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The Uintah Basin Economic Development District Care Act Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Program was established with funding from the United States Economic Development Administration (EDA). The goal of the Cares Act RLF Program is to assist with businesses affected by COVID-19


Business requirements;

  • Businesses must be located within Daggett, Duchesne or Uintah Counties.

  • Business must be willing to create or retain at least one (1) full-time equivalent (FTE) job for each $25,000 of RLF monies requested (within two years) of receiving RLF funding.

  • UBEDD approval for requested financing must be obtained prior to project initiation.



Each loan application will be evaluated individually by the UBEDD and General Board of Directors using the following guidelines: 

Leverage: At least 67% of the total project costs must be funded through private resources, such as loans from financial institutions and/or borrowers cash injection. 

Loan Amount: The minimum loan amount is $5,000 and the maximum loan amount is $250,000 for each individual borrower.

Loan Terms: Loan terms are one to seven years for working capital, and up to twenty years for purchase of building and land. 

Interest Rate: The interest rate shall be determined on a case-by-case basis. The interest rate is fixed for the loan term. 

Collateral: Collateral requirements are to be determined on an individual basis. The security interest may be subordinated to private sector lenders participating in the project.

Personal guarantees are required.


Funds may be used to assist a business in:

  • Purchase, of land or existing building.

  • Working capital.

  • Rents, Payroll, Utilities due to COVID-19


To obtain an RLF application contact:

David Rust or Kendra Hackford

Uintah Basin Economic Development 

330 East 100 South 

Roosevelt, UT 84066

Telephone: (435) 722-4518

Within 30 working days of application submittal, UBEDD staff will inform the applicant of any additional information needed in the application. Completed applications will be forwarded to the UBEDD Board for approval.



Loan fees include a loan application fee ($75), a 1% loan origination fee, and payment of legal and closing costs. Micro-loans ($5,000-$25,000) have a sliding fee schedule. 


Covid-19 has affected many of the retail businesses in Vernal, UT.

This impact on businesses have increased the unemployment

numbers and have caused several retail commercial businesses to

close. There have been concerns from Vernal City and the Uintah

County Commissioners on how they can help revitalize Vernal City

as many businesses have closed their doors due to COVID-19. At

one point Uintah County was the highest unemployment County in

the State at 15.9%. 

Brian and Katie Abrams step into the picture and buy a downtown

commercial building that had been the community bowling alley for 50 years. The bowling alley had closed 8 years ago and the building had been converted into an auto detail shop. With the acquisition of this building and reopening back as a bowling alley & fun center, Brian and Katie are able to revitalize employment opportunity that had been lost by Covid-19. 


                                                                            With the help of the RLF funds they received they will be                                                                             able to employee between 13-18 employees. They have                                                                               installed 14 new top of the line bowling lanes,along with                                                                             all the equipment to run all those lanes. They have                                                                                       installed a new kitchen with tables and chairs, along                                                                                     with pool tables and an amazing arcade with a                                                                                               redemption fun center. Vernal has been without any type                                                                             of indoor recreation, which has been a problem,                                                                                             especially during our long, cold winters. Now with the                                                                                   vision from the Abrams, Vernal and the surrounding                                                                                     communities have an avenue for wholesome fun for all                                                                               ages. We wish Dinoland Bowl great success and find it a                                                                           privilege to help them with providing an RLF loan to them.


Dinoland Bowl





Click Below to view the 2018-2023 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Report.



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Site Reuse & Revitalization Program Overview

Vision: Revitalize vacant and underutilized (“brownfield”) properties throughout Duchesne County to provide benefits to the community, including environmental restoration, job creation, increased property values, and reduced health risks.

Mission: Use EPA Brownfield Assessment Grant funding to inventory and prioritize brownfield sites for redevelopment, assess existing site conditions, and plan for cleanup and reuse of priority sites throughout our community.

Guiding Principles:

  • Prioritize use of grant funds on priority sites that will attract investors and become a catalyst for new employment opportunities and a sustainable job base.

  • Build on past brownfield redevelopment successes.

  • Promote infill development that maximizes use of existing space, infrastructure and utilities.

  • Remove redevelopment barriers by addressing unknown site conditions and creating shovel ready sites.

  • Invest in sites that will generate public and private revenue.

  • Transform blighted areas into thriving neighborhoods.

  • Protect public health and the environment.

  • Promote public participation and input on priority redevelopment areas and sites.

Program Background

The Site Reuse and Revitalization Program is funded by two U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Assessment Grants awarded in 2016 to a Coalition led by Uintah Basin Association of Governments (UBAOG) and supported by Duchesne County and Roosevelt City. The Program is managed by UBAOG with support from an environmental consulting team led by Stantec Consulting Services Inc. (Stantec). The grants will fund Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) and other cleanup/reuse activities at publicly and privately-owned brownfield sites over a three-year period (through September 2019).

The EPA defines brownfields as “real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential [i.e. perceived] presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.”

Environmental impacts from historic industrial operations and commercial activities have resulted in vacant and underutilized brownfield properties throughout Duchesne County. Brownfields include derelict industrial sites along rail corridors, former auto-related businesses in aging commercial corridors, and other vacant and underutilized commercial and industrial properties. Under contract with UBAOG, Stantec will assess environmental liabilities and develop cleanup/reuse plans to catalyze redevelopment throughout the community.

The Coalition is seeking candidate sites throughout the community to participate in this this exciting program! Please contact Kevin Yack ( or 435-772-4518) to see if your property is eligible for grant funded activities.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a brownfield?

Brownfields are vacant and underutilized properties previously used for industrial or commercial activities that may have resulted in contamination from petroleum or hazardous substances, but can be cleaned up and reused.

What are the benefits of brownfield redevelopment?

Property owners, businesses and developers who cleanup and reuse brownfields provide benefits to themselves and their communities, including:

  • Removing unknowns regarding site conditions that might hold up a sale or redevelopment.

  • Increasing return from the property by making it more valuable and marketable.

  • Contributing to economic prosperity and environmental restoration in the community.

  • Making neighborhoods safer and healthier.

  • Avoiding actions by regulatory agencies that may impose penalties and costly cleanups.

  • Reducing the potential that adjacent properties could be impacting their property (and vice versa).

What will grant funds be used for?

Grant funding can be used to inventory, assess, and conduct cleanup/reuse planning for priority sites. Additional information is included on the Fact Sheets and Process Guide for Property Owners & Stakeholders provided in the Resources section.

What sites are eligible for grant funds?

Sites eligible for grant funded activities include private- or public-owned properties with known or suspected contamination and properties where sale, reuse, or redevelopment is planned. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis. Eligible sites may include (but are not limited to):

  • Former manufacturing and industrial sites

  • Underutilized warehouses and commercial facilities

  • Old rail yards and truck depots

  • Vacant gas stations and auto repair shops

  • Former dry cleaners

  • Old buildings with asbestos or lead-based paint

  • Salvage yards, dumps and landfills

Ineligible sites include those on the EPA National Priority “Superfund” List or targeted for any federal or state enforcement action.

What are the program requirements and timeline?

The program and funding is committed through September 2019. Participation is entirely voluntary and the property owner must provide site access for assessment activities.

To qualify for grant funding, sites must meet certain eligibility requirements (described above). If you are interested in taking advantage of the opportunity to use grant funding on your site and are unsure whether or not it meets eligibility requirements (described in the Process Guide for Property Owners & Stakeholders provided in the Resources section), please contact Kevin Yack ( or 435-772-4518) for additional information.

For additional information, please refer to the Fact Sheets and other materials provided in the Resources section.

How do I nominate sites for use of grant funding?

Is there a site in your neighborhood or one that you own that you think would benefit from the EPA funding assistance? Property owners and community members are encouraged to nominate sites for use of grant funds by completing a Site Nomination Form (provided in the Resources section).

After a Site Nomination Form has been submitted by the property owner/representative, an eligibility determination request will be submitted to EPA on the owner’s behalf requesting approval for use of grant funding. If approved, the property owner will work with the environmental consultant (Stantec) to coordinate the environmental site assessment (ESA) and/or related activities. The owner will receive a report with findings and recommendations.

Contact Information

For additional information or to nominate a site for grant funding consideration, please contact:

Kevin Yack, Director of Economic Development

Uintah Basin Association of Governments

Phone: (435) 772-4518




Disclaimer: Though this project has been funded wholly or in part by the EPA, the contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the EPA.

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