OGDEN -- The city of Ogden is receiving $1 million from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration to help fund creation of a lab that will train workers and provide space for business startups in the field of software applications for mobile devices.
The lab is expected to create 750 jobs and generate up to $4.6 million in private investment over a 10-year period, according to grantee estimates.
"The mobile apps initiative is an important element in our efforts to continue with the positive economic momentum of our community. This project will create jobs for Ogden's techforce and increase the economic opportunity in our downtown core; as well as leverage the city's existing IT-industry clusters," said Mayor Mike Caldwell.
The initiative will be operated by a consortium of partners that includes Ogden City, Weber State University, Weber State University Research Foundation, and private-sector industry leaders.
It will include a code shop operated by Weber State University Research Foundation, a training center and office space from high-tech startups.