEP works with manufacturers to identify and implement best practices that lead to increased profitability through training, certification and advising. MEP uses a discovery assessment that helps manufacturers identify important issues that are facing their operation. MEP will assist with the development of a program that is specific to the clients’ business needs.
Avenue-H Health Insurance Marketplace

Avenue H

Patricia Conner
Avenue H is Utah’s small business health insurance marketplace. Available online,  it is designed to help small businesses with 1- 50 employees. Avenue H is the perfect solution for small business owners as it allows the employer to determine their health care budget while the employees pick their own health care plan. If you are a small business owner, call 801-538-8715 for more information.

International Trade and Diplomacy

Brett Heimburger
The International Trade and Diplomacy Office (ITDO) supports the development of Utah’s rural communities through the administration of the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant. The STEP grant provides funding to small businesses seeking to export internationally, through participation in foreign trade missions and trade shows. ITDO also works to attract foreign direct investment to assist business expansion.


Utah Manufacturers Association

Teresa Thomas
From aerospace, ammunition, turkeys, chocolates, automobiles, solar panels, packing, health products, machine shops, detergent, to windows and doors, the Utah Manufacturers Association focuses its efforts on the betterment of the entire manufacturing industry in the state of Utah.
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Office of Tourism

Kaitlin Eskelson
The Utah Office of Tourism's mission is “to improve the quality of life of Utah citizens through revenue and tax relief, by increasing the quality and quantity of tourism visits and spending.” We operate several programs to assist Utah’s tourism industry including marketing and advertising, research, publications, information services, media relations and cooperative marketing programs.
Utah Small Business Development Centers Network

Small Business Development Center

Jim Herrin
The Utah Small Business Development Center network is the largest statewide network solely dedicated to assisting Utah’s small businesses, from start-up assistance through exit and everything in between.  Through its 15 regional centers, highly experienced business advisors provide no-cost one-on-one assistance, as well as holding numerous workshops, seminars and other events to benefit small business.
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Department of Workforce Services

Stephen Lisonbee
With more than 30 buildings all across the state, Workforce Services offers a unique network of workforce development specialists embedded in Utah's local communities. With a strong focus on aligning workforce needs with talented labor, Workforce Services works in every corner of the state to support rural economic growth.
Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Department of Agriculture and Food

LuAnn Adams
The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) oversees mandated programs that promote the healthy growth of Utah agriculture, the conservation of our natural resources and the protection of our food supply. Two important programs are the Utah Grazing Improvement Program and the Invasive Weeds Mitigation Program which work to improve the health of our rangelands and watersheds.
Utah Department of Rehabilitation

Office of Rehabilitation

Leah Loboto
USOR is committed to helping Utah businesses find solutions to disability related issues such as: locating a talent pool of skilled candidates, retaining valued employees whose job is affected by illness, inju ry or disabilit y, finding ways to make your business accessible to customers and employees with disabilities, linking you to resources to assist with disability and employment and other disability related issues as necessary.

Office of Energy Development

Bartly Mathews
OED seeks to enhance rural economic development opportunities by providing industry assistance for Utah’s energy and minerals sectors, and engaging in policy, planning, outreach and education focused on maintaining an affordable and reliable energy supply. In particular, OED’s Agricultural Energy Efficiency program works to expand energy audits and facilitate efficiency upgrades at Utah’s agricultural operations, and its newly created High Cost Infrastructure Tax Credit program is expected to be a significant boon for rural economic development of all kinds.