The Wasatch Front Economic Development District (WFEDD) undertakes a regional approach to economic development that aligns with the Wasatch Choice Vision, and is supported by its member counties, including Davis, Morgan, Salt Lake, Tooele, and Weber. The WFEDD’s mission is to support economic development plans, promote long-term economic competitiveness, and attract federal monies in order to implement local plans.
The WFEDD implements its mission through the following four key economic strategies found in the CEDS.
- Link Development with Transportation and Other Infrastructure – Coordinated transportation, infrastructure, and land-use decisions to enhance household’s access to jobs and educational opportunities and employer’s access to workforce and customers.
- Create Fiscally Sustainable Places – Revenues and expenses are balanced and sustainable for households, communities, and the region.
- Provide Amenities – Maintain quality of life elements that attract skilled labor by encouraging more walkable cities, open space preservation, and improved air and water quality.
- Attract and Retain Businesses, and Encourage Innovation – Support and encourage business retention, job creation, workforce development, and innovation by partnering and information sharing.
The District revises the CEDS every five years, and submits an annual CEDS performance report, as required by EDA. The WFEDD furthers regional economic development activities through coordination of longer term planning activities, collaboration and partnerships, and the implementation of the region’s CEDS. The CEDS analyzes the region’s economic conditions, including regional economic strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges. The WFEDD Strategy Committee is responsible for the creation and implementation of the region’s CEDS.
The WFEDD operates under the auspice of the Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) – a public organization established under state-enabling legislation for the creation of multi-jurisdictional area-wide planning. The WFEDD received federal designation as an economic development district from the US Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) in August of 2014. The WFEDD is financially supported by our member counties and the US Economic Development Administration.
For additional information regarding the WFEDD, please contact Scott Hess.
Header photo courtesy of the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development.