Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams announced that he has hired Stuart A. Clason as the county’s next regional economic development director. Clason replaces Christina Oliver who earlier this summer accepted a position with the county’s Division of Parks and Recreation.
“I’m excited that Stuart has accepted my offer to join our team. This is a busy time for the county, as we partner with World Trade Center Utah and others on a major initiative to expand the number of regional businesses that successfully tap into global markets,” said McAdams. “Half of all Utah jobs in 2012 were in Salt Lake County. Our effort now is to continue to do what’s working well, and support the private sector as it grows the number of good-paying jobs that provide an excellent quality of life for employees.”
McAdams said Clason comes to the county from the Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development, where he served as the state expert on issues relating to oil, gas and mining. Prior to that, Clason was the director of economic development in Salt Lake City, where, among other projects, he managed the due diligence for the Google Fiber initiative. Clason holds a BA in English Literature from Louisiana State University and a Master of Science in Economic Development from the London School of Economics.
"I am honored that Mayor McAdams and his staff decided to include me on their team as they work to build upon the county's success. Since moving to the state, I have always been impressed with the mayor and his team and look forward to being a part of this dynamic group,” said Clason.
McAdams said Clason begins work on September 28th.