News Release

Utah Coal Country Strike Team continues to serve as a national model to help coal communities

March 2, 2021 (Salt Lake City) – The Utah Coal Country Strike Team will invest another $251,185 in nine projects that support small businesses, affordable housing, tourism infrastructure, and student scholarships in Carbon and Emery Counties, awarded by Schmidt Futures. This new investment, which is levered with an over four-to-one match, will help diversify the economy in Utah’s coal country and help residents achieve a more economically stable future. Today’s announcement brings the total amount invested by the locally led Strike Team to $1.3 million, all at a time when the Strike Team has met their goal to secure a 10% increase in incomes for residents of the region.

“Despite the challenges we face, Carbon and Emery counties have significant potential for future economic success,” said Geri Gamber, director of the Southeastern Utah Association of Local Governments, which leads the Strike Team. “This additional funding from Sc