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Utah Launches Nation’s First Comprehensive Economic Development Map

May 18 2015 - 9:35 am

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
May 18, 2015

Contact:
Kelleigh Cole
Manager, Utah Broadband Outreach Center
Governor’s Office of Economic Development
801-538-8831
kcole@utah.gov

Utah Launches Nation’s First Comprehensive Economic Development Map
The site showcases Utah’s “Fastest Internet in the West,” along with key infrastructure information.

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH— Today, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) and the Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah) launched a premier interactive economic development map, now available online at locate.utah.gov.

Locate.utah.gov is the first site of its kind and will be a key tool in helping businesses find the critical information they need to make site selection decisions. The site allows users to explore the state’s broadband availability, utility information, transportation, workforce and lifestyle features. It also allows developers to evaluate potential locations and print customized reports with detailed summaries of available infrastructure.

The site was funded by the State of Utah and developed by the Utah Broadband Outreach Center at GOED.

“This tool is yet another way we are assisting businesses who are interested in relocating to Utah,’ said Val Hale, executive director of GOED. “Our team is continually developing strategies to simplify the site selection process as we invite new businesses into the state.”

The new site will be a companion site to EDCUtah’s utahsuresites.com website, which allows companies to explore the state’s extensive inventory of listed commercial real estate.

Locate.utah.gov was developed as part of the Utah Broadband Outreach Center’s core mission to promote the availability and use of broadband statewide. The center works with more than 50 broadband providers that supply premium services for all types of businesses in both urban and rural areas.

“Utah continues to lead the nation as a premier business destination, and companies continue to set up shop here,” said Jeff Edwards, president and CEO of EDCUtah. “This new tool highlights all of the services and amenities these companies can enjoy.”

Companies like Adobe, EMC, PluralSight and Boeing have opened facilities in Utah due to the state’s low corporate taxes, low energy costs, highly-educated workforce and the state’s advanced broadband infrastructure. Utah has the sixth fastest average Internet speeds in the country and the fastest speeds in the Western United States, according to Akamai Technologies Fourth Quarter 2014 State of the Internet Report.

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About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development
Web: business.utah.gov
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development charter is based on Governor Gary Herbert’s commitment to economic development statewide. The mandate for this office is to provide rich business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. GOED accomplishes this mission through the administration of programs that are based around targeted industries or “economic clusters” that demonstrate the best potential for development. GOED utilizes state resources and private sector contracts to fulfill its mission. For more information please contact: Michael Sullivan, 801-538-8811 or mgsullivan@utah.gov.

About the Utah Broadband Outreach Center
Web: broadband.utah.gov
The Utah Broadband Outreach Center is a state program focused on mapping available broadband services and promoting the development of additional infrastructure in Utah. The center maintains Utah’s interactive residential broadband availability map at broadband.utah.gov/map and a commercial broadband economic development map at locate.utah.gov. The center is located in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and mapping services are provided by the Automated Geographic Reference Center (AGRC). For more information please contact: Kelleigh Cole, 801-538-8831 or kcole@utah.gov.

About EDCUtah
Web: www.edcutah.org
EDCUtah is an investor-based public/private partnership working to promote the state of Utah as a place to do business. EDCUtah is a comprehensive source of critical economic data, as well as both public and private contacts, helping to facilitate the recruitment of out-of-state companies and the expansion of local business.