FARMINGTON -- A recent business recruitment trip to Southern California by Davis County Community and Economic Development staff allowed the county to sow seeds with companies looking to expand outside that state.
While in California in late March, Davis County officials visited with companies and site selectors -- the realtors who might know of opportunities for expansion of businesses to another location outside the state -- according to a news release from the Davis County Commission.
Davis County Community and Economic Development Director Kent Sulser and Davis County Economic Specialist Marlin Eldred visited California from March 29 through March 31 in an effort to bring to the county manufacturing jobs that, in most cases, offer a higher wage than those in the service industry.
"We feel there was some success in it," Eldred said.
However, the cost of the trip has yet to be totaled as the commission awaits reconciliation reports.
These visits are all about relationship-building and expanding future opportunities with companies that may have a need for expansion -- to create a satellite office in Utah, or simply help fill supply management opportunities in the future, the commission's release states.
"One way to grow our local businesses is to help companies expand their supply chain management (the suppliers) into our local area," it stated.
Among the business representatives county staff met was Jones Lange LaSalle, in Irvine, Calif.
Ryan Hawkins, with Jones Lange LaSalle, shared with Sulser and Eldred that conducting direct meetings with companies is "the right approach" in displaying the county's interest in the company.
Some of the businesses visited expressed concerns about attracting and retaining qualified and skilled employees for their industry upon moving to Davis County, the commission said.
Davis County has the highest high school test scores in the state, with Utah having the youngest work force population in the nation, the commission stated.
"All businesses need a well-trained, qualified work force, and this is what Utah is known for," Sulser said. "Here in Davis County the Davis Applied Technology College (in Kaysville) is a state-of-the-art training facility that has been instrumental in training employees for our current and developing work environments."
During the trip, county staff also met with Jim Renzas, a principal and real estate consultant for the RSH Group of Mission Viejo, Calif.