SALT LAKE CITY — Robert F. "Bob" Farrington announced this week he will be resigning his position as Salt Lake City economic development director.

Since his appointment by Mayor Ralph Becker in June 2008, Farrington has been instrumental in the growth of community partnerships, small business development and business expansion and relocation in Salt Lake City.

Farrington promoted the development of neighborhood business districts and the creation of the city’s Small Business Initiative, placing increased emphasis on city assistance to small and local businesses. Under his leadership, the revolving loan fund saw an increase in participants, which helped small businesses. Farrington also was key to the expansion and relocation of Goldman Sachs to Main Street, according to a press release.

Farrington also was involved in the initial planning and creation of the Utah Performing Arts Center, the downtown cultural core project and the rebuilding of North Temple.

“I have been honored to serve Mayor Becker, the city, the business community and residents of Salt Lake City,” Farrington said. “I believe Salt Lake City has weathered the national recession in excellent shape and is recognized as one of the economic leaders in the country.”