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Boy, thats not the st.george i remember seeing...my first time driving through st.george i remember saying "people live HERE!" i couldn't believe it was so popular. I likened it to a giant gravel pit with a highway running through it. But, this picture makes it look quite beautiful even a little like the provo and salt lake areas.
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Hey Delts,
Looking at your map of the St. George Metro got me thinking...
I've heard talk about a Beltway around St. George being built?
Does anyone have a map or info on where it is planned to run?
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Post Dixie land bill faces obstacles

Friday, November 17, 2006

End of session in D.C. is a problem for S. Utah growth measure

By Suzanne Struglinski
Deseret Morning News

WASHINGTON — Environmentalists aren't the only opponents to a controversial piece of public lands legislation that supporters say balances development and conservation in fast-growing Washington County.
Time appears the biggest hurdle for the Washington County Growth and Conservation Act of 2006 as the congressional schedule is rapidly coming to a close. If it does not pass by the end of the session, set for sometime in December, it would have to be reintroduced next year and take more time to get through — which would suit the bill's opponents just fine.
Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, told the Senate Public Lands and Forests Subcommittee on Thursday that the bill must pass to manage the growing population in Washington County within the region's public lands and resources. He said water developments, transmission lines and highways cross public lands, making it hard for future development planning.
"The federal government must play a significant and active role in securing the future and continued viability of these areas," Bennett said. "And that is why this legislation is so critical."
The bill would sell 24,300 acres in two phases, Bennett said. Proceeds from the sale would fund conservation projects within Washington County. It also designates 219,725 acres as wilderness, including some in Zion National Park, designates utility corridors and trails for off-highway vehicles, among other items.
"This bill has been mischaracterized substantially," Bennett said, saying there is no need to listen to those who want to push the bill off or not have it go through this year. "There is nothing we will learn next year that we don't already know."
Bennett emphasized that he patterned the bill after similar bills introduced by Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., which helped manage land in Nevada's Clark and Lincoln counties.
"These bills show that you can strike a successful balance between conservation measures and economic development initiatives, while protecting both the public lands and the communities that depend on them," Bennett told the subcommittee.
Washington County Commissioner Alan Gardner explained how the county is growing rapidly with 1,000 new residents coming in a month.
"It is a formidable task to try to balance the preservation of special places, while at the same time assuring that growth will be accommodated in a visionary manner that provides and maintains a high quality of life," Gardner said. "Utah needs this bill."
He said it would "establish policies that will allow us to develop a vision for the future, and then gives us the tools to accomplish the various elements of that vision."
But the bill's opponents, who say the bill favors development and sells taxpayers short, see nothing but a bleak future if the bill would pass.
Peter Metcalf, CEO of Black Diamond Equipment and a director of the Outdoor Industry Association in Salt Lake City, told the subcommittee that the bill "falls short of truly protecting our public lands and balancing the needs of the region."
The bill's proposed land sales would make preserving open space and allowing for "close-to-home outdoor recreation opportunities" even harder, Metcalf said. He also feels the bill leaves out many local forests, canyons and landscapes from federal protection.
Metcalf objects to the precedent being set by letting proceeds from the land sales going to fund local projects when it is American taxpayer money.
Subcommittee Chairman Larry Craig, R-Idaho, said listening to the testimony makes it sounds like they are talking about two different bills. But he supported joining together issues that would normally be addressed in separate bills.
Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., asked "what's the rush?" She was concerned over the precedents the bill would set and reminded the subcommittee that wilderness bills for Washington have gone back and forth between the House and Senate without ever getting passed by both in the same session.
The House still needs to approve its version introduced by Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah. There was a hearing in September on the bill.


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Thumbs up Southern Utah Project.




Beaver County: Mighty winds attract proposal
Planners grant permits for electricity-generating wind farm in southern Utah

By Mark Havnes
The Salt Lake Tribune
Article Last Updated:11/20/2006


BEAVER - The vast open spaces and persistent wind in northern Beaver County have lured a Massachusetts company with plans for a $400 million electricity-generating wind farm.
Representatives of UPC Wind Management LLC of Newton, Mass., met last week with the planning and zoning commission of this southwestern Utah county to ask for a conditional land-use permit to build the first phase on 16,000 acres about 8 miles northeast of Milford.
Given assurances the project would not close any lands or roads or interfere with grazing rights, the planning commission voted unanimously to grant the permit.
Krista Kisch, business development director for the company, said thelocation, on public and private land, is perfect for the project.
"The Milford Valley creates a funnel effect that produces a great wind resource," she told the planning commission.
The first and largest phase of the two-phase project will require 80 towers that will stand 420 feet each from the tower base to the tip of the blades, she said.
Each will generate 2.5 mega watts of power, or enough for roughly 60,000 households.
The first phase will generate 320 megawatts of power, with an additional 80 megawatts coming from a later phase that would include a sliver of Millard County.
Kisch said the company, which also operates a 30-megawatt wind farm on Maui, also will build transmission towers to carry a 345-kilovolt line to a substation at the Intermountain Power Project 90 miles to the north near Delta.
Now that the permits are granted, the company will start selling the power to different utilities, including Rocky Mountain Power.
The first phase of the project could employ up to 100 workers and about a dozen full-time maintenance people.
Dave Cowan, UPC Wind Management's vice president for environmental affairs, said that in a volatile energy market, wind is competitive with fossil fuels.
Each windmill will contain four generators, so if one goes down it could still run at 75 percent of full capacity, he said.
Margaret Oler, spokeswoman for Rocky Mountain Power, said the utility currently buys wind-generated electricity from wind farms in Wyoming and one on the Oregon and Washington state line.
The company also allows customers to buy 100 kilo-hours of electricity from renewable sources. An extra $2 a month is added to such bills for further research into renewable sources.
Brian Harris, administrative assistant with Beaver County, figures the wind project could bring $1 million a year to the county in taxes and royalties.
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Speaking of Roundabouts.

Here's one in St. George.


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SkyWest to fly 12 jets for Delta

By Dave Anderton
Deseret Morning News
SkyWest Inc. on Tuesday said it has been selected by Delta Air Lines to fly 12 regional jets from Delta's hub in Cincinnati.
St. George-based SkyWest competed for the regional jet-flying rights, beating a bid by Delta's wholly owned subsidiary, Comair, which currently operates the 70-seat aircraft and is in bankruptcy.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The deal increases the number of regional jet aircraft flown by SkyWest for Delta to 228, along with 24 turboprop aircraft.
Michael J. Kraupp, vice president of finance and assistant treasurer for SkyWest Inc., credits the win over Comair to SkyWest's better cost structure in operating the aircraft and the airline's ability to execute.
"The majors are looking for those that can be very competitive on this front," Kraupp said. "The execution risk is obviously very low and very good with SkyWest, because we're able to do what we say we'll do. Our bids are very solid, and we offer up costs that are very competitive."
Kraupp said SkyWest has not yet determined which of its subsidiaries — SkyWest Airlines, based in St. George, or ASA, based in Atlanta — will operate the 12 aircraft.
Scheduling and routes are yet to be determined, Kraupp said, but likely will be similar to Comair's existing routes.
Anthony L. Black, a spokesman with Delta, said SkyWest's bid was the most cost competitive and met the needs of Delta's regional network. He said Delta customers would not see any impact from the change.
SkyWest will begin operating the aircraft in February 2007.
"Comair is obviously disappointed by today's development," Comair spokeswoman Kate Marx told the Associated Press. "However, as long as we are unable to complete our restructuring, we face the very real risk of further reductions to our fleet."
The SkyWest announcement made Tuesday was the first of several Delta is expected to make. Delta announced in August it was seeking bids for flying opportunities for up to 143 of its regional jets. Black said the rest of the bids should be awarded by the end of the year.
Systemwide, SkyWest Inc. serves approximately 231 cities in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, with approximately 2,427 daily departures.
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St. George 'most secure'

By Nancy Perkins
Deseret Morning News

ST. GEORGE — St. George ranked first out of 138 small metropolitan areas in the 2006 annual "most secure areas to live" survey commissioned by the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies.
"It's good news. It seems like no matter what list is out there, we're on it," said St. George Mayor Dan McArthur, who is serving his fourth term in office. "People are finding out what we already knew. St. George is a great place to live and raise a family."
The rankings, compiled by Bert Sperling, a database expert with bestplaces.net, were based on crime rates, environmental hazards, terrorism threats, unemployment rates, job growth and the potential for extreme weather conditions for 379 communities around the nation.
"The job growth in St. George has apparently been hitting on all cylinders, and the crime rate is still very low," Sperling said in a telephone interview. "Basically, it looks like St. George has really been discovered over the last few years. We're certainly seeing it (St. George) more and more in our studies."
Washington County's phenomenal growth over the past few years has brought many challenges to residents and community leaders alike, McArthur said.
"I think there are pluses and minuses to being on lists like these," he said. "It indicates to me that the city is safe, managed well, and it reassures residents that we're working hard. I just didn't want everybody to say it so loud."
St. George Police Chief Marlon Stratton was pleased with the rating.
"It's good for me to hear this. It shows what we're doing is making a difference," said Stratton. "I believe we're successful because of the outstanding collaboration we have from some of our citizens. It's not just the police anymore."
The St. George Police Department assigns officers to patrol specific sections in the city for a one-year period. Each officer is expected to meet with residents and solve problems unique to the assigned area.

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Major expansion planned for Brian Head ski resort



Brian Head Ski Resort: an existing ski area in southern Utah with a major expansion planned, including a new private golf/ski club community. Peterson Economics completed a market and financial analysis for Brian Head, seeking to determine: (1) what expansions the ski area should complete; (2) what is the highest and best use of six existing ski-in/ski-out development parcels around the resort; and (3) what is the highest and best use for a 1,700-acre parcel adjacent to the resort that could be developed to include a private golf club and private or semi-private ski hill. The landowner is working in conjunction with Lowe Enterprises, and asked Lowe to bring in the nation’s top resort land planner and top market analyst. Lowe selected Hart Howerton as the land planner and Peterson Economics as the market analyst.



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Interconnect is good move

With more than 10 years of negotiation and the settling of a couple of lawsuits all squared away, Brian Head Ski Resort is set to draw the ski industry away from the northern part of the state with an approved interconnect between Navajo and Giant Steps mountains.

The development agreement created between the town and the resort outlines $900,000 that Brian Head Town will pay for the skier bridge across state Route 143 with Brian Head Ski Resort investing about $8 million generated from sales tax revenue. No longer will the winter sport enthusiasts have to take a shuttle between the slopes; they can ski non-stop on all 50 runs. The improvements include two new chair lifts and snow-making infrastructure sure to entice more skiers and snowboarders to the resort in more than a decade since the last upgrades were made.

The relentless commitment to the continued development of the resort is commendable and more than likely a part of the first phase in a proposed expansion in a 10-year plan that eventually could include an 18-hole golf course, a lodge and 1,300 high-end housing units in a new exclusive resort community called Alpine Creek. Compromise wasn't easily achieved in either of the endeavors and there may have been times that all parties involved wanted to throw in the towel and call it quits. However, patience and perseverance were worth it considering the resort was selected as the only ski/snowboard resort in the United States to be honored as a "Top 10 Getaway for Family Travelers." It was definitely a cause not to be abandoned because there was an obvious niche the resort carved out for itself.

Building upon that asset, and the $3.5 million the resort contributes to Iron County's economy each year, by providing better access to a great winter vacation venue with 540 skiable acres was a wise business and economic development decision, not only for Brian Head but for Iron County. Especially considering its unique qualities as a safe, friendly and relaxed atmosphere with no-waiting lift lines, spacious and uncrowded slopes, and free skiing and snowboarding for kids ages 5 and under.
Beyond that distinct appeal, the resort additionally offers snow tubing, snow biking, snowmobile tours, sleigh rides, spa treatments, dining, and many cross-country skiing opportunities, which are all receiving increased popularity as a drive destination for Las Vegas, Southern California, Southern Utah and Arizona residents.

An October 2004 analysis from the research firm of Peterson Economics reported that, at build-out, the new resort community called Alpine Creek would generate $11.8 million in tax revenue for Iron County - more than half of the $21.9 million the county received from property owners that same year. The interconnect will definitely make that report's findings more feasible. What is more noteworthy is that the interconnect between the two mountain ranges is bridging more than just skiing terrain, it is creating a combination of longer stays for visitors while eventually adding more high-paying jobs at the resort.

That's an impact from the interconnect, tentatively proposed to be completed in time for the 2007-2008 ski season, that is a benefit to all of the area residents as it elevates the quality and standard of living. Then the boasting rights to being the ski resort with the state's highest base elevation at 9,600 feet can include being a main attraction that brings a certain economic advantage to Southern Utah.
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Post Elk Meadows to reopen as one of the world's most exclusive private ski resorts.







Beaver County planners give initial OK to private ski resort

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BEAVER -- Developers won conceptual approval for a gated ski-resort community with million-dollar homes and have six months to submit blueprints, engineering and environmental studies.

"We're happy to be moving forward," said Craig Burton, a principal for CPB Development LC of Holladay, who is managing the project for a group of unidentified investors.

The investors plan to turn bankrupt Elk Meadows ski area, which closed four years ago, into a private club with a Jack Nicklaus-commissioned golf course and other development totaling $3.5 billion -- seven times the total property value of rural Beaver County.

Elk Meadows, 18 miles east of Beaver, is a collection of private parcels inside national forest land where the wind-swept peaks of the Tushar mountain range top 12,000 feet in elevation.

Burton said he was offering to buy out owners of about 65 condominiums at Elk Meadows and wanted to demolish their units for expensive mountain homes. He said he also has secured rights to some 600 acres of private land around nearby Puffer Lake to add to the 1,400-acre ski area.

The Beaver County Planning and Zoning Commission voted 4-1 to give initial approval Wednesday to the proposed Mount Holly Club.

The approval came with a laundry list of conditions, including studies of water availability, wildlife habitat and transportation before planners said they'd vote on whether to endorse the development. The Beaver County Commission will have the final say on whether the resort can be built.

Condo owners and Beaver residents are upset they won't get to use the new ski area. They'd have to pay hefty fees and millions of dollars for a mountain home to join the club.

"I don't want to see it," said Clay Thorton of Midvale, one of the Elk Meadows condo owners. "It's our little piece of paradise and now we're getting fenced out."

"For 35 years this has been a public ski resort," said Alan Bradshaw of Salt Lake City, who argued that terms of an original lease for the ski area required it to stay open to the public.

County Attorney Von Christiansen said that dispute would be up to a court to decide.

Claudia Condor, water-rights administrator for Rocky Mountain Power owner PacifiCorp, said the utility was worried that development could cut flows to its hydropower plant in Beaver Canyon.

"These are large issues and we want to go on record as having concerns," Condor said.

Planning Commissioner Dennis Miller, who cast the lone dissenting vote, said developers "must do it right or not at all. We need an environmental plan, including a water study."

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Vegas retirees placing their bets on Cedar City
By Mark Havnes
The Salt Lake Tribune


CEDAR CITY - They're trading neon lights for quieter nights, blistering sun for balmier fun, a garish Strip for a muted Main and blackjack tables for redrock canyons.




Yes, more and more Las Vegas residents are finding it a safe bet to move to southwestern Utah. So many seem to be relocating - though there are no exact numbers - that Cedar City could be dubbed Nevada North.
That influx is changing Iron County - more homes, more condos, more traffic, more money.
Real estate agent Jennifer Davis says Vegas buyers have created a robust housing market in Cedar City (population 25,000 and counting). So far this year, about 40 of her clients have been Vegas area retirees who can afford a nice place in Cedar City and still have plenty left to stash in the bank.
"They are still real active and like mountain biking, skiing, fishing and visiting the national parks.," she says, noting that many move-ins became familiar with the area by skiing at Brian Head, attending the Utah Shakespearean Festival or visiting the nearby national parks and monuments.
All this activity has boosted the median home price to about $215,000.
Patty and Don Stockwell moved to Cedar City from Vegas in October.
"We have a lot of friends here who . . . like it because it is a quiet, friendly town," she says. "There are a lot fewer people, and it seems they have a lot more time."
Besides the draw of a more-relaxed lifestyle, the couple also wanted to escape Vegas' searing temperatures.
"My husband was in construction and worked outside all the time in the heat," Patty Stockwell says, "and we wanted to get away from that."
Nowhere is the Vegas invasion more apparent than at Brian Head, a resort town 27 miles northeast of Cedar City, and it's going to become even more evident. During the next two to three years, more than 800 condominiums and homes are expected to be built.
One 72-condo project (with each unit going for about $400,000) already has been sold to Vegas residents who trek 200 miles to the resort town to ski in the winter and to dodge the desert heat in the summer.
Most new Brian Head units are secondary, not primary, homes, explains Town Councilman Kent Kroneman.
Either way, the population leap has brought bustle to the normally laid-back resort, which soon may see even more skier visits, Kroneman says, with the town pumping $900,000 into an interconnect project to join the two ski mountains.
"You used to have five bars and one police [officer]," he says, "and now it's one bar with five police officers."
What makes the Vegas crowd tolerable to locals is the cash they are willing to cough up on everything from "Brianberry" pies at the deli to pricey sweaters at ski shops and enticing entrees at restaurants.
"We say, 'Keep Utah green. Bring Nevada cash,' " Kroneman says.
Councilman Hans Schwab moved from Vegas to Brian Head more than two years ago but still has a house in his hometown.
"Like me, most [Vegas folks] just want to get away from it all - for a while," he says.
Some just get away for college. Southern Utah University, with 7,000 full-time students, is a magnet for high school graduates from the Vegas area.
Admissions Director Stephen Allen cites Nevada as SUU's top feeder state - after Utah.
"When I meet families thinking of sending a child to SUU, many have heard of the school from having a summer home in the area or a place at Brian Head or word of mouth," he says.
These Nevada students bring "a sense of diversity that benefits the college experience," Allen adds.
Cedar City takes the whole Vegas influx in stride.
It's inevitable, Mayor Gerald Sherratt shrugs. "I don't know of a way to stop it."
Especially given the spotlight being focused on his city. The February 2006 issue of Where to Retire magazine highlighted Cedar City, and a 2002 edition listed it among eight ideal "sun-and-ski" areas, along with Jackson Hole, Wyo., and Steamboat Springs, Colo.
"In the past, the mind-set here was that people just came to see the parks and move on," he says.
No more. The precise number of Vegas residents relocating to Cedar City is hard to pin down, Sherratt says, noting that Iron County's population swelled by 6.4 percent last year, twice the state's rate and second only to neighboring Washington County.
"I get calls every now and then from people who want to limit the growth," Sherratt says. "Many of the complaints are from newcomers who want to close the gate now that they are here."
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SkyWest Airlines expansion leads to increased recruiting


ST. GEORGE — SkyWest Airlines, a subsidiary of SkyWest Inc., said Wednesday it will host recruiting sessions throughout the country as it tries to fill positions for 2007.
The company, which will celebrate its 35th year in June, last week announced a code share with Milwaukee-based Midwest Airlines to begin service in April.
The airline has hired 4,000 employees this year and operates more than 1,600 daily flights as a Delta Connection and United Express carrier.
The company will recruit flight attendants, pilots, customer service agents and mechanics. It will post details at www.skywest.com/careers/.
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ST. GEORGE — SkyWest Airlines, a subsidiary of SkyWest Inc., said Wednesday it will host recruiting sessions throughout the country as it tries to fill positions for 2007.
The company, which will celebrate its 35th year in June, last week announced a code share with Milwaukee-based Midwest Airlines to begin service in April.
The airline has hired 4,000 employees this year and operates more than 1,600 daily flights as a Delta Connection and United Express carrier.
The company will recruit flight attendants, pilots, customer service agents and mechanics. It will post details at www.skywest.com/careers/.


That's good news. Adding more jobs and more flights will be good for the area.
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That's good news. Adding more jobs and more flights will be good for the area.
The article doesn't say the jobs will be in St. George. They're adding flights in the midwest. Other than perhaps some back office jobs, I'm guessing most of the new jobs (ramp agents, pilots, flight attendants, customer service, etc.) will be located out-of-state. Don't get me wrong -- I like to see home-grown businesses succeed, but the immediate benefits likely won't be as great as you intimate.
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SkyWest gets a toehold in the Midwest.

Well one thing is for sure. This only adds to the pressure to put in that new state-of-the-art airport in as soon as possible. I know they've overcome some major hurdles this year, but I'm not sure what their project development timeline is. SkyWest seems to be making some very positive strategic moves that are going to pay off big time as St. George continues to boom and completes it new airport.


By Paul Beebe
The Salt Lake Tribune

SkyWest Inc. has struck a deal to supply and fly as many as 25 regional jets for Midwest Airlines, a Milwaukee, Wis.-based specialty carrier, beginning in April.
The contract calls for SkyWest Airlines to provide a minimum of 15 and as many as 25 Canadair regional jets that will fly as Midwest Connect and carry Midwest colors. SkyWest also will provide crews and maintenance services for the 50-seat jets.
While financial terms were not disclosed, St. George-based SkyWest said Thursday the five-year deal will allow the company to diversify its business by adding another customer. Most of its revenue comes from flying for Delta Air Lines as Delta Connection and United Airlines as United Express. Delta is flying under bankruptcy protection. United exited bankruptcy earlier this year.
The contract also exposes SkyWest to a new part of the airline industry. Although Midwest offers a low-fare service, many customers pay extra for business-class seating, which includes roomy leather chairs and fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies, SkyWest chief financial officer Bradford Rich said.
Because SkyWest will operate the jets out of Midwest's hubs in Milwaukee and Kansas City, the St. George-based carrier is gaining a toehold in airports it doesn't already serve, Rich said.
"To us, it's a very big deal," he said. "Fifteen aircraft, on their own, is not that significant, relative to the total size of SkyWest Inc. But there's obviously more value to us than just the income that would be generated by the airplanes."
Midwest will take care of route planning, scheduling, marketing and sales for the new flights. The airline said the deal will allow it to add new destinations, increase flight frequencies on existing routes and upgrade several routes to jet service.
"We chose SkyWest because of their experience, their excellent record of operational performance and a commitment to customer service that mirrors that of Midwest," said Scott Dickson, chief marketing officer at Midwest.
The new contract comes one month after Delta chose SkyWest Inc. to take over some of the regional flying business operated by its Comair subsidiary. Delta is trying to cut expenses and return from bankruptcy next spring.
Beginning in February, Delta will shift the flying of 12 70-seat jets to SkyWest. The jets will be operated out of Comair's hub in Cincinnati. Delta is considering bids from SkyWest and other airlines to fly another 131 aircraft.
Those twin developments may require SkyWest to hire more than 300 new pilots during the next six months. Each aircraft needs nine pilots, Rich said.
The contract also follows a disclosure last week by AirTran Holdings Inc. that its $290 million offer for the parent company of Midwest was rejected. AirTran, which made the offer in October, said it would continue trying to buy the regional carrier, which wants to remain independent.
SkyWest Airlines provides an average of 1,208 daily departures for United and 454 departures for Delta.
On Tuesday, Delta filed a reorganization plan to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy next year.
At the same time, its board of directors formally rejected a merger bid from US Airways. Delta's westernmost hub in Salt Lake employs about 3,900 people.
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Maaaaan!! This thing is going to be big!!!!!!

Sand Hollow will debut as southern Utah's newest golf destination
Sand Hollow will feature 27 holes of golf, more than 1,700 residences, vacation villas, a spa and fitness center, and pools.

One of many views at site of new Hurricane/St.George mega resort




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---- The newest golf destination in southern Utah is rising amid red rock mountain views at the Sand Hollow Resort. Formal groundbreaking for the project is scheduled to take place later this year.

Golf at Sand Hollow Resort--Master Plan


Located 15 minutes from St. George in the state's southwestern region, one of the country's fastest growing second-home markets, Sand Hollow Resort will feature 27 holes of golf at Sand Hollow Golf Club, more than 1,700 private residences, vacation villas, a spa and fitness center, and pools and water features.

Sand Hollow Resort Real Estate Site Plan


Water Park Amenities




Hot tubs,slides and a lazy river



A water park, spanning 15 acres, will be created around resort's natural landscape and will include a modified lazy river, stair-stepping through a series of pools stretching from the top of the park through the villas to the resort entrance.

Sand Hollow Resort -- The Spa
You wake up early on a bright sunny day. You step outside and take a deep breath of clear air as you absorb the magnificent red rock surroundings. It is that moment of exhilaration that is the motivation for the experience we're creating for the Spa at Sand Hollow Resort. Our Spa will offer a seamless indoor-outdoor experience that will include spectacular views and luxurious facilities. Add pools of water, gracious attendents, and intimate settings for massages, body wraps, and signature treatments and our environment for pampering and soothing is complete.


Sand Hollow Golf Club will be a "sister course" to the highly acclaimed Thanksgiving Point, as both golf courses will managed by Vanguard Golf Management Group. Thanksgiving Point is best known as the site of the Nokia Champions Challenge, hosted by Johnny Miller, a two-day golf tournament featuring prominent PGA and LPGA Tour players.

The Sand Hollow courses will be designed by John Fought, who will create the 18-hole Championship Course and a separate nine-hole walking course. The layouts will incorporate ridgeline, canyon and elevation variations to create a challenging, yet memorable, golf experience.

The resort sits in close proximity to Sand Hollow State Park and Zion National Park. Access to Sand Hollow is via direct flights to St. George from Los Angeles or Salt Lake City, or a 90-minute drive from McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

Equestrian and RV Center

Sand Hollow State Park -- With over 20,000 acres of lake, sand dunes, trails and campsites, the neighboring state park will be a vacationer's dream.
>Center Control Bldg. -- Management offices and restrooms are housed here.
>Horse Barns & Corrals -- Horse care and boarding facilities are located here.
>Sand Hollow Resort -- The resort boundary encompasses a hillside that descends to the Virgin River.
>Trail System -- An extensive trail system winds down the canyon wall and along the river bottom.
>OHV Access -- Off-highway vehicles are stored on this site to provide easy access to the nearby OHV trails.
>Separation -- The horse corrals and trails are separated from the RV storage and OHV trails. Horseback riders and ATVers each seek different recreational experiences.
>The Access Point -- The equestrian and RV center becomes a key access point for horseback riding and recreational OHV use for the entire recreational area, including other resorts.
>Virgin River Trails -- The trails along the river create a scenic and fun venue for hikers, bikers, runners and equestrians.
>Easy Evening Rides -- With the convenient boarding facilities next to trails, an evening ride was never quicker or easier.
>Horse Trails -- Quickly get saddled and get on a trail. No carting the horses to a distant location, it's all here


Sand Hollow is latest Hurricane golf dream

By Dick Harmon
Deseret Morning News

Maybe this gateway to Zions really is on the verge of exploding.
Folks around here are use to talk of more exotic golf courses, condos, big residential developments, parks and highways for years. But this time, on the heels of burgeoning growth in St. George, the fuse is finally lit.
City officials predict 60,000 people and six new golf courses will dot the landscape the next 20 years.
A few days ago, at a ground-breaking for Sand Hollow Resort, a development adjacent to Sand Hollow State Park and BLM sand dunes, you got the feeling earth would really move this time. Actually, it did.
About five years ago, I attended similar ceremonies not too far from this spot. The occasion was a press event for Outlaw Ridge, a proposed golf course somehow linked to the names of Johnny Miller and Steve Young. They did a great marketing plan because whenever you talk to people of a new golf course in Hurricane, the name Outlaw Ridge surfaces.
Outlaw Ridge remains somebody's dream.
Said Thomas Seneca, president of Sand Hollow Resort, "The difference between this and Outlaw Ridge is that this is actually going to be built."
Tom Hirschi, Hurricane mayor, is a believer. He's watched myriad groups come and go, and now he's seen a partnership forged by the Washington County Water Conservancy District, the state's institutional trust lands, the BLM, Hurricane City, Dixie regional power and even realignment of the proposed four-lane Southern Corridor highway in recent months, all to get Sand Hollow up and running.
Hirschi is a southern Utah mayor right out of central casting, a good ol' boy.
"Who'da thunk it?" Hirschi asked a group of a hundred gathered for ceremonies this past week.
"I can remember back in high school, going out chasing jack rabbits out here and you couldn't give this land away, even if all you had to do is pay back taxes. Now look at this," said Hirschi.
What he referred to is the proposed 27-hole golf course designed by former BYU All-American John Fought, who is fast becoming one of the country's most popular course designers.
Fought's course will wind its way around 900 acres of a resort that will include a water park, condos, houses, a hotel, a horse trail, tennis facility — all a stone's throw from Utah's mini Lake Powell — Sand Hollow State Park, one of the only places in Utah I know of where you can pull a boat, a camping trailer and four-wheelers used in attacking sand dunes right to the water's edge.
Fought, decked out in his construction garb, said the piece of property that lines the cliffs of the Virgin River and 35,000 acres of BLM land is one of the most spectacular properties he's seen. "I'm tickled to death to work on this," he said.
It's Fought's handiwork at the South Course at Gallery Golf Club near Tucson that attracted the PGA's marquee WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. His redesign of Pine Needles in North Carolina will host the 2007 U.S. Women's Open Championship.
Folks at Sand Hollow Resort, property owners like William Wilkey, Larry Belliston and developer Greg Jewkes set out to get the best course designer they could. Once Bellison, who's played all over the world, saw Fought's courses, he said, "We had to have him."
Fought will build an 18-hole championship course that he believes will rival any of his work. There will be a nine-hole walking course designed after St. Andrews in Scotland, complete with a Road Hole.
An agreement with the BLM for use of the land guarantees the golf course will be public forever. The course will be managed by Vanguard, headed by CEO Mark Whetzel of KSL-TV golf tip fame, director of golf at Thanksgiving Point.
Fought worked with Bob Cupp in designs at Oregon's Pumpkin Ridge (Best New Course Design by Golf Digest, 1995) and Cross Water in Sun River, Ore., site of the 2005 NCAA championships and numerous MWC tournaments and NCAA qualifying regionals.
Forrest Fezler, who works with Fought, is a 26-year PGA Tour veteran who finished second to Hale Irwin in the 1974 U.S. Open at Winged Foot, and he paused for a minute during his construction duties at Fought's southern Utah design.
"This property is spectacular," Fezler said. "It will be the kind of course where you will play a hole, be overwhelmed at what you see and can't wait to get to the next hole, just to see what's up next, again and again."
Felzer said he's not letting anyone but him build the par-3 No. 15 on the back nine that overlooks the Virgin River, hundreds of feet below, where lies an old pioneer cotton mill and a pecan orchard. It's a tee shot that faces beautiful rock outcroppings 35 feet below to the green. "It will be as good a hole as Cypress Point's No. 16," Felzer said.
Fought explained the rock formations, the typography and setting in this area will compare favorably to "anything in the western part of the United States."
The attraction is obvious. That's why Hirschi and his high school buddies escaped here in the early 60s, long after these grounds were a gathering place for American Indians thousands of years ago.
Six golf courses in Hurricane?
Jack rabbits, beware. Hurricane is halfway there.
Coral Canyon and Sky Mountain already exist.


Golf Magazine:
Sand Hollow Golf Resort—Living and Golfing in a Southern Utah Paradise
By Chance Cook

“We’re trying to make certain we have the best northern course and the best southern course in the state, and we’re pretty excited about it,” said Vanguard Golf Management Director of Golf, Mark Whetzel. “The plan is to create synergy between the new Sand Hollow Golf Course and Thanksgiving Point Golf Course, both of which we manage.” Being the new kid in the neighborhood is always a bit hard especially when the project is about to steal other’s proverbial thunder—which is what the Sand Hollow Resort and Golf venture in Southern Utah may very well accomplish. Rumors have been flying about what will happen near the shores of Sand Hollow Reservoir just outside Saint George off Interstate I-15 and subsequently State Route 9, and here are some of the facts coming to light about this exciting development.

“The owners of the land contracted with us about two years ago, and we’ve actually been working on it to the point we are today—about two months away from groundbreaking,” Whetzel said. Vanguard Golf Management will manage this impressive venture that is bound to make more than a ripple. Think of it more as a tidal wave.

“I believe we have a great designer and that serious golfers are likely to be excited about playing on a course designed by John Fought,” Whetzel proudly states with a smile. “John in one of the top designers in the country right now, and probably his most famous project is the designing of Pumpkin Ridge in Oregon. He’s also designed The Gallery in Arizona which will be hosting the Accenture Match Play next year with fifty-four of the top players in the world.”

Sand Hollow Golf Course will feature twenty-seven holes of championship golf. Having a top designer on board definitely generates its own news, but having one who understands Utah, its players and the culture is simply the proverbial icing on the cake.

“John Fought’s Utah ties include playing for Brigham Young University back in the 70’s,” Wetzel said. “He won the 1977 U.S. Amateur Championship and also won two times on the PGA Tour.”

Not Just Another Golf Course?

Hardly. There’s much more to the Sand Hollow Resort than just golf.

“We want it to be a recreational paradise, meaning that you can live there or stay there,” continued Wetzel. “Not only can you play golf, but you can enjoy the spa/fitness facilities. Plus, the reservoir is just a hop, skip and a jump away with four-wheeling, boating and fishing. It’s going to be a phenomenal piece of property that is just going to blow everyone away in the state of Utah.”

Vacation villas, pools with water features, tennis courts, an 8,000 to 10,000 square foot Native American museum and over 1,800 private residences will spring up around the impressive and majestic course. Sand Hollow Resort will become one of Utah’s very few authentic golf resorts, one setting itself apart by offering a wide array of other recreational activities.

“The Homestead near Midway, UT, is about the only other resort that has accommodations and golf, but we have all the other amenities,” said Whetzel. “The plan right now is to break ground in the fall of this year, and actually do construction and start grow-in next summer of 2007 with a grand opening projected for spring of 2008.”

Public or Private?

Once completed, who will be welcome to enjoy this amazing place?

“It will be a public course,” said Whetzel, “and accessible to everybody. We’ll make sure our green fees are the same as the local courses nearby, such as Coral Canyon, and not too expensive but just right.”

According to Whetzel, guests will be able to experience a true link style course.

“A sneak peak for the golf course is definitely going to be a link style,” he said. “There are a lot of definitions for link style, but the true definition comes from Europe where the course is the land linked to the sea. In Sand Hollow, there is an area between the sea and the community of all sand and no trees where the golf course will be located—that is really what a true link style is.” It will have unimpeded views of the surrounding vistas that make this area so unique.

“That is what we’re going for here,” adds Whetzel. “It is surrounded by a lot of red rock and red sand, not a lot of trees—in fact, there won’t be any trees. It will be an upscale, resort link style with desert-scaping, very hard edges and extremely well manicured golf course.”

Without a doubt, the design of the course alone will set itself apart from the other fine courses located in and around St. George. “It will definitely be a resort golf course that is very player friendly, aesthetically magnificent with spectacular views,” said Whetzel. “We’ll have the capability to toughen it up if we want to host a regular tournament event but, right now, we want to make it accessible and very playable for the average golfer.”

Vanguard sees this venture as complementing what they’ve created in Lehi with Thanksgiving Point Golf Course. “Their peak season is our off season, and visa versa,” Wetzel said, “so we feel pretty fortunate that the two facilities will not compete against each other but will help each other.”

Past Success Supports New Resort Management

Whetzel understands that their past success with Thanksgiving Point was the reason they were chosen to manage Sand Hollow. “And our management philosophy is not going to change. They hired us because they like our service, our attitude and the way that we run and operate tournaments.”

Whetzel admits that Vanguard is a bit tight lipped about the specifics—perhaps that’s why the public wants to know more. But, he assures us, more information will be forthcoming.

“Right now we’re working hard on how we’re going to communicate who we are to the public,” he said. “Our soft launch will be at Thanksgiving Point at the Champions Challenge in about a month, and that’s really all we want to give out right now. Until we have our brand positioning statement finalized and know exactly what else we are going to do, that sums up who we are and what we’re all about at this moment.”

Even without the juicy details, anyone familiar with the project knows what an exciting recreational opportunity is on its way to fruition on the shores of Sand Hollow Reservoir.

“We are going away from just the golf course and encompassing a whole resort lifestyle. It’s similar to what you see in Arizona, Southern California and Las Vegas, and we’re bringing a little bit of that here to southern Utah,” Whetzel concludes with another smile.

All in due time.

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Many jobs, little help

Growth in Dixie leads to employee shortage




By Nancy Perkins
Deseret Morning News
ST. GEORGE — Southern Utah's booming economy is producing more than profit for various business owners — it's also creating a serious shortage of qualified employees, according to information presented at the Washington County Economic Summit Wednesday in St. George.
"Our immediate challenge is the ability to hire and retain over 100 employees needed for our start-up operation," said Bill Wright, vice president of Viracon Inc., a commercial glass fabrication business now building a massive factory in the Ft. Pierce Industrial Park.
"With the low unemployment rate here, it's a real challenge."
More than 850 people registered for the sold-out event held yearly at the Dixie Center. Presentations included updates on a local planning effort called Vision Dixie, sessions on commercial and residential real estate and data culled from recent economic and demographic reports.
Also seeking employees is Milliken, a textile and chemical company that opened a plant in St. George last year, and St. George Truss Co. Inc., which is building a new facility on 20 acres in the Ft. Pierce Industrial Park.
According to Jeff Thredgold of Salt Lake-based Thredgold Economic Associates, unemployment in St. George was at a low 3.5 percent in 2005, while year-over-year job growth created an estimated 4,300 new jobs for a 10 percent increase. Estimates through the end of 2006 show job growth at 8.5 percent and unemployment at 2.6 percent, while 2007 is expected to show a slightly lower unemployment rate at 2.5 percent.
Washington County regional economist Lecia Parks Langston noted in her presentation that the area's population grew by 6 percent in 2006, putting the county in the number one spot on the Utah Populations Estimate Committee report.
The average wage is up about 10 percent for the first half of 2006, making it the highest expansion in wage growth measured in at least 25 years, Langston said.
Housing permits in the county were down 42 percent through the end of October 2006, with values also sliding 31 percent. Although the number of homes sold dropped by 30 percent from the third quarter of 2005 to the same quarter of 2006, Langston said the average home price continued to hover between $300,000 and $340,000.
Vardel Curtis, president of the Washington County Board of Realtors, said the slowdown in home sales is caused by hyper-inflated prices.
"The equalization in the market is a much-needed adjustment as it begins to right itself after years of unprecedented and unsustainable growth," Curtis said in his presentation on residential real estate.
Nonresidential construction, on the other hand, is posting strong gains and was up 57 percent through October 2006. Gross taxable sales were up 17 percent for the first half of 2006.


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At this rate,St.George proper could easily become the largest city in Utah within the next six to ten years.


Fastest-growing metro areas
St. George, Utah has added more people than any other area; Hinesville-Fort Stewart, Georgia has lost the most.

By Les Christie, CNNMoney.com staff writer



NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- St. George, Utah had the biggest gain in population in the United States during the past six years, according to a U.S. Census report.

The city in the southwestern corner of the state grew 31.6 percent to 118,885 between April 1, 2000 and July 1, 2005. St. George nosed out the former leader, the Greeley, Colorado metro area, which has gained 26.6 percent over the same period.

A metropolitan area is defined as one that has a core urban area and a population of 50,000 or more.

Most of the fastest growers were medium to smaller metro areas and six of the top 10 were located west of the Mississippi. Only one of the four eastern cities in the top 10 - Raleigh, North Carolina - was outside Florida.

In sheer numbers, Atlanta has added more people, 669,699, than any other metro area. It grew by 15.8 percent during the period. Other big gainers included Dallas (657,957), Riverside-San Bernardino (655,133) and Phoenix (613,201).

Quite a number of places lost population. Hinesville-Fort Stewart, Georgia decreased 4.6 percent, a greater rate than any other metro area. Numerically, the biggest loser was Pittsburgh, where the population dropped 45,013.

The Census Bureau also published stats for micropolitan areas, those with populations between 10,000 and 50,000. Palm Coast, Florida, is the fastest growing of these places; it gained 53.3 percent.

Losing the highest percentage of its population was Pecos, Texas, which dropped 11.4 percent.

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I wonder if St George will ever do anything to try and create more density in town, or if they'll just keep sprawling all over the place. I'm down there about four times per year, and there's not a whole lot going on for the Fastest Growing Metro Area in the country. A lot of sprawl, yes. But not a whole lot happening in what should be their "downtown" area.
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Chamber of Commerce blurb.


I haven't checked it out yet, but didn't St. George just complete a major overhaul and beautification of St. George Blvd., running throught the heart of the historical commericial downtown?



Why Locate in
St. George/Washington County, UT?

A VIABLE ECONOMY

Washington County continues to be one of the fastest growing Metropolitan Statistical Area in the nation and growth continues at historical levels.

Job growth far outpaces both the nation and the state, while unemployment remains low.

Retail sales continue to soar… enjoying double digit percentage increases annually.

Commercial and residential construction and home sales continue strong.

St. George consistently ranks in the top ten among lists of the best places to live and it was recently ranked as the second best city in the nation for business.



Washington County is definitely the bright spot of Utah’s economy.



Here’s why: BIG DRAWS FOR BUSINESS

A highly productive, dependable labor force of more than 60,000 workers with diverse skills is the primary reason why the business climate is so great in Washington County.

n addition: the greater St. George area features a mild, snow-free climate; redundant fiber optic voice and data communications; interstate transportation; proactive, business-friendly government and a 4-year accredited state college in a recreational paradise offering some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

Lifestyle, low cost of living and doing business, fully improved infrastructure, work force and climate put all the elements in place for a resilient economic future for new and existing businesses in the St. George area. Washington County enjoys a diverse, ever growing and robust economy. Electrical rates and worker compensation insurance costs are two elements that provide significant operating savings for local companies.

The Washington County Economic Development Council (WCEDC) is an active participant in support of value-added businesses. The county continues to see increases in employment from these industries as manufacturers, customer service centers, back office operations, distribution facilities and high-tech companies expand or relocate to the area.

The synergy of supportive local government, plus skilled design and construction teams, allow a company to go from concept to completion in the shortest time possible. New facilities are brought from the drawing board to production regularly in a matter of just a few months.


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11.29.06
AllBusiness.com Announces “Best Metros for Women Entrepreneurs;” St George ranks # 1 in Metros from 75,000 to 150,000 for women seeking to start and grow a small to mid-size business. Click here for full report.


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A VISION FOR THE FUTURE

NEW REGIONAL AIRPORT

St. George is currently well-served by SkyWest Airlines with daily non-stop flights to Los Angeles (2) and Salt Lake City (8) with connections to all major cities. The completion of the planned new airport will enhance even further Washington County’s aviation services.

The replacement airport is moving toward a 2010 completion. The Federal Aviation Administration-sponsored Environmental Impact Statement has been completed and construction could begin as soon as 2007. The new airport will provide safer, more convenient air travel. Jerry Atkin, CEO of SkyWest Inc., which is headquartered in St. George said, “A jet-capable airport allows us to serve destinations further away than we are capable of today.”

HIGH-TECH SMART SITES

TONAQUINT CENTER

A landing place for high-tech businesses, the business park is a designated “Utah Smart Site.” The Center provides upscale office space for a blend of high-tech development and technology-based companies including Steton Technology, Allconnect, the Washington County Board of Realtors, the Five County Association of Governments corporate office and headquarters for the Huntsman World Senior Games. Plans for the park envision 24 building sites on 66 acres with nearly 600,000 square feet of building space. All buildings will be equipped with redundant fiber optic access to the Internet with speeds of up to 45 Mbps.

Located in a worker-friendly environment, the Tonaquint Center is situated near the city trail system, parks, sports facilities and a nature center. Marketed by Stone Cliff Properties, Inc. For more information call Stan Perkins (435) 673- 8033.

WASHINGTON COUNTY BUSINESS & INDUSTRIAL PARKS
FT. PIERCE INDUSTRIAL PARK

Fort Pierce Industrial Park is St. George’s newest and most active industrial park. It is currently home to more than 50 local businesses including Deseret Labs, The Spectrum, Blue Bunny Ice Cream, Quality Excavation, Wilding Wall Beds, Bomatic, Slater Transfer and Storage and many others. Within the next several months there will be announcements by a few local companies of extensive expansion or relocation plans and also another new manufacturing plant that will be adding approximately 50 jobs to the local economy.

St. George has been discovered by many of the key site selection companies nationwide and Fort Pierce Industrial Park has played a major role in that happening. Ft. Pierce Industrial Park is serviced by Dixie Escalante Power and offers the most favorable electrical power rates in the West. The over-all package of low power rates, competitive workers’ compensation insurance, the close proximity to the new proposed airport and quick access to major highway systems leading to key population centers in the West makes it difficult for the site selection companies to ignore Fort Pierce Industrial Park.

The recent robust activity of land sales and leasing over the last two years has lowered the vacancy factor in the park to less than 2%. From the number of new building plans being approved, the park will be seeing a sizeable amount of “for lease” space becoming available. This will help satisfy the current pent-up demand for this type of space.

Ft. Pierce Industrial Park is marketed by Commerce CRG, a member of the Cushman & Wakefield Alliance. Phone: 435-673-7111

GATEWAY INDUSTRIAL PARK

The 400-acre Gateway Business Park located on I-15 and SR 9 in Hurricane is home to the 1.2 million square-foot Wal-Mart Distribution Center. The Orgill Company has a 520,000 square-foot Distribution Center to serve their western customers. Other occupants include DATS Trucking, Winkle Bottling and Mikohn Gaming.

New businesses are coming to the Gateway almost every month. Boulevard Furniture’s 28 acre, state of the art warehouse facility recently opened for operation. The Gateway is fully developed with all utilities in place. The pre-planning and zoning allows for speedy building permits.

Marketed by Winding River Realty Utah-435-703-5011
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RETAIL OUTLOOK FOR THE COUNTY

With some of the highest growth rates in the nation (Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2004) and annual visitors numbering in the millions, the St. George area is developing into the primary metropolitan area for all of Southern Utah. The trade area services multiple outlying areas and goes far beyond the borders of Washington County.

Although the county’s population exceeds 140,000, the primary trade area in 2003 was estimated at 230,781 and is forecast to reach 303,346 by 2012. The trade area extends to the south and includes the Nevada communities of Glendale, Overton and Mesquite and part of the Arizona strip; northern reaches include the towns of Beaver and Fillmore; to the east, rural communities along Highway 89 including Kanab and Fredonia, Ariz., rely on St. George and Washington cities for most amenities. Washington County’s placement in the Southwest adds a large and growing component of retirees with significant assets.

Retail growth has been robust with the influx of multiple national retailers including 2 Super Wal-Mart’s, Lowe’s, Target, Home Depot, Best Buy, TJ Maxx, Costco, and Big Lots. Many others are currently in development or are evaluating the market.

According to the Utah State Tax Commission, gross taxable sales for the fourth quarter 2003 were $434 million, an 11.9 percent increase over the previous fiscal year.

Retail sales greater than Utah communities four times the size of Washington County mean visitors and residents alike have responded favorably to a greater variety of shopping options.
Contributed by Kemp Griffin Commercial Real Estate 435-688-8886.

Go to Sites for more information about new developments...


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RETAIL & DEVELOPMENT OUTLOOK FOR NEIGHBORING CITIES

HURRICANE CITY

McNeil Development of Idaho Falls, Idaho has purchased approximately 2,300 acres in the Hurricane area and is currently beginning the project-planning phase. With a destination resort community and approximately 300 acres of commercial being planned, there will be many exciting business opportunities available in the future. They can be contacted at 1-208-524-3341 x13

IVINS CITY

The Smart Site at Tuacahn Performing Arts Center opened to the public in May 2003. The site is a joint venture between Tuacahn High School, the Learn Key Corporation, Ivins City and the Utah Department of Community and Economic Development. The purpose of the site is to provide a venue where both students and other members of the community can learn new computer skills and upgrade existing ones. Training is done on a self-paced basis and employs LearnKey training software including independent courses on Word, Excel, Power Point, Illustrator and Page Maker among others.

For more information, call 435-652-3201 or visit www.tuacahn.onlineexpert.com

SANTA CLARA CITY

Santa Clara City is stepping ahead by turning the clock back. It is capitalizing on the unique environment of its historic main street. Already known as an oasis with cool shade, a new streetscape design will firmly capture the respite appeal that always has welcomed visitors to Santa Clara.

Recognizing the opportunity, local merchants have begun to set up shop in several historic homes along tree-lined Santa Clara Drive. Others are poised to follow. The new streetscape design (beginning implementation in fall of 2006) will further enhance the Historical District by adding brick-lined paths, more trees and flowering plants, historical markers, kiosks highlighting self-directed tours, new street lighting, park benches, designated pedestrian crossings and separate biking paths.

This ambitious project ensures that for years to come you will be able to take a break from your busy life by visiting, shopping, recreating or living in Santa Clara.

For more information about business in Santa Clara’s historical district or business opportunities in the commercial area on the city’s east end, call (435) 673-6712 or visit www.santaclaracityutah.com .
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