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  • County commissioners select attorney to help form EDA for the county


By Myrna Trauntvein
Times-News Correspondent


An attorney has been selected to help form a special agency.
Randall S. Feil, a Bountiful based attorney, is willing to contract with Juab County to serve as the attorney to help the county form a community development agency.
It is a goal of Juab County Commissioners to develop such an agency.
"I have talked with several attorneys," said Rick Carlton, commissioner.
He said that Bob Springmeyer, president at the Salt Lake City-based consulting firm Bonneville Research, highly recommended Feil to get the job done for Juab County.
The Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) has been helping the county, said Carlton, but a community development agency would be a tool that would be a great benefit to the economy of the county.
A community development agency is a not-for-profit organization incorporated to provide programs, offer services and engage in other activities that promote and support economic development.
"This would be a county-wide agency," said Carlton.
The agency was not being designed for a specific piece of property or any specific area of the county, he said.
Such agencies, by definition, usually serve a geographic location such as a county or community and can be involved in a variety of activities including economic development designed to promote and draw business that will create economic vitality.
Every state and many local governments have economic development agencies and Juab County would like to be one of them.
At the first commission meeting in August, Glenn Greenhalgh, county planning director, said that such an agency would be of great benefit to the county in working to develop the local economy.
"If you, commissioners, approve considering the creation of an EDA (Economic Development Agency), you would take the initial step to set up an agency as a vehicle for us to attract other businesses into the county" said Greenhalgh during that meeting.
The agency would be dedicated to assisting new and established businesses start, grow and succeed.
Always, the primary goal is to promote economic growth and stability by supporting existing businesses and attracting new businesses.
Economic Development Agencies are used to foster a shared vision of local economic development, create an entrepreneurial culture, and bring into being a system of services to public and private organizations that can support local economic development.
The essential mission of EDAs are to create jobs and improve the economic opportunity of the area.
Carlton, said that he and Byron Woodland, commissioner, and Greenhalgh had done research concerning forming a community development agency in Juab.
Woodland said that he had, for a time, worked in the county as the economic development director and was in support of forming an agency.
Feil will provide the legal framework needed to create the agency.
"Feil came highly recommended and is willing to do the job for us," said Carlton.