Council approves economic development director position, Scouts receive $1,383

CEDAR CITY — Cedar City Mayor Maile Wilson announced Danny Stewart to the position of Economic Development Director and a $1,383 check was present to a Boy Scout troop at the Cedar City Council Meeting Wednesday.

Economic Development Director position 

The City Council approved the consideration Wilson made of Stewart as the new Economic Development Director to replace Brennan Wood, who left the position when he became Southwest Applied Technology College President in August.

Stewart, who has worked with Wood as Economic Development Coordinator, said he felt qualified for the job.

Cedar City Councilmen Don Marchant and John Black shake Danny Stewart's hand after he was announced as Cedar City's new economic development director, Cedar City, Utah, Oct, 8, 2014 | Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News
Cedar City Councilmen Don Marchant and John Black shake Danny Stewart’s hand after he was announced as Cedar City’s new economic development director, Cedar City, Utah, Oct, 8, 2014 | Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News

“I appreciate the mayor’s recommendation,” Stewart said. “This will be a learning process for me. I’m looking forward to working on those projects that are currently in play.”

City Councilman John Black advised that Stewart’s replacement in the coordinator position to have the same attributes and skills as Stewart and Wilson added that he get feedback from Events Coordinator Byron Linford when filling that position.

Stewart, who grew up in Cedar City, said he has worked professionally in marketing for 20 years, as well as the office of Economic Development for three and one-half years.

“I have worked very closely with projects that are continuing right now,” he said. “We’re a finalized for a metal fabrication company, we have a medical school that is looking very closely at this area, and still a couple other things are at the secret code stage, but I am very excited to work here.”

Stewart said he remembers when Cedar City had one major employer about 20 or 30 years ago that shut down and made an impact on the city. The economic development office was created in response to that loss as a way to help community jobs and economy grow.

Stewart said he wants to help existing businesses become successful in growth and expansion; help retailers feel comfortable in knowing the city is the right fit for their businesses; and help the job and economic industry continue to grow within Cedar City.

“We’ve done things with the downtown area and I think with (Southern Utah Museum of Art) and the (Utah Shakespeare Festival) moving closer it will help the historic downtown,” he said.

Boy Scouts 

Sphere One Aviation Owner Brenda Blackburn presented a check of $1,383 to Boy Scout Troop 1865 for the work done cooking breakfast as a part of the fly-in breakfast, which took place on Sept. 20.

Boy Scout Troop 1865 stands with Sphere One Aviation Owner Brenda Blackburn and Cedar City Mayor Maile Wilson after they were presented with a check of $1,383 from Sphere One Aviation for their help with a fly-in breakfast, Cedar City, Utah, Oct. 8, 2014 | Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George NewsThe fly-in breakfast was an event put on for the public to attend and for local pilots to fly into the Cedar City Airport by plane and enjoy a catered breakfast.
Boy Scout Troop 1865 stands with Sphere One Aviation Owner Brenda Blackburn and Cedar City Mayor Maile Wilson after they were presented with a check of $1,383 for their help with a fly-in breakfast, Cedar City, Utah, Oct. 8, 2014 | Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News

The Boy Scouts worked well at the event where they fed approximately 277 people and had to run to the store twice because they ran out of food, Blackburn said.

“It was a wonderful and great event for the community,” she said. “It is my pleasure to present this check for $1,383 that you raised for the breakfast fly-in,”

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