Better City offers ideas for catalyzing population growth

MEEKER | Kelby Bosshardt with Better City presented a workshop hosted by the Meeker Town of Trustees on June 3.  Better City is an economic development consulting firm based in Ogden, Utah, that conducts feasibility studies and creates actionable economic development plans.

The focus of the workshop was about how best to provide an incentive for population growth as well as financial incentives for housing construction. The workshop was a very “round table” discussion of possible ways of stimulating growth in the Meeker area.

Items discussed as possible options were as follows:

Waiving town fees

Grant on residency

Down payment assistance

Marketing campaigns

Welcome packages

Donated broadband infrastructure (RBC is currently marketing the area broadband)

After Bosshardt’s initial presentation, a written questionnaire was passed around to all the trustees as well as anyone present in the audience who wanted to participate. The crux of the questionnaire was essentially regarding the options as presented: Which ones did you like and why as well as the reverse, which ones didn’t you like and why.  The waiving of town fees appeared to be the most popular followed by matters concerning broadband internet offerings.  The items concerning grants and financial assistance did not appear to be as popular due to associated costs and the fairness of their application for new and current residents.

By Brett Dearman | brett@ht1885.com