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.

"We are exceedingly proud of Jerry's work in nurturing economic development in our state," said Salt Lake City Office Managing Partner Mark R. Gaylord. "And his commitment to economic development reflects Ballard Spahr’s larger and deeply held commitment to public service within the state of Utah."

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.

Ballard Spahr's Salt Lake City office opened in 1987 and is home to lawyers who practice in litigation, labor and employment, real estate, and business law. Its attorneys are known for engaging in the community and playing an important role in civic life, including leadership positions with various local organizations throughout the state.