In this article, Salt Lake Chamber communication director Marty Carpenter argues an important point:
Make no mistake about it; Utah is in direct competition with the other 49 states in the union and our global peers when it comes to attracting businesses.
So true. The same could be said of Provo as it competes with neighboring cities.
Carpenter concludes in the article that Utah does a good job of attracting business, pointing out that companies from California particularly like to come here. He also mentions a number of interesting things that give Utah a competitive advantage. All of his points make me hopeful for the future of the state.
But what about the future of Provo? The mayor recently wrote that the city’s sales tax revenue continues to improve, and developments like the NuSkin expansion and the convention center will surely help. But it’s also hard not to notice that on mayor’s list of sales tax, we’re still not one of the top growth cities.