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New Rural Economic Development Leader at GOED Brings Decades of Experience

February 27 2015 - 8:44 am

News Release
For Immediate Release
February 26, 2015

Michael Sullivan, GOED Communications Director

New Rural Economic Development Leader at GOED Brings Decades of Experience
Linda Gillmor named associate managing director for rural development

Salt Lake City, UT – Val Hale, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development recently announced the appointment of Linda Clark Gillmor as the new Associate Managing Director for Urban and Rural Business Services and Director of the Office of Rural Development. In this expanded role, Gillmor will expand on her many years of economic development experience to bring a new focus to both rural and urban business service needs.

The title replaces Director of the Office of Rural Development, a position most recently held by Delyn Fielding, who returned to pursue rural development opportunities on a local level. Gillmor’s title is reflective of GOED’s recent restructuring, designed to help the charter better fulfill its mission for the state. Gillmor will report directly to Ben Hart, recently appointed managing director for urban and rural business services.

In making the announcement Hale noted: “Linda Clark Gillmor has been actively involved in rural business for over 37 years; as co-owner of a family livestock business and one of the original co-founders of Morgan Valley Lamb, a company dedicated to marketing local agricultural products.” Hale continued, “As the Economic Development Director for Millard County, Linda has been a strong advocate for all rural counties. She has championed efforts to increase collaboration between urban and rural business communities, state and federal agencies and industry associations.”

Gillmor was most recently the economic development director for Millard County, where she served since 2007. While in that position she was recognized by economic leaders from around the state as often bringing both private and public perspectives together in mutually beneficial partnerships.

“We keep adding incredible talent and experience to the GOED team and we couldn’t be more pleased with Linda’s appointment,” said Ben Hart, managing director. “Linda brings with her extensive experience not only in rural development but as a rural business owner herself. Linda really knows the needs and desires of our rural communities, and we are excited to have so many voices heard.”

In beginning her new position at GOED, Gillmor said, “I am honored to be joining GOED in their efforts to grow rural businesses throughout the state. As a rural economic development director in Millard County I found that collaborating with other rural counties, service providers and government and industry organizations to be the key to finding solutions for common challenges and opportunities. I look forward to serving as a bridge between rural communities and GOED and am thrilled to help rural Utah realize its potential.”

Gillmor has a BA degree in Business from Utah State University as well as an MS degree in Human Resources from the same institution. She has served in leadership positions on state, county and regional boards, and industry associations such as the Utah Alliance for Economic Development, the Governor’s Rural Partnership Board, and as a member of the Board of Trustees for Utah State University.


About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Governor Gary Herbert’s commitment to economic development statewide. Utah’s economic development vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business and tourism destination. The mandate for this office is to provide rich business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. GOED accomplishes this mission through the administration of programs that are based around targeted industries or “economic clusters” that demonstrate the best potential for development. GOED utilizes state resources and private sector contracts with organizations such as the Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah) and others to fulfill its mission. For more information please contact: Michael Sullivan, 801-538-8811 or

Hi-resolution image of Linda Gillmor can be found here.