Utah Inland Port Authority chugs along, adopts first $1.9 million budget plan

SALT LAKE CITY—After pumping the brakes last month to respond to a constant barrage of public concern, the Utah Inland Port Authority Board's wheels have started turning again.

The port board during its fourth official meeting Thursday approved its first-ever tentative budget of nearly $2 million and gave thumbs up to a series of other actions, including moving forward with developing a business plan, establishing a committee of experts to advise the port authority, and hiring an interim administrator to take the wheel while the board searches for an executive director.

"The inland port is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to ensure Utah's place as a center of commerce for the Western United States," Derek Miller, the board's chairman and president, who is also CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, said in a prepared statement. "The first step in creating a successful project is to build a successful organization, and today we took steps to ensure that success."

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Deseret News Tue, 10/30/2018 - 08:54