This town has received the highest annual honor available from the Six-County Economic Development District and Panoramaland Resource Conservation and Development Council.

Redmond received the regional beautification award, and its officials and residents were cited for beautification efforts. They have long supported progress in meeting beautification goals.Four area businesses were recognized at a banquet for contributions to economic development.

Praised were owners of Moore's Old Pine Inn of Marysvale, Piute County; Wasatch Technologies Corp., Gunnison, Sanpete County; Brown Brothers Construction, Loa, Wayne County; and Jorgensen's Honda, Richfield.

The inn was recognized for outstanding support and continual contributions to Piute County's economy. Commissioner Kay Blackwell noted Randy and Katie Moore spent much time in remodeling and reopening what is believed to be Utah's oldest hotel.

Wasatch Technologies Corp. has been one of the keys to Sanpete County's economic strength. The county's economic development director, Joe Blain, said the company has provided employment opportunities and developed a work force that is honest and has produced high quality products.

Brown Brothers Construction has continually expanded in Wayne County and has enhanced economic growth in the area through the company's employment. It is a family business noted for hard work and quality of construction projects, said Wayne Commissioner Meeks Morrell.

Jorgenson's Honda is also a family owned business that has spent much time and money promoting Sevier County. Family members have also expanded the business through the years, offered employment enhancement and have given long-time quality service to the area, said Sevier County Commissioner Peggy Mason.