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Governor’s Economic Council

The Governor’s Economic Council (GEC) is a public-private partnership that works at coordinating the economic development activities that take place every day throughout the state. Council membership is based on each appointee’s leadership at economic development organizations throughout Utah. GEC members focus on forging and maintaining unprecedented partnerships between business and government to coordinate public and private efforts and further develop Utah’s growing economy.

An efficient transportation system is the backbone of a strong economy and a main focus for GEC. Utah’s Unified Transportation Plan works to meet the transportation challenges of a growing state for the next 30 years. This plan encompasses the maintenance and expansion of roadways, public transportation, bicycle and pedestrian networks and freight intermodal connections. Currently, more transportation research is being done and a budget is being developed. The plan will be implemented as soon as the budget is approved and funding is acquired.

Council Members

Val Hale, Chair
Executive Director, GOED

Mel Lavitt, Needham & Co.
Board Chair, GOED Business and Economic Development Board

Dinesh Patel, Signal Peak Ventures
Board Chair, USTAR Governing Authority

Spencer Cox, CentraCom Interactive
Co-Chair, Governor’s Rural Partnership Board

Will West, Control4
Board Chair, Utah Capital Investment
Corporation for the Utah Fund of Funds

Scott Anderson, Zions Bank
Board Chair, World Trade Center Utah

Ronald Jibson
Board Chair, President and CEO of Questar

At Large

Randy Shumway
President, Cicero Group

Pat Richards
Board Chair, Utah Symphony

Rob Behunin
Utah State University VP of
Commercialization & Regional Dev.

Natalie Gochnour
Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce
Chief Economist and Exec. VP