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State prison a sore spot in Utah’s tech corridor

December 16 2013 - 5:45 pm

The Utah State Prison’s location in the middle of a bustling tech corridor near Salt Lake City could create a “lost opportunity” for business growth because it stands in the way of such a vibrant hub of commerce, a top economic official for the governor told lawmakers Wednesday.
Gov. Gary Herbert has yet to take a position on building a new prison elsewhere at a big expense. Yet Spencer Eccles, who heads his office of economic development, made clear Wednesday that the 700-acre prison campus is an obstacle to economic growth.