Should it come as a surprise to any EDCUtah investors and friends that the Sandy City team of Kasey Dunlavy, Nick Duerksen, Kyle Fielding and Randy Sant topped the leader board yet again in EDCUtah’s annual Golf for Grants Tournament?
“I think this is the fourth Golf for Grants Tournament that the Sandy City team has won,” reflected EDCUtah President and CEO Jeff Edwards. “These guys are as great at golf as they are at economic development!”
The CCI Mechanical, Inc. team, comprised of Mike Buell, Correy Selden, Scott Kaufmann and Sean Campbell, placed second, followed by the Questar team, comprised of Tom Wright, Des Barker, Chris Kyler and Ray Butcher. In total, 36 teams vied for the tournament title and a plethora of prizes in the highly competitive, yet jovial event held June 8 at Eaglewood Golf Course in North Salt Lake City.
As noted by Gov. Gary Herbert, who made a brief stop to visit with the golfers during lunch, the tournament raises funds for EDCUtah’s Community Match Grants Program, which is an initiative that allocates funding in support of specific economic development efforts for the public sector and other non-profit organizations across the state. Since the program’s inception in 1989, EDCUtah has awarded more than $1 million to communities and organizations across all 29 Utah counties, said Herbert.
In the latest match grant cycle, approximately $90,000 in matching grants were awarded to 57 different projects statewide. For example, Kane County received $1,500 in a matching grant for its “Raising Kane Business Summit” slated for Jan. 13, 2017. Carbon County received $2,500 in a matching grant to help the county host a multi-day familiarity site selector tour showcasing the county and visiting area manufacturers. Meanwhile, San Juan County received $5,000 to help develop economic development content on its website and to do target marketing. And Tremonton City received $5,000 to help create and market industrial sites to site selectors and prospective industries. Tremonton City is also working to annex approximately 200 acres for future economic development sites.
The matching grants are awarded annually by a volunteer Match Grant Committee, which is chaired by Marshall Paepke, of Mountain America Credit Union.
Neither the tournament nor the matching grant program would be possible without the generous support and donations from EDCUtah investors, said Edwards. “We deeply appreciate Price Real Estate, our platinum sponsor, Larry H. Miller Group, our gold sponsor, and all of our silver sponsors: Regence, Jacobsen Construction, Bank of Utah, South Jordan City, Western States Lodging and Management, CCI Mechanical, Inc., Sandy City, Wells Fargo, Hunt Electric, Hays Companies, Penna Powers, Boyer Business Depot Ogden, Staker Parson Companies and Newmark Grub Acres,” he continued. Edwards also expressed appreciation for the prize donors, volunteers and the following event sponsors:
Breakfast Sponsor: Big-D Construction
Beverage Cart Sponsor: R&O Construction
Longest Drive Sponsor: Workers Compensation Fund
Photo Sponsor: CenturyLink
Lunch Sponsor: Mountain America Credit Union
Golf Gift Sponsor: Questar
“The generosity of our sponsors has made this year’s golf tournament another magnificent event,” he concluded.