Ben Hart: Forty Under 40

Congratulations to Ben Hart, deputy director of Governor’s Office of Economic Development. He was named one of Utah Business’ 2018 Forty Under 40 honorees.

Ben Hart, Governor's Office of Economic Development - Utah Business 2018 Forty Under 40

In his position at the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Ben Hart feels he has the opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of Utahns by helping create jobs. Hart works to recruit businesses to the Beehive State and, over his 16-year career, has helped create impactful workforce initiatives. For example, he was deeply involved in the creation of the Utah Aerospace Pathways Program, which offers students the opportunity to train and certify in aerospace manufacturing, and in Talent Ready Utah, the governor’s initiative to help connect the business and education community in order to create a more engaged and prepared workforce for the future.

“[I enjoy] helping create and grow high-paying jobs,” says Hart. “While some wonder how low the unemployment level can go, I believe we need to catalyze economic growth until every Utahn has the opportunity for meaningful employment and underemployment is no longer a concern.”

CAUSE HE’S PASSIONATE ABOUT: Education—in specific, helping students better prepare for future careers. He has served on boards and committees focused on career and technical education, along with work-based learning. Through his work at the Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership, the Utah Aerospace Pathways Program and Talent Ready Utah, Hart is directly involved in furthering educational efforts.