Strengthening Economies in Utah: A Forum for Coal-Reliant Communities

Oct. 18, 2017 – Oct. 20, 2017
Sevier County Fairgrounds
Richfield, UT
Contact Sanah Baig (202) 661-8807
Contact Jack Morgan (202) 942-4274

Is your county or region experiencing economic challenges due to the contraction of the coal industry? Are you seeking effective approaches to support economic diversification, workforce development and improved quality of life in your community?

Join the National Association of Counties and the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation in Richfield, Utah, on October 18–20th for Strengthening Economies in Utah, a free forum designed for coal-reliant counties and regions from across Utah. This convening will bring together stakeholders from the public and private sectors for an educational and interactive gathering to share best practices, lessons learned and new opportunities to support economic diversification. Prepare for a mix of interactive sessions and small group discussions designed to deepen and foster new partnerships aimed at promoting innovation and prosperity throughout Utah and the Western regions.

The forum will offer ample opportunity to network with your peers, state and federal officials and other practitioners who are promoting economic and community development at the local, regional and state levels. All interested community stakeholders from Utah are welcome to attend, including: county and other local officials; regional development organization staff; workforce development professionals; non-profit and philanthropic leaders; business owners; and representatives from K-12 and higher education institutions.

This forum is funded through the support of the U.S. Economic Development Administration – Denver Regional Office, as part of NACo and NADO RF's larger four-state initiative: Strengthening Economies in the West, which provide tailored  economic diversification support and technical assistance for coal-reliant counties and regions in Colorado, Montana, Utah & Wyoming. This initiative kicked off in April of 2017 with an educational forum in Denver, Colorado.

Note: Attendance for this forum is encouraged for Utah counties and regions economically linked to the coal industry and forum content will primarily focus on strategies and opportunities specifically unique to Utah. Through this regional initiative, similar forums will take place in Colorado, Montana & Wyoming over the course of the next two years.

Hotel Information

For those interested in staying overnight in Richfield, a room block has been set at the Quality Inn with a discouted room rate of $70/night.  Attendees can please call the hotel to make reservations requestions the 'National Association of Counties' room rate.  

Quality Inn

540 South Main Street
Richfield, UT 84701