Chris Roybal to Lead New Weber/Davis Economic Development Entity
SALT LAKE CITY (June 26, 2019) - Davis and Weber Counties and the Economic Development Corporation of Utah announced today that Chris Roybal will serve as executive director of the new regional economic development entity that will brand and promote the Northern Utah region.
Roybal has extensive experience with economic development in Utah, having served in the past as president and CEO of EDCUtah and as Gov. Jon Huntsman’s senior advisor for economic development. Since leaving Gov. Huntsman's office, Roybal was President and COO of a 400-employee logistics company in Utah.
“We’re excited to launch this initiative and pleased that an experienced professional such as Chris Roybal will lead the effort,” said Davis County Commissioner Bob Stevenson. “He knows the people, process, and potential of our counties.”
The entity – which is yet to be named – was approved by the county commissions on June 18, 2019. Prior to those approvals via a competitive bid process, the commissions awarded to the Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah) the three-year contract to launch and support the new entity.
"I look forward to working with Davis and Weber county stakeholders, and leveraging the resources of the state and EDCUtah to help bolster the economy in Northern Utah," Roybal said. “The two-county region has considerable assets to help attract and retain businesses.”
The regional economic development entity will focus on the following areas:
- Create a strategy for regional economic development.
- Provide organizational structure and resources to implement and deliver on strategy.
- Coordinate with Davis and Weber County municipalities and businesses.
- Assist local businesses with expansion and retention initiatives.
- Engage with local, national, and international businesses to showcase Davis and Weber Counties and attract new businesses.
- Engage with site selectors to effectively market the region as a location of choice.
- Leverage existing assets to maximize the marketability and attractiveness to outside business.
“Successful economic development doesn’t happen by accident. It takes a proactive, aggressive, and creative approach such as this. Rest assured, this will be smart, thoughtful growth,” said Weber County Commissioner Gage Froerer. “I, like many of you, have children who are growing up that I want to be able to live and have a career nearby. This program will help accomplish this shared goal for generations to come.”
In coming weeks, the entity plans to announce the members of its advisory board, which include county, private sector, and EDCUtah representatives.
“The Davis and Weber Counties region is business friendly and boasts a high-quality workforce,” said Theresa Foxley, president and CEO of EDCUtah. “We’re ready to provide the new entity with the marketing, research, community development, and administrative resources needed to succeed.”