This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.
Logan, Utah is a great community for business. I always look forward to my 80-mile drive from Salt Lake City to visit with the movers and shakers of Cache County.
People usually think of Utah State University when they think of Logan. As well they should! The University, founded in 1888 as Utah's land-grant college, has 116 years of research and teaching experience and is a Carnegie Research-I Institution, meaning it's in the top 3 percent of research institutions in the United States. The University has more than 24,000 students and more than 5,000 employees.
There are approximately 92,000 people that call Cache County their home. It is projected that this number will increase to 113,000 by the year 2010. The land area of the county is 1,174 miles, and there are more than 11 people per square mile. Yes, there is a lot of wide-open space in this beautiful valley.
The people in the Logan area enjoy a great quality of life, for it is just minutes from the mountains and the beautiful Logan Canyon. You'll also find five golf courses, an abundance of art groups, skiing opportunities and the famous Bear Lake close by.
I visited with Bobbie Coray, CEO and President of the Cache Chamber of Commerce. She proudly told me of the exciting future that is planned for Cache County. The $1.3 million Cache Initiative, which is funded by the private industrial community, is working hard to accomplish critical infrastructural needs for the business community.
Cache County is home to wide variety of technology-based businesses. There are also many small businesses with long, proud histories of service to the citizens of this valley. Logan boasts several large national and international companies with more than one thousand employees. I recently visited several of these companies, and for the next few programs, I will report on the fascinating and exciting histories of their success.
For Zions bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.