Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Kanab Airport gets FAA grant

The Kanab Municipal Airport has been awarded more than $2.4 million from the Federal Aviation Administration to rehabilitate its apron and runway. Airports receive a certain amount of Airport Improvement Program funding each year based on activity levels and project needs. Deseret News

Kenworth Sales Company breaks ground for new St. George location

Kenworth Sales Company has broken ground on a new St. George location. The new store will be located at 4484 S. Astragalus Drive on the northeast corner of the new exit 2 exchange that connects I-15 to the Southern Corridor and the St. George airport. It will replace the current facility in Washington City.

The 21,000 square foot facility will include 12 service bays, expanded parts inventory, new and used truck sales, rental and leasing. There will be 16-20 employees at this location, creating about six new jobs. The Spectrum

Dixie State University Innovation Plaza gets $1.75 million in funding

Dixie State University recently received more than $1.75 million in federal grants and donations, which it plans to use for high-tech equipment in its Innovation Plaza. The funding is the latest boost to the university's effort to further cutting-edge research, expand entrepreneurship and bring more high-paying jobs to the region. The new funds will enable the St. George university to buy items such as 3D printers and woodworking machines for its entrepreneurial makerspace and its biotech, medical and environmental testing lab.

Both facilities will be part of the plaza, a hub of resources for startups and others looking to innovate. The plaza occupies the former East Elementary, where building renovations are underway. It will be available to all area residents once those are complete.

 The makerspace will be a 6,000-square-foot center for skill training focused on increasing tech initiatives in the area. As part of that effort, Wayne Provost, director of innovation guidance and solutions at Dixie State, helps students and community members grow their ideas from concepts to patented products and viable business propositions. The 10,000-square-foot research lab will be in the plaza's Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (TIE) Center. It will be home to Soft Cell Biological Research. The company, the first of its kind to culture L-form bacteria, works with DSU interns to develop antibiotics to treat autoimmune diseases. The Spectrum

UDOT commits $15M to explore, implement Springdale-St. George transit route

A transit service linking St. George to Springdale may be a step closer to reality with a $15 million commitment from the Utah Department of Transportation. Earlier this month, UDOT’s Transportation Commission approved putting the funds toward investigating the implementation of a transit service linking the gateway of Zion National Park to the heart of Washington County. The transit service is one of many proposed transportation improvements UDOT has identified in western Washington County related to Zion National Park, which is a part of a larger project connected to recreation hot spots across the state. Among the ideas discussed are continued improvements to state Route 9, the possibility of paving dirt roads connecting SR-9 and state Route 59, and the transit system connecting to St. George. KSL TV

Monday, May 21, 2018

BLM seeks comments on proposal for solar energy development in Utah

The BLM’s Cedar City Field Office released a draft environmental assessment for proposed parcels within the Milford Flats South Solar Energy Zone. This draft environmental assessment analyzes the environmental consequences of competitively leasing four parcels of public lands, comprising approximately 5,564 acres, for solar energy development and initiates a 30-day public comment period.

If the Milford Flats Solar Energy Zone in Beaver County is fully developed, it is anticipated that construction will provide at least 216 jobs and $11.2 million in income to those employed, with operations providing at least 15 jobs and $400,000 in income. St George News

Independent living senior village coming to Kanab

SageHill Partners announced a public meeting will be held May 19 at the Kanab City Library to launch what could be Utah’s first SageHill Living Village. It is inspired by creative aging ideals that have the power to change the way people age in rural America. The goal is to downsize the footprint and upsize the community to reflect shared values, interests, and purpose. The village will offer single-level living for 14-24 households nestled around a large common house to create the atmosphere of an old-fashioned village. SageHill is researching possible sites in the Kanab city limits. If they quickly secure a site and a group of committed residents, they will be able to break ground in early 2019, if not sooner. The Spectrum

St. George's latest upgrade: $60 million expansion of wastewater treatment plant

Construction is set to start this summer on a major expansion of the St George water treatment plant, a process expected to take several years and cost some $60 million. The St. George City Council accepted a $25.3 million bid in April to starting building headworks and a UV disinfection system, the first phase in a series of three major projects that water managers say could essentially double the plant’s capacity. The first phase of construction is expected to take about 20 months; a second phase could cost $39 million and take up to two years to build. At that point, the project could be on hold for several years while managers wait for population growth to necessitate the third and final phase. The Spectrum

Cole West Home Breaks Ground on Progressive Development in Washington

Cole West Home has broken ground on The Eighth, a 21-unit housing development in Washington City, Utah. The property, located at 2250 North Coral Canyon Blvd, was a distressed property prior to being acquired by the homebuilder. The 5-acre neighborhood offers progressive and modern vacation home designs reflective of the southern Utah landscape. Utah Business Magazine

St. George City approves tax incentive with Ram Company

City officials have approved a tax incentive for a manufacturing company that is promising to add dozens of new jobs in St. George, a benefit to the area economy. The Ram Manufacturing Company, otherwise known as Ram Pro, is in the process of completing an $11 million expansion to its facility in St. George. Along with the 71,000-square foot expansion, the company plans to provide 38 new jobs. Citing the Ram Company’s “significant contribution to the local economy and tax base,” the St. George City Council approved a 10-year tax agreement with the company to incentivize its expansion and creation of new jobs. St George News