The Bear River Association of Governments (BRAG) is having an organizing meeting this Wednesday that will have as an agenda item discussion about a Regional Economic Development Plan. On KVNU’s For the People program last week, the guest was BRAG Community and Economic Development director Brian Carver who talked about the plan and why it is important.
“What this plan allows us to do is work together as communities and businesses and other stakeholders in the region to kind of create a ground up, locally-driven strategy to focus on what makes Northern Utah, or specifically our three counties of Box Elder, Cache and Rich, competitive,” according to Carver. “What makes us successful and such a great place to live?”
He said the philosophy behind this plan is that the region is stronger together than individually when it comes to competing in a global economy. He said no business or community can stand by itself and the interdependency between the communities can be seen by the number of people who commute outside their community.
“You look at the impact at some place like ATK Orbital over in Box Elder County has. They employed thousands of people and not just from Box Elder County, they drew workforce from as far away as Weber and Davis counties as well as thousands of people here in Cache County that would commute over there daily. In Cache County we have the university that’s a big draw regionally.”
The organizing meeting on Wednesday will be held at West Liberty Foods in Tremonton at 705 North 2000 West in a meeting room set up at the facility and the public is invited. For more information in Cache County call (435) 752-7242 or go to brag.utah.gov.