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Utah Coal Country Strike Team Signs First-of-its-Kind Agreement to Help Utah’s Coal Country

December 12, 2019 (Salt Lake City) – The Utah Coal Country Strike Team signed a first-of-its-kind agreement to help Utah’s Coal Country (Carbon and Emery counties) diversify their economy. The agreement puts in place local leadership for the execution of the Utah Coal Country Strike Team work plan, which includes workforce training, housing revitalization, tourism infrastructure, and customized economic development incentives. Price City, Castle Dale City, the Southeastern Utah Association of Local Governments, Utah State University-Eastern (USU-E), and the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah (Gardner Institute) signed the agreement.

“The Utah Coal Country Strike Team complements our community’s vision to diversify, invest, and secure a bright future for residents,” said Price Mayor Mike Kourianos, who, along with Castle Dale Mayor Danny Van Wagoner, co-chairs the effort. “I’m thrilled to see two public universities join arms with us as we create a better future for our children and grandchildren.”

The coal communities of Carbon and Emery counties suffer from a decade-long recession, even as the state of Utah has