Local Officials Emphasize Importance of Accessibility, Responsiveness in Rural Economy, Community Development

Zook Study Demonstrates Agriculture’s Continued Importance in Local Economy – Cache Valley Daily

On KVNU’s For the People program, during the County Hour, Cache County Executive David Zook discussed his positive experiences with lawmakers as they work to make decisions that impact local residents. “They do a great job and are very open,” said Zook. “Throughout Utah, elected officials are highly accessible to the people. I believe this is due in part to our caucus and convention system, which encourages elected officials to be close to their constituents and responsive to their needs.”

Recently, a major economic study was released by the Cache County Water District and other organizations. One of the key findings was that agriculture remains a significant part of the local economy, and it wouldn’t exist without access to water. “This is not just about Cache Valley or the Bear River’s impact on Cache Valley,” said Zook. “It’s about the Bear River region, which is a larger area.”

Zook also discussed some of the bills he is keeping an eye on during this legislative session. He mentioned Representative Dan Johnson’s American Welcome Center project for $7 million to add 5,200 square feet to an English Language Center in Cache Refugee and Immigrant Connection (CRIC). Another project he mentioned was Little Lambs’ attempt to get $3 million for a new facility in their community. In terms of transportation bills, Zook listed money for improvements in the South Valley corridor, an east-west connector between SR 89-91 and SR 165, and development in the West Cache corridor as priorities.

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