At the monthly Business Expansion and Retention(BEAR) meeting the staff reported that while they had gotten a mixed review of holiday spending from the local business community, the feeling expressed about the direction things were headed was generally positive.
BEAR will be moving into the Center for Workforce Development on the USU campus this month.
The new Economic Development Director Tami Ursenbach was on hand to introduce herself to the group. She replaced Delynn Fielding who was appointed to a position at the state level. She has recently moved to the area from Idaho where she brings five years of experience in economic development and 15 years in marketing.
New Wellington Mayor Joan Powell took a few minutes to introduce herself to the group and talk about a few of her ideas for Wellington City. She also put on her hat as an avid four-wheeler and talked about the economic value that developing a good system of four-wheel user trails could have to the area.
The meeting was opened by Zion’s Bank President Errol Holt. He emphasized the need to be prepared for constantly changing times in many areas that are important to the economic health of the community. He said that banking, real estate and energy industries are all undergoing marked changes that will have an impact.
He pointed out that the most successful businesses in the area are the ones that are reaching out beyond the Carbon/Emery footprint to do business. He said that the international market is still an untapped area that many local businesses could look into for expansion.
The Director of Small Business at the Center for Workforce Development, Ryan Murray, took a couple of minutes to introduce himself. He has just moved to the area from Tooele.