OCED: Office of Community and Economic Development

How Six County Association of Governments supports and guides community planning and economic development.

The OCED works under the direction and guidance of the Executive Board and Six County Economic Development District Board (SCEDD). The SCEDD Board is mandated by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) of the US Department of Commerce. The Board membership is an appointed commissioner and mayor from each county (usually the same serving on the SCAOG Executive Board), private business and industry representatives (can be the same commissioners or mayors serving on the Board), county Economic Development Directors and special interest representatives as required by EDA.

Regional Planning Project (RPP) Planner
The core mission of Permanent Community Impact Board’s (CIB) Regional Planning Project (RPP) is to mitigate socio-economic impacts resulting from extraction of coal and oil from mostly public lands. The program provides stability for continuous quality planning throughout the Six County Region utilizing the RPP funding source to collect community infrastructure lists, CIB priority project lists, and technical assistance in CIB applications.

Community Development Block Grant
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs as core funding sources to provide technical assistance for CDBG project applications and prepare the Region’s consolidated plan; and provides technical assistance in developing land-use ordinances, maintain statistical data along with area demographics, serve as regional Census affiliates, develop community base maps, provide technical assistance for county land use, regional transportation and hazard mitigation planning.

Economic Development Program
EDA provides an annual federal grant which is used to develop, coordinate and manage a regional economic development program. County coordination of the program is through the Six County Technical Committee. This committee is made up of each county’s economic development director/coordinator, the Board Chair of the SCEDD, and representatives of partner agencies with a regional economic development emphasis. Additionally, staff provides technical assistance to counties as they work toward goal attainment of their economic development endeavors. This includes monthly attendance and participation in county economic development council/board meetings as well as other involvement as requested. Other staff responsibilities include, but are not limited to, organizing bi-monthly meeting and taking minutes, annual EDA grant development, District reports, audits, correspondence, development and management of a five-year plan known as the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), interface and coordination with partner agencies, training of local officials and board members, and other duties as assigned.

Revolving Loan Fund (RLF)
Under direction of the SCEDD and Loan Administration Board (LAB) the region administers the Six County Revolving Loan Program (RLF). The LAB consists of the Six County economic development directors/coordinators, the SCEDD Board Chair or appointed elected official, and an appointed individual from the finance/banking industry. The program consists of three resource categories. 1) The RLF provides gap financing in partnership with banks, borrower, and/or other financial resources. This is a longterm finance program for new and expanding businesses with finance needs of $20,000 to $250,000. Job creation is a requirement for qualification. Funding resources include EDA, Community Development Block Grant allocations, and a grant from U.S. Rural Development Administration (USRDA). 2) The Intermediary Relending Program (IRP) provides funds for loan end users from a USDA loan to the SCEDD. Use of funds can be either gap financing or up to 75%/25% lender/borrower loan. Other requirements are similar to the RLF. 3) The Targeted Business Assistance Fund (TBAF) is a micro-loan program created for the purpose of encouraging start-up and expanding businesses to target vacant buildings and sites throughout the Six County Region. These loans are 60 months or less term with a maximum loan amount of $10,000. Funding resources were from a congressional funding to the State for economic development projects. The loan programs are revolving in that repayments are utilized for future loans. Staff involved in the program work in coordination with the county economic directors/coordinators to meet potential client needs. They assist the client in application completion, identifying additional funding and assuring that program guidelines are met. They are also responsible for organizing meetings, taking minutes, program reports, training, loan monitoring, audit participation, correspondence and liaison with partner agencies.

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Economic Development Board

Rick Blackwell (Chair)
Piute
Private Industry
President Bank of Southern Utah

Tooter Ogden (V. Chair)
Sevier
Elected Official
Commissioner County Government

Claudia Jarrett (Sec/Treas)
Sanpete
Elected Official
Commissioner County Government

Byron Woodland
Juab
Elected Official
Commissioner County Government

Wayne Jackson
Millard
Elected Official
Commissioner County Government

Newell Harward
Wayne
Private Business
Owner/Mgr. Harward & Reese Const.

Rick Dalton
Junction
Elected Official
Mayor City Government

Glade Nielson
Nephi
Elected Official
Mayor City Government

Michael Holt
Fillmore
Elected Official
Mayor City Government

John Christensen
Mayfield
Private Business Owner
Lone Star Services

David Ogden
Richfield
Richfield City Mayor
City Government

Cody Grundy
Loa
Elected Official
Mayor City Government

Adus Dorsey
Wayne
County Government
Director Economic Development

Darin Bushman
Piute
County Government
Director Economic Development

Brent Boswell
Juab
County Government
Director Economic Development

Scott Barney
Millard
County Government
Director Economic Development

Kevin Christensen
Sanpete
County Government
Director Economic Development

Malcolm Nash
Sevier
County Government
Director Economic Development

Lorraine Gregerson
Richfield
Chamber of Commerce
Director Richfield Chamber

Technical Committee Members

Brent Boswell (Chair)
ED Coordinator
Juab County

Malcolm Nash
ED Coordinator
Sevier County

Kevin Christensen
ED Coordinator
Sanpete County

Jody A. Gale
USU Extension Agent
Sevier County & Southern Area

Russell Cowley
Executive Director
Six County AOG

Nan Anderson
GOED- Rural Specialist

Adus Dorsey
ED Coordinator
Wayne County

Darin Bushman
County Commissioner
Piute County

Tim Chamberlain
SBDC Coordinator
Snow College

Forest Turner
Workforce Development Spec.
Dept. of Workforce Services

Cameron Findlay
Regional Manager
PTAC

Scott Barney
ED Coordinator
Millard County

Lisa Laird
Career Services Advisor
Snow College