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Regional Report: The Mountain States Garner Accolades for Business Expansion

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Directory 2016)
Their economies are faring well, but the Mountain States continue to keep themselves busy building new industries and supporting existing employers. More

Leading Locations for 2015: Creating a Track Record of Economic Success, Denver-Aurora-Broomfield Ranks First

Area Development Special Presentation (Q2 2015)
Area Development analyzed economic and workforce data for 373 MSAs to determine which U.S. cities are creating jobs and nurturing sustainable economic development. The results of the Leading Locations 2015 study clearly reflect the strength of the western half of the United States: eight of the top-10 MSAs are in the West — three in Colorado, two in California, two in Texas, and one in Washington State. More

2015 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Recognizing Excellence in State Job Creation and Economic Development Efforts

Area Development Special Presentation (Q2 2015)
Area Development’s annual awards recognize individual states for their overall economic development effectiveness. This year, we honor 21 states for their achievements in 2014 in garnering investment and job creation with Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina and Nevada awarded the Gold Shovel. More

The Mystery Impact of Data Centers on Local Economies Revealed

John Lenio, Economist and Managing Director, Economic Incentives Group (EIG), CBRE  (Data Centers 2015)
Although they do not create as many permanent jobs as other types of projects, capital investment in data centers can be quite substantial, justifying large incentives offerings. More

Regional Report: Mountain Region States Highlighting Innovation and Pioneer Industries

Karen Thuermer (Directory 2015)
States in the mountain region are pulling out the stops to attract advanced technology companies. Nowhere is this more true than in Nevada, where Tesla is building its gigafactory, which will be the world’s largest and most advanced battery factory. More

Slideshow: 2014 Gold and Silver Shovel Award Recipients

Area Development Special Presentation (Directory 2015)
Shown here are 12 of the recipients of Area Development’s 2014 Gold & Silver awards, which were bestowed in recognition of the states’ efforts to capture new facility and expansion projects that resulted in significant investment and job creation. All told, 20 states were recognized for their efforts. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #5: Advanced ICT - Companies Look to Visionary Locales

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2014)
The rise of “big data” in nearly every industry vertical has promoted continued importance of a robust information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure as a site selection factor. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #9: Low Union Profile - Unions Still a “No-Go” Factor for Many

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2014)
Having a low union profile ranked as slightly more important in Area Development’s latest Corporate Survey, up one position to #9. But in a similarly incremental sense, U.S. unions overall actually may have gained some ground over the last year. More

UTAH at a glance

POPULATION: 2,900,872 (2013)

LABOR FORCE: 1,337,300 (2014)


TRADITIONAL INDUSTRIES: Manufacturing, mining, government, agriculture

EXPANDING INDUSTRIES: Life sciences, software/IT, aerospace/defense, financial services, energy, healthcare, outdoor products/recreation, advanced composites

COLLEGE GRADUATES: (Age 25 and over) 30.4% (with four-year degree or post-grad - 2011)

Corporate Income and Franchise Tax: 5 percent

Sales and Use Tax: 5.95-8.35 percent

Property Tax: Property tax per capita of 2.55 percent (2011)

Commonly used incentives:
• Economic Development Tax Increment Financing (EDTIF) (a post performance refundable tax credit incentive)
• Industrial Assistance Fund (IAF)
• Rural Fast Track Program (RFTP)
• Technology Commercialization and Innovation Program (TCIP)
• Enterprise zones

Specialty Incentives:
• Industrial Revenue Bonds (IRB) / Industrial Development Bonds (IDB)
• Custom Fit Training
• Motion Picture Incentive Fund
• Private Activity Bond (PAB)
• Recycling Market Development Zones
• Renewable Energy Development Incentive (REDI)
• Research Tax Credits
• Sales Tax Exemption for Manufacturing Equipment

Principal Manufacturing industries

  • Computer and Electronic Part Manufacturing
  • Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
  • Athletic Goods and Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
  • Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
  • Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing
  • Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
Source: DWS Data / GOED Analysis