The Political Insider

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Richard Utley is the publisher of the Central Pennsylvania Black Business Directory and Resource Guide.  Richard is also a campaign manager, public relations consultant and PA state government “insider.”

He represents and advocates for the interests of public and private organizations and companies before state and federal government, authorities and legislators.  He serves as campaign manager for local and state-wide judicial and legislative candidates and is also a political consultant for national, state and local races.  Richard provides image consulting to corporate and governmental entities.  He is also an active member of the Board of Directors of Hamilton Health Center, the Harrisburg Rotary, Camp Curtin YMCA and the Superior Water Company.  He serves on the United Way Impact Committee and the Pitt Varsity Club.

Richard’s journey as an “insider” began when he graduated from Pitt in 1972 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and took a job with the PA Department of Transportation.  He went between public and private sectors until 1984 when he established Utley Associates.  In 1989, he returned to state government when he took a job as Director of Charitable Organizations with the Department of State.  He oversaw the regulation of more than 11,000 charitable organizations and 200 professional solicitors and fundraisers operating in the Commonwealth.

From 1994 to 1995, Richard served as the Commissioner of the Department of State’s Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs.  He was appointed by the Governor and confirmed unanimously by the State Senate.  Richard provided oversight and administrative support to 27 professional and occupational licensing boards and commissions in PA.

Richard then had the opportunity to serve as the Lobbyist for Lincoln University of PA which provided him with the opportunity to build relationships with members of the business and education communities.

Richard joined the Department of the Auditor General in 1997 as Director of County Audits and was promoted to Deputy Auditor General for the Administration in 2003.  He served in that role under two separately elected Auditor Generals, assisting the Chief Fiscal Watchdog of the Commonwealth with using audits to ensure that PA state money was spent legally and properly.

Richard returned to the private sector in 2009 and began to look how he could fill the void in our community.  The creation of the Central PA Black Business Directory was his first initiative in getting additional information out to the African American community.  He has partnered with Orison Publishers, Inc. as he continues to develop and research other opportunities to fill these voids.

Richard Utley is the founder, owner and operator of Utley Associates, located at 600 N. Second St., Suite 402, Harrisburg, PA 17101.  The 2014/2015 Central PA Black Business Directory is available digitally at If your industry, organization, profession or company requires experienced professional or publishing services, contact Richard Utley at (717) 238-3677.

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