Utah County econ­omy good for busi­nesses

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Mike Stans eld

De­spite some dis­agree­ments over the past year on sev­eral is­sues, one thing that Utah County com­mis­sion­ers could agree on in a re­cent meet­ing was that the state of Utah County is ex­cel­lent and it is one of the best places in the coun­try to es­tab­lish a busi­ness, live, work and raise a fam­ily.

Com­mis­sion Board Chair­man Larry Ellert­son pointed out that Utah County’s econ­omy has been num­ber one in the state for the past three years and he promised to con­tinue that trend. He pointed out that the county has an ac­tive eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment ef­fort go­ing on in the county with “22 en­ti­ties look­ing at Utah County with the pos­si­bil­ity of lo­cat­ing their busi­ness here.”

All aspects of the county ex­pe­ri­enced growth this past year in­clud­ing busi­ness, hous­ing and em­ploy­ment, with ma­jor in­di­ca­tors show­ing that pat­tern of growth is ex­pected to con­tinue in 2016.

Trans­porta­tion will con­tinue to be a top pri­or­ity, ac­cord­ing to both Com­mis­sioner Bill Lee and Ellert­son. “If peo­ple can’t get around, they won’t lo­cate here,” Ellert­son said. In ad­di­tion, the com­mis­sion­ers will work on such di­verse is­sues as im­prov­ing Utah Lake, Bridal Veil Falls and area hik­ing trails as well as the de­vel­op­ment of an agri­cul­tural sus­tain­abil­ity plan.

Com­mis­sioner Greg Graves thanked those in the de­part­ments he over­sees for all the work they do. “It’s been an ex­treme honor to serve with th­ese peo­ple and serve this county,” Graves said.

In ad­di­tion to their re­ports on the state of the county, com­mis­sion­ers honored Dr. Joseph Miner with the Com­mis­sion­ers Medal of Honor and Moun­tain Coun­try Foods as Utah County Busi­ness of the Year.

Dr. Joseph Miner who re­ceived the Com­mis­sion­ers Medal of Honor served as di­rec­tor of the Utah County Health Depart­ment for 32 years. Ear­lier this sum­mer Gov­er­nor Gary Her­bert named him ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Utah State Health Depart­ment. Dr. Miner earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree from BYU in 1971, a med­i­cal de­gree from the Univer­sity of Utah School of Medicine in 1974, and a mas­ter’s in pub­lic health from the Univer­sity of Utah in 1983.

The Busi­ness of the Year Award was pre­sented to Moun­tain Coun­try Food own­ers Doug and Carol Ford. The busi­ness, lo­cated in Span­ish Fork, was founded in 1974 by Doug Ford. It has been a fam­ily-owned and op­er­ated com­pany for more than 39 years. Start­ing out as a very small jerky (for hu­man con­sump­tion) man­u­fac­turer, it is now one of the largest pet treat man­u­fac­tur­ers in the United States

A list of the Board of Com­mis­sion­ers’ 2016 goals and 2015 county depart­ment re­ports can be found at utah­county.gov.

Doug and Carol Ford, own­ers of Moun­tain Coun­try Food, re­ceive the Busi­ness of the Year Award from the Utah County Com­mis­sion. The busi­ness is lo­cated in Span­ish Fork.

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