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DRAPER HOPES PROXIMITY OF MICRON WILL LURE OTHER COMPANIES TO THE AREA.

That this city is interested in gaining some benefits from the presence of Micron Technology Inc. is no secret.

"Draper has been involved really from almost day one in terms of offering support and assisting the state," said Debby Wilson, Draper's economic development coordinator.Wilson said she hopes other businesses will be drawn to Draper because of its proximity to Micron's planned $1.3 billion computer memory chip manufacturing plant just south of Draper in Utah County.

"What I'm thinking of is software companies that want to be near the big player, or start-up companies that want to be here because of the information or services that Micron might have," she said.

Wilson; Paul Glauser, director of community development; Mayor Elaine Redd; and Councilman Clair Huff held a conference call Monday with Kipp Bedard, Micron's vice president of investor relations. The informational meeting was helpful, Wilson said, and Micron agreed to keep the lines of communication open.

"(Bedard) said he thought within a 30- to 40-mile radius, they expect there will be other companies that will come in because they find it attractive to be near (Micron) and use the same vendors," Wilson said. "They let us know definitely that they would be glad to assist in any way with letting these companies know where the opportunities are."

Draper has at least 200 acres and perhaps as many as 500, including several planned business parks, that could become home to incoming companies, Wilson said.

Glauser and Wilson said their city will continue to grow, both in residential construction and commercial activity, with or without Micron.

"I think we've got enough going because of the growth in both the Utah and Salt Lake valleys that there's not a problem for all of us to do what we want to do," Wilson said of neighboring communities. "It's a matter of planning the timing of it all."