Ed Meyer retired and moved to Kanab in 2005 after serving for 25 years as Utah’s Rural Development Director under five Utah governors. His commitment to public service and volunteerism was soon evident as he immediately became involved in a host of volunteer projects that have made Kane County and Kanab a better place for guests and residents. A few of these include:

•Resurrecting an inactive Chamber of Commerce;

•Creating and hosting a monthly entrepreneur forum;

•Serving on the organizing committee for the Center for Education, Business and the Arts (CEBA) and later serving as that organization’s chairperson;

•Obtaining Utah Enterprise Zone status and associated tax credits for Kanab City businesses

•Creating Writers of the Purple Sage, an annual creative writing retreat;

•Reorganizing and co-chairing the Kanab Arts Council, including a leadership role in the publication of a new community arts and literary journal;

•Serving as a member of the Kanab Heritage Council where he plays a leadership role in digitalizing historic records;

•Spearheading fundraising and overseeing construction of a new Kanab Outdoor Performing Arts Center;

•Co-creating the Healing Arts Exhibit at the Kane County Hospital. This venue provides rotating art exhibits to enhance art experiences in Kane County, while providing staff, patients and visitors to the hospital and medical clinics with a respite from their physical concerns;

•Writing grants for various community organizations to granting agencies, including the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the Utah Arts Council, Utah State History and other private entities;

•Serving on the Organizing Committee on an ongoing basis for the Southern Utah Documentary Film Festival (DOCUTAH);

•In 2010, Meyer was elected to the Kanab City Council.

According to Meyer’s wife Kathy, “The only difference between what Ed did for a career and what he does now is that he used to be paid for doing it!”