Alliance Spring Meeting - A Two Day Event

It's time to mark your calendars and plan on attending the Spring Utah Alliance Meeting. This year we are adding a new feature to two of our meetings. We are extending the schedule to include time for more hands on economic development training. A time for us to discuss, share and learn from each other in a more meaningful way than we have done in the past. In order to accomplish that, we will begin our meeting on Wednesday, April 15 at 1:00. We have some great afternoon training planned and a networking dinner that evening. The next morning, we will begin additional training and speakers. The best part of the this meeting is that it isn't going to cost you anymore money to attend. 

Follow this link to our meetings page to register for this outstanding event.  

We have a block of room reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn for $109. To reserve your room, call the hotel at 801-399-2000 and give them the code: ECON.

Spring Meeting Announcement

NerdWallet ranks Provo #7 in tech funding, innovation and startup activity

7. Provo, Utah, metro area
Home to Brigham Young University, one of the largest private universities in the nation, the Provo area is another city that benefits from having a large community of young, well-educated workers. While the area clocked the lowest number of patents for 1,000 residents in our top 10 at only 2.89, it still receives above-average amounts of venture capital funding. The national spotlight recently fell on a Provo startup, Cerebral Success, which focuses on brain health, and it earned a chance to compete on the TV show “Shark Tank.”


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.