Board Meeting 2017

The meeting begins at 8:30 am on Tuesday, May 23 and ends after the annual Board dinner on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. See the agenda for details.

On behalf of Ken White and the WRDC staff, we are very excited to be hosting this year’s WRDC Board meeting in Utah! We look forward to two full days of informative conversations, learning and sharing from one another, strategizing on current and future projects for the Center, and the opportunity to visit and experience some of the USU Extension programs and venues. Plus, you’ll finally get to see our offices on the USU campus!


Read the information below.
It contains all of the nitty-gritty details about the hotel and meeting venue, travel, meals, tours, etc.

Consider bringing your spouse/partner with you to Park City.
Spouses/Partners are invited to join us for dinner on Wednesday night and to join us for Wednesday’s USU Extension tours. (Tour participation for spouses/partners will be based on availability and granted based on the date of your completed and submitted registration form.)

Review the agenda
Click here for the agenda.

Register for the meeting (Deadline: March 24, 2017*)
Click here to register.
*NOTE: If you are unable to attend the meeting, please email Don or Betsy as soon as possible.

Reserve your hotel room (Deadline: April 21, 2017)
ee below for details.

Make your travel arrangements
See below for information on the airport and ground transportation to and from Park City.

Poised at the edge of Utah State University’s scenic 1,200-acre Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter just minutes from the fabled ski resorts of Park City, Newpark Resort Hotel & Conference Center is the centerpiece of the state’s first LEED-certified resort community. Blending contemporary luxury with easy access to world-class skiing and the summertime splendors of northern Utah, this highly rated hotel charms guests. Newpark Resort is approximately a 30-minute drive from the Salt Lake City International Airport. For more details, visit the hotel website at

You are responsible for making your own hotel room reservations.
Deadline to book your room is April 21, 2017.

WRDC Group Rate: Deluxe Room - $115/night plus taxes and fees

About the Deluxe Room:
Measuring 350 square feet, Newpark’s Deluxe Rooms (or Standard Rooms), feature a queen bed; a living room with gas fireplace, 32" flat-panel HDTV and queen sleeper sofa; wet bar with mini-refrigerator and Keurig brew station; and granite/slate bathroom with radiant-heated floor, soaking tub, plush bathrobes and premium bath amenities. Standard Rooms comfortably accommodate up to four guests (suggest 2 adults and 2 kids).

To book your room:
Call Newpark Resort Reservations at 1.435.649.3600 and tell them you are with the group “USU Western Rural Development 05 17.”

Salt Lake City International Airport is serviced by most major airlines along with JetBlue, Frontier, and Southwest. Newpark Resort is about a 30-minute drive from the Salt Lake City International Airport.

You are responsible for your transportation to and from the Salt Lake City International Airport. The WRDC will provide transportation for the USU Extension tours and to and from dinner on Wednesday, May 24th.

Newpark Resort Hotel & Conference Center partners with All Resort Express to ensure their guests have easy access to superior transportation services and pricing. All ground transportation is provided and billed by All Resort Express. 
Click the link below for an online form or contact Alicia Vernon at or by calling her at 1.435.658.9754.
Online reservation form:

Salt Lake City International Airport offers a variety of rental car providers. Rental car counters are located on the ground floor of the parking garage, directly across from the terminal buildings. For assistance, contact the airport ground transportation desks at (801) 575-2310 or (801) 575-2312, or visit

Park City offers bus service in and around Park City. Our hotel is conveniently located next to a bus stop and it’s easy to hop on a bus and head to downtown Park City. Use either the Kimball Junction West or Kimball Junction Express East routes. Details are available here:

First, we will visit the Utah State University Botanical Center and Wetland Discovery Point in Kaysville, Utah. The botanical center guides the conservation and wise use of plant, water, and energy resources through research-based educational experiences, demonstrations, and technology. At USU Botanical Center you can find educational opportunities for children and adults. The Botanical Center also features a much-loved urban fishery, walking and biking trails, wetland areas that support birds and other wildlife, a volunteer-tended garden, a seasonal farmers market and a full schedule of classes, workshops, educational field trips and other events. Visit the website for more details:

Wetland Discovery Point is the first LEED Platinum Certified Public Building in Utah, featuring:
Solar Power, Rainwater Harvesting, Passive Solar Heating, and Natural Ventilation.
Just a few of the reasons Wetland Discovery Point is Platinum certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, the organization's highest recognition for sustainability. The building is the centerpiece of the wetland education programs that involve thousands of school children each year, and is also the site of community events and classes.

Next, we will journey to Logan, Utah, and the Utah Water Research Lab. The water lab is situated along the Logan River and dedicated to conducting and facilitating research, design, testing, and training that is related to the stewardship of water quantity and quality. The facility includes two hydraulics labs and an environmental quality lab. In the hydraulics labs are a variety of flumes, channels, pumps, pipelines, equipment, and instrumentation for conducting hydraulic research, model studies, valve testing, and flow meter calibrations. Water is supplied by gravity flow at rates up to 200 cfs from an upstream reservoir through a 48-inch diameter pipe to a flume (8-feet wide by 6-feet deep) that extends more than 500 feet.  The 48-inch pipe can deliver water at 30 feet of head to the main laboratory level through a network of steel piping located under the floor. In the modeling lab, detailed large scale models of dams and spillways, as well as other hydraulic models, can be constructed and tested with flows up to 130 cfs. As a recirculating facility, the new laboratory can provide a flow in any season of the year, without impacting river operations. For more details visit

Finally, we’ll make the short drive to the USU campus and the Stan L. Albrecht Agricultural Sciences Building where we’ll enjoy some famous Aggie Ice Cream and visit the offices of Utah State University Extension and the Western Rural Development Center.

Contact Betsy Newman at or 1.435.797.0218

The hotel is located within the Newpark Towne Center and provides ample food and shopping within easy walking distance. A list of offerings is below. Plus, hop on a bus or drive to downtown Park City for many more choices of delicious food and fun shopping.

Bout Time Pub & Grub
Café Rio Mexican Grill
Café Zupas

Cold Stone Creamery
Del Taco

Five Guys
Full House Asian Bistro
Ghidotti’s Italian

Jimmy John’s

Kenaders Bakery & Café
Leger’s Deli Park City
Loco Lizard Cantina


My Liquid Garden (juice shop)

Myrtle Rose
Panda Express
Park City Bread and Bagel
Park City Coffee Roaster

Pizza Hut

Red Rock Junction


Sushi Blue

Szechwan Chinese Kitchen


Whole Foods Market

Swaner EcoCenter and Preserve

Cost Plus World Market

Jupiter Bowl

Metropolitan Theatres

The Mine Bouldering Gym

Utah Olympic Park

The following meals are included for Board members:
DAY ONE – Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Breakfast –7:30-8:30 am – Skybridge Lounge, Newpark Resort
AM Refreshment Break
Lunch – 12:00-1:00 pm – Skybridge Lounge, Newpark Resort

PM Refreshment Break
Dinner is on your own this evening. Lots of great options within walking distance of Newpark Resort, or hop on the bus or jump in your car and head to downtown Park City.

The following meals are included for Board members and, if applicable, your spouse/partner IF you indicated their participation when you registered for the meeting, tours, and dinner:
DAY TWO – Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Breakfast 7:00-7:45 am – Skybridge Lounge, Newpark Resort
AM Refreshment Break – USU Extension Botanical Gardens
Lunch –Wetlands Discovery Point, USU Extension Botanical Gardens
PM Refreshment Break – Famous Aggie Ice Cream – USU Campus – Logan, Utah
Annual Dinner – The Tap Room – Wasatch Brew Pub – 250 Main Street – Park City, Utah
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