Utah's Point of the Mountain seeks new point man following departure of executive director

A rendering shows what Phase 1 of The Point could look like after completion. The Point of the Mountain State Land Authority has kicked off a nationwide search for a new executive director following the departure of its long-time executive director.

A rendering shows what Phase 1 of The Point could look like after completion. The Point of the Mountain State Land Authority has kicked off a nationwide search for a new executive director following the departure of its long-time executive director. (The Point)


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DRAPER — Who will run point for one of the most significant development projects in the Beehive State's history?

The Point of the Mountain State Land Authority on Wednesday announced it is kicking off a nationwide search for a new executive director after long-time executive director Alan Matheson last week accepted a position as the general manager of land and water development for Rio Tinto Kennecott.

"We would like to thank Alan Matheson for his years of public service and visionary leadership. During his respected tenure, we have engaged collaboratively with tens of thousands of Utahns to reflect the public's vision and values at The Point," Lowry Snow, the land authority's co-chairman, said in a statement. "We are conducting a nationwide search to select a qualified professional who similarly embodies these values and possesses the requisite expertise to ensure the state of Utah achieves a strong return on investment while fostering a thriving community for current and future generations."

The new executive director will be tasked with overseeing development of The Point, which aims to be a living-working community that will feature high walkability — with everything within a 15-minute walk from its heart — a river-to-mountain range trail accessible from the community, retail, entertainment, innovation, educational, office and residential spaces all within approximately 600 acres, according to the plan's framework.

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It's also strategically located near the heart of Silicon Slopes and close to high-capacity transportation infrastructure, with the Utah Department of Transportation in 2023 announcing an anticipated $945 million investment into the buildout of a light rail transit system for The Point (a continuation of the system currently used for Utah Transit Authority's TRAX system).

The new executive director will serve as a full-time employee for the state of Utah, reporting directly to the Land Authority, and lead a team of staff, consultants and development partners.

"Serving as our executive director is an opportunity of a lifetime to make a meaningful difference for all Utahns. It requires a highly qualified individual with extensive experience overseeing complex, large-scale developments," land authority co-chairman Rep. Jordan Teuscher, R-South Jordan, said in a statement. "Most importantly, The Point executive director must be able to work collaboratively with numerous stakeholders, conduct themselves transparently and possess a sincere desire to create an enduring legacy that ensures The Point is known globally and loved locally."

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Logan Stefanich is a reporter with KSL.com, covering southern Utah communities, education, business and tech news.

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