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LAKE HOMES THAT ARE SO NOW … AND THEN “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” Famed 19th Century designer William Morris was, to put it mildly, a stickler for the details. We’ve taken this older, more meticulous approach to form and function, and combined it with a fresh, almost whimsical sense of light and lifestyle to create the new homes of Daybreak’s Lake Village.

THESE HOMES EMBODY L AKESIDE LIVING. They welcome sunlight and cross breezes into every room. With an ingenious use of glass and space, they blur the barrier between indoors and outdoors. And every detail, from a metal roof above a wrap-around porch to a “kayak garage,” is a reminder that you’re among the privileged few who get to live steps from a big, freshwater lake.

AT 10 YEARS OLD, DAYBREAK IS A MODEL OF COMMUNIT Y DESIGN. A place where the homes are a short walk or bike ride from parks. Community gardens. A fresh-baked pastry. Even a light rail station. And Lake Village is the pinnacle of Daybreak design, a fitting tenth anniversary celebration.

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A spotlight on a few of Utah’s favorite places to live

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Learning: the foundation for Utah’s prosperity

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Building on Utah’s thriving economy and business

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Utah is the state for play all year long

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State information for visiting or relocating




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Welcome to Utah!

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Whether you are here for a quick visit or considering Utah as your new home, it won’t take long for you to realize that our state is unlike any other.

The Life in Utah magazine is designed to give you a taste of what makes Utah so special. You may already know we’re the home of the Greatest Snow on Earth® and some of the very best skiing, but don’t forget about playing in the mountains and lakes in the summer, visiting the Mighty Five spectacular national parks and our vibrant capital city. We have something for everyone within our state borders. No matter how long you plan to be here, we want to make you feel welcome. The Salt Lake Chamber is working to make Utah the strongest economy in the nation and we are committed to being a welcoming, inclusive and caring community. We would love nothing more than for you to join us.

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Living in Utah

Getting to know the seasons The average maximum daytime temperatures for Salt Lake’s metropolitan area range from 38 degrees Fahrenheit in January to 90 degrees in July. In Salt Lake County, the sun shines an average of 222 days a year with 67 percent annual sunshine. Annual precipitation varies from less than five inches in Utah’s Great Salt Lake desert to more than 60 inches in the northern mountain ranges. Snow frequently accumulates to depths of 10 feet or more at many Wasatch Mountain ski resorts. The state’s altitude ranges from a low of 2,200 feet in Washington County in southern Utah, often referred to as “Utah’s Dixie,” to more than 13,500 feet in the Uinta Mountains. Salt Lake City sits at an elevation of 4,330 feet above sea level.

Salt Lake Weather AVERAGE ANNUAL TEMPERATURE 52° F JANUARY TEMPERATURE Ave. High 36.4° F Ave. Low 19.3° F





Source: National Weather Service Forecast Office



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JULY TEMPERATURE Ave. High 92.2° F Ave. Low 63.7° F

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Park City

Small town charm, international renown

N PARK CITY STATS Population: 7,873 Elevation: 6,980 feet Estimated median household income: $59,350 Estimated median house/ condo value: $717,585 Median rent: $1,122 Source:


amed “Best Town in America” by Outside Magazine in 2013, Park City offers a blissful blend of small-town friendliness and five-star resort culture. Nestled in the Wasatch Mountains (east of Salt Lake City), Park City is also one of North America’s most accessible mountain recreation destinations — it’s only 35 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport. Once a booming silver mining town, Park City is now well known for its world-class ski and snowboard resorts, cultural offerings, events and Olympic legacy. As Utah’s only true “ski town” and a site of events for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Park City offers a relaxed smalltown atmosphere with amenities not often found in communities of its size. Anchored by its three ski and snowboard resorts (Deer Valley Resort, Canyons Resort and Park City Mountain Resort), the area offers highly rated winter recreational opportunities. Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snow tubing and sleigh rides provide endless possibilities to enjoy the area’s annual bountiful snowfall. Adventures during the summer


and fall months are equally impressive, with golf, zip lines and more than 400 miles of public trails providing plenty of opportunities for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. There can be no doubt that Park City’s outdoor activities are what primarily bring people to the area for the first time. However, the extensive cultural, dining and entertainment offerings bring visitors back time and time again. In many cases those visitors make the area home.

FESTIVALS AND HAPPENINGS IN PARK CITY Sundance Film Festival Park City Film Series Kimball Arts Festival Park City Gallery Stroll Deer Valley Music Festival Big Stars, Big Nights Concert Series Park Silly Sunday Market

Red Ledges is a private community only minutes from Park City, Utah. We offer the ideal balance of convenience, privacy and luxury along with a lifestyle to engage the whole family. Owners at Red Ledges enjoy: Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course Jim McLean Golf School Cliff Drysdale Tennis School Private Ski Lounge in Deer Valley Equestrian Center Swim & Fitness Club Dining

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Down South

Recreate and renew recently opened its new airport, making the region more accessible than ever. Utah’s Dixie has exploded with adventurers seeking access to some of the country’s best recreation. Whether it’s hiking in Zion or Bryce Canyon National Parks; boating at Sand Hollow or Quail Creek State Parks; teeing off at one of the many area golf courses; or rejuvenating at a world-class spa like Red Mountain or Green Valley, the southern half of Utah is a hub of activity. The arts take center stage down south with three different venues: the Tonyaward winning Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, Tuacahn Amphitheatre in Ivins, and music under the stars at the O.C. Tanner Amphitheater in Springdale.

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St. George skyline, Tuacahn Ampitheatre by Dave Becker; Sky Mountain Golf Course by Alex Santiago; Opera House courtesy St. George Convention and Tourism Office


hile the northern part of the state is scattered with vast mountain ranges, the secret to the south has long been its beautiful red rocks and desert climate. St. George


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Cache Valley: Utah’s hidden treasure


ache Valley is often referred to as Utah’s hidden treasure. Comprised mainly of dairy farms, small towns, stunning mountains and modest cities, Cache Valley offers excitement and adventures for everyone as a gateway to the outdoors. The American West Heritage Center, a living history attraction in Wellsville, offers a taste for early Cache Valley farm life with hands-on historical exhibits. Rockhill Creamery in Richmond is another must-see and operates out of a historic farmstead. The creamery uses traditional cheese-making techniques and offers samples to Saturday visitors. Logan, the heart of Cache Valley, houses a dynamic student population thanks


to Utah State University, where agricultural, science and engineering programs reign. Logan is home to worldclass opera company Utah Festival Opera, as well as a number of art galleries and historic structures. Locals relish the perfect powder at littleknown Beaver Mountain Ski Resort, while golfers have their pick of four Cache Valley courses. Nearby national forests make it a varied outdoor mecca, where rock climbers can scale Logan Canyon’s more than 400 diverse climbing sections, and fishers can take advantage of its blue-ribbon trout streams. Nearby recreational playground Bear Lake offers hiking, golfing and


water sports, as well as snowmobiling and ice fishing in winter. Many Utahns flock to Hardware Ranch in Blacksmith Fork Canyon, bundling up for a sleigh ride to meet hundreds of grazing elk. Just southeast of Logan, the ranch is the winter feeding area for Utah’s official state animal.

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Outdoors and more


n the last decade, Ogden has gained momentum as an outdoor sports destination for being the center for skiing and adventure sports. Ogden is the gateway to three Utah ski resorts: Snowbasin, Powder Mountain and Wolf

Mountain. It is also home to the Salomon Center, one of the world’s top 10 manmade adventures, offering most notably iFLY, a vertical wind tunnel; FLOWRIDER, an indoor river that provides wakeboarding, surfing, and boogie boarding; as well as other adventure activities.

GOLDEN SPIKE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE On May 10, 1869, officials of the Central Pacific Railroad and Union Pacific Railroad met at Promontory Summit, Utah, to drive four symbolic spikes (two gold), celebrating the completion of the first transcontinental railroad. Today, visitors can see working replicas of the steam locomotives, Jupiter and 119, in “The Last Spike Ceremony,” held every year on the anniversary and on most Saturdays during the summer season.

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Historic 25th Street by Out of Bounds Creative; Solomon Center by Kevin Dilley; Golden Spike Reenactment courtesy Visit Ogden

Probably the most dramatic changes have been the influx of nationally known outdoor companies and the gradual redevelopment of downtown Ogden. Historic 25th Street has been given a major facelift in recent years, while neighboring blocks have been leveled to make room for movie theaters, high-rise condos, restaurants and more. Weber State University also calls Ogden home.

Utah Valley

Economic boom FIFTY YEARS AGO, Utah Valley was a beautiful valley noted for its vast orchards, breathtaking mountains and a steel mill that drove its economy. Today, the steel mill is gone, as are many of the orchards. Taking their place are hundreds of thriving businesses comprising an economy that is being recognized nationally as both diverse and robust. Forbes Magazine recently ranked the Provo-Orem area as the second-best place in the nation for business and careers. In addition to the Forbes ranking, a host of other organizations have pointed to Utah Valley as among the best places in the nation to live, work, play and even grow old. Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University, boasting more than 60,000 students between them, also call Utah Valley home. They churn out thousands of graduates each year, many of whom have helped start and grow com-


panies like Novell, WordPerfect, Altiris (now Symantec), and the list goes on. In 2013, Google Fiber announced that Provo would be one of the first in the nation to have the lightning-fast internet connection with the purchase of the iProvo fiber network. Technology companies are springing up all across the valley. Josh James, founder of Omniture (which is now Adobe) and DOMO, coined the phrase “Silicon Slopes” to describe the technology cluster that has blossomed in Utah Valley and along the Wasatch Front. Even the federal government is attracted to Utah County. The National Security Agency built the Utah Data Center, a top-secret intelligence-gathering facility, in the northern end of the county. While much of the country is still weighed down by a sluggish economy, Utah Valley is racing to the forefront thanks to innovation, hard work and a fantastic business climate.


After graduate school, I needed to relocate to find a good job. Coming from the D.C. Metro area, I wanted someplace that had a nice suburban community feel, but was within easy driving distance of a larger city. Provo fit the bill nicely. Provo has a great community feel to it with frequent events, a robust arts scene and small local businesses. One of the unexpected perks of moving to Utah was the number of local parks that were perfect for summer picnics and family activities. I love that I’m less than an hour from Salt Lake City, giving me access to many of the perks of big-city living, including professional sports teams, a world-class ballet, and a variety of museums and cultural sites. – Brianna Magnusson, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, BYU

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FOR THE LOVE OF SPORT UTAH OLYMPIC LEGACY FOUNDATION puts the unique disciplines of Olympic winter sports within reach of all ages and abilities. In record numbers, Utah’s youth are engaged in sports such as freestyle and Nordic skiing, speed skating, curling, and hockey. Olympic winter sport participation has more than quadrupled since 2002. Thru dynamic sport programming, Utah’s youth are participating in winter sports right alongside Olympic and elite athletes. We invite you to experience Utah’s Olympic Legacy and help us share the joy of winter sport and outdoor recreation. OLYMPIC VENUES IN ACTION Within a short drive of downtown Salt Lake City, visit two Olympic venues - designated official U.S. Olympic Training Sites.

UTAH OLYMPIC OVAL Try the ‘Fastest Ice On Earth’ at Utah Olympic Oval. Public skating is available year-round with seasonal programs in figure skating, ice hockey, curling and more. Develop a lifelong passion for ice sports! UTAH OLYMPIC PARK Summer and winter, Utah Olympic Park’s offerings educate and challenge all ages, encouraging sport interest and participation for life. Choose from the thrilling Comet Bobsled ride or take a splash in the aerials training pool. Learn more and register online today!



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Salt Lake Neighborhoods:

Different faces of the valley


rom quiet, family-friendly bedroom communities, to vibrant, walkable neighborhoods, Salt Lake has its share of locales that have made it one of the best places to live.

SUGAR HOUSE Once the southern end of the city, Sugar House now is smack dab in the middle of everything going on in and around Salt Lake City. This energetic suburb is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Salt Lake City and home to Westminster College. The name derives from a sugar beet processing facility that used to be in the area. However, the sweet neighborhood is more known now for great shops and walkable streets. Sugar 28


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Salt Lake is known for its friendly and helpful people, as well as the gorgeous surrounding Wasatch and Oquirrh Mountains. Each neighborhood or geographic area of Salt Lake City and Utah is a virtual cornucopia of different flavors, lifestyles, people and characteristics — unique to anywhere else in the U.S. House Park, which serves as an anchor for the neighborhood, is undergoing a massive renovation. A federally-funded streetcar is also on schedule for the final design completion of the construction work to finish up around the end of this year. 9TH AND 9TH & 15TH AND 15TH These two neighborhoods, near the intersections of 900 East and 900 South, and 1500 East and 1500 South, are blossoming into their own colorful pockets of locally-owned stores and businesses unique to their areas. The homes in both areas range from modest to mega, and are among the most culturally diverse areas in the city. Parks

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like Liberty Park (9th and 9th) and Wasatch Hollow (15th and 15th) are nearby, as are some of Salt Lake City’s oldest and best schools. Picturesque tree-lined streets and proximity to downtown make both these neighborhoods desirable for families and working professionals in Salt Lake City. DAYBREAK Farther south in the city of South Jordan, Daybreak is growing into one of the most desirable neighborhoods in all of Salt Lake City — even in its relative youth. A massive master-planned community, Daybreak is a covenant-controlled neighborhood of hundreds of homes by a collection of builders throughout Utah. Condominiums to million-dollar homes are available in this varied community. Homes in the neighborhood are all energy efficient, and developers took careful measures to preserve, restore and create beautiful natural surroundings for residents. Nearby shopping options such as The District have sprung up around the We made the decision to move from Lake Oswego, Oregon, to Utah about 11 years ago. We wanted a place where we could raise our boys that was safe and had a good outdoor recreation culture. Utah was exactly what we were looking for.   We chose to live in Draper because of the excellent schools, amazing views of the valley and the unique



melting pot that it has become in the past decade. A lot of families new to the state have made Draper their home. It is only 20 minutes from downtown, close to skiing, the mountains and great fishing. – Steve Roberts, Vice President of Sales and Business Development, Veritas Funding

live neighborhood to provide convenient retail for Daybreak residents. AVENUES/FEDERAL HEIGHTS Perched on a hilltop directly above Salt Lake City, the Avenues and Federal Heights neighborhoods are among some of the most desirable and unique homes in Salt Lake City. One of the oldest neighborhoods as well — some homes were among the first in the valley — the Avenues is almost purely residential with a smattering of small businesses, two hospitals and churches within the neighborhood. Homeowners have lauded the quaint feeling of the streets and homes, and generations of families have called the Avenues home.

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Federal Heights, near the University of Utah, has morphed into one of Salt Lake City’s more exclusive neighborhoods with multi-million dollar homes and properties with unsurpassed views of the Salt Lake Valley.

SANDY AND DRAPER The southern part of the Salt Lake Valley has attracted a lot of new businesses to Utah, including sporting goods super chain Scheels, E*Trade and Comcast. The cities of Sandy and Draper were ranked in CNN’s 100 best places to live in America. These city suburbs offer quick access to four world-class ski resorts, the 20,000-seat Rio Tinto Stadium, home of the MLS team Real Salt Lake, several shopping centers, miles of biking and hiking, and the Sandy and Draper amphitheaters. 32


One Valley. Endless Possibilities. Discover the Heber Valley—one of Northern utah’s best kept secrets. situated only 45 minutes from downtown salt lake city, the beautiful Heber Valley is a quick and convenient family escape that offers a wide range of adventures and activities for all ages. With three state parks, two world-class ski areas, blue ribbon fly fishing, endless hiking and biking trails, 90 holes of public golf and majestic mountain views, the Heber Valley boasts scenic and recreational opportunities all year round.

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Utah Housing Market Overview from the Utah Association of Realtors THE PAST TWO YEARS HAVE signaled a return to normalcy in Utah’s housing market. After selling fewer than 30,000 homes in 2010, Utah Realtors were on track to sell around 40,000 properties in 2013. That would be the strongest year for housing in the Beehive State since 2006, according to data from the Utah Association of Realtors. At the end of September 2013, the most recent data available, the number of closed transactions increased by more than 9 percent, extending a more than two-year trend of higher sales (compared to the same month in the previous year). Utah’s improving economy helped release pent-up demand as buyers across the state took advantage of low interest rates and still-affordable home prices. Areas that had exceptionally strong sales for the first nine months of 2013 were Washington County (up 24 percent), Davis County (up 23 percent), Wasatch County (up 22 percent) and Tooele County (up 17 percent). Since January, the number of homes sold statewide has increased 14 percent. Accompanying the rise in home sales has been an increase in home prices. In September, the Utah median sales price jumped more than 12 percent, from $185,000 to $208,000. This is the 18th consecutive month that home prices were higher compared to the same month the year prior. Since the beginning of 2013, the median price has gone up nearly 15 percent. While home prices have increased in most counties year to date, the top performers (excluding rural counties) are Wasatch County (up 24 percent), Washington County

(up 21 percent), Iron County (up 19 percent) and Salt Lake County (up 17 percent). Now that Utah’s housing market has shown a sustained recovery, potential buyers are wondering what to expect should they decide to make a purchase in the next few years. While higher interest rates and increased home prices will slow the speed of house price appreciation, the forecast remains positive. In the Salt Lake metro area, home prices are expected to rise more than 10 percent in the next three years, according to a second quarter report from CoreLogic Case-Shiller. The company also projects that the Provo-Orem, OgdenClearfield and St. George areas will also have house price gains, although not as high as in Salt Lake. This general trend of moderate home price increases is also expected for the U.S., although many areas will not be as strong as in Utah, especially along the East Coast. “Combined with increased housing construction, expected increases in existing inventories should restrain price appreciation even if demand remains strong,” said David Stiff, chief economist for CoreLogic Case-Shiller. “Nevertheless, the rate of price growth in the coming months will remain above its long-term average of 4.5 percent annual appreciation since 1975.” Over the next five years, CoreLogic CaseShiller expects U.S. home prices to rise at an average rate of 3.4 percent each year. Mortgage trends will also have an effect on the market’s performance over the coming years. The National Association of Realtors is expecting interest rates to tick up to the low 5 percent range in 2014.

However, many analysts have said that rates would have to climb to the 6 percent range before the rise would hurt the housing market. An increase in new construction and a renewed interest from potential sellers will also help ease the inventory shortage that occurred in the first half of the year, making it easier for buyers to find and secure a home. Metrostudy reported in October that the number of new homes under construction is 30 percent higher than it was a year ago. Meanwhile, 48,000 Utah homeowners who once owed more on their mortgages than their properties were worth now have equity and can put their homes up for sale. Both trends are giving buyers more choices and are supporting activity in the move-up market. At the end of September, the 20,203 Utah homes listed for sale represented a supply of 5.9 months. While this still characterizes a seller’s market, it is much closer to a balanced market than earlier in 2013 when supplies would be gone in 5.4 months if no new homes were put up for sale. Typically between six and seven months of inventory represents a market that is balanced between buyers and sellers. Utah’s consistent performance in creating jobs and reducing unemployment has positioned the state’s housing market for stable, sustainable growth, especially as a large number of Generation Y buyers purchase homes for the first time. Buyers and sellers can learn more about the unique markets in their own areas by contacting a local Realtor®.

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GETTING AROUND UTAH Getting around the Beehive State has never been easier COMMUTERLINK REDUCES TRAFFIC CONGESTION Utah’s CommuterLink website, one of the most advanced and intelligent transportation systems in the country, uses the latest technologies and professional expertise to reduce traffic congestion and increase efficiency by alerting commuters to potential trouble on the road. The result is a more efficient transportation network that saves taxpayers more than $100 million annually and reduces carbon monoxide emissions by an estimated 5.1 million kilograms per year. Visit CommuterLink at


or most of its history, Utah has been an important stop on the trail for travelers, earning the title of the “Crossroads of the West.” The transcontinental railroad, Pony Express, stagecoach and Lincoln Highway all crossed through the Salt Lake area in their time. Today, the region benefits from the intersection of two major interstate freeways (Interstate 80 and Interstate 15), a major railroad hub and an international airport. Utah is also undergoing major changes in commuter transportation. Infrastructure has been a big deal for the Salt Lake Chamber, as it is a crucial piece of a prosperous economy. Because of the State’s commitment to improving available transportation to residents and visitors, major improvements are moving forward on Utah’s highway and transit systems. High-speed commuter rails run from northern Utah to Provo, and the TRAX light rail system has extended its reach by heading further west and even connecting the Salt Lake International Airport with

downtown Salt Lake City. Both light rail and commuter rail feed into Salt Lake Central Station, just west of Salt Lake City near the Gateway shopping center. Salt Lake Central Station serves as the junction for bus, train, light rail and commuter rail traffic. MASS TRANSIT Today, more Utahns than ever are using public transit to get to work, school, special events and other daily activities, with nearly 43 million trips taken annually on the 1,600-square-mile service area Utah Transit Authority (UTA) covers. The success of the light rail has largely fueled the record-breaking ridership levels in recent years. UTA provides public transit to about 80 percent of Utah’s population along the Wasatch Front and beyond. Services provided by UTA include TRAX light rail in Salt Lake County; an inter-county fixedroute bus system; the Flextrans paratransit operation, which provides curb-to-curb transportation for riders with disabilities; | LIFE IN UTAH 2014


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live the Rideshare program that encourages and offers carpooling; and also service to local ski areas during the winter. Utah’s public transportation system now includes a high-speed commuter rail that stretches from the northern Utah community of Pleasant View to Utah County. Dubbed “FrontRunner,” the commuter rail system connects into the existing TRAX system at Salt Lake Central Station to seamlessly connect Ogden to Provo. As the state’s first commuter rail system, the FrontRunner offers an efficient and reliable transportation service, with trains reaching speeds up to 79 miles per hour. The newest public transportation line to open was the S-Line, the Sugar House Streetcar, which opened in early December 2013. It was the first streetcar to operate in Utah in more than 50 years. It runs nearly two miles east to west, from about 1000 East to Central Point Station at 220 West. Planning for the Sugar House Streetcar project began in 2006 and construction began in 2012. The project was funded in part by a $26 million U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER grant. The 2014 ridership is estimated to be approximately 3,000 people daily. Image courtesy of Salt Lake International Airport (801) 265-8472

AIR TRAVEL The Salt Lake City International Airport is within 2.5 hours from most of the state’s population. The airport—situated just west of Salt Lake City and about 10 minutes from downtown— served 20 million passengers in 2012 and ranks as the 26th busiest airport in the nation. Salt Lake City International also has a strong record of having on-time flights. With these accolades comes proof of Utah’s continued expansion into the world stage: Delta Airlines, whose second largest hub is in Utah, now offers non-stop flights to Paris, France. These direct flights are a boon for tourists and business travelers alike, as they connect Utah directly to not just Paris, but several European destinations with minimal stops. At Utah’s international hub, nearly 650 scheduled daily flights are operated each day by eight major airlines to about 100 nonstop destinations. INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS Utah’s transportation infrastructure includes 45,120 miles of federal, state, and local highways and roads. Interstate 80 (east 38


Utah’s Independent Schools: I N D I V I D UA L I Z E D E D U C AT I O N H I G H Q UA L I T Y T E AC H E R S SMALL CLASS SIZES

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Education for the whole child. Independent schools nurture students’ intellectual ability and curiosity, personal and social growth, and civic conscience. Individualized education. Independent school teachers and administrators

take the time to know each student to encourage achievement in and out of the classroom, and to generate excitement about learning.

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High quality teachers. Faculty at independent schools combine top teaching

skills with a passion for their subject areas. Many teachers bring to the classroom knowledge from advanced degrees and successful careers. Their energy and enthusiasm create significant learning experiences for their students.

Inclusiveness. Independent schools are diverse and vibrant communities that welcome and respect each family. Accessible educators.

Independent schools understand that parents are important partners in a child’s education. Parents are encouraged to contact administrators and teachers with questions or concerns about their child’s school experiences.

Safe schools. Independent schools maintain up-to-date facilities and provide a safe and nurturing environment for children. Parents can rest assured that faculty know their students well and can help them when they are confronted with problems. Real-world experience. Independent school leaders know that students benefit from interaction with people who hold different perspectives and come from different backgrounds. They strive to provide students real-world experiences to prepare them to achieve not only in school, but also in work, in further academic pursuits, and in life. In addition to being exposed to a broad array of courses, independent school students participate in community service work and keep up with political affairs. The schools listed are members of the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS), an organization which promotes high educational quality through the establishment and advancement of comprehensive accreditation standards.

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RAILWAYS Amtrak provides daily passenger service on the California Zephyr to and from points throughout the United States. Amtrak trains arrive at and depart from the Salt Lake Central Station intermodal hub. The first phase of the station opened in July 2005 and accommodates passengers transferring among local bus service, automobile, bicycle, Amtrak and Greyhound. A light rail connection is currently under construction and should be completed in spring 2014 right around

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to New York City/west to San Francisco), Interstate 15 (north to Canada/south to Mexico), and Interstate 70 (east to Denver) are vital to the efficient movement of goods and materials throughout the region. Both I-80 and I-15 converge in Salt Lake, allowing convenient access to the Wasatch Front and points beyond. The I-215 belt route offers expanded access along the eastern and western perimeters of the valley.

the scheduled completion of the Ogden/ Salt Lake FrontRunner line. THE FUTURE With the steady and robust population growth of the Salt Lake Valley, reliable and eco-friendly transportation is becoming ever more important. Public transportation continues to play critical role in combating poor air quality and congestion that plague the Wasatch Front.

The Salt Lake Chamber’s Transportation Committee continues to advocate for adequate funding of transportation initiatives that focus on an environmental quality and roadway efficiency and expansion. While the Utah Legislature has done much already to increase funding for clean air initiatives, more must be done to maintain and improve our transportation infrastructure. To keep things growing, we must keep things flowing.

The Perfect Landing for Business Or anything else for that matter Nestled at the base of the Wasatch Mountains, the Salt Lake City International Airport is just 10 minutes from downtown. This allows for unprecedented access to a vibrant city for business, recreation, and everything in between. Be a part of our dynamic economic future in an unparalleled natural setting with extraordinary amenities. With seven airlines providing over 600 daily flights, getting here couldn’t be easier.




Class is in Session: Higher Education in Utah UTAH BOASTS A HEALTHY SYSTEM of higher education that offers a wide variety of programs for students in many fields. Through both private and public schools, Utah higher education is both affordable and crucial for job growth in the state.

“We are focused on increasing participation and completion in the Utah System of Higher Education,” said Commissioner Buhler. “Today’s jobs demand a certificate or college degree, and we are working to ensure that all Utahns have access to a high quality, affordable postsecondary education,” he added. According to Pam Silberman, the director of communications for the State Board of Regents, the number of jobs requiring a college degree is on the rise. “We are aware that by 2020, 66 percent of the jobs in the state will require some form of higher education. So that really is our focus, getting as many students as possible to participate in college and get degrees, because that is the wave of the future,” she said. “In order to earn a family-sustaining wage, you’re going to need some kind of higher education degree or certificate.” Buhler’s office has been working to increase the underserved students’ ability to attend college by helping them prepare for the application process. These students are also receiving assistance as they prepare to find ways to prepare to pay for college– a major concern for anyone seeking a degree. Silberman notes that despite decreases in state funding, Utah schools continue to offer relatively low tuition prices especially when compared to other states. Buhler and his staff are working to increase state funding and to help students and parents begin saving early so they can afford tuition and other costs. A recent effort to increase affordability and degree completion is the Fifteen to Finish campaign. In order for students to finish an undergraduate degree in four years, they must take at least 15 credit hours a semester, as opposed to the average 12 hours that most students take. By taking the full load, students not only finish on time, but often save money on tuition since, according to Silberman, most institutions charge the same tuition for 15 credits as they do for 12. 42



John R Park Administration Building courtesy of the University of Utah; Joseph F. Smith Building Quad courtesy of Brigham Young University

David Buhler, the commissioner for the Utah System of Higher Education State Board of Regents, has identified a need to get underserved students prepared for and enrolled in higher education programs, and to help current students do what they need to graduate.

“DARE ... ”

FOR YOURSELF -Ralph Waldo Emerson

WSU, nestled at the base of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, offers more than 225 two- and four-year programs,11 graduate degrees and talented faculty dedicated to seeing you succeed. From internships to research experiences, from sporting events to student clubs, Weber State is action-oriented, and a place where you can chase your dreams.

learn It has the largest student population of any school in Utah. BYU is one of several private universities along the Wasatch Front, including Western Governors University and Westminster College. Brandon Beck, student body president of BYU, feels that his school does more than just provide classroom education.

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In Utah, students can enroll in both private and public institutions, all of which offer a wide range of degrees. The University of Utah (U of U), the state’s flagship public school, has a robust undergraduate curriculum as well as several renowned doctoral and medical programs. Emily Andrews, editor-in-chief of the Utah Daily Chronicle, says that her time at the U of U has given her the chance to get some hands-on training in her major.


“I like going to the U because I’ve been able to really specialize in my field and apply what I’ve learned in a real-world environment,” Andrews said. The U of U’s rivals in blue to the south, Brigham Young University (BYU), is privately owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and is consistently ranked as one of the most affordable private schools in the nation.


“The iconic words at the entrances to our campus, ‘enter to learn, go forth to serve,’ sum up what makes BYU so special,” Beck said. “I truly believe that the students who attend BYU view their educational pursuits as a means by which they can better serve in their families, churches and communities.” Along with the U of U and BYU, Utah State University (USU) is the other research university in the state. It offers a number of undergraduate and graduate degrees in the cozy setting of Cache Valley. Student body president Doug Fiefia notes


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USU offers plenty of activities on campus, giving it a strong sense of community. “There is nothing quite like being an Aggie,” he said. “There is a sense of family and unity that I haven’t felt anywhere. People refer to this as the Aggie Family or the Aggie Nation. It is a place that students come for a true student life. Your educational experience is the learning happening in and outside of the classroom, and Utah State provides wonderful opportunities for students to learn in both aspects.”

Utah also has a number of institutions that have the dual role of serving as both community colleges and four-year universities. Students at schools such as Weber State, Utah Valley University, Dixie State University, or Southern Utah University can earn certificates, associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, or even master’s degrees. For David Wilson, the student body president at WSU, the focus on community education and advanced degrees allows the school to serve its students well and focus on teaching with a personalized touch. “Our dual mission blends extremely well with an emphasis on our three pillars of education–access, community and learning,” Wilson said. “Weber State is a school where you get hands-on learning and are presented with a chance to make a difference in the lives of your fellow students. Becoming a Wildcat is the best choice I possibly could have made for my future.”

Salt Lake Community College is the most prominent community college in Utah, and has several locations along the Wasatch Front. The school’s mission is to serve its students by making education convenient and affordable. Jessica Fowler, SLCC student body president, says that this focus on students helps everyone fit in on campus. “Here at Salt Lake Community College, everybody is somebody – everyone has a place to be,” Fowler said. “We offer many services to our students, such as day care for student parents, tutoring for those struggling with any subject, and great health and wellness services.” For young adults in Utah looking to further their education, they do not need to go far from home. And according the Silberman, recent efforts by all of these institutions to increase out-of-state attendance have been successful. Utah’s institutions of higher learning are leading the way in serving students, and it seems like people all over the country are taking notice. | LIFE IN UTAH 2014



(source: Georgetown University study). To fulfill this economic potential as a state, we must increase degrees and certificates awarded each year by four percent.


rom K-12 and beyond, Utah recognizes the importance of education in our children’s lives. Success begins early—and every child deserves a shot at a quality education. With upwards of 600,000 students in our state’s public education system, system, Utah invests two of every three education dollars solely in instruction (teachers and education specialists). It’s thanks to the wonderful teachers we have that our students are among the best educated in the country. And we have legislators, business and education leaders, and even families who want to make our educational system better to prepare our students for successful futures.

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PROSPERITY 2020 INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION The Utah Legislature did four things to invest in education in 2013:

• Passed a joint resolution adopting the twin goals of 90 percent reading and math proficiency in elementary schools, and 66 percent of all Utah adults with a postsecondary degree or certificate by 2020—goals shared by education movement Prosperity 2020 • Made strategic investments toward measurable goals • Committed to develop a collaborative and united education plan WHERE WILL WE BE BY 2020? It is anticipated that 66 percent of jobs in Utah will require postsecondary education

Business leaders also launched the Prosperity 2020 Business Promise to deploy 20,200 volunteers into Utah classrooms by 2020 to help students with reading, math and other critical skills needed to succeed. Volunteerism is a crucial piece in increasing positive educational outcomes, ensuring students understand the concepts important to critical thinking and communicating. GOALS OF PROSPERITY 2020 • 66% of Utahns with postsecondary certificates or degrees • 90% of elementary students proficient in reading and math • Make Utah a STEM Top 10 Center for technology jobs and businesses WHAT IS PROSPERITY 2020? Prosperity 2020 is the largest business-led movement to enhance education through improving innovation, accountability, efficiency and investment in Utah’s education system. Twenty chambers of commerce along with other business associations throughout Utah joined together to improve Utah’s economy through strengthening education. Learn more about efforts to enhance education in Utah at

HIGHER EDUCATION IN UTAH Public Colleges & Universities Educate Most of Utah’s College Students • Eight public colleges & universities • 179,871 students enrolled 2012-13 (80% of all college students in Utah) • 31,339 credentials awarded in spring 2012 (75% of all credentials) • Enrollment projected to increase by 28% in next 10 years

Utah Colleges are Among Most Affordable

Higher Education Contributes to Utah’s Economy

• Third lowest in total cost to attend college

• $4.2 billion enterprise

• Lowest level of student debt (55% graduate with no debt) • Of those who borrow, average student debt ($17,227) is lower than national average ($26,600) • Lowest student loan default rate in US (2.3%)

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• Employs over 30,000 people (includes U of U Healthcare) • 2/3 of state building inventory • For every $1 of state tax funds spent on capital development, higher education generates $2.60 in non-state funds • Utah Educational Savings Plan is one of only four 529 plans to receive Morningstar Gold Rating

UESP Rated a Gold 529 Plan by Morningstar® “[UESP] continues to be among the leaders in reducing costs. . . . The plan’s flexible suite of investments and low costs continue to earn it a Gold rating.” Morningstar Analyst Kathryn Spica, CFA “Morningstar Names Best 529 College-Savings Plans for 2013,” October 2013

Open a UESP account and begin saving today. Saving for your loved one’s higher education is a good way to inspire their future. When you save with the Utah Educational Savings Plan, you help make that future possible.

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Salt Lake Chamber Utah’s voice for business MISSION STATEMENT We stand as the voice of business, we support our members’ success and we champion community prosperity. THE VOICE OF BUSINESS As the state’s largest and longest-serving business association, the Salt Lake Chamber provides a new kind of business leadership on a statewide level through a blend of collaboration, advocacy and service. We aim to create an environment built for economic success, now and in the future. We continue to enhance business-strengthening programs to make membership in the Chamber more valuable, and to help us achieve our mission.

We fight for a greater investment in Utah’s future workforce through the Prosperity 2020 movement (see page 44). We help to strengthen Utah’s health system, sustain investment in transportation and enhance community prosperity through innovation. The Chamber will continue to provide leadership on the issues facing our state—to serve the business community as well as Utah citizens.

Thanks to the Chamber and its partners’ work in securing good business policy, Utah is one of the best states to start a business, expand a business or simply to do business.

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We support policies that help businesses thrive as “The Voice of Business” in Utah.

CHAMBER FAST FACTS More than 7,850 member businesses

219 businesses have been members 25+ years 9 International Chamber Agreements 79 percent of members are small businesses Hosts more than 150 events and seminars per year Strategic Partners: Downtown Alliance & World Trade Center Utah 48


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Members span all 29 Utah counties, 13 states and into Canada

What exactly will an educated, well-trained workforce do for Utah’s economy?

The benefits of a top-notch workforce are obvious. Besides providing thousands of educated employees, here’s what else Salt Lake Community College does to support Utah’s thriving economy: Education: With 120 areas of study available at 13 locations, including online courses, SLCC offers flexible schedules six days a week, and degrees that are fully transferable to Utah’s four-year schools. Business Resources: SLCC offers a wide range of services and support to the business community through on-site internal resources such as the Global Business Center, the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, the Miller Business Innovation Center, and the Salt Lake Region Small Business Development Center. Workforce Training: SLCC has programs available through Corporate Solutions to help improve employee efficiency and strengthen recruiting and retraining. Training can be customized to meet the needs of a global workforce.

Education, resources and training–that’s how SLCC helps Utah’s workforce and economic development stay “a step ahead.” AA/EO INSTITUTION

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LEADING THE NATION IN EXPORT GROWTH Utah is the only state to increase international exports for 10 years in a row. 2010: $13.8 billion 2011: $18.9 billion 2012: $19.2 billion More than 100,000 Utah jobs are directly related to trade.

Going Global International expansion opportunities

UTAH’S PRIMARY EXPORTS • Metal manufactures • Computer and electronic products • Chemicals • Food • Transportation equipment


ompeting in a global economy has become a necessity, both as a business and as a state. Utah is certainly one of the brightest stars on the flag when it comes to export growth. Over the past decade, Utah continues to emerge as a premier global business destination despite being a landlocked state. Small business owners are encouraged to build their customer base, not just within the state or country, but outside of the U.S. From 2008 to 2012, Utah’s exports grew by 85.1 percent, much higher than the U.S. average of 20.1 percent. More than 2,800 Utah businesses have customers in more than 195 countries, exporting a diverse range of products including medical devices, outdoor recreation gear and aerospace composites. As the statewide voice of international business, World Trade Center Utah

(WTCU) facilitates economic growth through increased exports and international awareness for Utah’s companies. As the Salt Lake Chamber’s strategic partner, the WTCU specializes in helping Utah businesses enter profitable global markets. Not only do international exports bring revenue to Utah businesses, they also create and support more Utah jobs. The State also works to bring business to Utah and take Utah business to other countries. This past year, Utah’s International Trade and Diplomacy Office led eight trade missions to various countries, along with assisting more than 700 companies through individual meetings, and holding more than 50 training events that educated 1,500 individuals on international trade issues.

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Coming to SLC on a business trip? Salt Lake City hosts a variety of national and international conventions, competitions and sporting events. Conventions such as the Outdoor Retailer Winter and Summer markets, which is the largest of its kind in the world, happen in the heart of downtown at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Salt Lake is home to the Tour of Utah, Salt Lake Comic Con and the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, attracting thousands of annual visitors. BEST WAY AROUND THE CITY: Ride TRAX from the airport straight into downtown in less than 20 minutes. Most everything you need can be found within or close by TRAX’s Free Fare Zone. From there you can GREENbike around town – even in a business suit or skirt.

BEST HOTEL: Hotel Monaco, located on corner of Main Street and 200 South, is a short walk or bike ride to the Salt Palace. They even put a goldfish in your room so your business trip is a little bit less lonely. The street level of the hotel is home to one of SLC’s best restaurants, Bambara. BEST POWER BREAKFAST MEETING: Many business deals have been closed over seafood omelets at Market Street. BEST BUSINESS LUNCH: Caffé Molise, which is only a half block from the Salt Palace, has great food and an amazing patio if the weather cooperates. BEST SPOT FOR BUSINESS BEERS: Enjoy some local brews in a classic micro-



brewery environment at Squatters, Red Rock Brewery and Desert Edge Brewery. BEST EXPENSE ACCOUNT DINNERS: Hit up Takashi or Naked Fish for your sushi needs. Copper Onion or Bistro 222 are the best in contemporary cuisine. Or try Tin Angel for something unexpected with a fun atmosphere. And if you forgot something at home, there’s world-class shopping just a short stroll away with the likes of City Creek (closed on Sundays) and The Gateway. If you feel like exploring, you will also find specialty stores and charming restaurants throughout the heart of downtown. Just hop on a GREENbike and go!

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Goldman Sachs Globally renowned investment firm growing and giving back in SLC


rom establishing a small presence in Utah in 2000, Goldman Sachs in Salt Lake City has grown to be the second largest office in the United States and the fourth largest in the world. Starting with only a couple hundred employees, the financial firm now has more than 1,700 employees in Salt Lake City and the momentum is expected to continue. “The Salt Lake City office is integral to the fabric of the firm, and has been an important location for Goldman Sachs,” said David Lang, head of Goldman Sachs’ Salt Lake City office. Thanks to a followthe-sun model, the Salt Lake City branch is a vital part of the firm’s global business as employees interact with office locations in other time zones. And from a business continuity perspective, the geographic diversity that Salt Lake brings to Goldman Sachs’ global footprint is very attractive. In 2013, the Goldman Sachs Salt Lake City branch was the very first office outside of the New York City headquarters to host the Goldman Sachs Annual Shareholders meeting. Lang said this was a great opportunity to highlight Utah and the Salt Lake City office. Lang clarified his firm’s commitment to Utah by saying, “This emphasizes the importance of the firm’s expanding presence in, and its commitment to, the region and its employees here.” To recruit talent, Goldman Sachs draws upon the local university crowd. “Goldman Sachs has long-standing relationships with the University of Utah and Brigham Young University, and actively recruits from 16 schools in the western United States,” Lang said. The number of interns and eventual permanent hires by Goldman Sachs from Utah’s schools continues to grow, indicating the state’s higher


education system is turning out skilled and educated individuals ready to work. One of the biggest reasons Goldman Sachs chose to expand in Salt Lake City was because of the strong talent and dedicated employees they attract, among other favorable factors. The educated workforce has been a significant key to Goldman Sachs’ success in Utah. The firm has also seen success in relocating employees from around the world, with a vast majority of their workers loving the experience of living and working in Utah. Along with the firm’s financial services, philanthropic work also has a considerable role in the Goldman Sachs company culture. From education, to nonprofit volunteering and small business counseling, Goldman Sachs provides many opportunities for communities, people and projects to succeed and grow. “Strong state and local relationships, which are reinforced by a shared commitment to charitable giving, have reinforced the firm’s commitment to the area and involvement in community growth and development initiatives in Utah,” Lang said. Here are a few examples: Through the Community TeamWorks Program, Goldman Sachs employees in Salt Lake City have contributed more than 27,500 hours to 534 projects for more than 85 local organizations in the Salt Lake City metropolitan area. Community TeamWorks Program is a global volunteer initiative through Goldman Sachs. As a financial institution, Goldman Sachs’ Urban Investment Group has committed more than $3.2 billion of the firm’s capital to underserved communities around the country, providing financing to various


important community projects around Salt Lake City, including the Utah Food Bank (Salt Lake City), the Utah Charter Academy (West Valley City), and Rendon Terrace, an affordable housing development for low-income senior citizens (Salt Lake City). Goldman Sachs also financed the nation’s first Social Impact Bond targeted to early education to expand a high-impact preschool program for disadvantaged children in Salt Lake City. In partnership with the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Salt Lake Community College and other community partners, Goldman Sachs launched its 10,000 Small Businesses program in Utah during the summer of 2012. Small businesses play a crucial role in building a strong economy, and Goldman Sachs recognizes that, offering this $500 million initiative to help spur small business and job growth across the nation. 10,000 Small Businesses provides small business owners with “greater access to business education, financial capital and business support services.” This is a scholarship program, meaning it’s free to small business owners who are admitted. By the end of 2013, more than 65 Utah small business owners have graduated from the program. It’s safe to say that the relationship between Utah and Goldman Sachs has grown to be a mutually beneficial one— one we hope will continue for many years to come.

Founded in 1869, the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base.


Business thrives in Utah


t’s no secret that there’s a secret sauce when it comes to business in Utah. With a business-minded governor and the strong presence of the state chamber of commerce, the Salt Lake Chamber, business in the Beehive State is growing into a force to be reckoned with not only on a national level, but internationally as well. Utah’s economy is thriving with an estimated unemployment rate of 4.8 percent and 3.3 percent job growth as of December 2013. This year, Utah’s private sector is set to achieve the Utah Jobs Agenda goal of creating 150,000 jobs in five years - more than a year ahead of schedule. Since the challenge, Pepperidge Farms, Exelis, Fresenius, Goldman Sachs, Rio Tinto, eBay, Adobe, Boeing, IM Flash, EMC Corporation, Edwards Lifesciences, Qualtrics and others have expanded, thanks in part to the state’s worthwhile incentives and sensible business regulatory environment. While we encourage new business to relocate in Utah, we also promote existing business through in-state programs. Our Business Resource Centers offer a

convenient “one stop shop” for addressing the needs of new or growing businesses, and the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers provide assistance to small and mid-sized Utah companies in obtaining government contracts. We have also offered for the past three years an online health insurance marketplace, called Avenue H, geared to help small businesses control costs and give employees access to health care coverage. We propel rural development, offering grants and incentives to companies that locate their business in small communities. We also help rurally disadvantaged communities, assisting them to accomplish economic development projects. While maintaining Utah’s current economy, we also look to the future. Utah works to build its 660,000 K-12 future workforce to ensure our long-term competitiveness. One example is the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Action Center, a program that drives research and implementation of STEM education best practices for K-12 students. The STEM Action Center





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supports the Governor’s education plan and the Prosperity 2020 initiative (see page 44). The country and the world are taking note of Utah’s success; the critics rave about Utah—just take a look at our accolades.

ACCOLADES Utah #1 for 2011, 2012, 2013 “Best State For Business And Careers” – Forbes Magazine Utah #1 “A Best– Managed State” – Governing Magazine Utah #1 “Top 10 Pro–Business States” – Pollina Corporate Real Estate Inc., August 2013 Utah #1 “Utah top state for volunteerism seven years in a row” – Volunteering and Civic Life in America Report, December 2012 Utah #1 “United States Small Business Friendliness” – Thumbtack, April 2013 Utah #4 “10 Best States for Starting a Business” – CNBC, May 2013 Utah #5 “Fastest Internet in the West” – Utah Broadband Project, July 2013

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T University of Utah:

an innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization leader

Pablo Johnson is a medical student at the University of Utah and one of the founders of Troclosure. The team invented and is refining a tool for suturing the hole created during laparoscopic surgery.

he University of Utah is the leading research and education institution for the state of Utah – but it does a lot more than educate the next generation of science and business leaders. It has also been consistently ranked as one of the top universities in the nation for faculty commercialization and student entrepreneurship. Faculty members at the U of U conduct research in all major areas of study, and they invent hundreds of new devices, processes and techniques every year. Many of these inventions lead to patents, new companies or licenses with existing companies. Driving these achievements are experienced faculty entrepreneurs serving as mentors for emerging entrepreneurs. Students also play a key role by serving as research assistants, conducting original research and launching companies. The result is a thriving innovation ecosystem that continues to attract national attention. Learn more at

INNOVATION AND COMMERCIALIZATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH IN FY 2013 $361 million research awards 167 faculty members disclosed an invention 212 inventions disclosed 88 U.S. patents issued 89 license agreements

U.S. PATENTS BY TYPE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH IN FY 2013 21 medical devices 21 engineering and manufacturing Power Practical was founded by two students in the department of material science and engineering at the University of Utah. Their leading product, the Power Pot, is a portable cook pot that turns heat and water into electricity for charging cell phones and other devices.

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USTAR: powering Utah


he Utah Science Technology and Research initiative (USTAR) is a long-term, state-funded investment to strengthen Utah’s “knowledge economy,” based on three program areas. The initiative invests in world-class innovation teams with researchers recruited from around the globe. Those researchers are employed in innovation teams located in research facilities at the University of Utah and Utah State University. Based on best practices of other states in technology economic development, USTAR has been built on unique Utah strengths to forge a new national benchmark in innovation and growth. In addition, USTAR operates outreach teams across the state to help entrepreneurs and existing companies commercialize new technology and access the resources available at higher education institutions.

engineers, Reaveley Engineers + Associates, also received the 2013 Engineering Excellence Grand Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies. RESEARCH As part of building Utah’s “knowledge economy,” USTAR has provided funding to assist both the U of U and USU in recruiting 50 catalyst-type researchers from some of the nation’s top universities. These researchers are at the forefront of their fields and were recruited from universities such as MIT, Harvard University, Case Western and UCLA. U of U USTAR researcher Deborah Yurgelun-Todd said, “One of the really exciting things about the USTAR initiative for us was the ability to take our research to another level, to commercialize and see its implementation.”

“Since its inception in 2006, USTAR has enhanced Utah’s research capacity by skillfully connecting private, public and higher education assets in the state,” said Dan Berglund, State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI) president & CEO. USTAR was honored with the Expanding Research Capacity Award at the 2013 SSTI Excellence in Technology Based Economic Development Awards Ceremony. “Through USTAR’s efforts, the state has recruited numerous world-class researchers, increased R&D funding attraction and spurred economic growth.” USTAR BUILDINGS – A LEED STANDARD USTAR sets the gold standard in sustainable building. The 118,000 square-foot USTAR BioInnovations Center at USU was dedicated in October 2010 and received LEED Gold certification, the first on the Logan campus, a year later.

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“As a LEED Gold-certified building, the USTAR BioInnovations Center is among the most sustainable, energy-efficient research centers in the nation,” said Robert T. Behunin, vice president for commercialization and regional development at USU. “The USTAR Center is a tremendous asset for researchers. The state-ofthe-art capabilities within the facility have allowed us to leverage our resources to build important partnerships with industry.” The U of U James L. Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building, a USTAR Innovation Center dedicated in April 2012 - received LEED Gold certification in September 2013. “We’re proud to continue our commitment to a sustainable campus,” said U of U President David W. Pershing. “With its water-wise landscaping, recycled materials and energy-efficient lab equipment, this building is truly a model for the future of sustainable research buildings.” The $133 million construction project has also been recognized by ENR Mountain States with a 2012 Award of Merit, as well as 2012 Excellence in Concrete Award from the American Concrete Institute Intermountain Chapter. The building’s structural 60


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tah’s approach to health care is unique among the states when it comes to the Affordable Care Act. While the other 49 states chose one of the federal government’s three options — statebased marketplace, federally-facilitated marketplace, or state-federal partnership — Utah blazed its own trail. Governor Gary R. Herbert hammered out a deal with the Department of Health and Human Services that has the federal government running an exchange for individuals, while the state continues to operate its small business marketplace. The state’s marketplace, Avenue H, has been in operation since 2010. It works with small businesses that have 1-50 employees to give employees a say in their health care and employers some cost savings. Employers that participate on Avenue H choose a set dollar amount (rather than a percentage) to contribute to their employees, then the employees use those funds to shop on Avenue H for a plan that fits their needs. Employees can choose from among 70 plans offered by three insurers: Arches Health Plans, SelectHealth and UnitedHealth Care. Together, these three insurers reach all areas of the state, so employers on Avenue H have health care options no matter where they live. In early November 2013, Avenue H opened its consumer enrollment site. Employers can go to and get a quote for their group’s 62

coverage, then enroll online with or without help from an insurance broker. People who are self-employed, unemployed or eligible for Medicaid are all able to sign up for individual insurance through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace. Even though it’s called “individual,” it also includes families. Utahns are also able to get insured through the traditional market, just as they always have. There are numerous insurance companies that are active in Utah, as well as hundreds of insurance brokers who can direct people to the right resources.

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ver the last several years, Utah has outperformed a sluggish national economy. Consequently, the state’s commercial real estate market has maintained above average performance in most areas. Looking ahead, Utah’s stable, business-friendly environment will attract new companies and foster the expansion of those already in Utah. OFFICE While job creation remains positive in office-using sectors, trends toward efficiency will continue to influence office markets. Strategies that allow companies to use space more efficiently are gaining traction and attention as a cost-saving measure. New and more efficient work space strategies are in turn redefining the relationship between broader economic growth and how real estate markets respond to it. Looking ahead, job growth in office-using sectors is expected to remain positive, and overall the office market is expected to continue improving along with the area’s economy. INDUSTRIAL With low energy, land, and labor costs, as well as prime intermodal access to the western United States, Salt Lake County is an 64

attractive location for industrial operations of all types. An increase in developers new to Salt Lake has spurred competition for industrial product and land. Market indicators from the past few years consistently show steady and above-average performance, particularly in the area of new construction. Of the 1.4 million sq. ft. of speculative construction completed in 2013, 70 percent was pre-leased. Roughly 1.5 million sq. ft. of product currently under construction is slated to be completed before year-end 2014, and another 1.6 million sq. ft. is estimated to break ground in the near-term. Overall, with increased activity and continued expansion, 2014 is expected to be a good year for industrial real estate in Salt Lake. RETAIL Salt Lake’s retail market was characterized by steadily increasing demand during 2013, with food services being the most active segment. Increased competition for prime retail space has motivated developers to maximize use of retail pads, which have traditionally been limited to one tenant. Due to the significant amount of newly completed retail space over the past two years, new construction is expected to slow, with the exception of infill construction


and redevelopment. However, with a strong local economy and increasing demand, the Salt Lake retail market is expected to perform well during 2014. CAPITAL MARKETS General conditions continue to improve in the investment market with lending standards loosening somewhat. Both investors and lenders remain prudent; however, lenders are planning on another active year in 2014 as commercial real estate remains an attractive investment. Despite potential interest rate changes, overall capital markets are healthy and expected to remain so through 2014. OUTLOOK During the coming year, Utah and Salt Lake County will experience moderate growth. Positive attributes such as a favorable demographic profile and particularly dynamic sectors, such as tech, will continue to have a positive impact. As such, continued improvement and above average performance will be reflected in area commercial real estate markets. Excerpts for this article taken from the 2013 Fall Economic Outlook produced by CBRE in partnership with the Salt Lake Chamber.

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SALT LAKE CITY: THE CAPITAL OF CUISINE Over the past decade, Salt Lake City has cultivated a number of quality restaurants with varying cuisines, from locally produced fare to imported chefs from around the world. From authentic Italian at Valter’s, to Mexican staple Red Iguana, to the Taste of India, to tapas from Eva, to sushi at Takashi, to locally sourced favorites such as Pago, Copper Onion and beyond, you can discover a wide array of restaurants to tickle your taste buds. If you enjoy fresh seafood and great steaks, the various restaurants operated by Gastronomy Inc., are great options: Market Street Grill, Market Street Broiler, Market Street Oyster Bar and The New Yorker. Barbecue is well-loved among Utahns, and Pat’s Barbecue is a good choice for the slow-cooked barbecue flavor. Known for its historic atmosphere, Pallet provides an unexpectedly delicious twist on American cuisine. For the best brewpub in Utah, you’ll want to hit up Squatters Pub. With award-winning homemade brews (even organic!), great burgers and a relaxed environment, Squatters is a staple in downtown Salt Lake City. Red Rock and Uinta Brewing are other favorite local brewers with restaurants. See to track down even more delectable dining options in Salt Lake City. HEADING OUT But the culinary antics don’t end in Salt Lake City! Up Emigration Canyon (only 10 minutes from downtown), you’ll find Ruth’s Diner—a local favorite since the 1930’s. A little further south in Millcreek Canyon, Log Haven enchants patrons with exquisite scenery and award-winning New American cuisine. Some of the best Chinese can be found at Mandarin in Bountiful. For exquisite French fare, La Caille in Cottonwood Heights will transport you straight into a classic French novel. In fine dining, The Mariposa at Deer Valley is a must during 66


winter. In the mountain town of Park City, the High West Distillery & Saloon comes highly recommended for dinner and drinks. In the good ol’ South, you can enjoy award-winning gourmet cuisine at Camille’s Sidewalk Café in St. George. The Painted Pony is also on old favorite down there, and Hell’s Backbone Grill in Boulder serves food that also benefits the world. DINE AROUND WITH DINE O’ ROUND Pull up a chair to one of the most anticipated dining events of the year, the Downtown Dine O’ Round, a two-week event where dozens of restaurants in downtown Salt Lake City offer multi-course lunches and dinners at great prices. This is the best opportunity to sample some of the region’s best dining.

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Nightlife & Entertainment CLUBS & BARS Bar-X is a popular spot for fresh, handcrafted cocktails and its speakeasy ambience. Other downtown hot bars and clubs for libations include The Red Door, The Beerhive, Gracie’s, and the Tavernacle, which is also home to the best karaoke in town! It’s also worth noting that The Bayou boasts the largest collection of beers in the state.  If dancing is your scene, Area 91 has the biggest dance floor in Salt Lake City and hosts themed dance nights throughout the week. Plus it’s friendly to those under 21 with separate dance floors. Habits is another great place to boogie and chill with friends. For a good sports bar, Lumpy’s Downtown and the Fiddler’s Elbow can do no wrong, with TV screens in almost every booth so you won’t have to miss any game for the sake of another. If you’re a Real Salt Lake fan, Dick ‘n Dixie’s is a good place to catch the match with like-minded fans. Squatters Pub is a local favorite for homemade brews, as is Red Rock Brewing Co. Other crowd-pleasing homemade libations include High West Whiskey and Five Wives Vodka. In the works is a brand new kind of nightclub downtown. It will be a part of a new multi-use building called Air Center, which will also be home to a restaurant, office space and more. Inspired by the nightlife of larger cities such as New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Toronto, the new club is slated to open in winter 2014. 68


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THE MUSIC SCENE Thanks to venues like EnergySolutions Arena, USANA Amphitheatre, The Depot and In the Venue downtown, as well as the Maverik Center, you can almost always find music to jam out to. When the big-name artists come to town, people come out in droves, making downtown the place to be.  We also have a bumping local music scene. Some of the best places to catch local artists include Kilby Court, The Urban Lounge, The Garage, The State Room, Liquid Joe’s, and most bars and pubs on Main Street in Park City.  One of the hottest music events in Salt Lake City is the Twilight Concert Series that features local, nationally and internationally known music artists. The series runs on Thursdays during the summer, and brings upbeat crowds to Pioneer Park. PERFORMING ARTS Talent is something that Utah is not lacking. From community theaters around the state to the pros and even semi-pro, there’s no shortage of stages and actors to fill them. Utah is also home to some amazing classical music, with year-round performances from the likes of Utah Symphony | Utah Opera and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, a world-renowned choral group which serenades hundreds of thousands each year. You haven’t heard beautiful music until you’ve heard these Utah gems.




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A Storm is Brewing Craft Breweries in Utah Winning Awards, Gaining Recognition


ere’s the thing about the craft brewing scene in Utah: it’s thriving.

We don’t have the most microbreweries per capita; that distinction belongs to Vermont. In terms of total beer consumption, Utah drinks the least in the nation. Despite drinking the least, Utah has seen a 5.28 percent increase since 2011. While Utahns don’t drink much, we do drink well: Utah-based breweries took home five coveted medals at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival (GABF), building on multiple accolades from other high-profile national and international competitions in recent years. Craft breweries of all sizes can be found throughout the state of Utah, including in Moab near Arches and Canyonlands National Parks; in Springdale at the mouth of Zion National Park; in Price; throughout the Wasatch Front; in Park City and as far north as Logan.

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To try the latest Great American Beer Festival winners, check out Hopper’s in Midvale, Red Rock Brewery and Squatters in downtown Salt Lake, and Wasatch Brew Pub & Brewery in Park City. Squatters and Wasatch products can also be found at their Utah Brewers Co-op facility in Salt Lake City. Uinta Brewing products can be found at their rapidly expanding facility several blocks to the west, and like most brews at 4 percent alcohol by volume, in supermarkets throughout the state. All these breweries offer great food to pair with their lineup of intriguing beers. The capital city alone has multiple breweries serving up a variety of quality draughts and bottles, from English cask-conditioned traditional ales to experimental collections. The latest,


Avenues Proper Restaurant and Publick House, offers house brews from its onsite microbrewery alongside exceptionally crafted pub-influenced fare that is locally sourced, when possible. A HOP ABOVE THE REST Paardebloem, an award-winning brew, means “dandelion” in Flemish, according to a press release by Red Rock Brewery. The beer takes its name from the bittering dandelion greens that do some of the work of hops. The beer was inspired by 2008’s hop shortage, a phenomenon that asked brewers to experiment with other ingredients and still please their consumers’ demanding palates. Red Rock’s success in this category points to the skill of Utah brewers. The total field of winners covers great diversity in the beer world, from a sessionable summer ale to the higherproof bottling of Squatter’s “Old World” barrel-aged Belgian ale that weighs in at 6.75 percent alcohol by volume. Over two hundred judges from 11 countries reviewed 4,809 beers in 84 style categories from 745 breweries spread across 49 states and Washington, D.C. While Utah’s 2013 GABF awards build on a growing legacy of award-winning brewing, it is only a fraction of the accolades being garnered by innovative Utah brewers. Although young, Epic Brewing Company has been steadily climbing’s top 100 breweries in the world list (Uinta is also featured), and is building mightily this year on their


impressive list of accolades from their inception in 2010. There’s a well-reported sentiment that the infamous low-point limit on draught beer actually has a significant benefit for brewers in that it challenges them to brew better, being unable to cover up potential defects in beer with a higher alcohol content. Brewers then take that skill and apply it across their product line.

AWARDS FROM THE GABF THIS YEAR INCLUDE: Hopper’s gold medal for their Munich-Style Helles Festbier, topping a field of 42 entries (4% abv) The Utah Brewers Co-op’s won silver in a field of 66 for their Belgian-Style Witbier, Wasatch White Label (6% abv)

LIQUOR BEFORE BEER Mixologists, meanwhile, have put together some pretty incredible craft cocktail menus for your night on the town, whether dining in at Wild Grape, Copper Onion, Frida Bistro or Finca, or grabbing a beverage at Bar-X or Whiskey Street after the ballet. High West Distillery in Park City has set the bar not only for whiskey blending, new whiskeys and vodka in Utah, but has earned national distinction for their spirits. When these experiences are paired with a blossoming farm-to-table scene, you can find flavors unique to Utah virtually anywhere in the state. All of these restaurants have carefully crafted cocktail menus, wine pairings or exclusive wines, and incredible cuisine. Alas, there are no discounted drinks during happy hour, but Utah is still happier and more optimistic than most states. Last year’s poll from Gallup Wellbeing showed Utah topping the nation for future livability based on 13 forwardlooking metrics measuring standards of living, health, workforce and economic confidence. And whether it’s snowing or sunny, you’ll find us out playing, really working up that thirst. We’ve earned that beer.

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Rocking retail therapy You’ll find no shortage of shopping in Utah, especially along the Wasatch Front and in Salt Lake City. Break out your wallets, and let’s see what we can do. SALT LAKE CITY From quirky boutiques and galleries on Main Street and Broadway to the grand retailers of the stunning City Creek Center and Salt Lake’s premier outdoor mall/entertainment center The Gateway, there’s something to fit everyone’s shopping desires right in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City. In fact, it’s only a short TRAX ride between the two shopping centers and everywhere in between. Even a walk along the different streets downtown will reveal stores you might not have caught otherwise. Just a short jaunt away, you also have gems like the newly remodeled Trolley Square and communities at 9th & 9th, 15th & 15th. Also less than 15 minutes away, the bustling neighborhood of Sugar House offers unique shops you won’t find anywhere else, a variety of small businesses and delightfully original restaurants to cater to your taste buds. And don’t forget about the Downtown Farmers Market, Art & Craft Market, Harvest Market and the Winter Market. They are the best for local produce and food, as well as arts and crafts. AND BEYOND With Utah emerging as a great place to do business, more and more national retailers have made their way to the Wasatch Front, including Scheels, Ikea, Cabela’s, and Utah’s first official LEGO Store at Murray’s Fashion Place Mall.

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The likes of Fashion Place and the South Towne Center, Utah’s largest mall located in Sandy, along with other malls in Ogden, Layton, Logan, Orem, Provo, and St. George, offer the traditional all-American mall experience. Enjoy a night or day out at destinations like Station Park in Farmington, The District in South Jordan, Jordan Landing in West Valley, and even Park City Main Street, which combine the delights of shopping, entertainment and dining. And if you’re looking for a steal of a deal, the Tanger Outlets in Park City, Traverse Mountain Outlets in Lehi or The Outlets at Zion in St. George offer a plethora of well-known stores and brands. You may also find local stores in some of the smaller cities and towns throughout the state. You never know what you’ll find, so keep your eyes open for these hidden gems. 72


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t never hurts to take learning into our own hands, and Utah has world-class places for you to tackle your education head on. Plus, you can have a blast while quenching your curiosity!

The Natural History Museum of Utah recently gained a new home in the copper-crafted Rio Tinto Center. It houses advanced research and collection facilities for the scientists who care for and curate the 1.2 million objects on display. If you want to see more of the prehistoric, Dinosaur National Monument is a couple of hours from Salt Lake in Vernal, and Thanksgiving Point boasts a dinosaur museum as well among other activities. Combine the mechanics of science and technology with the creativity of art, and you get Utah’s critically acclaimed threestory museum The Leonardo. The Salt Lake City Public Library is also right next door, so you don’t have to travel far to find some reading on something fascinating you may have found at The Leonardo. May we recommend visiting the library rooftop garden for a great view of the city and valley.  To engage the younger minds, Discovery Gateway over at The Gateway will turn playtime into learning opportunities. And aspiring space cadets or those who are intrigued by the universe can find the answers they want at Clark Planetarium (also at The Gateway). 

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tah brings the world together through a variety of festivals throughout the year, celebrating the cultures, histories and people that call Utah their home. In this land of variation, residents and visitors can watch movies and star gaze during the world-famous Sundance Film Festival, discover an up-and-coming artist at the Utah Arts Festival, celebrate Germany’s finest food and beer, or grab a blanket and watch the Wasatch Front light up with fireworks on not just the Fourth of July, but also the 24th of July.

September celebrates the rich Greek heritage and faith. The festival features live music, dancing, delicious authentic Greek cuisine, marketplace and familyfriendly activities.

NORTHERN UTAH FESTIVALS Bear Lake Raspberry Days Great Salt Lake Bird Festival Summit County Festivals

OKTOBERFEST AT SNOWBIRD Starting in late August and ending in early October, Oktoberfest has been running for more than 40 years and attracts more than 50,000 visitors, becoming one of Utah’s largest festivals. Attendees can indulge in the tastes of Bavaria while enjoying entertainment from local and national German bands and yodelers.

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UTAH ARTS FESTIVAL The Utah Arts Festival is one of the region’s best displays of art and entertainment. This multi-disciplinary festival is held in downtown Salt Lake City and attracts artists and art lovers from all over the west.

Jazz Festival

UTAH SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL Every year, the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival performs classic and contemporary plays with Shakespeare as the cornerstone. Attendees can watch plays, attend seminars and enjoy festivities during their stay in Cedar City. Nearly 130,000 people attend the summer and fall festival annually.

UTAH PRIDE FESTIVAL Held in early June, the Utah Pride Festival has quickly become one of the largest festivals in Utah. This massive, annual festival celebrates Utah’s LGBT community with a 5K, pride parade, entrainment, interfaith services and more.


SALT LAKE GREEK FESTIVAL This four-day annual festival held in

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PIONEER DAY: 24TH OF JULY This state holiday celebrates Utah’s pioneer heritage, commemorating the entry of Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley. Today, Utahns celebrate Pioneer Day with parades, fireworks, rodeos and a day off.

Park City Kimball Arts Festival Midway Swiss Days SALT LAKE COUNTY FESTIVALS Utah State Fair Salt Lake City International Snowbird’s Oktoberfest Greek Festival UTAH COUNTY FESTIVALS America’s Freedom Festival Timpanogos Storytelling Spanish Fork Fiesta Days Summerfest SOUTHERN UTAH FESTIVALS Moab Art Festival Moab Bike Fest Moab Folk Music Festival St. George Arts Festival | LIFE IN UTAH 2014



Filming in Utah


ith more than 84,000 square miles of diverse landscapes, Utah is known to be a veritable filmmaking paradise. From the Bonneville Salt Flats, to Goblin Valley, to the High Uintas and everything in between, filmmakers can capture the Himalayan Mountains, the desolation of the Sahara Desert, urban streetscapes and the surreal terrain of another planet, all in one day.

The Utah Film Commission The Utah Film Commission markets the entire State of Utah for motion picture, television and commercial production. For nearly 40 years, the Utah Film Commission has assisted filmmakers in all of their needs, from scouting locations to post production. More than 900 films and TV movies have been filmed in the Beehive State with their help. Some of the feature films and television shows that were filmed in Utah in 2013 include: “Need for Speed” (DreamWorks SKG), “Red Machine” (Red Machine), “Top Gear” (BBC), “Shark Tank” (ABC) and “Transformers 4” (Paramount Pictures).

TOTAL PROJECTED ECONOMIC IMPACT FISCAL YEAR 2013 FROM FILM PROJECTS: More than $137 million for Utah 1,354 production days 3,331 local jobs 124 projects 2013 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL’S ECONOMIC IMPACT ON UTAH’S ECONOMY $70 million generated for the State of Utah 1,407 jobs created (part and full time) $5.8 million in tax revenue Nearly 46,000 attendees 65 percent of attendees traveled from outside of Utah Images courtesy of Utah Film Commission

4,000 international attendees from 22 countries 60 percent had attended past festivals 36 percent of all nonresident visitors were from California, New York and Illinois Nonresident attendees spent an average of $1,734.85 each during their stay Source: Bureau of Economic and Business Research, David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah



When you come to Utah, be sure to visit

TEMPLE SQUARE in the heart of Salt Lake City

Tours are available in more than 30 languages

Many venues to choose from, and all are free


Your tour group can:


to the glorious music of the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir, rehearsing and performing in the Tabernacle on Temple Square. They also perform in the 21,000-seat Conference Center. See for details.



through two upscale visitors’ centers that include the Christus statue by Danish sculptor Thorvaldsen. Visit the interactive map of ancient Jerusalem (kids love it!) and much more.

Step into the past,

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your roots in the FamilySearch Center, where helpful volunteers can assist in retrieving family history information from the world’s largest repository of genealogical records.

where the story of family life of yesteryear will unfold room by room in the Beehive House, the seat of government in early Utah.

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Farmers Markets Utah’s love affair with locally grown


tarting in late spring, local farmers markets emerge in nearly every community in Utah. With more than three dozen markets to choose from on a weekly basis, Utahns have their pick of the seasons’ best local offerings. DOWNTOWN MARKET Since its creation in 1992, the national award-winning Downtown Farmers Market attracts nearly 10,000 visitors each Saturday. With more than 150 food vendors and 80 art and craft vendors, this market has become one of the west’s largest farmers markets. The Downtown Market connects local growers to the public, providing not only fresh produce, but also flora, cheeses, eggs, meat, jellies and more.

PARK SILLY MARKET The popular, eco-friendly open air market and street festival is located on Historic Main Street in Park City. The market includes activities for kids and families, live music, art, gourmet food, a beer garden, arts and crafts, local produce, and more. PROVO FARMERS MARKET Held each Saturday in Provo’s Pioneer Park, this market brings fresh produce and more to the community. Market shoppers can purchase fresh local, seasonal produce as well as other goodies from local artisans.

Millcreek (Fridays) Held in conjunction with Millcreek Movies in the Park Murray (Fridays and Saturdays) Murray City Park, 200 E. 5200 South, Murray People’s Markets (Sundays) International Peace Gardens, 900 W. 1000 S. South Jordan (Saturdays) South Jordan Towne Center, 10610 S. Redwood Road, South Jordan Sugar House (Fridays) Sugar House Park, 2100 S. 1500 East, SLC University of Utah (Thursdays) Tanner Plaza, 201 S. 1460 East, SLC Wasatch Front Farmers Market (Saturdays) Gardner Village, 1100 W. 7800 South, West Jordan

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Farmers Markets in Utah by county CACHE COUNTY Cache Valley (Saturdays) Horseshoe Park, 500 S. 500 West, Logan

SALT LAKE COUNTY Downtown Farmers Market (Saturdays) Pioneer Park, 300 S. 300 West, SLC


Downtown Harvest Market (Tuesdays) Pioneer Park, 300 S. 300 West, SLC

Bountiful (Thursdays) 100 S. 100 East, Bountiful Utah Botanical Center (Thursdays) 875 S. 50 West, Kaysville 78

IRC Farmers Stand (Saturdays) Horizonte Instruction and Training Center, 1234 South Main St., SLC


Wasatch Front Farmers Market (Sundays) Wheeler Farm, 6351 S. 900 East, SLC TOOELE COUNTY Benson Grist Mill (Saturdays) 325 SR 138, Stansbury Park, Tooele UINTAH COUNTY Ashley Valley (Saturdays) Old Dinosaur Gardens, 150 E. Main St., Vernal UTAH COUNTY Happy Valley Market (Fridays) The Shops at the Riverwoods 4801 N. University Avenue, Provo Hee Haw Farms Market (Fridays) 150 S. 2000 West, Pleasant Grove Lehi Farmers Market & Boutique (Saturdays) 1870 N. State St., Lehi Pleasant Grove Promenade (Thursdays) 100 S. Main St., Pleasant Grove Provo (Saturdays) Pioneer Park, 500 W. Center Street Spanish Fork (Saturdays) 100 W. Center Street, Spanish Fork

play Thanksgiving Point (Fridays) 3003 N. Thanksgiving Way, Lehi

CENTRAL/SOUTHERN UTAH Cedar City (Wednesdays) 100 W. Hoover, Cedar City

SUMMIT L’Oakley Market (Saturdays) 911 W. Center Street, Oakley

High Desert Growers (Saturdays) Price Peace Gardens, Main St. 100 East, Price

Park City (Wednesdays) Canyons Resort, Park City

Kanab (Saturdays) 78 South 100 East, Kanab

Park Silly Market (Sundays) Main Street in Park City

Moab (Thursdays) Swanny City Park 100 West & Park Drive, Moab

WASATCH COUNTY Heber Valley (Thursdays) Heber City Park, 250 S. Main, Heber City

St. George (Saturdays) Courtyard at Ancestor Square St. George Blvd., St. George

WEBER COUNTY Ogden’s 25th Street (Saturdays) Downtown Ogden Municipal Gardens

Tuacahn (Saturdays) 1100 Tuacahn Drive, Ivins

CACHE COUNTY Harvest Market (Saturdays) Rockhill Creamery, 563 S. State St., Richmond Paradise Market (Wednesdays) 9000 S. 100 West, Paradise

Zion Canyon (Saturdays) Bit & Spur Restaurant 1212 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale Markets are subject to change. Visit for the farmers market nearest to you.

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Temple Square Temple Square, world-wide headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is located in the center of downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, and is one of the top visitor attractions in the country. Tours of the Square are given in more than 30 languages. Rehearsals and performances of the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir are open to the public. Visitors are amazed to find their ancestors at FamilySearch, and interactive displays entice participation at two visitors’ centers. There is a 21,000seat Conference Center with a four-acre garden on the roof and a waterfall cascading down the building’s south façade. Also for your enjoyment, there are museums, libraries, tours of beautifully restored historic homes, movies, garden tours, weekly concerts and daily organ recitals. And all of these attractions are free. You’ll find that a tour of the 35-acres at Historic Temple Square is time well-spent for visitors of any age.

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STATE OF SPORT Utah's more competitive side


ou don’t have to spend much time in Utah to understand how much residents of the Beehive State love their sports. Two major league professional teams, a variety of minor league clubs and top-notch collegiate sports keep Utahns cheering year round. Plus, here in Utah world-class facilities aren’t only open to the public, they’re also affordable and — even more importantly — approachable. UTAH JAZZ The Utah Jazz is the most popular team in town. From November to April (and often beyond), the Jazz fills EnergySolutions Arena to capacity and captures the attention of basketball fans throughout the state. REAL SALT LAKE Real Salt Lake is Utah’s Major League Soccer franchise. Real (pronounced RAY-al, the Spanish word for royal, also known as RSL) claimed the MLS Cup in 2009. The club plays at state-of-the-art Rio Tinto Stadium (the RioT), which hosted the 2009 MLS All-Star Game. US SPEEDSKATING With an incredible 10 Olympic records and eight world records, the Utah 80

Olympic Oval, located in Kearns, stands uncontested as the Fastest Ice on Earth following the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The Utah Olympic Oval is home to the U.S. Speedskating team and also hosts regular speedskating competitions, including the World Cup in long and short track. Find out more at XTERRA GAMES Each September, hundreds of triathletes descend on Ogden, just north of Salt Lake City, to participate in the Xterra USA Championship race. This grueling test of endurance calls Utah home, thanks to our challenging mountains, a vast variety of lakes and boisterous fans. The Utah race serves as a qualifier for the XTerra World Championship held in Hawaii. TOUR OF UTAH Utah’s world-class bicycle race has attracted top-level international talent for years, with a picturesque course that winds through some of Utah’s most exciting places. The Tour of Utah is a six-stage journey through Utah, spanning from Miller Motorsports Park to a mountaintop finish at Snowbird, that


attracts the top names domestically as well as international professional teams. MILLER MOTORSPORTS PARK, BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS & ROCKY MOUNTAIN RACEWAYS Utah has a significant history in racing starting with the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1925. Since then, Utah's need for speed has not only endured but grown significantly. Countless professional race series come to the Miller Motorsports Park racetrack each year from the Lucas Oil Off-Road Series to World Superbike series and NASCAR K&N Pro West series. Rocky Mountain Raceways is home to drag racing, motocross and more. And the Bonneville Salt Flats are still home to many land speed records. MINOR LEAGUES Utah is also home to some great minor league baseball the Salt Lake Bees (Triple A), the Orem Owlz and the Ogden Raptors (both short season A-ball) keep fans entertained during the summer. The Maverik Center hosts our minor league hockey team, the Utah Grizzlies.

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Derek Parra

Gold Medal Olympian


erek Parra’s childhood goal of earning a free drink by winning races at his local roller rink in southern California was the beginning of a journey that would lead him to be a goldmedal Olympian, speed-skating world record holder and proud member of the Utah community. In Utah, he has found the perfect venue to practice his sport as well as a wide variety of activities that make it the place he calls home.

Without enough money to spend much time on video games, Parra stuck to the skating floor. The highlight of each night was the chance to win a free drink in races against kids his age. “Luckily every evening, there was a break in the music and the DJ would turn the lights on and have two-lap races for kids of different age groups,” Parra said. “I just loved the experience of being out on the roller rink floor trying to win a Coke ticket for the snack bar. That’s why I started racing– because I was thirsty.” Parra was not the fastest skater at first, but he was drawn into the sport and worked to earn enough money to buy specialized racing skates. He soon started to win, caught the attention of the coach of the skating team, and began entering larger competitions as a teenager. At the age of 17, Parra found himself moving with very little money to work with a prominent coach to become a professional roller-skate racer in Florida. There he struggled to keep up with the rigorous training while at the same time working at McDonald’s to make ends meet and often resorted to getting his meals by eating discarded food.

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Parra’s first introduction to the world of skating came at the age of 14 when his brother returned home from the roller rink, regaling him with tales of disco lights and music. Parra begged his parents to let him go and was dropped off at the rink with enough money for admission and skate rental with only a quarter to spare. 82

Despite the setbacks, Parra became one of the best roller-skate racers in the world, but decided to switch to ice skating to fulfill his dream of being an Olympian. After training for years in Wisconsin and another setback in the form of a clerical error that prevented him from competing in the 1998 games, Parra found himself in Utah for the 2002 Olympic WInter Games. The world record he set in the 1500-meter race won him a gold medal and still stands to this day. Parra remembers feeling a sense of belonging in Utah when he first drove into the Salt Lake Valley through Parley’s Canyon for the 2002 Olympics. He was


instantly drawn into the landscape, which was similar to his native California. “I remember just driving here and thinking, ‘This reminds me of home,’” he said. “I immediately thought I was coming home.” Although he has lived in several states around the country, Parra notes that Utah has the amenities of city life with some of the most amazing activities for outdoor fun. “It’s not a big city, but it has that city feel with that kind of hometown comfort,” he said. “I love it here. I could live the rest of my life here. That’s my plan anyway!” Parra said that anyone visiting Utah can easily find something to do, no matter the season. He suggests the first place to visit is the Utah Olympic Park, which showcases the rich legacy that is important to him and other athletes who have found Utah to be an ideal training ground. But the Olympic Park is only one of an endless number of activities around Utah. “There are so many opportunities here. Mountain biking, running, hiking, being on the water over at Jordanelle,” he said. It’s not uncommon to find Parra dining at one of Salt Lake’s great restaurants, attending a Jazz Game, checking out the Sundance Festival or hiking Mount Olympus to get a great view of the valley. But he is especially fond of the fantastic golf courses in the state. Derek Parra is one of many athletes who find that Utah offers them a unique place to train for their sport as well as a wide range of activities to enjoy during their down time. His inspirational story has taken him all over the country, but he seems to have finally found a place he can call home in Utah.


Ski and board Utah Play in the Greatest Snow on Earth®

With eleven resorts less than an hour from the Salt Lake City International Airport, visitors as well as residents spend more time enjoying the slopes and less time in the car. Utah’s average annual snowfall of 500 inches of The Greatest Snow on Earth® and a host of on and off hill improvements for the 201314 winter season, make the unparalleled access just the icing on the cake.

UTAH’S SKI RESORTS Alta Ski Resort (skiers only) Little Cottonwood Canyon Beaver Mountain, Garden City

DEER VALLEY, PARK CITY & CANYONS These three resorts were ranked in Ski Magazine’s top 10 resorts in all of North America are all nestled within a fifteen-minute radius of Park City’s bustling Historic Main Street, home to more than 100 bars and restaurants. SUNDANCE Made famous by the annual film festival, this beautiful and secluded resort created by Robert Redford is at the base of the majestic Mount Timpanogos. Sundance is a haven for discovery and inspiration that offers diverse mountain recreation all year long. »

Brighton Ski Resort Big Cottonwood Canyon Brian Head, Cedar City Canyons Resort, Park City Deer Valley Resort (skiers only) Park City, Eagle Point, Beaver Park City Mountain Resort Park City, Powder Mountain, Eden Snowbasin, Huntsville Snowbird Little Cottonwood Canyon Solitude Ski Resort Big Cottonwood Canyon Sundance Resort, Sundance Wolf Creek Resort, Eden Image courtesy Park City Chamber of Commerce | LIFE IN UTAH 2014



LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON’S ALTA & SNOWBIRD With more than 4,700 acres of powder, AltaSnowbird was voted the No. 1 resort by Skiing Magazine, five years running. Alta is known as the “purist’s mountain” for its focus on skiing. Snowbird offers 3,240 vertical feet of award-winning terrain for all levels of skiers and riders. It also has Utah’s longest ski season and annually averages 500 inches of low-density powder. CACHE VALLEY’S BEAVER MOUNTAIN Situated in the gorgeous Wasatch Cache National Forest, Beaver Mountain offers uncrowded skiing, which means fresh snow conditions last longer and the runs stay well maintained. Kids love Beaver Mountain for the easily navigated slopes. OGDEN’S SNOWBASIN, POWDER MOUNTAIN & WOLF MOUNTAIN Situated just outside of Ogden is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Snowbasin features three terrain parks, a lift-assisted tubing hill for family fun, and 26 km of groomed Nordic trails. Powder

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BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON’S BRIGHTON & SOLITUDE Brighton was ranked as Utah Family Magazine’s No. 1 skiing destination for family affordability and terrain. Kids seven and under ski/ride for free. The charming European-style village at Solitude offers everything from easy-skiing to steep glades, chutes and backbowls.

Mountain is one of North America’s largest ski areas with more than 7,000 acres of skiable terrain. And you can ski Wolf Mountain until 9 p.m. SOUTHERN UTAH With an average of 450 inches of annual snowfall, Eagle Point has 40 runs and 600+ acres of scenic beauty and ski-able terrain, bringing great skiing to snow bunnies in the south of the state. Brian Head Resort is a quick get-away from the entertainment capital of the world. Flights in and out of Las Vegas are available from all major metropolitan areas within the U.S., easily combining the Las Vegas playground with unforgettable skiing.

Uintah County

Tracks and trails of all shapes and sizes

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DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT Home to the “Wall of Bones,” Vernal’s Dinosaurland showcases more than 1,500 dinosaur bones that can be viewed from the newly -reopened Quarry Exhibit Hall. Visitors can also trek over Red Fleet State Park and hike the Dinosaur Trackway, which is covered in hundreds of dinosaur tracks embedded in the hard sandstone. At the Utah Field House of Natural History, guests can experience life as a paleontologist, take a walk through time and explore the dinosaur gardens (home to several full-size replicas of Jurassic period dinosaurs). ASHLEY NATIONAL FOREST & THE UINTA MOUNTAINS The Ashley National Forest and the Uinta Mountains offers year-round recreation. Visitors can enjoy camping, hiking, and four-wheeling during the summer, and



snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing in the winter. SAN RAFAEL AREA Some of Utah’s best mountain biking can be found in the San Rafael area, including Green River and Salina. From Buckhorn Wash, an easy family ride, to Good Water Canyon Rim, which offers some of the best views, to Iron Wash, reserved for the most skilled riders, any mountain biking enthusiast can find a favorite trail here. WATER RECREATION While visitors are enjoying the dinosaurs, camping and mountain biking, they can also cool off by rafting, kayaking, canoeing or try their hand at world class fishing in the Steinaker Reservoir, Red Fleet State Park and the Green River.


UTAH’S STATE PARKS Image courtesy of Visit Utah


ith 43 state parks that range from wind-swept dunes to thick-forested mountains, Utah’s state parks highlight our state’s wildly diverse regions. From Bear Lake on the Utah/Idaho border to Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum deep in the Four Corners region and everywhere in between, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy what Utah has to offer all year long. The state parks now represent 95,000 acres of undeveloped land in Utah and more than one million surface acres of water. Only 460 miles separate Bear Lake State Park, Utah’s northernmost park, from Gunnison State Park, near the border with Arizona and Nevada, yet the scenery is worlds apart. The striking deserts in the south and conifer-covered mountains in the north exhibit Utah’s diverse natural landscape.

Adventure in every direction Several Utah parks have also garnered awards for accommodations or recreation. Reserve America, one of the country’s largest camping websites, awarded Utah state parks with several distinctions including Top 100 Campgrounds (Bear Lake, Fremont Indian, Goblin Valley, Red Fleet parks), Top 25 Biking Trails (Deer Creek, Jordanelle, Steinaker, Wasatch Mountain), and Top 25 Romantic Spots (Rockport) among others. The parks are also famous, as many of the recognizable landmarks in Utah’s state parks have been featured in major films. Snow Canyon State Park has made cameos in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” and “High School Musical 2,” whereas Dead Horse Point State Park has had roles in “Mission Impossible 2” and “Thelma & Louise.”

visitors made their way to state parks last year, thanks to the parks’ accessibility from Utah’s state highways and interstates. Each year, a staff of several hundred employees maintains and preserves Utah’s parks so we may enjoy their natural beauty. The parks rely heavily on generosity of others to keep them in pristine condition as well. Most of the parks are dog-friendly with very few exceptions, and campgrounds are open to the public. ATVs and boats are welcome where applicable, and campfires are allowed in designated areas. Most parks don’t allow off-highway vehicles in them, and if they are allowed, they’re only to be driven from campsites to nearby trails. »

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Off the beaten path ANTELOPE ISLAND Visitors can hike, bike, camp, go horseback riding, scout for wildlife, swim and more on Antelope Island. Enjoy spectacular views of the lake and island scenery, and spend the night in one of several primitive campsites. Antelope Island is home to the Historic Fielding Garr Ranch, free-ranging bison, mule deer, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope and many other desert animals. HISTORIC UNION PACIFIC RAIL TRAIL The Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park is one of Utah’s most unique state parks. The nearly 30-mile long trail traverses areas rich in cultural history from the Wasatch Mountains near Park City, across the wetland meadows in Silver Creek Canyon, through the towns of Wanship and Coalville, and along the Weber River to Echo Reservoir. Whether biking, hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing or walking, park visitors enjoy the sights and sounds along the historic rail trail.

Central FREMONT INDIAN STATE PARK AND MUSEUM Discover artifacts, petroglyphs and pictographs left behind by the Fremont Native Americans, who inhabited what is now Interstate 70 near Sevier, Utah, more than 1,000 years ago. Visitors can watch a film, view artifacts, participate in handson activities, go on rock art tours and learn from exhibits that reveal the lives of the Fremont Tribe. Fremont Indian State Park is more than a museum; it also offers camping and access to the Paiute ATV Trail. 86

TERRITORIAL STATEHOUSE STATE PARK MUSEUM Territorial Statehouse in Fillmore is Utah’s oldest existing governmental building. In anticipation of Utah’s statehood, early pioneer Brigham Young directed construction of the building as the state’s capitol. However, only the south wing was completed before the state’s capitol returned to Salt Lake City. Territorial Statehouse has a museum store, an auditorium, an All-American Rose Society Garden and picnic area adjoin the museum. Two restored pioneer cabins and an 1867 stone schoolhouse are also located on the grounds. You can find camping and lodging facilities nearby as well.


CORAL PINK SAND DUNES STATE PARK The Sand Dunes are favorite among ATV enthusiasts and are often referred to as the “Dunes.” These mountains and hills can move as much as 50 feet per year! About 90 percent of the dunes are open for riders, but all of the dunes are open for hiking and playing in the sand. ESCALANTE PETRIFIED FOREST STATE PARK Visitors can enjoy several trails, which wind throughout the park, including the Petrified Forest Trail, a one-mile loop, winding through lava flows and thousands of pieces of petrified wood. People can also camp along the shores of Wide Hollow Reservoir, or canoe and paddle on the clear waters.



STARVATION STATE PARK Starvation is one of the best places to go fishing and boating in Utah. The scenic beauty of 3,500 acres of park land, many coves, remote beaches and unusually blue water makes this a favorite of boating enthusiasts statewide.

GOOSENECKS STATE PARK This primitive park offers spectacular views of a rare geological formation known as an entrenched meander, the result of 300 million years of river winds. At Goosenecks, park visitors enjoy sightseeing, photography, picnicking and camping.

RED FLEET STATE PARK In the heart of Dinosaurland, Red Fleet is a destination in itself and a great location for discovering the area. Home to 200-millionyear-old dinosaur tracks, the Red Fleet Reservoir is popular for boating and fishing visitors so there’s more than plenty to do.

GOBLIN VALLEY Recognized as one of the top 100 family campgrounds by Reserve America, Goblin Valley is a place of unearthly scenery with scores of intricately eroded rocks that look like creatures from another planet. This vast landscape of sandstone goblins offers numerous caves and hundreds of miles of hiking trails.


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Arches National Park is home to the world’s largest concentration of natural stone arches. This national park is a red, arid desert, known for its oddly eroded sandstone forms, such as fins, pinnacles, spires, balanced rocks and arches. The 73,000-acre park has more than 2,000 naturally formed features. THINGS TO SEE WHILE VISITING ARCHES: Stroll through the Windows Section, get lost in the maze of the Fiery Furnace and visit the park’s most famous feature: the incomparable Delicate Arch. The park also has more than 2,000 geological phenomenon to explore.

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Canyon. Bryce Canyon isn’t actually a canyon, but rather the eastern slope of the Paunsaguant Plateau. THINGS TO SEE WHILE VISITING BRYCE CANYON: The Bryce Amphitheater, Utah’s scenic Byway Highway 12, provides a gorgeous approach to the red-rock spires or hike Fairyland Point, an eight-mile loop through a portion of the park.

Canyonlands A true outdoor paradise for recreation, Canyonlands features some of the state’s best whitewater rafting, hiking, biking and off-roading trails in the Four Corners area. Canyonlands includes a huge area of rugged land west and south of Moab, Utah. It consists of canyons and plateaus carved by two mighty rivers: the Colorado River and Green River.

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oab is one of the most sought after destinations in southeast Utah. The unique combination of the breathtaking red rock scenery, two national parks as well as the cool waters of the Colorado River has made Moab world famous for mountain biking, hiking, fourwheeling and river rafting.

WORLD-CLASS MOUNTAIN BIKING Mountain biking excelled Moab’s popularity in the 1980s. Rim Cyclery’s founders, Robin and Bill Groff, were inducted as pioneers into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in September 2013. The Moab Trail Mix is actively adding mileage to Moab’s annual trail inventory. Captain Ahab, Nome and Alaska were among the 2013 mountain bike trail additions. Road Cycling has become increasingly popular with three major annual events.

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THE MIGHTY NATIONAL PARKS OF MOAB Arches National Park not only has the largest natural arch in America, but also has the largest concentration of natural arches of any national park. Canyonlands is Utah’s only national park with river rafting and canoeing expeditions, in addition to four-wheeling, mountain biking, hiking and backpacking. In addition to the national parks, Moab has a great inventory of public lands and innovative private land uses to enjoy.

THINGS TO SEE WHILE VISITING CANYONLANDS: See the Great Gallery while hiking in Horseshoe Canyon, venture through the untamed and remote Maze District, or bike the White Rim Trail that circles Island in the Sky.

Capitol Reef Utah’s youngest national park, Capitol Reef features stunning formations like the Capitol Dome and Hickman Bridge. Since its designation as a national park in 1971, Capitol Reef has been intriguing visitors with its twisting canyons, massive domes, monoliths and spires of sandstone. Image courtesy of Moab Area Travel Council

EXPERIENCE MOAB FROM A NEW LEVEL Air Sports have gained popularity in Moab and consists of hot air ballooning, skydiving, tandem B.A.S.E. jumping, zip-lining, astronomy tours, scenic flights – fixed wing and helicopter, canyoneering or climbing, high ropes challenge course and slacklining. EXPERIENCE MOAB ALL YEAR LONG The temperate climate of Moab has also made it the perfect place for year-round outdoor events and festivals. The town has a rich calendar of events spanning from contra dancing to art walks. Eight of 25 photography workshops held in Moab in 2013 were held in winter to capture white blankets on the tremendous rusty stone walls and formations.



THINGS TO SEE WHILE VISITING CAPITOL REEF: Feast your eyes on Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile long bulge in the earth’s crust; Cathedral Valley, the backcountry area with sandstone monoliths; or Chimney Rock, a towering stone steeple.

Zion Famous hikes including The Narrows, Subway and Angels Landing attract adventure enthusiasts from around the world to Zion. Hiking possibilities are nearly endless here. With close to three million visitors per year, Zion is Utah’s most heavily used national park and most popular. THINGS TO SEE WHILE VISITING ZION: Visit Kolob Canyon, home of Kolob Arch and Taylor Creek; hike through the Subway, a semi-technical slot canyon; or drive Highway 9, which cuts through the heart of Zion.

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