Programs + Support

The Community Development Office works with planners from each region to offer programs to assist in rural community development.

For information about any of these programs, email us at community@utah.gov

Capital Asset Program

The Capital Asset Program (CAP) offers a suite of resources and tools in support of community-performed capital asset inventories. The program offers three guidebooks, a Capital Asset Self-Inventory (CASI), and an online GIS database (CASI-GEO) to help communities plan, inventory, and organize local capital assets.

Contact: zleavitt@utah.gov

Regional Planning Program

The Community Development Office works closely with Regional Planners in each Association of Government region in order to provide direct assistance to communities. Contact your Regional Planner 

Rural Coordinating Council

Coordinated by the Community Development Office, the Rural Coordinating Council is a grassroots initiative that seeks to better allocate time, resources, and strategies in rural Utah by increasing communication and collaboration with state and federal agencies, universities, and statewide organizations. Learn more

Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative

The Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative empowers landscape-scale dark-sky conservation efforts and leads the way in protecting natural darkness as a precious resource in collaboration with local, state, and federal agencies, tribes, businesses, educational institutions, and community partners throughout the Colorado Plateau and beyond. Dark-sky conservation benefits for Utah’s communities include: Learn more

  • Enhanced public visibility
  • Improved current and future lighting and clear expectations for private and public land owners
  • Improved nighttime visibility, reduced glare, and safety and security for residents.
  • Tangible electricity savings, benefiting a city’s bottom line.
  • Improved and more holistic environmental management.
  • Enhanced property values
  • An opportunity to diversify local tourism and recreation
  • Community unity around a common goal and shared identity

Contact: aubreychristensen@utah.gov or darkskycooperative@gmail.com

Mapping and Technical Assistance Program

The Mapping and Technical Assistance Program (M-TAP) provides rural municipalities with resources to overcome actual and perceived barriers to using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The program's goal is to connects municipalities with available state, regional, and local technical assistance and to provides basic mapping and geospatial assistance to small towns with limited capacity and resources.

Contact: aubreychristensen@utah.gov

Utah Student Community Assistance Program

The Utah Student Community Assistance Program exists as a hub to connect communities with projects and classes, student groups, and individual students interested in obtaining real world experience while making a difference. Students can participate in secondary research, primary research, and/or the synthesis of the collected material. Please contact USCAP to request the current list of potential projects or to propose a project.

Contact: mmarchant@utah.gov or aubreychristensen@utah.gov