Val Hale, executive director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED), has appointed Benjamin Hart as deputy director. Hart previously served two years as managing director of urban and rural business services at GOED. With this new appointment, he will oversee corporate recruitment and international trade, along with several additional programs. Prior to GOED, Hart was director of employer support initiatives at the Utah Department of Workforce Services, served as economic development and community development block grant administrator at Layton City, and worked in business underwriting at Zions Bank. Hart received a Master of Science in Economics at the University of Utah.