Marlin Eldred Bio
Mr. Marlin Eldred has vast experience in municipal, county and private economic development. Specifically, he has served over 16 years helping private and public entities expand their economic programs. Most recently, he is the Economic Development Director of Lehi City. Where he is responsible for business retention and recruitment, downtown revitalization, community engagement and helping to create a better quality of life for Lehi residents. While he is new to the position he hopes to bring his vast knowledge and experience to help Lehi grow into the future.
As the President and CEO of Economic Development Planning Group he worked with numerous rural communities and counties in the State of Utah. Projects include contract negotiations, Economic Development Strategic Planning, meeting facilitation and consensus building, Community Development Area Creation, Sales Tax Leakage Study and more. With his diverse background Mr. Eldred can help municipalities determine the realities of where they are at with economic development, create a feasible path and generate goals to accomplish desired outcomes. Relationship building and a defined path are two critical keys to success.
As the Community and Economic Development Director in Davis County, he worked directly with 15 cities—developing 18 Community Development Areas (CDAs) and establishing business retention programs throughout the county. He was the Administrator of Council of Governments and a $4.5M Business Development Loan Fund. Mr. Eldred was instrumental in working with cities to attract new and relocating businesses to Davis County. One of his most distinguished accomplishments was the establishment of Davis Unified Economic Development (DUED).
Mr. Eldred was born and raised in Utah. He joined the Marine Corps after high school and has been around the world. He left the military to pursue his educational goals and holds a master from The University of Phoenix and has received his Community Development Certification and is one of three Certified Economic Development practitioners in the State of Utah. He is Married to the love of his life, Jill and they have four wonderful children.