October 1, 2011

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Around Utah

Sarah Cutler

October 1, 2011

BYU MBA graduates gained $81,000 over the course of five years, breaking even after 3.1 years, the fastest return of any school on the list. Five years after graduation, the average salary of BYU MBA alumni was $108,000, compared to $47,000 before entering the program. The BYU program had the lowest tuition of any school ranked in the top 45.



Layton - KNEADERS BAKERY AND CAFÉ opened a new location at 480 W. Antelope Drive, and the hours of operation are Monday – Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Kneaders’ Layton location is run by franchisees Andrew and Shauna Smith and their partners Riley and Allison Booth.

Ogden - TECHMEDIANETWORK has added BRIGHT HUB as a publisher in its network of web partners. Bright Hub will participate in combined advertising, marketing and other monetization efforts driven by TechMediaNetwork. At Bright Hub, users can find technology and science articles, guidance for business, educational or computing professionals, and how-to information on parenting, home and health.

Ogden - The first phase of construction of Wildcat Village at WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY is complete. Wildcat Village replaces LaSal, Wasatch and Stansbury halls, which have been demolished. When finished, Wildcat Village will house more than 500 students in three buildings. The semicircle positioning of the buildings will foster a community atmosphere by opening onto a courtyard with playing fields, a volleyball court, fire pit and other facilities.

Clearfield - The 3rd Annual PARC PALLET GRAND PRIX took place to bring awareness of the untapped labor pool of people with disabilities. Each entrant was assigned a “pit crew” composed of hard-working individuals with disabilities to cheer their company on. The company supplied the power (two people to push) and PARC supplied the riders. After the races, PARC honored individuals with disabilities who have made great progress towards independence through employment.

Kaysville - TEXAS OIL AND MINERAL acquired a Utah-based company of the same name that will serve as the operating company and announced its initial public offering on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Texas Oil and Mineral is an energy development company.

Ogden - JACK B. PARSON COMPANIES (JBP), one of the state’s largest ready mix concrete, asphalt and construction materials suppliers, was a recipient of the 2011 Producer Excellence in Quality Award. The National Ready Mix Concrete Association presented the award to JBP at its ConcreteWorks and Board of Directors’ Meeting in San Diego, Calif.

Ogden - WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY (WSU) installed solar panels in an effort to be more energy efficient. Four racks holding a total of 84 solar panels were installed on the northeast corner of the WSU Davis building. The 20-kilowatt photovoltaic system will offset approximately 1.9 percent of the Davis building’s electrical consumption. The Davis campus solar project is the first in a series of solar energy projects being implemented at WSU.

Clearfield - ATK held a grand opening celebration for its new Aircraft Commercial Center of Excellence (ACCE) located at 1051 S. Freeport Industrial Parkway. The grand opening included a ribbon cutting ceremony and a tour of the new ACCE facility.


Farmington’s Station Park Moves Closer to Completion

Farmington - The upscale STATION PARK open-air shopping center, located at the intersection of I-15, Highway 89 and Legacy Parkway, is moving ahead as scheduled. Three additional retailers have joined the Harmons grocery store in the eastern quadrant: Marshalls, Home Goods and ULTA Cosmetics. A new Sports Authority and Ross Department Store also opened at the site.

“We’re creating a year-round shopping, dining and entertainment experience for the community,” says Fred Bruning, CEO of CenterCal Properties. “The opening of Harmons and these first retailers, in what we call our power center, provides a variety of products and services that has been missing from the retail landscape for the north Davis and south Weber area. In fact, some of the retailers are opening doors in Utah for the first time, including Marshalls. You can expect to see even more new names as we continue to build our exciting retail center.”

Filling the spaces on both sides of the new XD Cinemark Theatre will be an upscale burger restaurant, Johnny Rockets; locally-owned Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana; ParkStone - Wood Kitchen & Bar; a sushi restaurant and more. These restaurants will feature innovative dining terraces that provide unobstructed views of the center regardless of the weather, with retractable weatherproof glass walls.

The park will include a children’s play area and a $2 million, world-class fountain with animation, music, dancing waters, lighting and even fog. Designers from Lifescapes International, who were the visionaries behind the gardens and fountains at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas and The Grove in Los Angeles, have partnered with CenterCal to bring the park fountain and gardens to life in fall 2011.

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