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Michelle Tessier, Deseret News
Outgoing director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development Spencer P. Eccles is congratulated for a job well done in the Gold Room of the state Capitol on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.
I am honored to serve the people of Utah and the business community in this new role, and I am excited to continue advancing Utah’s economic vitality with GOED’s impressive team and partners. —Val Hale

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah has a new leader of its statewide business community.

Gov. Gary Herbert on Tuesday introduced Val Hale as the executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. He succeeds Spencer Eccles, who is stepping down to return to the private sector.

Hale most recently served as president and chief executive officer of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce. Prior to working at the chamber, he helped transition Utah Valley State College into a four-year university, serving as vice president of university relations among other positions during his six-year tenure.

Hale also worked 22 years in the athletic department at BYU, including as director of athletics.

“I am honored to serve the people of Utah and the business community in this new role, and I am excited to continue advancing Utah’s economic vitality with GOED’s impressive team and partners,” he said.

Herbert called Hale a man of extraordinary experience, talent and drive, with a unique background in economic development, marketing, public relations, international affairs, government and community relations.

“I have full confidence in his capabilities," the governor said, "and I know he is ideally suited to build on Utah’s substantial economic development momentum.”

Hale told a standing-room-only crowd of business and civic leaders in the Gold Room of the Capitol that his role will be to help “come up with new and innovative ways to strengthen the business climate in Utah.”

“I want to pledge to the people of Utah that I will do my best to fulfill GOED’s mission,” Hale said.

There is little doubt that GOED’s success has an impact on the state’s bottom line and on every resident in Utah, he said.

“I promise to do my part to continue to grow the quality of life and business in Utah (and) to keep Utah a place where life is elevated,” Hale said.

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