I have heard it said by some in the valley that we need new businesses before we add new amenities like the proposed Community Development Center.
However, it is my experience as an economic development professional that when a business is choosing a location, their prime deciding factor is the amenities provided by that community.
These include workforce availability and education, housing options, school performance, recreational opportunities, youth programs, entertainment and shopping.
Having Snow College as a partner in our community is a great benefit. President Bradley Cook has stated that Snow College’s intent is to work with the business community to provide training that supports needed business skills. Additionally, student housing options are progressing.
Recreational opportunities surround our valley but are constrained by distance and are seasonal.
The proposed Community Development Center adds much needed year-round recreational options and will be housed in our backyard; a true gathering place for the community.
Aerobics, yoga, school swim teams, dance classes, full gym, lap swimming, youth water safety classes, meeting space, swim instruction and the ability to host business to business corporate challenge or community events, the list seems endless.
To the businesses looking to locate in our community this center checks the box in many categories – a year-round activity center with something for everyone. This greatly increases the attractiveness of our community and shows a strong commitment to our quality of life.