News Release
For Immediate Release

Feb. 11, 2016

Michael Sullivan, GOED Communications Director

Jill Flygare Accepts Operations Role in State Economic Development Office
Budgeting and financial planning expert joins GOED as new managing director

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) is pleased to announce Jill Flygare has joined the GOED team as the new managing director overseeing internal operations.

“Jill’s background in budgeting and planning will contribute greatly to the administrative efforts at GOED,” said Val Hale, executive director of GOED. “Her experience in finance, policy and budgeting will help GOED’s staff continue to fulfil our mission for statewide economic development as efficiently as possible.”

Before joining GOED, Flygare was the finance director at the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts, where she supervised the financial team for the agency. Previously, she was a policy and budget analyst at the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, where she worked closely with many state agencies on budget issues.

Flygare is also affiliated with numerous national organizations such as the Association of Government Accountants, where she is the president-elect. She holds three master’s degrees in accounting, public administration and education.

Utilizing her education training, Flygare has held instructional posts at the University of Utah. She has been both an online instructor in distance education and a clinical instructor, supervising pre-service educators in the Salt Lake and Granite School Districts.

Flygare, will assume her new GOED post on Feb. 22.


Jill Flygare
Managing Director, Internal Operations
Governor’s Office of Economic Development

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 environment and tourist 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 to fulfill its mission.  For more information please contact:  Michael Sullivan, 801-538-8811 or