Associate Managing Director for Urban and Rural Business Services and Director of the Office of Rural Development
Rural Economic Development Outreach Specialist
Rural Development News
– KCPW on May 30, 2017 “Diversifying Rural Economies”, GOED’s Ben Hart and Joel McKay from Accelerant BSP sat down with KCPW 88.3 to discuss job growth and economic diversity in rural Utah-a great listen and insightful discussion
– Rural Business HQ by NVC Media on July 6, 2016 “Creating a more resilient rural economy”
– Herald Journal News Article by Kevin Opsahl on June 14, 2016 “Fast track to growth: State grants help rural Cache Valley businesses expand”
– Deseret News Editorial on June 6, 2016 “In our opinion: Rural Fast Track grants make a real difference in rural communities”
– Deseret News Article by Jasen Lee on May 19, 2016 “GOED announces nearly $2 million in incentives for rural businesses”
– The County Seat TV program, Sunday morning, May 15, 2016 (“Accelerant Program and Rural Utah”)
– The KRCL radio interview on Radio Active on Feb 23, 2016 (“Expanding Tech to Rural Utah” Discussion Begins at Minute 25)
Dedicated to facilitating business growth and economic vitality in Utah’s rural communities.
It is beneficial to the entire state to have a strong rural economy. The Office of Rural Development coordinates with rural jurisdictions and businesses for community improvements and economic development strategies.
An element of this strategy is to identify barrier to economic growth. Governor’s Rural Partnership Board made up of rural leaders and businessmen, provides input and assist with the economic barrier strategy.
We are major funding partners for your regional Utah Small Business Development Center and Procurement Technical Assistance Center and are committed to helping these organizations bring their services to your businesses. The Office of Rural Development coordinates with rural jurisdictions and businesses for community improvements and economic development strategies.
An element of this strategy is to identify barrier to economic growth. Governor’s Rural Partnership Board made up of rural leaders and businessmen, provides input and assist with the economic barrier strategy. To see the 2015 legislative recommendations prepared by the GRPB, click here.
Business expansion and development will continue to be the driving economic forces in rural Utah.
Governor’s Rural Partnership Board, made up of rural leaders and businessmen, provides input and assist with the economic barrier strategy.
Utah offers incentives to encourage business expansion. The Rural Office works with business to assess economic barriers and strategies for their removal.
Two programs we administer that impact rural Utah’s tax environment are the Utah Enterprise Zone Tax Credit and the Utah Recycling Market Development Tax Credit Program.
The Office of Rural Development supports local rural communities develop and implement their economic or community development strategies. This is provided through both technical and financial assistance. Financial assistance is provided through our Rural Grants.
The State of Utah has made a strategic investment to drive economic growth through regional workforce development by participation in the Work Ready Utah Initiative. This partnership between the Department of Workforce Services, UCAP, Higher Education, Career and technical education, public education, the chambers of commerce and EDCUtah will provide a framework for aligning education and workforce development in order to advance economic development at the regional and community level. Read the Governor’s letter of support to business leaders here.