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

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor,  (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,  (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

Revolutionary Advances in Life Sciences amid Industry Disruption and Uncertainty

Mark Crawford (Q4 2014)
Major economic, social, and regulatory factors are having big impacts on the life sciences and medical device industries, representing an opportunity for innovative companies to become new leaders and gain market share. More

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 at a glance

POPULATION: 2,817,220 (2011)

LABOR FORCE: 1,338,260 (2011)


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

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)

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

• 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
  • Chemicals
  • Computers & Electronics
  • Food
  • Transportation Equipment
  • Other Manufacturing Industries