Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Conference center location announced

Uintah County’s proposed conference center will be built downtown just one block northwest of Western Park.

Plans are to construct the center on the block between 200-300 East and 100-200 South, according to County Commissioner Mike McKee.

Uintah County received partial funding for the center through the Community Impact Board, with additional monies for construction developed through a partnership with the Impact Mitigation district.

Paul Hacking, district manager, says the process has been in the planning for over a year and a half.

The logical thing, according to Hacking, was a partnership between the entities for the benefit of the area. He calls the center another piece of the puzzle in growing the Basin’s image.

Under the agreement, Impact Mitigation agrees to pay $3 million in cash toward the construction of the conference center.

Vernal City also has an interest in the building and plans to partner in its operation with the county. Vernal Express