Community Project Funding
Below are Congressman Blake Moore's community project funding requests for 2021.
Recipient: Uintah Basin Technical College
Address: 1100 East Lagoon Street, Roosevelt, Utah 84066
Project Description: Funds would be used to support necessary operational and equipment improvements to the college’s Electrical Apprentice training program by providing the necessary equipment and training in high electrical pole work. This funding would also support two faculty members for high voltage instruction.
Taxpayer Justification: Last year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Electrical Contractors Association found that there is a shortage of 3,000 more electricians each year. This investment will make our national economy more vulnerable to shortages, outages, and energy uncertainty.
Recipient: Utah State University
Address: 5200 Old Main Hill, Logan Utah 84322
Project Description: Funds would be used to bolster Utah State University’s Center for Anticipatory Intelligence, which fuses together cohorts from across the University’s 35 different majors to advance the 21st century threat assessment and overall strategic resilience. This funding will be used to primarily support four areas: recruitment travel to schools of interest, targeted in-state student engagement and recruitment, out of state recruitment to underserved populations, and programmatic expenses at CAI to facilitate these student engagement opportunities.
Taxpayer Justification: This project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because this initiative directly targets both a critical workforce need within the national intelligence community and inequalities in opportunity and experience among Utah’s underserved populations.
Recipient: Utah State University
Address: 5200 Old Main Hill, Logan, Utah 84322
Project Description: Funds would be used for the creation of the Institute for Land, Water, and Air. The Institute will provide policymakers with timely and actionable peer-reviewed research, data, and analysis.
Taxpayer Justification: This project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it would allow the University to leverage and expand its existing Extension assets to help disseminate this critical research to better inform the policymaking process at all levels of government.
Recipient: University of Utah
Address: 201 President’s Circle, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
Project Description: Funds would be used to support the Foster Scholars Program, which provides college preparation support to boost access and enrollment for foster care alums.
Taxpayer Justification: This project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because less than 50% of youth in foster care graduate from high school, and less than 10% enroll in higher education. Of that 10%, only three percent graduate. Building a support system to provide resources to this at-risk population is critical.
Recipient: Vernal City
Address: 374 East Main Street, Vernal, Utah 84078
Project Description: Funds would be used to improve the historic Vernal downtown with much needed enhancements to pedestrian safety, mobility, drainage, transit access, bike lanes, streetscape, lighting and business district aesthetics. The project will provide a boost to an economically distressed area.
Taxpayer Justification: The project will help revive and diversify a struggling rural economy with high unemployment and support small local businesses. In addition, it will dramatically improve pedestrian and traffic safety, mobility, transit access, drainage, crosswalks and business district aesthetics. Main Street is US Highway 40 and Vernal Avenue is State Route 191.
Recipient: Cache Valley Transit District
Address: 754 West 600 North, Logan, Utah 84321
Project Description: Funds would be used to implement a new technology program that allows riders to track CVTD bus location data via a smart phone app. Funding will also provide CVTD with the capability for extending services via an on-demand request.
Taxpayer Justification: This request will extend the reach of government services to a number of disadvantaged and small rural communities where transportation services are limited to many elderly and disabled individuals. It will also improve the CVTD user experience.
Recipient: Military Installation Development Authority (MIDA)
Address: 450 Simmons Way Ste 400 Kaysville, UT 84037
Project Description: Funds will allow MIDA to acquire a portion of the rail corridor and to construct and complete the initial “3-Gate Trail.” This portion of the converted rail line will be designed to serve as commuter trail that will be integrated into the 1800 N. interchange, base gate, and surrounding road infrastructure, for which the State of Utah has committed matching funds of $8.9 million dollars to construct. This trail will be a vital asset in connecting 3 gates on the western side of HAFB directly into an active transportation path. In time, the project will be expanded, connecting the trail from the south end of the base all the way to downtown Ogden in an extended MIDA project area.
Taxpayer Justification: In the communities surrounding HAFB, traffic congestion, pollution, high housing costs, and poor health are major contributors to degraded quality of life for community residents and military families. Cutting edge trends in municipal planning show that built environments, such as bike paths and walkable trails in urban and suburban areas reduce traffic and pollution and motivate residents to participate in physical activity. Additionally, the potential for multi-family housing creation could significantly reduce the housing shortages in these communities. The creation of this trail would ultimately result in positive outcomes on every indicator of quality-of-life analysis. The 3-Gate trail is a greatly needed and well-deserved improvement to the community for our service members, their families, and the communities who serve alongside them.
Recipient: Town of Manila
Address: 145 UT-43, Manila, Utah 84046
Project Description: Funds would be used to extend the Town’s sewage system to the area of Yinecheta Lane, just outside of Manila. The local tri-county health department has stopped approving new private septic systems, so expansion is the only way to provide essential sewage service to residents and ensure the area can grow.
Taxpayer Justification: This project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it would provide essential sewage service to residents in an area where existing options are unsafe.
Recipient: Utah Transit Authority
Address: 669 West 200 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
Project Description: Funds would be used for project development and engineering for FrontRunner train improvements, including double tracking. This effort will also include a focus on vehicle engineering and specifications for future fleet expansion.
Taxpayer Justification: This project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because the FrontRunner train is a vital part of the Wasatch Front’s transportation network, reduces congestion on Interstate 15, and improves air quality. This is particularly important as the service area is forecast to double in population by 2065.
Recipient: Ogden-Hinckley Airport
Address: 3909 Airport Road, Ogden, Utah 84405
Project Description: Funds would be used to augment the $10 million already being invested by Ogden City to develop the west portion of the Ogden Airport. The project will construct a road extension on the airport, expand a parallel taxiway, and clean up, grade, and install proper drainage to the area.
Taxpayer Justification: This project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because the airport serves a wide array of needs in the region and is a prime candidate for handling overflow work from the adjacent Hill Air Force Base.