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.