A search committee has been set up to find a replacement for Jeff Edwards, who is retiring Nov. 1 after a decade as the president and CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah.
Edwards, who was with EDCUtah for 15 years, said he was proud to have been involved in creating 80,000 jobs and securing nearly $14 billion in new capital investment across the state.
"That success, combined with the opportunity to work with an excellent staff, tremendous governors and our invaluable partners at GOED, have made my time at EDCUtah one of the greatest experiences of my life," said Edwards, who joined the economic-development recruiters as vice president for client services in June 2001.
Before that, he had a lengthy career in technology and marketing for aerospace and computer companies.
Edwards assumed the helm at EDCUtah when Chris Roybal became then Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr.'s chief economic advisor. "Being part of an organization that makes such a tremendous difference in the lives of every Utahn is something I will cherish forever," Edwards said.
Two of his key associates, chief marketing officer Michael Flynn and vice president of business development Erin Laney will stay in their jobs while the search is done.
EDCUtah was set up in 1987 by 100 Utah business and government leaders to promote job growth and capital investment through the recruitment of new businesses to the state and by helping existing companies to expand.