Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tribe to get busy with businesses

The Ute Tribe is utilizing stimulus money, federal grants and their own funds to accomplish an ambitious slew of economic development projects — including new plans for the former Bottle Hollow resort site, reopening former business ventures and beginning new ones.

The tribe has immediate plans to redesign, re-engineer and reopen their water bottling plant with the latest technology and equipment the market has to offer, said Ute Tribe Business Committee Chairman Curtis Cesspooch.

Technology is another enterprise where the tribe plans to provide new jobs. Ute Technology, a spinoff of Uintah River Technology, will primarily focus on oil and gas development working in conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management, seeking software and government procurement contracts, as well as human health service and military contracts, according to Ute Tribe's enterprise CEO, Ariwite.

A cultural museum focusing on the history of the Northern Ute Tribe is an important part of the plans centering around the revitalization of Bottle Hollow, said Cesspooch. A cultural museum has been seen as ideal for the site for over two decades now. Uintah Basin Standard