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 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 meetings, 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, an additional member of the SCEDD, and an appointed individual from the finance/banking industry. The RLF provides gap financing in partnership with banks, borrower, and/or other financial resources. This is a long-term finance program for new and expanding businesses with finance needs of $10,000 to $250,000. Job creation is a requirement for qualification. Funding resources include EDA and Community Development Block Grant allocations. 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. The RLF also administers a CARES fund. The CARES RLF will help Juab, Millard, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier, and Wayne Counties to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus or respond to economic injury as a result of coronavirus by giving the businesses in the region access to loans. Job creation and/or retention is a key factor in any loan application. Leveraging requirements encourage private investment in the region. A working capital loan from the CARES RLF will likely prevent a business from acquiring a high-interest alternative. This fund allows a business to upgrade or add equipment to meet public health and safety requirements.

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

JUAB COUNTY
Brent Boswell
Juab County Economic Development Director

MILLARD COUNTY
Stuart Clason
Utah Association of Counties, representing Millard

Patrick Mullen
Utah Association of Counties, representing Millard

PIUTE COUNTY
Darin Bushman
Piute County Commissioner

SANPETE COUNTY
Kevin Christensen
Sanpete County Economic Development Director

SEVIER COUNTY
Malcolm Nash
Sevier County Economic Development Director

WAYNE COUNTY
Adus Dorsey
Wayne County Economic Development Director

SIX COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTS
Travis Kyhl
Executive Director