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By Brice Wallace

Utah communities looking to tap into a new federal economic development program soon will get some help.

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) has issued a request for proposals for a consultant or consulting service to perform planning associated with an Opportunity Zone program aimed at boosting economies in economically distressed areas. At a recent meeting, the GOED board approved an economic opportunity grant of up to $200,000 from the Industrial Assistance Fund for a consultant to work with communities where zones exist to help them with outreach, communication and promotion of their zones.

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