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  • Utah’s economic attributes entice businesses to relocate to the state

  • CEDAR CITY - Living in drought conditions takes a toll on the population and landscape over time, and the Central Iron County Water Conservancy District, along with the Utah State University extension office, is actively pushing for change.
  • Utah has offered online auction giant eBay an incentive worth as much as $1.7 million to entice the company to add up to 200 customer-service jobs in Draper.
     
    The state hopes to capitalize on eBay's plans to close a 700-employee facility in Vancouver, British Columbia, and redistribute the work elsewhere.
     
    If the company does take the incentive offer and expand in Utah, CEO John Donahoe said the state stands to get as many as 200 positions by the end of the year.
  • Over the next three years, just more than $5 million in federal stimulus dollars will keep hundreds of Utahns in their homes and off the streets.
     
    More than 1,000 households are expected to benefit from the state's plan, which needs to be approved by the U.S.
  • Mayor Ralph Becker is turning his allies into his enemies and may ensure a loss at the ballot box not just of a $125 million police headquarters bond, but also his own shot at a second term.
     
    That is the warning from a growing chorus of Salt Lake City power brokers -- including a former mayor, former library director and former and current City Council members -- coalescing against Becker's "bizarre" vision of police buildings on Library Square.
     
    If the sophomore mayor dig
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  • ST. GEORGE — Only two weeks after her family moved into their St. George apartment, Cynthia Gough said she was shocked to receive notice of the building's impending foreclosure, forcing the 26-year—old mother to begin searching for a new home.
  • Staker Parson Cos. has opened the Landscape Center at 2276 N. 200 East in Spanish Fork. The open house will be May 23, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Staker Parson Landscape specialists will be on-hand to offer advice and tips. Original Article

  • Utah Housing Corporation and the Tooele School District are excited to host an open house for their most recent collaborative effort to provide brand new, affordable housing in Grantsville. Utah Housing Corporation partners with schools and students to provide the ECHO (Educationally Constructed Housing Opportunities) program that helps Utah's families into well-built, affordable homes.  
     
    The public is invited to the open house on Thursday, May 21, at 11 a.m. at 569 E.
  • By LINDA BAKER

    The New York Times

  • South Salt Lake » One of the oldest school houses in the Salt Lake Valley could get a new, spruced-up look.
     
    Passers-by often miss the Pioneer Craft House, shrouded by towering trees and a chain-link fence, at the corner of 500 East and 3300 South.
     
    But Wednesday, Salt Lake City architecture firm CRSA unveiled conceptual plans that would open the South Salt Lake campus to the surrounding neighborhood, creating a corner plaza, wheelchair-accessible paths and a circular driveway
  • Utah, which had an increase of 120 percent in foreclosure-related filings over the past year, now has the sixth-highest rate among all states, according to a report released Wednesday. Original Article

  • PAROWAN - For the first time in a decade, the Iron County Commission was able to go through the entire waiting list of more than 75 property owners seeking permanent take permits to remove or kill prairie dogs on their lands.
  • ST. GEORGE - More than a year has passed since several public hearings took place on the proposed Toquop Energy Project, a 750-megawatt, coal-fired power plant located on approximately 600 acres of land about 14 miles northeast of Mesquite.
  • The Utah Transit Authority on Wednesday sold $306 million in bonds to help finance construction of light-rail and commuter-rail lines. The UTA board voted in a special meeting to offer the bonds, taking advantage of interest rates that have plummeted with the economy in recent months. Original Article

  • Gardiner Properties LLC began construction on Urbana on Eleventh in Sugarhouse. The project is the first ever new build, high-density condominium project in Sugarhouse. The project will replace a parking lot on 1100 East. There will be 29 units of various sizes starting at $195,600.

  • GSBS Architects and The Boyer Co. were selected to design and build the Research and Education Laboratory in Idaho Falls as part of the Idaho National Laboratory. The $48-million facility is planned to be 131,000 square feet. Planned as an LEED Gold project, the structure will be complete in 2011. The facility wil provide space for research on radiological science and chemistry and engineering and for science labs. The Enterprise, May 11-17, 2009

  • Camco Construction Inc. was awarded the contract for the Cottonwood Sleep Center of the Cottonwood Medical Office Tower in Murray, according to an Enterprise article. The sleep center will be located on the third floor of the office tower. Camco Construction will be required to demolish the existing conditions and to add new interior finishes and mechanical and electrical systems. The 4,315-square-foot project is scheduled to be completed this summer. The Enterprise, May 11-17, 2009

  • OGDEN - The Ogden Redevelopment Agency Board approved a resolution Tuesday night authorizing the sale of two downtown parcels for construction of the second phase of the Union Square condominium project.
  • Burt Savage will open a new restaurant in mide-June at West Jordan's Jordan Landing called Red Rooster Waffle Co, according to an article in The Enterprise. The restaurant will be 3,000 square feet with room to grow an additional 2,000 square feet. Savage hopes to open three more Red Rooster Waffle Co. restaurants in the near future. He is looking at putting the second facilitiy in Draper. The Enterprise, May 11-17, 2009

  • Salt Lake Community College is looking for architectural/engineering design proposals for a $25 million, 123,000-square-foot media center. The building will be an addition to its Taylorsville facility at 4600 S. Redwood Road. Fifty-five classrooms will be housed in the building which will be home to  animation, broadcasting, digital media design, digital technology and film production, medical imaging, performing arts and visual arts and design programs. Hopes are to open the facility and have its first one-year students graduate in 2013. The Enterprise, May 11-17, 2009

  • The Shops at Riverwoods in Provo is facing foreclosure after its owners, Terranet Investments LLC, failed to make mortgage payments in November, December and January. According to an article in The Enterprise, Bank of America is seeking outstanding principal plus interest of $30.6 million. Commerce CRG of Salt Lake City collects rents from retailers, manages the facility and undertakes sale of the property.  The development is 65 percent occupied. Stores that have closed at Riverwoods include Eddie Bauer, Copeland Sports, The Gap, Banana Republic, Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

  • Cowboy Partners will soon break ground on a 160-unit apartment community near The Gateway. The firm will begin assessed general contractors' bids on May 14 while it waits for the negotiation of construction loans, according to an Enterprise article. The company expects to break ground this summer and build during the next 12 to 14 months, the article said. The five-story development will sit on two acres and will house underground parking, a swimming pool and an exercise facility. Rent for the one- and two-bedroom units will range from $700 to $1,200.

  •  Salt Lake City will purchase the remodeled Rio Grande Hotel.

  • Does going global make sense for Utah businesses in the midst of the worst worldwide recession since the 1930s?
     
    A slate of speakers at the forefront of U.S. trade policy will examine that question during Zions Bank's annual international trade and business conference in Salt Lake City May 20. The conference at the Marriott Downtown hotel will run from 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Mayor Ralph Becker's goal to plop the cop shop on the east plaza of Library Square is meeting growing skepticism, including a push back from a majority on the Salt Lake City Council.
     
    Angst ranges from the run on open space to violating old master plans to seeing the $125 million bond flame out at November's ballot box -- for the second time in three years -- in what could be a low-turnout "off, off-year election."
     
    "It's ridiculous.
  • The federal government wants to find a couple of additional retirement homes for old mustangs. The Bureau of Land Management is seeking bids to house up to 6,000 Western wild horses unlikely to be adopted because they are too old and because the agency needs to decrease the mustang population Original Article

  • The Bluffdale City Council is putting the job of the city's building inspector on the chopping block, in an effort to trim...
  • Sandy » Wasatch canyons users who attended a planning session here Tuesday appeared to favor development restrictions rather than limits on recreation as the Salt Lake Valley's population grows. Original Article

  • Booth space at the Salt Lake Chamber's annual business Expo Marketplace in Salt Lake City is sold out. The event, a trade show for Utah businesses, will be staged at the Sheraton Salt Lake City hotel, 150 W. Original Article

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