John Minnick to join St George Area Economic Development as Executive Director

ST. GEORGE — St. George Area Economic Development (SGAED) has selected a new executive director to lead the organization in driving and coordinating economic development efforts with public and private sector partners across Washington County.

John E. Minnick relocates to Southern Utah from Las Vegas, where he worked as a Business Development Officer in the Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development for UNLV’s Division of Research and Economic Development. He brings 20 years of economic development, business development, innovation management, entrepreneurship, start-up, and workforce development and training experience to his new role. 

“It is my great pleasure to accept the position of Executive Director," said Minnick. “As a native Utahn with family in Southern Utah, I am invested in the success of the greater Washington County area and thrilled to become a driving force of positive change in a region I love deeply.”

Business and community partners will have the opportunity to meet John Minnick at the What’s Up Down South Economic Summit in St. George on January 13, 2022. Register for the event at: sgasummit.com.

Former SGAED deputy director Rusty Hughes, who joined Washington City in May as its economic development director and currently serves on the SGAED Board, believes John is an excellent addition to the team. 

“He will hit the ground running, contributing his knowledge, skills and energy to achieving our goals,” Hughes said. “I look forward to him joining our leadership team and facilitating important economic development strategies and initiatives.”

Added LaDel Laub, Chairman of the SGAED Board of Directors: “We enthusiastically welcome John. His deep experience and collaborative style align with our organization’s commitment to strengthening our community as a whole by being a catalyst for robust, sustainable prosperity in tune with the spirited cultural environment of Southern Utah.”

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About St. George Area Economic Development

St. George Area Economic Development is a collaborative organization led by business and community leaders to strengthen and develop Southern Utah’s economy. Our objective is to be a catalyst for prosperity that is robust, sustainable and in tune with the spirited cultural environment of Southern Utah. Our organization is focused on pursuing the future while honoring our roots. We’re reaching out to companies and industries that can help us diversify our economy as we preserve the warmth of our culture. Lasting success is our goal. Doing it right is our promise.

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