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Growth, 2000 Olympics draw attention of Utah officials.

As Utah continues to grow substantially faster than the nations as a whole, ... local officials are working on regional approaches to planning and growth management to balance development

Rapid growth, planning and infrastructure needs as the state prepares to host the 2002 Winter Olympics continued to occupy Utah municipals officials as the Utah League of Cities and Towns held its 91st annual convention. Almost 1,000 persons attended the September 16-18 meeting in Salt Lake City, which is also the site of NLC's 2002 Congress of Cities.

Cities and towns in Utah have joined with the state to help finance infrastructure improvements for the Olympics by contributing some $30 million of local sales tax revenues. And league Executive Director Ken Bullock serves on the executive committee of the state's Olympics organizing committee as the representative of local governments

As Utah continues to grow substantially faster than the nation as a whole, with 80 per cent of the state's population in the 100 mile Greater Wasatch corridor with Salt Lake City in the center, local officials are working on regional approaches to planning and growth management to balance development with quality of life through a program called Envision Utah--A Partnership for Quality Growth.

NLC President Brian O'Neill was a featured speaker at the ULCT convention. Others included former Portland (OR) Mayor Neil Goldschmidt, US Secretary of Transportation under President Carter and a past Governor of Oregon; futurist Mark Goldstein; and 1984 Olympics Gold Medal Gymnast Peter Vidmar.

Mayor John Cushing of Bountiful was re-elected ULCT President for a full term, having assumed the post mid-year to fill a vacancy. Similarly, the league's two vice presidents-Mayor Tom Dolan of Sandy and Councilmember Judy Bell of Orem--were re-elected to a full term.
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Title Annotation:Utah League of Cities annual meeting, Sep. 16-18, 1998; 2002 Winter Olympics, Salt Lake City
Author:Jones, Don
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Sep 28, 1998
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