By RCAC staff

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Utah lawmakers took a two-day bus trip to visit four counties—Carbon, Emery, Sanpete and Grant—to get a firsthand look at the challenges many rural communities face.

House Majority Leader Jim Dunnigan, the Utah Tourism Industry Association, the Governor’s Rural Partnership Board and Senate Majority Leader Ralph Okerlund organized the trip. Among the sites they visited were Dead Horse State Park, Utah State University’s eastern campus and a rural high school

Local officials spoke to Utah Legislators at stops throughout the tour, including a county councilman who described how difficult it is to balance two economic drivers: oil and gas development and tourism.

“These are different challenges faced in rural Utah, and it is really eye-opening to see it from a local perspective,”  Dunnigan told the Deseret News.


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