Facebook Twitter

SANPETE NATIVE RETURNS TO DIRECT INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

SHARE SANPETE NATIVE RETURNS TO DIRECT INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

A native son has returned to Sanpete County to become executive director of the county's industrial development program.

The County Commission has appointed Joseph C. Blain, who grew up in Spring City and brings a broad background in banking and commerce to the position. He replaces Kris Schoppe, who resigned to move out of state.Blain was as senior mortgage analyst with the Industrial Indemnity Financial Corp. in San Francisco when he decided to accept the Sanpete County offer.

A graduate of North Sanpete High School in Mt. Pleasant and of Brigham Young University, Blain participated for a year in the masters of business administration program at the University of Massachusetts.

His first professional employment was with Zions First National Bank in Salt Lake City as a loan officer. He moved on to become admission and financial aid coordinator at Boston University, then assistant vice president at Coolidge Bank and Trust in Watertown, Mass., before moving to California.

He was an account executive with B.J. Dillon Co. in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., before moving on to the Industrial Indemnity Financial Corp. in 1987.

"I believe I have the financial background that will enable me to help move Sanpete County along the industrial development road," Blain said.

In his new position, one of his first assignments will be to coordinate the rehabilitation of the seven town dumps that were closed down recently when the Sanpete Sanitary Landfill went into operation.

Sanpete County's budget for economic development this year is $48,903. Of that amount, $18,835 is provided by the cities and towns, around $5,800 by the Six County Organization and the balance by the county.