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Grant moves app startup lab forward in Northern Utah

By John Daley | Posted - Jun. 8, 2012 at 7:52 p.m.



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OGDEN — A new program hopes to ride the tech wave, and create some jobs in Northern Utah.

The city of Ogden and Weber State University have won a $1 million grant to create a new application startup lab. The funding will go toward training and providing space for the lab.

"There are apps for everything. There are apps for your mortgages, apps to run your lights, apps to actually remind you to come to anything that you're doing," said Ogden City Economic Development Director Tom Christopulos.

In recent years, there has been an explosion in iPhones, Droids and other hand-held devices.

"We have two objectives," Christopulos said. "One to jumpstart application-oriented businesses, but also to concentrate a technology center."

There are now millions of apps, many created by ordinary people. App creators can make money, but it's a competitive field and those apps that do well are often created by full- time software developers.

The city's economic development director says the plan is to have the project up and running later this year.

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