EDCUtah adds Layton leaders to its executive board

Oct 18 2011 - 8:00pm

LAYTON -- State Sen. Stuart Adams, R-Layton, and Layton Mayor Steve Curtis have been named to the executive board of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah.

Both have been on the board of trustees for EDCUtah and will have more responsibility in the organization.

"I don't know if it is particularly an advantage, but it helps us have a voice in what develops in Northern Utah and around Layton," Curtis said.

"We know that we are keying on the composite industry and also the aerospace industry. That not only plays into the East Gate Business Research Park but it also plays into the Military Installation Development Authority, which is Falcon Hill."

EDCUtah started in 1987 as a private, nonprofit organization and has formed a public/private partnership. The organization works with state and local governments as well as private industry to attract and grow competitive, high-value companies and spur the development and expansion of Utah businesses.

"We're the ones responsible for recruiting new companies from out of state," said Jeff Edwards, president and CEO of EDCUtah.

Edwards said the organization is currently working on around 180 projects. The group recently helped persuade Home Depot to bring a customer service center to Business Depot Ogden and helped Lifetime Products expand throughout the state.

"Northern Utah, in particular, has seen great results from economic development, but there is still more we can do," Adams said. "We are working on Falcon Hill and privatizing that land. There's also the Freeport Center expanding and the Business Depot (Ogden)."

Adams said that businesses like to come to Utah for two main reasons.

"We have a very educated workforce and hard workers," Adams said. "We have reasonable regulation. It seems to me that, on a national level, overregulation is stopping businesses."

Adams and Curtis will serve three-year terms on the committee.

Adams said that creating jobs in the private sector has multiple benefits.

"It gives more money to the private sector, such as schools and roads," Adams said. "It also creates wealth for families and ability for families to do things and enjoy life."

Davis County Commissioner Louenda H. Downs and Ogden Mayor Matthew Godfrey also are on the executive committee.

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