SUU has played a leadership role in the on-going process of community outreach and park planning leading to the creation of Congressional legislation to expand Cedar Breaks National Monument and to designate it as a national park.
SUU was instrumental in providing planning assistance and project management for Garfield County’s first-ever county-wide Economic Development Plan, which was completed Dec. 2007. Working in partnership with the county’s planning director, and now new economic development director, the Economic Development Plan has detailed natural resource and agriculture development sections. SUU is now assisting in the implementation of the plan.
Created in 2007 through the cooperation of regional land management agencies and SUU’s ORPT program, the Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative (IIC) is being managed by SUU. The IIC provides easily accessible internships and employment opportunities for SUU students with numerous state and federal land & resource management agencies across southern Utah.
SUU is providing technical assistance to and proposed funding for an Iron County Resource Management Specialist to cooperatively work with land management agencies in the creation and implementation of an Iron County Resource Management Plan.
Joint SUU/National Park Service Staff Position
A unique faculty/staff position between the U.S. National Park Service and SUU to be housed on campus and provide a direct link to federal land management partners. Details of the roles and responsibilities are being negotiated with the NPS, with a start date targeted for mid 2008.
SUU Regional Services has played an instrumental role in the development of SUU’s Outdoor Initiative. From facilitating the OI Strategic Planning Task Force, to writing the OI Action Plan, to coordinating and being the contact for the university-wide Outdoor Initiative, Regional Services is involved in many facets of the initiative’s on-campus development. Furthermore, Regional Services plays an integral role with communities and agencies across the region by delivering the expertise and resources of the University to our partners involved with the Outdoor Initiative.
Southwest Renewable Energy Center
SUU is an active participant with the planning and development of this promising Beaver County project.
Created in 1997 by then-Governor Michael Leavitt, SUU hosts and chairs the Southwest Utah Planning Authorities Council (SUPAC). SUPAC is a Governor-appointed regional planning council that includes local, state, federal, and private entities involved in project coordination and planning for southwest Utah. Public lands and natural resources planning and management are major areas of interest for SUPAC.
The Utah Summer Games is an Olympic-style sports festival for Utah athletes of all ages and abilities. For the past 23 years the Utah Summer Games has conducted this event in Cedar City, Utah, with an average total of 7,500 participants, 50 thousand spectators, and 1,000 volunteers in attendance each year. Add all that together and you have one of the premier sporting events in Utah. Utah Summer Games administration is housed at SUU and many of the events take place at campus venues.