Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Habitat honors vision of Martin Luther King

Building on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of the “Beloved Community,” Habitat for Humanity of Utah County announced plans to honor King’s legacy through a series of projects in its service area. Over the next year, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International and The King Center’s MLK 50 Forward initiative, the local Habitat affiliate is strengthening its commitment to build a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

“In 2018, as we mark the 50th anniversaries of Dr. King’s tragic death and the passage of the Fair Housing Act, we renew our pledge to make the concept of a Beloved Community a reality,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “This will never be a world of equality, of fairness, of human decency that leaves no room for poverty or prejudice or violence, unless we build it. And so we build.”

Habitat for Humanity of Utah County will be holding a series of Beloved Community activities and events over the coming year. This effort will build on work being performed by other Habitats across the country undertaking Beloved Community projects, including the construction of new affordable homes, critical home repairs and community revitalization initiatives.

“With every new home that Habitat for Humanity builds, we move one step closer to my father’s vision of the Beloved Community,” said Dr. Bernice A. King. “Since its founding, Habitat for Humanity has been lifting families up through God’s love and showing them the path to take control of their lives through homeownership. This year, we’re going to have an even more powerful voice for those families and future homeowners so that one day, everyone lives in the Beloved Community with agape love.”

Habitat for Humanity invites others to join in pledging to help build the Beloved Community by visiting its site,

Utah Entrepreneur Challenge opens to college students

Applications are now open for the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge, a statewide, student business model competition. Teams from universities across the state compete for the best business model and a chance to win cash and awards. The grand prize is $40,000.

Participating teams are judged by industry professionals and community experts. In addition to the grand prize, there are also additional prizes granted for best business model, presentation and technology. The competition is open to all university students in Utah, and many past winners have developed into successful enterprises.

Teams must register by Feb. 15 at

Autonomous Solutions to grow at home, adding 135 jobs

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development, or GOED, announced Autonomous Solutions, Inc. will expand in Utah, adding up to 135 high-paying jobs to the community and $3.3 million in new state tax revenue.

“ASI is a pioneering innovator that is using sophisticated research from our universities,” said Val Hale, executive director of GOED. “ASI is a truly impressive homegrown company, and we are proud to support its expansion in Utah.”

Autonomous Solutions Inc., or ASI, was founded in 2000 and is currently headquartered in Petersboro, Utah. The company manufactures an automation technology that retrofits to existing industrial vehicles. ASI’s robotic hardware and software systems allow users to safely manage their entire fleet of vehicles autonomously. ASI serves the mining, farming, automotive, manufacturing and defense industries and is Ford Motor Company’s preferred proving ground automation supplier. Rio Tinto, the Los Angeles Police Department, and Luke Air Force Base also utilize the robotics company’s technologies.

Karissa Neely reports on Business and North County events, and can be reached at 801-344-2537 or Follow her on Twitter: @DHKarissaNeely