RICHFIELD – The Six County Association of Governments (SCAOG) and Six County Economic Development District (SCEDD) held their Twenty-Eighth Annual General Board and Recognition Banquet December 6, 2017. Commissioner Byron Woodland, Juab County and SCAOG Board Chair officiated at the event. Commissioner Rick Blackwell, Piute County and SCEDD Board Chair conducted the economic and community development recognition segment in which businesses and community leaders were honored for their outstanding efforts and contributions to the area’s economy and community development. Local elected officials presented a “2017 Business-of-the-Year” recognition award to a business from their respective county. Those honored as county 2017 businesses of the year include:
Delta Auto and Appliance was honored as Millard County’s business of the year. Craig and Lori Sorenson received the award presented by Mr. Scott Barney, Director, Millard Economic Development Agency.
National Vinyl Products received Juab County’s business of the year recognition. Brent Boswell, Director, Juab County Economic Development made the presentation to Scott Thompson and Justin Hadfield.
Legacy Outdoor Adventures was Wayne County’s business of the year. Mr. Adus Dorsey, Director, Wayne County Economic Development presented the award to Troy Faddis, Ray Barlow, and Derek Daley.
Tomatoes Pizza Pie was honored as the Piute County business of the year. Donovan Strong and Dave Strong received the award recognition presented by Commissioner Darin Bushman.
Storm Ridge Ranch was honored by Sevier County. Commissioner Ralph Brown made the presentation to Rick and MaryAnn Larsen.
Dirk’s Farm House Restaurant, Manti Country Village Motel, and Correnti’s Kitchen and Floral was Sanpete County’s business of the year. Commissioner Claudia Jarrett presented the award to Jessica Warren and Dirk and Sandra Correnti.
The Regional Beautification Award was presented to Nephi City for accomplishing their goal of completing their Main Street Beautification Project. Nephi City Mayor Mark Jones and Nephi City Manager Seth Atkinson received the traveling trophy and recognition award from Commissioner Rick Blackwell.
The Region honored Intermountain Power Agency (IPA) and Intermountain Power Project (IPP) with Region Recognition Awards. IPA/IPP was recognized for over 30 years of business operation in which over 400 direct and hundreds of indirect jobs were created and maintained, for generating nearly one billion dollars of direct taxes for the State and local government, and for involvement in civic and community programs which has greatly enhanced the economic vitality of the Six County region. Commissioner Wayne Jackson made the presentation to Jon and Liz Christensen.
Commissioner Rick Blackwell recognized the Six County Area Sector Analysis Process Project (ASAP). This project identified a targeted business and industry analysis for Juab, Millard, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier, and Wayne Counties. A compilation of data from each of the six counties were evaluated for a regional analysis. Commissioner Blackwell likened the ASAP as “the eHarmony of matching business ideal with those of counties and communities”. The Six County Economic Development District received a National Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) in their Annual Training Conference held in Anchorage, Alaska in August of this year. Mr. Don Albrecht, Director of the Western Rural Development Center, Dr. Marion Bentley, and Mr. Jody Gale, representing Utah State University Extension, Ms. Nan Anderson, representing the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Mr. Russ Cowley, Director of SCAOG, along with county economic development directors including Mr. Brent Boswell, Juab County; Mr. Scott Barney, Millard County; Commissioner Darin Bushman, Piute County; Mr. Kevin Christensen, Sanpete County; Mr. Malcolm Nash, Sevier County; and, Mr. Adus Dorsey were presented duplications of the NADO Innovation Award in behalf of their respective organization’s participation. Other partner agencies participating in the project included the U.S. Economic Development Agency (EDA), the Economic Development Corporation of Utah, and the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.
Commissioner Woodland recognized Mayor Gayle Bunker, Delta City; Mayor Russell Mangleson, Levan Town; and, Mayor Gil Hunt, Bicknell Town who are not continuing their public service and leaving the SCAOG Board. He recognized Mayor Bunker, who was not in attendance, for his 16 years of mayoral service and 4 years as a member of the SCAOG Board. Mayor Mangleson was recognized for 8 years of service as mayor and 4 years as an SCAOG Board member. Mayor Gil Hunt served 4 years as mayor and SCAOG Board member. Commissioner Woodland expressed thanks on behalf of the SCAOG for their dedicated service and wished them well in their future endeavors.
Commissioner Woodland explained the traditional rotation process in which the mantle of the Chair for the SCAOG is passed to another commissioner. He then expressed appreciation for the opportunity he has had of serving in this capacity over the past year. After his remarks, he introduced and passed the gavel to Commissioner Wayne Jackson of Millard County whom will assume responsibilities of Chair for the SCAOG Board(s).
Commissioner Jackson expressed appreciation to Commissioner Woodland for the commitment, dedication, and leadership he had rendered as SCAOG Chair during the past year. He noted that Commissioner Woodland was in his second term as commissioner and looked forward to working with him during the next year as he continued his service on the SCAOG Board.
The SCAOG and SCEDD sponsors the Six County General Board and Recognition Banquet annually. The SCAOG General Board consists of all eighteen commissioners and one appointed mayor from Juab, Millard, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier, and Wayne Counties.
—Six County Association of Governments