During the recent recession, Utah fared much better than other parts of the country and Cache Valley weathered it better than elsewhere in the state. There are many reasons for that and maintaining that has become the focus of the Cache Valley Economic Development Alliance (CVEDA) which operates under the umbrella of the Cache Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Monday and Tuesday a set of focus group meetings will bring together government leaders, business owners, education leaders and others to share ideas and discuss all of this. On KVNU’s For the People program on Thursday, Chamber President & CEO Jamie Andrus talked about how the alliance came together.
“What prompted this was last year, a year ago in September…so in 2017, I had just become the president and CEO of the Chamber. We were notified by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the governor’s office that he would like to meet with every single county and take a look at our strategic plan. And we didn’t have one,” she explained.
Andrus said it has been a goal and vision for the chamber for a long time to focus on economic development, so they pulled together and formed the alliance in September 2017 and have worked to put together a strategic plan. She said they have held monthly meetings since its formation.
Any interested parties who are members of the chamber can attend any of these economic development alliance meetings. You can get more details about the chamber at CacheChamber.com.
Audio: Jamie Andrus, Chamber CEO & President talks to FTP host Jason Williams