SALT LAKE CITY — Val Hale, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, has appointed Benjamin Hart as deputy director.
Hart previously served two years as managing director of Urban and Rural Business Services at the organization. With this new appointment, he will oversee corporate recruitment and international trade, along with several additional programs.
“Ben has done a remarkable job overseeing our urban and rural business services at GOED,” Hale said in a statement. “His leadership in workforce development has garnered national attention and is considered a best practice. His strong economic development background, combined with his trademark enthusiasm and energy, will make a seamless transition to his new role as deputy director.”
Hart has extensive knowledge in economic and workforce development. His leadership at the Department of Workforce Services led to the creation of programs such as the Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership and Small Business Bridge, which assisted approximately 700 businesses and created roughly 2,000 jobs.
While working for Layton, Hart led out in several economic wins for the community, including the development of East Gate Business Park, the growth of the Layton Hills Mall business area, and the revitalization of the city’s downtown district.
Hart completed both his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Utah, receiving a master’s in economics.