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(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) General Counsel Brent Hawkins, company founder Dr. Jeff Clawson and President Alan Fletcher cut the ribbon to officially open the International Academy of Emergency Dispatch building, Friday, May 3, 2013. The IAED purchased the former Deseret News building from the LDS Church in June, 2012.
Photos: Former Deseret News building transformed into emergency dispatch headquarters

First Published May 03 2013 02:45 pm • Last Updated May 03 2013 03:07 pm

The International Academies of Emergency Dispatch held an official ribbon cutting and media tour of its downtown Salt Lake City headquarters Friday. Company founder Jeff Clawson and Jerry Overton, of IAED Board of Trustees, spoke at the ceremony.

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In June, the Utah-based company purchased the former Deseret News building at 30 E. 100 South from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In the months since, it has transformed six floors into offices, break rooms and meeting space for 110 of the company's employees. IAED plans to lease remaining space to other businesses.

The company sets protocol, trains dispatchers and develops software for medical, police and fire emergency dispatch systems worldwide. Its rapid growth necessitated expansion from a leased space to the new building, company officials have said.

"The company was founded in downtown [Salt Lake City] and we wanted to stay here," President Alan Fletcher said at the time of the building's purchase.

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