GOED Appoints Aerospace and IT Industry Director

Pete CodellaNews

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) has appointed Chanel Flores as the director of the IT and aerospace and defense clusters.

In her role as cluster director, Flores will serve as liaison to aerospace and IT companies statewide. She will engage members of the state’s two fastest growing industries in various programs and initiatives to develop solutions for workforce challenges and ultimately optimize growth. Her work will be part of GOED’s strategic industry cluster initiative, which supports the diversification of Utah’s economy.

“Chanel has a proven ability to build the relationships necessary for unprecedented partnerships,” said Ginger Chinn, managing director of Urban and Rural Business Services at GOED. “Her experience in education, particularly workforce development programs, makes her a prime candidate for propelling the sustainable growth of two of Utah’s rapid-growing, high-tech industries.”

Flores has served the past few years as employer and continuing education manager for Davis Technical College, where she was responsible for Custom Fit training, employer private training and continuing education. Prior experience includes various roles with BBSI and Management and Training Corporation. Flores has more than a decade of experience in technical education. She currently serves as the education chair on the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) executive board.
Flores received a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational communication from Weber State University and is currently attending graduate school at Westminster College studying strategic communication.

She will assume her position at GOED Dec. 11.