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Study reveals Utah has inland port possibilities

Findings from an inland port study conducted by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute and commissioned by World Trade Center Utah confirm Utah meets many of the essential criteria for developing an inland port. The study provides recommendations for next steps decision makers should consider.

“The creation of an inland port would elevate Utah’s status as a global business destination and incentivize international companies to locate here,” said Derek B. Miller, president and CEO of WTC Utah. “Utah’s centralized location, market access and favorable labor costs are just a few reasons constructing an inland port may make sense. World Trade Center Utah will use the recommendations in the assessment to secure additional information about the feasibility of the project and help move this idea forward.”

Inland ports are sites located away from traditional land, air and coastal borders that possess strong transportation assets and inland distribution centers. Goods are off-loaded from ships and moved to inland ports for handling and redistribution. An inland port can fulfill many beneficial functions, such as a satellite customs clearance terminal, an intermodal distribution facility and a customs pre-clearance for international trade.

“We live in an era of e-commerce and fast, reliable, and affordable transportation will be a growing industry,” said Natalie Gochnour, director of the Gardner Policy Institute. “This market assessment demonstrates Salt Lake City possesses many of the right ingredients for an inland port. The next step is to explore potential sites for an inland port and to commission a comprehensive study on the technical, economic, legal, and financial feasibility of the project.”

Gochnour will present the findings from the assessment to Utah’s business community at the Utah Global Forum on Monday at The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake.

Play It Again Sports Orem begins 25th year with a new owner

Play It Again Sports in Orem is celebrating its 25th year in business with a grand re-opening this Friday and Saturday. New franchise owner, Rob Whittle, has added a full-service ski and snowboard shop.

Play It Again Sports is a locally owned franchise that buys and sells used and new sports and fitness equipment, with over 250 stores throughout the United States and Canada.

“We’ve seen big-box sporting goods stores come and go over the years, the most recent being The Sports Authority,” Whittle said. “The reason we are still here is we have provided the large families here in Utah County with more affordable sports and fitness gear, by offering them the options of buying used gear and highly discounted new gear. Our customers can also sell us the used gear they no longer need for cash, or they can trade it in to save even more.”

Play It Again Sports is located at 934 N State St. The grand re-opening celebration runs from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Karissa Neely reports on Business & Community events, and can be reached at (801) 344-2537 or kneely@heraldextra.com. Follow her on Twitter: @DHKarissaNeely

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