taneesawright Press Release

August 12, 2022

$445,000 Funds Research and Planning of Facility and Infrastructure in Cedar City, UT.

The Utah Inland Port Authority, Cedar City, and Iron County Economic Development submitted an application for a Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant to the U.S. Department of Transportation with the end goal of creating an intermodal logistics center in southern Utah. The first phase of the joint project includes a market assessment and business case analysis for the center and accompanying infrastructure needs. Such projects will help reduce truck traffic on Utah highways by transitioning more cargo to rail for local businesses. This will significantly impact air quality, improve mobility, and add resiliency to Utah’s logistics infrastructure.

“We are very excited to receive this grant from USDOT and are looking forward to developing a multimodal logistics hub in southwestern Utah. With support from the Utah Inland Port Authority, Iron County, Cedar City, and Utah’s southwestern counties, we are looking to strengthen regional supply chains and to bring great jobs to our corner of the state,” said Danny Stewart, Director of Cedar City – Iron County Economic Development.

UIPA, Cedar City, and Iron County Economic Development are pleased to receive this federal grant and look forward to continued partnership and planning in southwestern Utah. The $445,000 will help provide smarter, more sustainable, and more equitable supply chain solutions for the benefit of all Utahns and local businesses. It also enables Cedar City to create more high-paying jobs, attract new business, and leverage 16 solar plants in Iron County to research new zero-emission logistics technology.

“Support from the RAISE grant program enables the Utah Inland Port Authority to connect strategic locations within Utah, like Cedar City and all of southwestern Utah, to coastal ports and other logistics hubs across the country. It brings jobs to rural areas, creates efficiencies within the statewide system, and enables innovation in smart and sustainable logistics technologies. This is yet another critical step in the process of future-proofing Utah’s links to the global supply chain,” said Jack Hedge, President of the Utah Inland Port Authority.


About Cedar City – Iron County Economic Development
The Office of Economic Development is committed to countywide economic development. The mandate for this office is to provide rich business resources for the retention, growth, creation, and recruitment of companies to Iron County and Cedar City while focusing on community strengths, resources, and the environment. Since its creation in 1988, the Office of Economic Development has helped numerous manufacturing enterprises, retail shops, and other businesses find success in the area.

About the Utah Inland Port Authority
The Utah Inland Port Authority (UIPA) provides smart, sustainable, and equitable logistics solutions using a statewide, multimodal approach to increase utilization and expand commerce access throughout Utah. UIPA leverages expertise, facilities and infrastructure, and capital investment to improve logistics within the statewide system. With one-third of Utah’s GDP, employment, and incomes dependent on the logistics system, UIPA is future-proofing Utah by creating a robust supply chain and establishing a trade and logistics hub for the Intermountain West.