Most counties also engage in economic development activities that not only include retention and expansion of existing businesses, but also engagement with entrepreneurs and established companies looking for a new or additional place to call “home.”
This growth benefits the entire county as additional and better jobs are introduced, which affects many different measures of quality of life for everyone.
Counties have the authority (per the Utah Legislature in 1969, and recodified in 2007) to create Community Development and Renewal Agencies (CDRAs) for the purpose of urban renewal, job creation and retention, as well as a variety of other activities aimed to strengthen economic development. CDRAs are separate and distinct from the county, however they are governed by a board that includes members of the county commission or council or the county executive or mayor (as an executive director).
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