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Meeting Minutes, March 31, 2014

Published in Quality of Life



  • Jodie Hugentobler, Mike Shamo, Resford Rouser, Zacharia Levine, Zachary Bolick, Daniel Roper


  • Thank you to those present on the call.
  • Daniel Roper is happy to join for the first time. Dan is a masters student in planning at the University of Utah. He has a long history of working in gateway communities as an outdoor sports event coordinator. Dan is the program director of Utah High School Mountain Biking and has worked extensively with the BLM. He is interested in collaborative, private-public partnerships, stakeholder engagement, and trail development. Dan is part of the team of students putting together a working group panel for the American West Center conference in September.

Individual updates

  • Zacharia Levine updated the group on our working group proposal for the American West Center’s “Western lands, Western voices” conference.
  • Zacharia, Mike Shamo, Dan Roper and Resford Rouzer plan to submit the proposal next week. The group hopes to include Jodie Hugentobler and Mayor Dave Sakrison in the working group. Their proposed title is: “Public scholarship and the future of gateway communities: Lessons from Moab, UT.” The group would also like to find an additional (non-academic) female to participate in order to have broad representation.
  • Mike Shamo, Zach Bolick, and Dan Roper attended the Wallace Stegner forum on national parks and public lands at the University of Utah. Utah NP Director Jon Jarvis and Utah BLM Director Juan Palma presented. Two major themes of the forum were quality of life and the economic impacts of national parks throughout the state. It was clear that the NPCA and our community action team are on the mark.
  • Jodie Hugentobler described a couple of Chamber events. Two new businesses in town will be featured at an upcoming ribbon cutting ceremony: Moab Under Canvas (glamour camping) and Aristo’s (new Mediterranean restaurant).
  • A Uintah County Commissioner and Vernal’s Economic Development Director recently presented in Moab. They discussed the positive impacts seen by oil and gas activity, which has transformed their economy.
  • Uintah and Grand Counties are exploring the possibility of developing a road through the Book Cliffs. Uintah County is likely to fund the feasibility study. Jodie states that the road is a controversial issue, and it is very typical of the divide in perspectives on economic development in the area.
  • Ashley Korenblat wants to present to the Moab Chamber this summer about the BLM’s Master Leasing Process and how it relates to the outdoor economy.
  • We discussed the possibility of our QOL group attending or contributing to the Moab Chamber. This holds great promise for our group’s goal of putting the QOL conversation front and center with important players. 
  • Chamber meetings take place on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, but April’s has been replaced by a jeep appreciation ride. This coincides with the spring Jeep Safari. If we want to present anything, we’ll need to schedule far in advance

Request from leadership team:

  • Identify top 3 priority areas and action agenda
  • Create a framework (process or template) for gateway communities to identify their important and unique components of quality of life, as well as the challenges of preserving and enhancing these characteristics.
  • Create “the” Moab case study, which highlights success stories and future work.
  • Present these findings to different audiences
  • Another fall conference presentation/panel idea: American Planning Association (Utah chapter) -- "regional planning issues"
  • This year, the Utah chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) is looking for regional and collaborative perspectives. Our QOL group could propose a panel session very similar to the one we are proposing for the American West Center conference. Utah APA is presenting in Springdale on Thursday and Friday. David Nimkin, Juan Palma, and Jim Ireland (Superintendant at Tipanogos, Utah NP Coordinator) will be on a panel.

Next steps

  • Our next meeting will take place on April 28, 2014.