Val Hale, executive director of the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, was elected vice-chair with the State Economic Development Executives (SEDE) Network at the group’s meeting Sept. 8-9, 2019, in Providence, Rhode Island. The SEDE meeting was held in conjunction with the annual State Science and Technology Institute conference.

“It is a great honor to be elected vice-chair of the State Economic Development Executives Network. The organization does a fantastic job of bringing state commerce leaders together to discuss nationwide economic development strategies, and provide officials with tools and resources they need to succeed,” says Val Hale, Utah GOED executive director.

The SEDE Network is a forum for state economic development and commerce agency Secretaries, CEOs, executive directors, commissioners and their deputies to exchange information, learn from one another and advance economic development across the nation.

In addition to publicly available news roundups and tools and resources, the SEDE website provides members with access to meeting information and notes, webinars and information from working groups addressing issues such as trade, opportunity zones, talent and much more. 

The SEDE Network is supported by its partner organization, CREC, in cooperation with the National Governors Association and Pew Charitable Trusts.

Val Hale, executive director of the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, was recently elected vice-chair of the State Economic Development Executives.