Dan Royal

The Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) recently announced Daniel Royal as its director of corporate growth and business development.

Royal will play a key role in attracting new businesses to the state and managing GOED’s flagship incentive program, the post-performance EDTIF tax credit program.

Royal is a familiar face at GOED and the state of Utah, formerly serving in various roles since 2012. He started as an intern on the International Trade and Diplomacy team, then transitioned to the Office of Rural Development. His previous tenure at GOED was four years. Royal also worked at the Governor’s Office of Energy Development, where he managed the office’s incentives program, including the High-Cost Infrastructure Tax Credit.

“We’re excited to have Daniel join the GOED team once again,” said Dan Hemmert, GOED’s executive director. “He brings a wealth of experience in business recruitment and incentives management, and the state of Utah is lucky to have him.” 

Royal most recently worked for Charleston County Economic Development in Charleston, South Carolina, where he directed the county’s business recruitment efforts. Royal currently resides in Tooele, Utah, with his wife and daughter.