Utah Inland Port Authority Welcomes New Associate Vice President

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Inland Port Authority (UIPA) welcomes Jenna Draper as its new associate vice president of regional project area development for Central Utah.

A native of rural Utah, Draper’s career has been defined by her dedication to fostering economic growth and community development in her home state. Before her high school graduation, Draper earned an associate degree from Snow College and later completed a bachelor’s degree at Utah State University. After a brief period in Maine, Draper returned to Utah, where she has since left a significant mark on the local economy through her roles as the executive director of the Richfield Area Chamber of Commerce and the economic development coordinator for the Six County Association of Governments.

“Jenna brings a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of rural Utah’s economic landscape to UIPA,” said Ben Hart, executive director of the UIPA. “Her proven ability to drive sustainable economic development will be invaluable as we look to expand our efforts in central Utah.”

In her previous positions, Draper played a crucial role in promoting economic development, attracting investments, and creating job opportunities across multiple counties, making her a perfect fit for her new role at UIPA.

“Jenna’s commitment to enhancing opportunities for Utah’s rural communities aligns perfectly with UIPA’s mission,” said Scott Wolford, UIPA’s vice president of business development. “ We’re looking forward to the impact she will make in her new position.”

Draper’s dedication to economic development is driven by a personal commitment to ensuring that future generations can choose to build their lives in Utah. 

“It’s crucial that we create opportunities that allow our children and future generations to thrive in their hometowns,” Draper said. “I’m excited to contribute to UIPA’s efforts to make that a reality.”

Draper, along with her husband, John, has raised five children in Sevier County, embodying her vision of a community where families can grow and prosper. Her first day at UIPA marks the beginning of a new chapter in her commitment to Utah’s economic development.