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GOED, DCC Poised for New Leadership

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., today announced changes in the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) and the Department of Community and Culture.

Jason Perry will be the new director of GOED, replacing Richard Bradford, who is planning to retire from state government after13 years of service.

"I am pleased to have Jason take the helm at GOED, as he has shown tremendous leadership skills in the Department of Commerce," Governor Huntsman said.

Perry is currently serving as deputy director of the Department of Commerce. He will assume this new role at GOED effective immediately.

Yvette Donosso Diaz, director of DCC has announced she will be returning to the private sector.

"It has been an honor to be the first Latina to serve in the Governor's cabinet. I initially came on board to help Governor Huntsman set a course for DCC," Diaz said. "Now that I have met that charge, I am returning to my legal career. I have appreciated the Governor's support of this new department and his goal to elevate Utah's cultural heritage."

Diaz' announcement will be effective at the end of the week.

"I am grateful for Yvette's willingness to help me build a strong foundation for the Department of Community and Culture," Governor Huntsman said. "While she will be missed in the administration, we wish her the very best as she pursues her professional goals."

Bradford will leave GOED and serve as acting director of DCC, a department he knows well, while a search committee, chaired by Pamela J. Atkinson, reviews applications for a permanent position.

"Dick is a very capable, experienced leader whose continued support during this time of transition is greatly appreciated."

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