Last monthís Chamber section focused on the first three areas; economic development, health care reform, and education. This article focuses on what the Chamber is doing with regard to the remaining three areas: transportation, military relations, and natural resource management.
Transportation: Davis County is the crunch point for traffic in Northern Utah. Nearly 50 percent of local working-age adults commute to jobs outside of the county every weekday. That is in addition to all other Ogden/Salt Lake traffic and the Interstate traffic that passes through Davis County on I-15. The Davis Chamber is keenly aware that a swift and smooth transportation system is essential to a vibrant and growing economy.
As a result, the Chamberís Board of Directors and Legislative Affairs Committee have taken a strong, public stand in support of the development of additional and alternative means of transportation.
The Chamber supports corridor preservation spending today for the future construction of the Legacy North highway and expanded East/West access for the rapidly growing cities in northern Davis County and elsewhere. It also supports the expansion of both Trax and Frontrunner so that safe and efficient rail travel is available along the entire length of the Wasatch Front.
Itís clear that easing traffic congestion in Davis County will continue to be an expensive venture, but the Chamber remains convinced that it is an investment worth pursuing. The Chamberís Transportation Committee will continue to work closely with state, county and city government officials to ensure that the wisest fiscal and physical decisions are made for easing the flow of traffic through and to Davis County.
Military Relations: Hill Air Force Base is by far the single largest employer in Davis County. The positive economic impact of those high-paying jobs ripples from one end of the county to the other and throughout the entire state. It is essential that the local community maintain a high level of support for the Base and its military and civilian workforce. The Davis Chamber is leading this effort through the Military Affairs Committee, which it co-sponsors with the Ogden/
This committee allows local business representatives the opportunity to work closely with top Base leadership in providing social, recreational, financial and emotional support for service men and women and their families.
It sponsors base tours and other special military/civilian interactions. Finally, the Military Affairs Committee works as a liaison between Hill Air Force Base and the community at large by promoting economic development opportunities that support business on and off the base.
Natural Resource Management: The skyrocketing cost of gasoline has increased local attention on the supply of crude oil, but that is one of several natural resources that impact the economy and the quality of life in Davis County.
The ample availability of clean fresh water is absolutely essential to all aspects of life along the Wasatch Front. Therefore, the Davis Chamber maintains a close relationship with the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District. Weber Basin CEO and General Manager Tage Flint is a member of the Chamber Board and Assistant General Manager Scott Paxman is a recent graduate of the Chamberís Leadership Institute. This level of interaction ensures that water managers are aware of business needs and interests and that businesses know what they can do to preserve and protect our most precious and life-sustaining natural resource.
By working tirelessly to advance the six areas of focus highlighted in these articles, the Davis Chamber provides the primary link between local government, business, and service organizations to keep our economy strong, our environment safe and our lifestyle healthy.
Contact the Davis Chamber (801-593-2200) if you would like more information about our areas of legislative focus and to find out how your business can benefit from in-creased community involvement.
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