A man who has been instrumental in bringing several companies and thousands of jobs to Utah for the last 5 1/2 years is leaving state government.

Kirk Green, co-director of the Utah Division of Business and Economic Development, has submitted his resignation to Stanley B. Parrish, Utah Department of Community and Economic Development executive director, and Gov. Norm Bangerter.In his resignation letter, Green said he would like to leave in two weeks but is willing to work out a date, mainly because the Legislature is meeting and he might to be needed to testify on some budget matters.

Green said he will become president of a family-owned business, Creative Color Systems, 850 S. Main.

Green said the opportunity to serve in the division has been immensely satisfying. "This has been one of the most exciting times of growth in the history of the state and it has been an honor to be a part of this economic development team," he wrote.

He participated in the effort to get many companies to expand into the state including Fidelity Investments, McDonnell Douglas, Lucas Aerospace, Holiday Inn Reservation Center, Marriott Reservation Center, Compeq, Sears Catalog Center, J.C. Penney Catalog Center and Digitran.