The Point of the Mountain Board Authority, the body charged with the disposition of land where the Utah State Prison now stands, is searching for an executive director to oversee the process of developing the current Utah State Prison site once it has been relocated.
“This is one of the largest economic development opportunities in our state’s history, “ said Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox, co-chair of the Point of the Mountain Authority. “The executive director will oversee the development of nearly 700 acres in the heart of Silicon Slopes. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the person selected to work with the Authority Board. Development experience and a good understanding of the political process will be important attributes for a successful candidate.”
The Utah State Legislature created the Point of the Mountain Authority Board to lead the process as the prison moves from its current Draper site to the new site west of the Salt Lake International Airport. While the official move will likely occur in two years, the executive director will oversee the planning that must be done before the move, and the subsequent development of the property. The new executive director will work with the Board Authority to strategize and plan for the use and sale of the property.
“Finding the right executive director is a critical next step,” said Rep. Lowry Snow (R-St. George), co-chair of the Point of the Mountain Authority. “With the new executive director’s guidance, we will seek broad input particularly from Draper and the surrounding communities impacted by prison property development.”
The Point of the Mountain Development Commission has worked with Envision Utah for the past few years gathering public input and working with local governments in southern Salt Lake and northern Utah counties about opportunities impacting the prison site and surrounding areas. The Point of the Mountain Board Authority will use much of the data collected during this process to move forward with the planning phase of the project.
Members of the Point of the Mountain Board Authority include co-chairs Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox and Rep. Lowry Snow (R – St. George); Sen. Jerry Stevenson (R – Davis); Sen. Lincoln Fillmore (R- Salt Lake); Draper Mayor Troy Walker; South Jordan Mayor Dawn Ramsey; Commissioner of Higher Education Dave Buhler; Director of the Utah Division of Facilities Construction Management Jim Russell; Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development Executive Director Val Hale; and Alpine Company CEO April Cooper. An additional appointment from the Utah House of Representatives is open on the board.