Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

UTAH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WOMEN'S BUREAU

Agency History #1636

CREATION

The creation of the Utah Economic Development Women's Bureau was announced on 28 July 1989 by Governor Norman H. Bangerter. The mission of the bureau is to help women get into higher paying jobs, increase the number of women employers, and enhance the position of women employees, thus spurring an overall increase in wages throughout Utah.

FUNCTIONS

The purpose of the bureau is to study the implications of women's employment on the economic development of the state. The bureau's research will focus on improving women's skills and training and in developing successful small businesses. The goal of this research is to establish legislative and policy directives to help close the wage, training, and skills gaps between men and women. These resources will also be utilized by the Governor's Commission for Women and Families (#1760). The bureau will also implement the Woman-to-Woman network, which is intended to assist women who move to Utah to do business or because their husbands have relocated.

ADMINISTRATION and Organizational History

The bureau operates within the Department of Community and Economic Development (Agency #181). A director appointed by the Governor supervises bureau activity, assisted by a volunteer ad hoc committee of businesswomen.

DIRECTORS

Carol L. Clark, 1989-present

PRIOR NAMES

None

COMPILED BY: W. Glen Fairclough, Jr., October 1989

SOURCES

Deseret News, 29 July 1989, pp. A1-2 (Bureau created).

Salt Lake Tribune, 29 July 1989, p. 2B (Bureau created).

Telephone conversation with Carol L. Clark, 15 Aug. 1989.