A lot has been said about economic development in Cache County and the way it ties in with projected population growth, road planning, water issues, housing and zoning. Director of Box Elder County Economic Development Mitch Zundel said even though Box Elder County tends to get forgotten by state planners, it is growing.
“You look at population bases and we’re at 55,000, give-or-take,” Zundel explained. “One of the larger, I’ll say, rural counties, definitely, compared to some of the other counties in the state, but still much, much smaller than even Cache County.
“We’re about half the size of Cache County, and maybe a third of the size of Weber County. We’re kind of in this corner of the state, that yeah we can get forgotten a little bit, but we’re definitely growing.”
On KVNUs For the People program last week, Zundel said there’s a lot of job growth in the county and housing demand that is hard to keep up with. He said as the Wasatch Front expands, his county is feeling the pressure from the south.
“Box Elder has been pretty high in manufacturing jobs over the years, but we’ve never really had the population growth that we’re now kind of feeling that pressure, as it moves north and, somewhat, west.”
You can hear the entire interview with Zundel below.
AUDIO: Mitch Zundel talks with Jason Williams on KVNU’s For the People