Councilman wants to form an economic development task force |

Councilman wants to form an economic development task force

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

Summit County Councilman Chris Robinson said he wants county officials to form a task force to help address issues related to economic development.

Robinson made the comments at a June 2 meeting in Coalville.

The County Council has set a goal "to promote economic development on the East Side of the county," Robinson said.

"How can we fulfill that goal?" he asked. "I just think we need to be more proactive."

Unlike the Park City area, tourism does not drive the economy in eastern Summit County, Robinson said.

"The same kind of people who come here on vacation may also want to start a business here," he said.

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The committee could examine ways to create jobs in Summit County by attracting new businesses to the area.

North Summit may look attractive to businesses considering relocating to Summit County because leasing office space in the Park City area can be too expensive, according to Summit County Manager Bob Jasper.

"Coalville is a natural place for service industries that do their work in Park City but can’t afford to have an office there," Jasper said.

Summit County Council Chairwoman Claudia McMullin said she supports forming the task force with members of the community.

"I think it’s a great idea," McMullin said.