Cache County Executive David Zook recently appeared on KVNU’s For the People program to discuss his experience working with lawmakers and the local economy. During the County Hour, Zook praised elected officials for their accessibility and openness to the people. He explained that this is a result of the caucus and convention system in Utah, which has made it essential for elected officials to be close to their constituents and responsive to their needs.
Recently, a significant economic study was released, revealing that agriculture remains a vital part of the local economy. The Cache County Water District, along with other organizations, commissioned the study, which found that water plays a crucial role in supporting agriculture in the region. Zook emphasized that this study highlights the importance of agriculture not just in Cache Valley but also throughout the Bear River region.
Zook also discussed some of the other bills he is monitoring during this legislative session. One of his top priorities is Representative Dan Johnson’s American Welcome Center project, which aims to add $7 million to expand the English Language Center by 5,200 square feet and move CRIC (Cache Refugee and Immigrant Connection) there. Another project Johnson is working on is funding for Little Lambs to build a new facility in their community. Zook also mentioned several transportation bills that are high on their priority list, including money for work on the South Valley corridor and an east-west connector between SR 89-91 and SR 165, as well as funding for improvements in the West Cache corridor.