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2014 Gold Shovel Awards: Excellence in State Job Creation and Economic Development Efforts

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (Q2 2014)
Area Development’s annual Gold and Silver Shovel Awards recognize individual states for their economic development prowess. We honor 20 states for their achievements in 2013 in garnering company investment and job creation. More

Leading Locations for 2014: The MSAs with Strongest Prime Work Force Growth

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor,  (Q2 2014)
A yawning gap has developed between millions of potentially available workers and the increasingly sophisticated skills they would require to qualify for today’s generally tech-oriented jobs. More

Leading Locations for 2014 Commentary: One Industry, or Many, Can Lead to Economic Success

Jim Eskew, Vice President, JLL (Q2 2014)
As revealed in the overall “Leading Locations” rankings, there is more than one way to become an attractive location. Some locations have risen on the strength of a dominant industry sector. Others have prevailed by offering low-cost real estate, talent, and other resources in a balanced, diversified economy. More

Leading Locations for 2014: U.S. Metros Ranked for Economic and Job Growth

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor,  (Q2 2014)
Area Development analyzes economic and workforce data for 379 MSAs, producing a snapshot of the cities across America that are poised to capitalize on the new potential for economic growth as the United States leaves the recession behind. A diversified economic base tops the most desirable traits. More

The Production and Corporate Headquarters Connection

John Minervini, Executive Director, Cushman & Wakefield of California, Inc. (Q2 2014)
In many key sectors, the initial alignment of corporate and production operations has shaped regions and influenced the industrial landscape in a very permanent way. More

Utah Direct Financial Incentives 2014

Area Development Online Research Desk (Q1 2014)
Utah's economic development, finance and tax organizations provide a range of incentive programs to initiate new business and commercial investment. More

Regional Report: Mountain States’ Economies Striving to Reach New Heights

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Directory 2014)
The Mountain States are posting positive news on the jobs and business location and expansion front. More

Critical Location Decision Factor #4: “Connected” Locations Support Innovative Companies

Mark Crawford (Q4 / Fall 2013)
Locations offering a robust telecom infrastructure — with adequate speed, choices, and bandwidth — are becoming hotbeds for technology development and entrepreneurship. This is the Seventh in a series of articles examining the top-10 site selection factors as decided by the respondents to AD's Q1 Corporate Executive Survey. More

UTAH at a glance

POPULATION: 2,817,220 (2011)

LABOR FORCE: 1,338,260 (2011)

RIGHT TO WORK: Yes

TRADITIONAL INDUSTRIES:Manufacturing, mining, government, agriculture

EXPANDING INDUSTRIES: Life sciences, healthcare, outdoor products/recreation, advanced composites, autonomous vehicles, renewable energy, financial services, digital media

COLLEGE GRADUATES: (Age 25 and over) 29.7% (with four-year degree

BASIC BUSINESS TAXES:
Corporate Income and Franchise Tax: 5 percent

Sales and Use Tax: 5.95-8.35 percent

Property Tax: Property tax per capita of 2.9 percent (2011)

BUSINESS INCENTIVES:
Commonly used incentives:

• Economic Development Tax Increment Financing (EDTIF) (a postperformance refundable tax credit incentive)

• Industrial Assistance Fund (IAF)

• Rural Fast Track Program (RFTP)

• Enterprise zones

SPECIALTY INCENTIVES:
• Renewable Energy Development Incentive (REDI)

• Custom Fit Training Program

• Economic Opportunities (EO)

• Film incentives

• Private activity bonds (PABs)

• Recycling zones

• Manufacturing equipment sales tax exemption

• Short-term intensive training/ incumbent worker training

• Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

• Industrial development bonds

• Aerospace tools tax exemption

Principal Manufacturing industries

  • Primary Metals
    49.0%
  • Chemicals
    30.0%
  • Computers & Electronics
    9.0%
  • Food
    3.0%
  • Transportation Equipment
    3.0%
  • Other Manufacturing Industries
    6.0%