Governor Spencer Cox appoints Theresa Foxley and Dan Hemmert to Inland Port Authority

SALT LAKE CITY (April 12, 2022) – Governor Spencer J. Cox has appointed Theresa Foxley and Dan Hemmert to the board of the Inner Port Authority.

In March, the Utah Legislature passed HB443 which requires the governor to appoint two people to the board of the Inland Port Authority: one who is engaged in statewide economic development or recruiting and business retention; and one that is engaged in statewide trade, import and export business, foreign direct investment, or public-private partnerships.

“For many years, Theresa and Dan have demonstrated their commitment to Utah and their skills in economic development, public-private partnerships and negotiation,” Governor Cox said. “I am so pleased that they are willing to lend their expertise to serve the interests of Utahns in their new roles on the Inland Port Authority Board of Directors.”

Theresa Foxley is President and CEO of EDCUtah, a position she has held since 2017. A lawyer who loves to close deals, Foxley has attracted dozens of companies to expansion and relocation projects representing various industries in across the state, including Goldman Sachs, Stadler Rail and Facebook. Prior to joining EDCUtah, she was a senior executive in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Earlier in her career, she represented a diverse set of clients in private legal practice on a multitude of general corporate and financial matters. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political economy from Utah State University and a law degree from the University of Utah.

Dan Hemmert is executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity (Go Utah). Prior to his appointment, Hemmert owned and operated Red Hanger Cleaners, a multi-store dry cleaning and disaster recovery/fabric restoration business. He has also been a partner in five restaurants and managing director of a private equity fund, among other business ventures. Hemmert also served in the Utah State Senate, where he was the Republican Majority Whip. He holds an undergraduate degree in economics, a master’s degree in business administration, and a law degree, all from Brigham Young University.

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