News Release
For Immediate Release

Aimee Edwards
GOED Communications Director

Utah Career Pathways Program Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award

SALT LAKE CITY (Oct. 5, 2017)—The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) won a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award for the Utah career pathways program, a project in the category of Partnership with Educational Institutions of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

Career pathways programs encourage industry partners to collaborate with education leaders to address critical workforce needs. Utah businesses in aerospace manufacturing, diesel tech and life science have led the way in creating innovative work-based learning programs that connect high school students and adult learners with education pathways to quality, high-paying jobs.

“Companies across all industry sectors tell us their number one challenge is workforce,” said Val Hale, GOED executive director. “Our pathways programs train students for the jobs of today and tomorrow, while connecting Utah companies to top-notch talent in our state.”

In his State of the State address in January, Gov. Herbert announced Talent Ready Utah to help fill 40,000 new high-skill, high-paying jobs over the next four years. Talent Ready Utah builds upon the momentum of existing career pathways programs and provides the resources needed to connect industry and education.

“On behalf of the IEDC board of directors and Excellence in Economic Development Awards Advisory Committee, congratulations to the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development,” said Michael Langley, CEO of Greater MPS and 2017 IEDC Board Chair. “Not only did they work to provide a necessary service to their community; but also, their participation in the awards program sheds light on their stellar projects which other communities can now use as a benchmark.”

The award was presented at an awards ceremony on Sept. 19 during the IEDC Annual Conference, held Sept. 17-20 in Toronto, Canada.


GOED receives IEDC Silver Excellence award

Mr. F. Michael Langley, FM, CEO of GREATER MSP and 2017 IEDC board chair, presents the Silver Excellence Award to Kimberlee Carlile, GOED director of industry and talent initiatives.

About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) 

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Gov. Gary R. Herbert’s commitment to statewide economic development. The state’s economic 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. GOED provides extensive resources and support for business creation, growth and recruitment statewide, as well as programs to increase tourism and film production for the benefit of Utah residents. All administered programs are based upon strategic industry clusters to develop a diverse, sustainable economy. GOED accomplishes its mission through unprecedented partnerships. For more information please contact: Aimee Edwards, (801) 538-8811 or

About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. Among many activities which benefit the economy, IEDC’s members create high-quality jobs and develop vibrant communities.