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  • Small investment brings back large economic rewards
    by Julie W. Hawk
    Published - 03/10/14 - 11:31 AM | 0 0 comments | 193 193 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Neil Simon Festival in Cedar City, Utah
    Neil Simon Festival in Cedar City, Utah
    (CEDAR CITY, Utah) - (+VIDEO) With a challenging downturn in the economy, forward-thinking local political officials created a position in 2010 dedicated to recruiting special events to the area to help bolster tourism business. These new events brought in new tourism dollars.

    KCSG Community Window helps viewers learn about the economic impact Byron Linford, Events Coordinator for Cedar City Corporation, has had on the Iron County area. His job as the event coordinator is to 'recruit, create and foster special events' which have a positive economic impact on the Cedar City area. Linford said that 2014 will be a busy year with events nearly every weekend from April to October, with multiple events on occasion. The new one percent Transient Room tax, paid for by visitors and not residents, will also be helpful to many entities in Iron County. He is excited about the return of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah which has a start off date on August 4.

    According to the State office of Economic Development, it is estimated that over the past four years, $60 million has been spent in Iron County. This benefits everyone in the service industry. In addition, this effort keeps taxes lower by not having to ask the citizens for more money to fund city services such as police or fire protection. The small investment of taxpayers' dollars which funds Linford's department has brought back an exponential return.

    Small investment brings back large economic rewards from KCSG.com on Vimeo.

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