In October, four Rural Coworking and Innovation Center grants were awarded by Go Utah’s Center for Rural Development. The grant program provides funding for facilities that serve individuals working in rural communities with infrastructure and equipment to participate in the online workforce. 

“The Economic Opportunity Office is making remote work more of a possibility for individuals located off the Wasatch Front through our Rural Coworking and Innovation Center program,” said Ryan Starks, Go Utah’s managing director of Business Services. “We are committed to serving all of Utah’s devoted workforce.”

The four recipients of the grant are:

  • Brigham City
  • Fountain Green City
  • Piute County
  • Roosevelt City

Each grant recipient has unique capabilities to serve the area as opportunities expand across the state for rural remote work, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Brigham City will refinish a commercial kitchen to accommodate multiple food entrepreneurs promoting farm-to-table food manufacturing, extended restaurant kitchen preparation, food trucks, and event food preparation.

Fountain Green is uniquely situated to draw remote workers, and their project will provide enhanced internet capacity in an area that needs better connectivity.

Piute County will use part of a newly constructed public facility for remote work, manufacturing innovation, and entrepreneurial startups.

Roosevelt City will convert the former county library into a remote worksite with common-area work stations and private offices for early-growth businesses.

The four awards will add to the 11 other locations where Rural Coworking and Innovation Center grants are open or currently under development. 

The operating Coworking and Innovation Centers are located in Blanding, Hanksville, Panguitch, Price, and Vernal. The facilities under development are located in Cedar City, Escalante, Green River, Moab, and Orangeville.