2015 Membership Drive

Dear Utah Alliance Members,

With 2015 upon us it is time to renew your membership in Utah Alliance. We are excited to continue serving you in the new year. We are looking to expand our meetings this year. Two of our quarterly meetings will have evening networking sessions and expanded afternoon and morning sessions. It is our goal to provide more networking opportunities and enhanced training for this year.

The Alliance is supported by its membership. As we move forward it becomes imperative that to maintain and grow membership the Alliance needs to ensure you receive value for your investment. We provide value through networking, education and information sharing. We also intend to provide improved access to economic development and business professionals. As part of our efforts to enhance value, we have updated the web site that provides state wide economic information, easier access and flow of information, and more linkages. Also, coming soon will be expanded registration alternatives through direct pay for membership and meetings. We will continue providing a quarterly newsletter that highlights Utah success stories, timely economic development topics, legislative issues and state wide programs. We also want to provide increased exposure for you to share information about your organization and/or business.

In this economy everyone is trying to do more with less. We want the Utah Alliance to facilitate knowledge sharing and provide tools and resource to help all of its membership continue being successful. We exist to serve you, and we ask for continued support in 2015. We are planning meetings on January 14 in St. George; April 15-16 at the Ogden Weber Applied Technology College; July 16 in Lehi; and October 14-15 in Cedar City.

Sincerely,

Mickey Beaver
Chair and

Marlin Eldred
Vice Chair

Registration form is located here

Time to Register for What's Up Down South

The 18th annual Washington County Economic Summit, "What's Up Down South" is scheduled for January 15, 2015 at the Dixie Convention Center in St. George. This annual event is billed as one of the premier business planning activities in Utah.  

You can currently register for the early-bird price of $95. After January 12, the price goes up to $125.

For more information on this event:

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or call 435-652-7724

Daggett County Reaches Compromise on Land Dispute

SALT LAKE CITY — A compromise reached on contentious, decades-old land disputes in Daggett County will be incorporated into a lands bill in Congress and could serve as the template for how the rest of the country strikes a balance between conservation and resource development.

During a Wednesday announcement of the deal brokered under the direction of Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, Daggett County Commissioner Jerry Steglich said if groups could reach agreement there, it could happen about anywhere.

The agreement, Steglich said, has Daggett County giving up one-fifth of its land mass — about 100,000 acres for wilderness and conservation designations — with an eye to getting nearly 7,000 acres for resort development he said will help diversify the county's economic base.

GOED Asking for Input on Tanner LLC Review of Incentive Programs

Financial incentives are provided by the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development for business relocation and expansion.  These incentives are used to select companies that create new, high-paying jobs that help improve the standard of living, diversify the state economy, increase the tax base, attract and retain top-level management, and encourage graduates of in-state universities to remain in Utah. 

Recently, GOED's incentive program was audited by the State Auditor and also by an independent review team, Tanner LLC. GOED would like you to read the Tanner review and share your feedback with GOED officials. The report can be found here.