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WVC’s Nicole Cottle expected to be named to Inland Port Authority board

Jun 12, 2018 08:27PM ● By Travis Barton

Nicole Cottle is West Valley City's economic development director and assistant city manager. She is expected to be appointed to the Inland Port Authority board next week. (Photo courtesy West Valley City website)

By Travis Barton | [email protected]


The massive inland port is coming to West Valley City’s northern border, and the city has a seat at the table. 

That seat is expected to be filled by Nicole Cottle, pending approval by the city council at its June 19 meeting. 

Appointed by City Manager Wayne Pyle to serve on the board, Cottle is the city’s economic development director and assistant city manager.

During the June 12 study meeting Pyle said given Cottle’s experience as a lawyer, in economic development and in both the private and public sector makes her “well qualified” and a “natural recommendation.” 

The June 19 vote appears to be a formality as city councilmembers expressed their trust in Cottle.

Mayor Ron Bigelow had no doubt the city would be well represented by Cottle. He said Cottle would more than hold her own with the members of the board. 

“In fact, it’s quite the opposite,” he said. “They’ll have some challenges because they won’t be as knowledgeable and as experienced as she is. That’s the advantage that we have.” 

Other members of the board were appointed by various entities including the Governor, state legislature, Salt Lake County, Salt Lake City and the Community Impact Board. Reportedly they so far include: Ben Hart, deputy director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development; Derek Miller, president of the Salt Lake Chamber; Sen. Don Ipson, R-St. George; House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper; Salt Lake County Councilman Michael Jensen; Sevier County Commissioner Garth Ogden; Stuart Clason, Salt Lake County's economic development director; Carlos Braceras, Utah Department of Transportation's executive director; and Councilman James Rogers, the Salt Lake City councilman whose district includes the inland port area.