We have a great opportunity to come together and work as partners to grow the economic pie bigger for all the citizens, cities and school districts on the west side of Salt Lake county.
I want to expand economic development with a purpose. I’m committing $200,000 towards an initiative to do just that – the Mountain View Economic Development Commission.
For too long we have been reactive, accepting, even incenting company relocations and expansions without a big-picture view of how that fits within our community’s fabric and takes full advantage of our numerous assets.
We have an international airport, a Union Pacific Intermodal terminal, a broad range of industrial, warehousing and distribution facilities.
We have the billion-dollar Mountain View Corridor and we have land.
West Jordan City, our fourth-largest city by population, needs sustainable economic development in order to support service delivery for residents and to provide a growing tax base to support schools.
South Jordan has been very successful in creating a strong employment base with advanced manufacturers like Merit Medical and Ultradent, as well as a very successful master-planned community in Daybreak.
Salt Lake County has data showing when you attract and expand advanced industries, such as medical device firms or aerospace companies, the jobs pay $21,000 a year more than the average $48,000 salary across all industries.
I want to build on the investments and assets on the west side and take an already desirable place to operate a business and make economic development even stronger.
Read more about the launch of the Mountain View Economic Development Commission in the Salt Lake Tribune here.