Val Hale, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), has appointed Ginger Chinn as managing director for urban and rural business services.

“Ginger is a leader with a proven record of creating meaningful public-private partnerships,” Hale said. “Her extensive experience and previous collaboration with GOED programs makes her an invaluable member of the GOED team. We look forward to working with her as she takes the state’s business services and workforce initiatives to new heights.”

As managing director, Chinn will direct a strategic growth plan for Utah’s industry cluster program and manage GOED’s rural programs and workforce development initiatives. Additionally, Chinn will oversee GOED’s business services including Utah’s Business Resource Centers and the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC).

Chinn was previously the vice president of external engagement and economic development at the Davis Applied Technology College (DATC). In this role, she directed several areas including Employer and Continuing Education, Math, Academic Development, Catering and the Cosmetology Salon. She also oversaw operations at the Davis and Morgan County Business Resource Centers.

While at DATC, Chinn played a key role in the development of the Utah Aerospace Pathways program. She worked with various groups and agencies to ensure the development of new training opportunities. Prior to her role at DATC, she worked at Management & Training Corporation in Centerville and WorkSOURCE Private Industry Council in Boise, Idaho.

Chinn serves on many organizational boards including the Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Center, Utah Advanced Materials Manufacturing Initiative (UAMMI), and the Society of Applied Manufacturers & Engineers (SAMPE). She currently serves as chair of the Davis Chamber of Commerce.

Chinn will assume her new position April 17.