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Cache County Executive David Zook on KVNU’s For the People Program: “Utah’s Elected Officials are Accessible and Open to the Public

Cache County Executive David Zook was a guest on KVNU’s For the People program last week during the County Hour. During his interview, he highlighted how accessible lawmakers have been as they make decisions that impact local residents.

“They do a great job, they’re very open,” said Zook. “Throughout Utah, that’s one of the things I love about the way our elected officials operate. They’re very accessible to the people.”

Recently, a significant economic study was released, which found that agriculture remains a crucial part of the local economy and is heavily dependent on water. The study was commissioned by several organizations including the Cache County Water District.

“This is not just about Cache Valley or talking about water or the Bear River’s impact on Cache Valley,” said Zook. “The Bear River region is a bit larger area.” He added that much of economic activity in the region takes place in Cache Valley.

Zook also discussed some bills he is keeping an eye on during this legislative session. Among them are Representative Dan Johnson’s proposals for a new American Welcome Center and $7 million to expand the English Language Center and move CRIC (Cache Refugee and Immigrant Connection) there. He also mentioned Little Lambs’ proposal for $3 million for a new facility in their community, which would be an excellent amenity for residents.

Transportation bills are also high on their priority list, including money to work on the South Valley corridor and an east-west connector between SR 89-91 and SR 165, as well as improvements to the West Cache corridor.

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