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

Cache County Executive David Zook on the Importance of Accessible Elected Officials and Legislation for Local Economic Development

Cache County Executive David Zook spoke on KVNU’s For the People program about the accessibility of lawmakers and their willingness to listen to residents. “They do a great job, they’re very open. Throughout Utah, that’s one of the things I love about the way our elected officials operate. They’re very accessible to the people, and responsive to them,” he said.

Recently, a significant economic study was released by Cache County Water District and other organizations. The study found that agriculture remains a major part of the local economy and its success is largely dependent on water resources in the region. “This isn’t just about Cache Valley or talking about water or the Bear River’s impact on Cache Valley,” Zook said. “The Bear River region is a larger area with significant economic activity happening.”

Zook also discussed some bills that he is closely monitoring during this legislative session. One of his county’s top priorities is Representative Dan Johnson’s project for an American Welcome Center, which aims to add approximately $7 million to expand the English Language Center and move CRIC (Cache Refugee and Immigrant Connection) there. Another important bill for Little Lambs seeks funding of around $3 million for a new facility in their community, which will be a valuable addition for residents. He also mentioned several transportation bills that are high on their priority list, such as funding for improvements in South Valley corridor, an east-west connector between SR 89-91 and SR 165 as well as West Cache corridor development.

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