The health of current businesses and potential for industrial growth on the Utah Navajo Reservation will be assessed in a new study involving local and district economic development organizations and tribal officials.

To launch the six-month "Navajo Strip Resource Study," the Southeastern Utah Association of Local Governments and San Juan Economic Development Council will sponsor community meetings in November and December.Funding for the project comes from local money matched by a federal grant for development of a regional economic recovery strategy program.

As part of the Utah Strip project, the association of governments will hire a bilingual researcher by Jan. 1, 1991, to analyze demographic and economic trends on the reservation and compile the data for presentation April 30.

The survey is to be completed by March 31. Recommendations and a plan for funding are due by June.

Indian applicants with a bachelor's degree and research experience will be given preference for the research contract, according to the job description. The researcher will help government agencies and subcommittees prepare plans and studies and conduct workshops. Survey work will also involve Navajo Tribal Council officials.

The study is to include information on the number of households, population, age of population, land availability, and financing capabilities on the reservation, and possibilities for new business activity within special service districts. Medical, labor force and training needs will also be addressed.

Letters of application for the research position should be submitted with resume and references by Dec. 14 to: William D. Howell, executive director, Southeastern Utah Association of Local Governments, P.O. Box 1106, Price, UT 84501.

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Meetings planned

Navajo Strip Resource Study meetings:

- Oljato, Mexican Hat, Navajo Mountain and the Monument Valley area - Thursday, Nov. 29, at 1 p.m. at Monument Valley High School, Monument Valley.

- Bluff and Mexican Water - Friday, Nov. 30, at 3 p.m. in the San Juan Senior Citizens Center, Bluff.

- Red Mesa, Teec Nos Pos, Aneth and Montezuma Creek - Monday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. at Whitehorse High School, Montezuma Creek.