UTAH: Life Elevated


As this year’s legislative session wrapped up, I thought a lot about our great state and how nice it is to be involved in a business community that receives so many accolades. I have listed just a few of the many, many recognitions that Utah has received recently.

Forbes Magazine:
#1 “Best State for Business & Careers”, 2010, 2011
#3 “Best State for Business”, 2009

Business Facilities:
#1 “Best Business Climate”, 2011

American Legislative Exchange Council:
#1 “Expected Economic Recovery”, 2011

Best of State:

“Best Web-based Community Resource”, 2010, 2011

The Pew Center on the States:

#1 “The Best Managed State in the Nation”, 2008

The Governor quotes Forbes Magazine in his 2012 State of the State address: "No state can match the consistent performance of Utah. It is the only state that ranks among the top 15 states in each of the six main categories [on which] we rate the states. Those six categories are economic climate, growth prospects, labor supply, business costs, regulatory environment and quality of life.”

Here are some quality of life accolades as well, which we know are also influenced by economic development and viability.

Forbes Magazine:
#1 “Best State to Live”, 2009

Ski Magazine:
#1 “Family Vacation”, 2011-2012

Corporation for National and Community Service:
#1 “Volunteerism in America”, 2011


Recognition of this kind makes us proud to live here. But we can’t be content with the way things are. We must be proactive, continually improve and work together to make things even better. So, look through the rest of this newsletter and see where you can join us here at the Chamber as we strive to do our part to make Utah the best state in the nation and Davis County the best county in the state!


by Angie Osguthorpe



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