If GOED is serious about rural business, they need a broadband plan

Originally posted at FreeUTOPIA.org and cross-posted with permission. Reading about how bad rural broadband can be is one thing. Experiencing it is another. Living in Cedar City for three years and spending a lot of it exploring Southern Utah from here to Delta to Moab to Mexican Hat has made it painfully obvious how awful the situation is across large swaths of the state. Unfortunately, almost all of the attention for improving broadband has been focused on the Wasatch Front with the occasional bone thrown to St George. While a…

Got a good business idea? Parowan will sell you the building for a dollar

If you’ve got a good idea for a business and wouldn’t mind running it 25 minutes north of Cedar City, Parowan has a deal for you. After the owners of the building decided that they no longer wanted to deal with the upkeep and taxes, they donated a small commercial space at 17 N Main St to the city. An economic development committee decided the best way to handle it is to offer it to the person with the best business idea at McDonald’s value menu pricing. This is very…