WELCOME TO OUR COMMUNITIES
The UZONA Chamber of Commerce serves communities in Southern Utah and Northern Arizona. Our name represents the region we serve, shared by the two states. We’re proud to serve communities in a region settled by a pioneering heritage that set a foundation for service to others, strong work ethics, and endearing family values. Recognized for its painted desert landscapes, brilliant sunsets, and easy access to multiple national parks; our communities are warm, welcoming, and diversified in the people that call it home.
The region gained attention after explorer John Wesley Powell, in 1869, led the first group of explorers through what is now the world acclaimed Grand Canyon National Park. Mormon pioneers and cattle ranchers began settling the range shortly thereafter. Many settled and more gathered until the communities in the region began to take shape.
With the Utah/Arizona state line running east-to-west dividing the Short Creek Valley, the communities we serve include Apple Valley and Hildale in Utah and Colorado City, Centennial Park, Cane Beds, and Kaibab Paiute Reservation in Arizona. As a main gateway to the towering walls of Zion National Park (the fourth most visited National Park in the U.S.), the shores of Lake Powell, and the edges of the Grand Canyon; travelers from all over the globe are discovering our canyons and outcroppings provide world class outdoor experiences and views worth staying a while.
Our area has a growing and vibrant culture that includes rough n’ tough Arizona Strip Cowboys coexisting alongside the hustle and bustle of our expanding communities and businesses; world travelers drawn in by the beauty and excitement of high desert adventures; and the hospitality of the locals who enjoy sharing the folklore of yesteryear under the canopy of the great western sky.
Let’s face it, we have amazing people throughout our region who are exceptional at what they do. From contractors building our infrastructure, homes and communities; to tech entrepreneurs building innovative solutions on the outer edges of technology; to our local artisans who are imagining creations that inspire, satisfy, and warm our hearts.
Growth within the business community throughout the region is being fueled by modern advancements in technology. More businesses are evolving or being established that have developed offerings that take advantage of the rural workforce with products or services that extend well beyond the local marketplace. Infrastructure from land, buildings, roads, and fiber optics supplied broadband are constantly being updated and extended throughout the region. These capital investments are facilitating an economic revolution where locals who often traveled outside their communities to make a living are now working better paying jobs that keep them closer to home.
With growth comes all the challenges which often follow the opportunity for it. But through the resiliency of the pioneering spirit, and the determination of all those that call it home, our communities are taking on the challenges. Through open collaboration with federal, state, county, and municipal governments; all have come to the table. Making sure solutions are being supported with the expertise, planning, and resources required for successful implementation. These partnerships are critical to reinforcing the local foundations of community trust where all who call this home can do so with a feeling of inclusion, safety, and opportunity.