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The Prosperity Utah convenes the most successful business leaders and policy experts, to enact innovative solutions that foster growth and reduce government, while also engaging voters to support the free market and limited government ideas that create prosperity.

Utah’s population is set to double in the next 30 years, and as a result will experience significant growing pains. Our policy research aims to increase and manage that growth in a sustainable way without increasing the size of government, and therefore the burden placed on the taxpayer. Prosperity Utah has three areas of focus: Expanding Economic Prosperity, Expanding Political Prosperity, and Social Impact. Within these three focus areas we pursue research, advocacy, and voter education efforts to achieve our vision.


Executive Members


Trent Staggs


Trent Staggs is a director for an asset acquisition group and also an elected official in the state of Utah. He has held roles on Executive Management teams across multiple industries, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Utah and received an MBA from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University.


Matt Nicosia


Mr. Nicosia is Chairman and CEO of Vivakor Inc., which focuses on acquiring technologies applied to natural resource assets. He has also been a director and co-founder of Quantum Sphere, Inc., a producer of nanomaterials and related technologies. Mr. Nicosia received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Pepperdine University.


Rich Linder

Co-Chairman, Executive Board

Rich serves as the Founder, Chairman, & CEO of Xenter MD. Prior to founding Xenter, Rich co-founded Connexions Medical, a privately owned company specializing in the development and manufacture of medical devices for Orthopaedic Surgery in tendon reconstruction and tendon to bone anchoring.


Chris Harelson


Chris is the Executive Director of Prosperity Council. He is the former Executive Director of the Hazlitt Policy Center and has 6+ years of experience in the non-profit and policy space. He has worked in various capacities on several campaigns in Utah and nationally.