Yesterday (4/8/15), SunEdison broke ground on one of seven solar farms they will be running in Southern Utah. Iron County currently has 14 proposed solar projects, with three under construction and four more approved. These projects are taking advantage of the factors that are very favorable to solar power production. By the time SunEdison is finished with their projects in our area, they will be producing 500 megawatts in this area. For more information read here…..
Servicing the largest markets in the west can be done without experiencing all of the red tape, reports and taxes that come with being located in those major markets. Port 15 Utah allows you to most of these markets in one day while giving you an affordable location with very little interference from extreme governmental regulation. I was just reading a wonderful opinion piece in the Orange County Register, dated March 13, 2015 and entitled, “Survey: Don’t go West, small Business.” It opened by stating that Union Bank’s latest annual Small Business Economic Survey found that 20 percent of California’s small businesses are thinking of moving to another state. That information floored me.
When we visit local companies at Port 15 Utah, we rarely discuss any problems with business climate, taxation or other government regulation. We discuss growth issues, the quality of their workforce and what we can do together to continue building our business community.
In the time that I have been monitoring our business community and that has been a few years, we have never had a relocation because they didn’t like the area. Consolidation and general business attraction have really been the only reasons that we have seen a few businesses leave the area. The companies moving in have far out weighed any of the above mentioned events.
It is so amazing to be living in a community, where we worry more about expansion and do not have the added problems that interupt daily business in the California market.
So read more about this survey click here. And then give us at call at (435) 865-3870 and let us show you a great business location for your business. You won’t believe what we are offering.
Recently, the Cedar City Chamber Announced the Best of Cedar City Winners.
CEDAR CITY – The Cedar City Chamber of Commerce held its 64th annual Best of Cedar City awards banquet in the ballroom at Southern Utah University on Wednesday evening.
Cedar City Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Scott Jolley thanked patrons for attending and shared some remarks about the growth of the Chamber over the past seven years.
“Going back seven years ago, we were crammed into the Crystal Inn on long church style tables.” He continued, “At that time we were invited to use University venues, and we started to do that in the Great Hall. Since then, this event has continued to grow. This event has more than doubled since that banquet at the Crystal Inn. I thank the business committee and the citizens of Cedar City for the tremendous support.”
Cedar City Mayor Maile Wilson was honored by the Chamber as Cedar City’s Woman of the Year for completing her first year as city mayor as well as the many public speaking appearances she has made at Iron County public schools over the past year.
“This is such an amazing honor,” said Wilson. “Cedar City is one of the most amazing communities I have ever been in, and I am privileged every chance I get to speak to people about our community.” She continued, “This community is truly great and I am honored to receive this award.” Read More….
SUU has a five year record of being on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. During that time there were only 122 colleges and universities that were honored with this designation and most for just one year. Southern Utah University has had a long history of volunteer services and this allowed SUU to be selected as a leading university for providing community service. Read more….
Because of a demand for basketball teams and more space for skills development, a group of local businessmen got together and created new gymnasium for a Southern Utah Hoops program that has been growing for the past two years. Terry Tebbs and former UNLV basketball player started Southern Utah Hoops by renting space at various gyms here in Cedar City. His program and training continued to grow and it soon became evident that they needed to do something about his need for space. He and some local businessmen came up with the idea to build it. Here is more on this story.
North Elementary in Cedar City is our local S.T.E.A.M. School. This incredible elementary school prides itself on focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math thus its designation of being a S.T.E.A.M. School. Because of their dedication to these principles and their participation with the “Hour of Code” program, North Elementary received the $10,000 reward from the above mentioned program. Out of 270 schools in Utah, North Elementay was the winner. Read more….
Utah and its larger communities have been taking in accolades for the past several years on good places to live and great places to do business. The Deseret News noted these different articles of praise and noticed that even smaller communities like Cedar City were proving to be noteworth communities. Cedar City is one of those small cities that really has it all. This article provides a little more insight into why our community is so great. Read more……
In order to continue the work on the new Shakespeare Theater in Cedar City, the Utah Shakespeare Festival received $4.9 million in tax credit financing with the help of U.S. Bank and the Community Development Finance Alliance. The nearly 64,000 SF theater will be built by utilize more than $25.4 million that was raised by the Utah Shakespear theater. The construction of this facility has started and should be ready for the start of the 2017 season.
Fred Adams and staff have been working on this expansion idea for more than 16 years. Their efforts will bring about a new theater that will still have the authenticity of the old theater, only with modern conveniences that will allow the plays to go on under numerous weather and outdoor circumstances.
The state and local governments have worked with the USF in order to create a project that will be extremely important to Cedar City. This type of project is something that Cedar City has been extremely successful with over the past years. ….. Read more.
US News World Report just plain gets it about Southern Utah University. They have ranked us 58th best school out of all of the universities. One of the greatest strengths that propelled SUU into this ranking, was the success of students to enter post graduate studies. SUU was noted for is strength in working with students from when they first enter the doors until the students go onto other programs. This ranking is up 13 points from last year.
Southern Utah University has provided an incredible workforce of students who really excel not only in their knowledge, but their ability to put things to a practicle use. Many of the companies that have moved to our area are impressed with the quality of indivduals that can get from our local pool.
SUU includes specialized training, associate, baccalaureate and graduate degree programs. The school’s hallmark, the College of Education, provides some of the best teacher-training and education in the western United States. SUU students have many unique opportunities. The College of Performing and Visual Arts works hand-in-hand with internationally recognized artists to offer a broad base of artistic exposure.
Casino Game Maker has opened an office in Cedar City for their game production unit. It is great to see companies recognizing the talent and abilities of our local Workforce. The Cedar City will produce both its traditional and new games in this office. What a great thing for Cedar City,
Casino Game Maker, Inc. is pleased to announce the opening of their Cedar City, UT office on September 2, 2014. The Cedar City office will be primarily responsible for the engineering and development of Casino Game Maker’s wide range of Class II and Class III land based gaming products including 8 Baccarat Slots. In addition, the Cedar City, UT office will handle some production and light assembly of its current product line.
One goal of the Cedar City office is to work in conjunction with the local university, Southern Utah University (SUU), drawing from local talent in the areas of graphic design, computer science, mathematics, and engineering. Casino Game Maker has already brought on Programmer Interns from SUU and is excited for ongoing collaboration with the university.