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BEAR Program helps build a strong community

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Carbon and Emery Counties have a lot to offer their community. The area is unique in many ways. Resources such as natural gas and coal, which gave Carbon County its name, are abundant. The mining and railroad industries have built a community of widely diverse and industrious people. Now, as the area begins to expand its economic base, members of the community are branching out to new job markets.

The economy of Eastern Utah is shifting. While the mining and shipping industries are still a valuable backbone of the community, other businesses are growing to meet the demands of a modern society. Supporting local business is the key to a healthy economy and thriving community. The Business Expansion and Retention program (BEAR) recognizes this. Its mission is to help local businesses succeed in every way. BEAR is located on the USU Eastern campus in the new Workforce Services Building. The program is dedicated to building a prosperous community through improving local businesses.

Most people in the area have heard BEAR's "Shop Local" campaign slogan: "If you can find it here, buy it here." Money spent in Carbon and Emery Counties provides jobs, funds community improvement projects, and increases economic stability. A great way to encourage spending in the community is through tourism. Because of the scenic Castle Country landscape of Southeastern Utah the recreational opportunities are nearly endless. Whether it is hiking, biking, camping, riding horses, or driving off highway vehicles (OHV) everyone can enjoy the great outdoors.

Jordan Behunin, chair of the Castle Country Trails Committee, announced at a BEAR meeting that an exciting project is close to completion. For over 10 years, the Castle Country Trails Committee has been working with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Utah State to compile a comprehensive system of recreational trails throughout Carbon County.

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