February 21, 2017
Recently, I was able to attend Rural County Day on the Hill. Governor Herbert, Lt Governor Cox, Representative Albrecht, and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development addressed us. There was also a bit of Q&A for each.
In the Governor’s recent State of the State address, he said he wants to add 25,000 jobs to rural Utah. The Governors Rural Partnership Board put together the map to the left (click for a pdf) of how one job in rural Utah compares to a job on the Wasatch Front. For 1 job in Emery County, it is estimated to about 50 jobs on the Wasatch Front. That is quite significant. I told the Governor that rural Utah needs the infrastructure that the Wasatch front takes for granted in order to be able to develop and diversify our economies. I told him we have rail, highway, power, but fiber optic broadband; what we are missing in parts or our county is natural gas. The public utility rules and statutes need to change for them to be able to expand and provide money to operate and maintain the infrastructure. We’ll see where it goes.
Another aspect of this Day on the Hill was a presentation of Health Equity that expanded their business to Carbon county. I have heard that they have approximately 40 people from Emery County working there.
Some exciting things are happening in Emery County.
Gagon’s medical center in Huntington is underway. This project will not only help create good jobs but rehabbing an old building on Main Street.
The robotics club participated in two qualifiers and the state tournament within the last couple weeks they took first and second in the qualifiers and fourth in state out of 36 teams. We are hoping Senate Bill 190 passes so it will help continue to fund our robotics program. The goal of the robotics club is to help our kids learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math).
Summa Robotics and Any Craft LLC hired 15 people so far and are currently looking through 85 applications. You’ll see him continue to hire as he expands.
Four businesses have received the fast track Grant recently: Johansen and Tuttle Engineering, Conductive Composites, High Desert Excavation and Genco Mine Service. These grants have helped our local businesses expand.
There is a $25 million Dollar project on Millsite dam and that will put many of our contractors and subcontractors to work for the next two years. This project should bring good work and money to our community.