Local Economic Development

Communities throughout the Basin are rising to the challenge of diversifying economic opportunities and maximizing tourism as a mode of economic development. Duchesne County’s efforts have included the promotion of the area’s “Hidden Treasures! Vacation Pleasures!” by utilizing the new website www.visitduchesnecounty.com. Uintah County has likewise focused on increasing tourism as well as building commerce through business development. While the Uintah County Economic Development Director position is now open with the departure of Annie Smith, the County is committed to creating an environment where established as well as new businesses can thrive. There are many projects underway that will help diversify the economy into the future, explains Commissioner Mike McKee. These projects take time and much of that groundwork was laid by Annie Smith and continue to be the focus of the County. Duties of the Economic Development Director have been dispersed, says Commissioner McKee, and the County will begin looking for a replacement in the near future.


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.