County Overview

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Name & Contact

Zacharia Levine, zlevine@grandcountyutah.net

Tourism

Moab is arguably the outdoor recreation capital of North America. The county itself hosts two national parks (Arches and Canyonlands), a National Forest (Manti-La Sal), a state park (Deadhorse Point), and millions of acres of BLM and other federally managed lands. Moab hosts more than 3 million visitors each year and dozens of special events ranging from the famed Easter Jeep Safari and Half Marathons to the Moab Music Festival. With respect to nature-based and resort-oriented recreation and tourism Opportunity Zones, Moab will be at the top of the list. 

Transportation

Interstate 70 traverses Grand County. It is about 30 miles from downtown Moab. The County is serviced by an airport that provides daily service to Denver by SkyWest, with other cities coming online soon (connections to Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, and San Francisco are being explored). Grand Junction is the nearest Census-designated Urbanized Area (~100 miles) and Salt Lake City, Denver, Las Vegas, and Phoenix are the nearest metropolitan areas. Moab is also situated on one of the main north-south freight trucking routes in the western U.S. 

Infrastructure

Union Pacific has a rail line that runs between Salt Lake City and Denver. There is a rail spur that runs from Crescent Junction to the Intrepid Potash Plant, which currently serves the DOE UMTRA project as well. Moab is a fiber community. Three-phase power and natural gas are widely available.  

Anchor Institutions

Moab Regional Hospital; NPS, BLM, USFS, USGS; Grand County School District; Utah State University Moab is expanding into a 4-year campus at a new site, which is located in the county’s Opportunity Zone.

County Background

County History
Grand County has a long history of entrepreneurship, innovation, and change. Most known for its role as the uranium capital of the world in the 1950s, Moab became the outdoor sports and recreation capital in the 1990s and beyond. Today, the local community and economy are vibrant, with a robust tourism economy and promising economic diversification and development opportunities. 

Challenges and Opportunities
Grand County’s economic development hinges on our ability to develop more housing across the spectrum of needs, from affordable multi-family housing to moderately priced single-family housing to high-end custom homes. Additionally, Grand County needs some first movers who are willing to initiate business ventures that fill niche areas within the tourism or outdoor product sectors or new sectors that are underrepresented in the county’s current economic mix. 

Future Vision
Within five years, Grand County will have a destination campus that produces qualified workers that fill jobs in professional services, outdoor product design and development, healthcare, and the physical sciences. New housing stock will enable more businesses and individuals to locate in Moab, expand in Moab, and build community in Moab. 

Census Tract One

Notable Community Aspects
Moab is a world-class destination, it hosts a growing and diversifying the economy with a lot of promise. Services on offer include a high-quality critical access hospital, an emerging four-year university campus, and an airport with daily flights to a major metro area. 

Qualified Incentives: 

  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
  • New Market Tax Credit (NMTC)
  • Enterprise Zones (EZA)
  • Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC)
  • Community Reinvestment Act / Tax Increment Financing (CRA/TIF)
  • Other development incentives

Economic Snapshot

Visit the Utah Department of Workforce Services economic snapshot here.