Our mission is to improve the quality of life through cooperative regional planning, increased economic opportunity, and sustainable implementation.
About the Coalition
The Six County Infrastructure Coalition was formed in 2014 in an effort to promote cooperative regional planning, increase economic opportunities and to implement sustainable infrastructure projects. In 2017, Sevier County joined the coalition, and the coalition was renamed to the Seven County Coalition. The Coalition is currently comprised of seven counties in Utah: Carbon, Daggett, Duchesne, Emery, San Juan, Sevier, and Uintah.
The Coalition is a public implementation and ownership entity, allowing its members to build essential regional infrastructure elements that span across county lines.
The Coalition’s main roles are to identify revenue-producing infrastructure assets that will benefit the region. Its mission is to plan infrastructure corridors, procure funding, permit, design, secure rights-of-way and own such facilities. Operation and maintenance of these assets will likely be outsourced to third parties. It is contemplated that arrangements with private sector partners will be made in order to share risks and bring specialized expertise to various portions of proposed projects.
All of the seven counties are located in resource rich Eastern Utah. Coming together as a Coalition gives the counties economic and political strength. Within the member counties there are significant challenges that will impact the implementation of vital infrastructure corridors in the future.
These challenges include:
- Limited transportation connectivity
- Environmental issues, such as:
- National parks
- National Monuments
- Wide streams, lakes and other wetlands
- Archeological artifacts and sections
- Protected wildlife areas
- Topographic constraints, including:
- Steep grades
- Impassable mountain ranges
- Deep canyons and other difficult terrain features
- Long distances between resources
- Political differences
- Market volatility
- Public safety
Potential projects may include but are not limited to:
- Roads and highways
- Railroad spurs
- Joint ventures on dry bulk terminals to secure foreign markets for Utah’s mineral resources
- Pipeline projects to reduce the need for heavy trucks on public roads and to reduce impacts on communities along transportation corridors
- Electric transmission and distribution lines
- New and upgraded airports
- Water resource improvements
- Telecommunications and fiber optics
This potential new infrastructure will produce major economic benefits for the citizens of the region. It is anticipated that the Coalition’s shared revenues will add significantly to the quality of life in these Eastern Utah communities. Over time, the Coalition’s portfolio of revenue-producing projects is expected grow, producing consistent revenue to its members. Proper and efficient utilization of natural resources is an important driver of the quality of life in Utah and beyond.
Socio-Economic Overviews for the Participant Counties and Neighboring Counties
Following is the schedule for public meetings of the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition. The public is encouraged to attend and participate in all public meetings. Come learn about potential infrastructure improvements in the Seven-County area. The Meetings Archive page has minutes, audio, and other documents from past meetings.
|December 1, 2017 @ 10:00 a.m.||751 East 100 North, Price, Utah|
|November 3, 2017 @ 10:00 a.m.||751 East 100 North, Price, Utah|
|October 6, 2017 @ 9:00 a.m.||Uintah County Conference Center, 313 East 200 South, Vernal, Utah|
|September 19, 2017 @ 10:00 a.m.||751 East 100 North, Price, Utah|
|September 1, 2017 @ 10:00 a.m.||751 East 100 North, Price, Utah|
|August 23, 2017 @ 10:00 a.m.||751 East 100 North, Price, Utah|
|August 4, 2017 @ 9:00 a.m.||751 East 100 North, Price, Utah|
|July 7, 2017 @ 10:00 a.m.||751 East 100 North, Price, Utah|
|June 2, 2017 @ 10:00 a.m.||751 East 100 North, Price, Utah|
|May 5, 2017 @ 9:00 a.m.||751 East 100 North, Price, Utah|
|April 7, 2017 @ 10:00 a.m.||751 East 100 North, Price, Utah|
|March 3, 2017 @ 10:00 a.m.||751 East 100 North, Price, Utah|
|February 3, 2017 @ 10:00 a.m.||751 East 100 North, Price, Utah|
|January 6, 2017 @ 10:00 a.m.||751 East 100 North, Price, Utah|
The Seven County Infrastructure Coalition follows a rigorous evaluation process to determine which potential projects meet the Coalition’s criteria for a successful project.
Projects in Progress
The following projects are in various stages of completion, thanks in part to the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition.
The Coalition is currently working with Utah Education Network (UEN) to facilitate right-of-way procurement for this important project.
The Seven County Infrastructure Coalition is working closely with Azure Midstream and The Harris Group to complete a preliminary engineering study on this important infrastructure project.
The following projects meet the Coalition’s Criteria for successful projects. The thumbnails link to webpages that summarize key features and benefits of each project that is being evaluated. If you would like to provide a comment, please contact us.
The following projects are being managed by entities other than the Coalition.
Through coordinated planning, the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition was able to coordinate the remaining funds needed to begin work on this important project. The Swinging Bridge Rehabilitation will increase accessibility between Dagget County, Uintah County, and Moffat County (Colorado).
Although not directly responsible for this project’s success, the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition facilitated conversations that led to private and public funding for this important project in Daggett County.
This 2-mile segment is currently in the design and contractor procurement process. The Coalition worked with Moon Lake Electric during the preliminary feasibility studies and pre-design.
The Seven County Infrastructure Coalition plans to carry out the following “next steps” as it seeks to carry out its mission to improve the quality of life through cooperative regional planning, increased economic opportunity, and sustainable implementation.
- Continue Coordination and Public Outreach
- Coordinate planning, needs, and infrastructure corridors with adjacent counties, both inside and outside Utah
- See meaningful, productive relationships with public entities and individuals
- Develop actionable directives at monthly board meetings
- Maintain current meaningful content on the Coalition website
- Update the List of Priority Projects
- Evaluate additional potential projects as they arise or as conditions change
- Create project momentum and interest for priority projects and corridors
- Identify, prioritize, and conduct project-specific plans and studies
- Develop relationships with potential project-funding partners
- Maintain GIS database
- Seek funding solutions
- Execute projects
The Coalition has complied numerous GIS maps of cultural resources, energy and mining, environmental quality, geology, recreation, transportation, telecommunications, and many other infrastructure-related items. These maps are available at http://coalition.maps.arcgis.com/apps/PublicGallery/index.html?appid=2a8455c3555c457fbb49c984928a98f2.
Board and Staff
Jae Potter Board Co-Chair, Carbon County Commission
Phil Lyman Board Co-Chair, San Juan County Commission
Ken May Board Member, Sevier County Commission
Brad Horrocks Board Member, Uintah County Commission
Keith Brady Board Member, Emery County Commission
Jack Lytle Board Member, Daggett County Commission
Ken Burdick Board Member, Duchesne County Commission