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Get your SPOOK on, at the Shakespeare Festival

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Dracula

In conjunction with our fall meeting, the Utah Alliance has made arrangements with the Shakespeare Festival to provide you the opportunity to purchase half-priced tickets for DRACULA on the night of October 14. Make plans to spend that afternoon with other Alliance Members at a "behind-the-scenes" tour of the festival beginning at 3:50 p.m. We will then do some networking and attend the play in evening. 

Use the online coupon code DRACULA to get discounted tickets for the Wednesday, October 14, 7:30 pm performance of Dracula, the original vampire story based on the novel by Bram Stoker, at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Tickets range from $19 to $37.50, with the discount, including all fees. Go to www.bard.org, select the performance, the seats you would like, and then enter the coupon code DRACULA on the confirmation screen before you complete payment. 

Website www.bard.org

Ticket Office phone 800-752-9849

Spring 2017 Meeting Presentations

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Copies of some of the presentations made at the Nephi City meeting are located here.

Utah/Juab County Highlights presented by Brent Boswell, Juab County ED Director and Rick Carlton, Juab County Commission

2017 Legislative Update presented by Lincoln Shurtz, Government Affairs Director, UAC

EDCUtah New Research Options presented by Max Backlund, Director Public Development, EDCU

Houweling's Tomatoes presented by David Bell

Utah Prosperity Project

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Utah is consistently recognized as the best performing, most diverse economy in the nation. Over the past seven years, Forbes magazine has named Utah the “Best Place in America for Business and Careers” six times. This kind of success does not happen without great leadership, and in Utah, we are lucky to have Gov. Gary R. Herbert at the helm.

The purpose of the “Utah Prosperity Project” is to highlight Utah’s economic successes and areas for improvement. With that goal in mind, there is no better person to speak with than Gov. Herbert. I had the chance to speak with the governor about future goals for the state and discuss areas we need to focus on if we want to continue to achieve economic success.


Strengths
Undoubtedly one of the state’s greatest successes is the strength of its economy. To illustrate this, Gov. Herbert noted that Department of Labor Statistics data shows Utah has the best private sector job growth creation rate of any state in America today. But he was careful to note that it is not just about the economy. Utah is doing well in a lot of areas. It has been able to meet its infrastructure needs and demands despite being the fastest growing state in America.

“That’s a significantly heavy lift,” said Gov. Herbert. “We’ve dealt with our infrastructure needs in a fiscally prudent way, while improving efficiency throughout much of our state government by 25 percent. We have fewer state employees today than we did 15 years ago. These things have not been easy, but are necessary for success and prosperity.”

Gov. Herbert circumscribed it all – job creation, the strength of our infrastructure, improvements in education and efficiency in state government – by noting that such successes lead to a great quality of life and economic opportunity. But there is a caveat, he explained. “While the data clearly shows that Utah has enjoyed significant success, we aren’t perfect, and we must not rest on our laurels. There’s much yet to be done.”

Challenges
When I asked the Governor what he viewed as the state’s greatest challenge he did not hesitate to say growth. Utah’s population is expected to double by 2060 and that growth will put a strain on resources from the state level all the way down to counties, cities and towns. A growing population will impact infrastructure, education systems, supply chains and so much more.

“We need to make sure we can accommodate the state’s projected growth. We need to anticipate it, plan for it, and make sure we are in fact prepared for what is to come. Otherwise, we will experience a diminution in that unmatched quality of life that Utah has achieved through toil and strife. Being prepared is going to take some effort, some coordinated planning, and unprecedented collaboration between all levels of government and the private sector,” he advised.

Forward Looking
So where does the Governor see the state in the next five years?

“I believe that we will continue to have success economically, and we’ll focus on the issues at hand to ensure that our already outstanding quality of life continues to improve.”

Utahns need to be visionary, he added, to see what needs to be done to accommodate the rising generation, so that they have opportunities to enjoy the state’s quality of life.

“We need to continue to look forward, not only at our short-term needs, but also at medium and long-term needs,” he continued. “We want to make sure Utah’s government continues to be an efficient government -- one under which the taxpayer feels that their money is being spent appropriately, and with thoughtfulness.”

Further, he said the state should maintain an appropriate and proper role in safety net services, and added that he will be looking at tax reform and opportunities for the 2018 legislative session.

“Over the next several years, we will try to set the table - not just for 2017 or 2018, but for the next generation,” he said. “The status of the country is somewhat dysfunctional, but Utah will continue to be a leading state. Our long-held conservative principles and heavy reliance on evidence-based policymaking provides an example for other states and for the federal government. If other states or Washington look to what we’re doing here in Utah, they can experience same kind of success we enjoy.”

He emphasized that Utah is becoming an “island of tranquility in the sea of chaos and conflict” we see across the country, and that Utah has an important role to be a good example of what he calls “the Utah way.” That, he said, will help others find a similar path to prosperity.

“Utah,” he added, “is the best place to live, work, and raise a family -- and our goal is that the unmatched lifestyle that is experienced within our state will ever endure.”

by WTC Utah President and CEO Derek Miller

Wayne County now home to Rural Development Field Office

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BICKNELL – The quarters and furnishings may seem unassuming — one woman, a small desk, a computer and a cell phone. But no mistake about it, Wayne County has landed a high-powered linkage to one of Utah’s best economic development resources.

Wayne County is now home to the field office of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) Rural Development Program, with Nan Anderson at the helm. Previously housed in Cedar City, GOED’s Rural Development field office moved to Wayne County with Ms. Anderson’s hire back in February.

“One of the requirements for the position is that the field office person reside within a rural county,” said Anderson.

GOED’s rural development office is best known for its Rural Fast Track grants and for its work with businesses to tap into the benefits of Enterprise Zones. However, the rural development office works at a variety of levels to support job opportunities and economic development in rural areas, including support for Governor Herbert’s challenge to create 25,000 new jobs in rural Utah by 2020.

Anderson’s territory includes the bulk of southern Utah. “If you were to run a line across the state from Juab County South that’s my territory,” said Anderson. But being located in Wayne County does provide entrepreneurs in the region with a leg-up on introductions and face-to-face meetings.

“Basically we do rural outreach, we work to support the county’s economic development priorities. We learn and listen about those priorities and try to see how our GOED program can accommodate and support those priorities. All counties want enhanced economic development, but the difference from county to county can vary tremendously. For example, some are tourism oriented, others not so much,” said Anderson.

“Rural Fast Track grants are one of the best tools we have in our program,” Anderson said. She noted that she is currently overseeing approximately a dozen projects that are “somewhere in the pipeline” between application, approval or project completion.

“It has been for me so rewarding and fun to watch the application, get it through a rigorous process–which is necessary when using taxpayer dollars–and get it through the process,” said Anderson. Rural Fast Track guidelines require, for example, that a business be already established for a minimum of two years, and business owners must provide matching funding.

Anderson serves as one member of a three-person team. Linda Gillmor is Director of the GOED Office of Rural Development, and James Dixon is the BEAR (business expansion and retention) officer. Each of the other two positions are based in Salt Lake City.

“Entrepreneurship is so vital to Rural Utah. A company that employs one or two people in Wayne or Garfield County is huge,” said Anderson.

Anderson says that the first step for any individual or previously established business person to tap into economic development resources is to first contact their county economic development officer. In Garfield County that would be Justin Fischer, and in Wayne County, Adus Dorsey.

“County economic development are our partners and extensions of our sales force, if you will. For start- ups, the first step is reach out to your county economic director. They know the resources that are available,” said Anderson.

GOED’s Rural Development field office is located at 111 W. Main Street in Bicknell. Nan Anderson can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 801-631-0141.