Thanks to a conference call, members of the Utah Business and Economic Development Board officially approved allocating $1,905,427 for the Centers of Excellence. The program utilizes technology gained on college campuses to enhance Utah's economic climate.
Two weeks ago, the board tentatively approved the allocation, but one board member left before a vote was taken, leaving the group without a quorum. Ladd Christensen, board chairman, thought it would be all right if the departed member listened to the meeting tapes and then voted.That won't work, an assistant Utah attorney general said, so a conference call was arranged from the office of Joseph A. Jenkins, Utah Department of Community and Economic Development executive director.
Mike Alder, director of the Office of Technology Development in the Utah Division of Business and Economic Development, again explained which centers were recommended for funding by the Centers of Excellence Advisory Council before the board members voted over the telephone.