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GOED Appoints Life Science Director

October 25 2017 - 12:47 pm

News Release
For Immediate Release

Contact:
Aimee Edwards
GOED Communications Director
(801) 538-8811
edwards@utah.gov

GOED Appoints Life Science Director

SALT LAKE CITY (Oct. 23, 2017)—The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) today announced that Clark Cahoon, fund manager for the Technology Commercialization and Innovation Program (TCIP), has been appointed as the life science cluster director.

“Clark has demonstrated exceptional leadership in his position as TCIP fund manager,” said Val Hale, executive director of GOED. “The relationships he has built will support his continued work with life science companies across the state.”

Cahoon will retain his role and responsibilities with TCIP, overseeing a competitive grant process that helps bring new technologies to market. To support the diversification of Utah’s economy, GOED focuses efforts on six strategic industry clusters: aerospace and defense; energy and natural resources; financial services; life science; outdoor products and recreation; and software and IT. In his role as a cluster director, Cahoon will serve as liaison to life science companies statewide. He will convene industry in various programs and initiatives to develop solutions for current challenges and optimize growth.

Prior to his time at GOED, Cahoon worked at World Trade Center Utah, helping small and medium-sized businesses grow through international trade. Cahoon received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Brigham Young University- Hawaii.

Cahoon will assume his additional responsibilities at GOED immediately.

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About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)
business.utah.gov
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Gov. Gary R. Herbert’s commitment to statewide economic development. The state’s economic vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business environment and tourist destination. GOED provides extensive resources and support for business creation, growth and recruitment statewide, as well as programs to increase tourism and film production for the benefit of Utah residents. All administered programs are based upon strategic industry clusters to develop a diverse, sustainable economy. GOED accomplishes its mission through unprecedented partnerships. For more information please contact: Aimee Edwards, (801) 538-8811 or edwards@utah.gov.