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November 1, 2012

Allegiant Celebrates Inaugural Flight Between Ogden and Phoenix
Ogden - ALLEGIANT launched its nonstop flight between Ogden and Phoenix/Mesa in September.

“We are pleased to extend the Allegiant brand of low-cost travel services to Ogden residents,” says Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company president. “We are confident the community will appreciate our affordable and convenient air service, as well as the value of booking hotel rooms and car rentals through us.”

The new flights will operate twice weekly between Ogden-Hinckley Airport (OGD) and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA). For flight schedules and reservations, visit allegiant.com.

“Northern Utah wins now that Allegiant is starting scheduled air service to the Phoenix/Mesa region with convenience and low fares from Ogden-Hinckley Airport,” says Royal Eccles, airport manager at Ogden-Hinckley Airport. “The airport is looking to become the value leader for all types of travelers and the gateway to our year-round high adventure recreation areas.”

Allegiant’s “Vote for Vacation” bus stopped in Ogden during its 77-city bus tour promoting the nation’s right to vacation. The campaign stop was at the Ogden-Hinckley Airport with a live radio remote hosted by KZHT-FM.

USU Project Receives Department of Energy Grant Research
Logan - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY (USU) a $3 million grant to develop technology that could dramatically improve the battery performance of electric vehicles.

The $3,070,051 award is part of $43 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy announced in August.

“To be among just 12 lead organizations selected for an award is a high honor,” says Regan Zane, a USTAR professor of computer and electrical engineering at USU and principal investigator for the project. “Through this three-year program, we’ll develop cell-level power control architecture that improves electric vehicle battery performance and, as a result, could decrease battery pack costs by some 25 percent.”

USU is the lead research organization on the project, and has partnered with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado, the University of Colorado and the Ford Motor Company. Ultimately researchers will demonstrate their approach on a full-scale commercial Ford PHEV battery pack.

Wasatch/Summit Area
Park City - FOODELL.COM added online classes. Participants will be able to take classes in any degree program from beginner to gourmet; access educational videos, articles and recipes; and ask Chef Susan Odell, founder of foodell.com, a cooking question and get a personal response within 24 hours.

Park City - INSURANCE INSIGHT GROUP launched Insurance Insight Training. The training program is designed to attract new agents, activate existing agents and retain agents longer by giving quality training designed to help them be more successful in insurance sales.

Snowbird - SNOWBIRD SKI AND SUMMER RESORT offered a free Aerial Tram foot passenger ride or a free ride on Peruvian Chairlift and Tunnel to present and past military personnel and their families.

Park City - WALDORF ASTORIA PARK CITY, GOLDEN DOOR SPA AND SLOPES was included in the Forbes Travel Guide semi-annual listing of four-star hospitality establishments. Waldorf Astoria Park City and its spa and restaurant will be showcased with all of the 2012 award winners on Startle.com, the new social media platform and online home of Forbes Travel Guide.

Heber Valley Bank Acquires Park City Branch of Frontier Bank
Heber - HEBER VALLEY BANK acquired the Park City branch of FRONTIER BANK, FSB under an agreement announced by the two banks. The acquisition is subject to approval by bank regulators.

Heber Valley Bank is part of Grand Valley Bank, headquartered in Heber City. The new Park City branch location will be the eighth for the bank. Total assets of the bank are about $273 million, making it the sixth largest state-chartered community bank in Utah.

Although Frontier Bank’s headquarters are in Park City, it moved its entire administration, including all executive management, to Palm Desert, Calif., where it operates three branches as El Paseo Bank. “While a very difficult decision given our history in Park City, this sale allows us to consolidate our banking operations in a much smaller footprint, thereby achieving efficiencies while increasing capital,” says Joe Kiley, Frontier president and CEO.

Heber Valley Bank’s President and CEO Curt Taylor expressed enthusiasm for the opportunity to do business in the Park City area. “We intend to build on what Frontier has done, to provide true community banking in the Park City community,” he says. “We subscribe to the ‘old school’ method of banking. We offer a safe place for members of the community to place their deposits, and a helpful place to borrow money. We try to keep it all as uncomplicated as possible.”

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