Salt Lake City– Jerold G. Oldroyd, Senior Counsel at Ballard Spahr, was honored today with the 2018 Thayne Robson Award for Leadership in Economic Development from the Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah). Each year, the EDCUtah awards committee recognizes two individuals for their impact and contributions to economic development in Utah in both the private and public sectors. The recipient of Thayne Robson Award embodies Mr. Robson’s legacy as a business researcher and professor at the University of Utah, through excellence in economic development, cooperation, collaboration, statewide vision, private sector leadership, and public-private-partnerships. Mr. Oldroyd encapsulates Mr. Robson’s legacy that includes a long history of fostering economic development in Utah. In October 1999, Mr. Oldroyd was appointed by Governor Michael O. Leavitt to the Board of Business and Economic Development, which helps to recruit businesses to the state of Utah and assists Utah businesses in their plans for expansion. After nearly two decades on the Board, during which great economic growth has been experienced throughout Utah, Mr. Oldroyd now serves as Chair.At Ballard Spahr, Mr. Oldroyd focuses his practice on lobbying and government affairs—advising clients on regulatory, legislative, and municipal matters. He has been at the forefront of legislative initiatives relating to financing, technology, and telecommunications. Mr. Oldroyd was also involved in drafting, negotiating, and securing the passage of the Utah Venture Capital Enhancement Act, which attracts venture capital markets to assist Utah-based early-stage ventures.
Salt Lake City–On Aug. 15, 2018, Chad C. Baker was nominated and confirmed by the board of directors as the chairman of the 103-year-old Utah Mining Association (UMA) www.utahmining.org. UMA is a non-profit organization that advocates for and advances the mineral resource and related industries in Utah. Mr. Baker is a lawyer at Parsons Behle & Latimer (PB&L) www.parsonsbehle.com law firm whose practice focuses on environmental and natural resources and energy and utilities. Parsons Behle & Latimer is rooted in the mining industry. Mr. Baker has served on UMA’s executive board for the past six years. Mr. Baker will serve a one-year term as chairman. He says 2018 has been a successful year for the organization. Mining has played a long and important role in Utah, and Mr. Baker believes it will continue to do so as Utah’s economy grows and diversifies. He encourages Utah businesses with ties to the mining industry to join the UMA, stating that for more than 100 years, the UMA has been the leading voice supporting and promoting the mining and mineral industries in Utah as well as related goods and Utah service providers. To learn more about the UMA, and mining’s role in our daily lives, visit www.utahmining.org