Published: Thursday, April 11 2013 6:25 p.m. MDT
I helped start small companies in Utah in the early days of the PC (1980s)and I
often wondered if I should have gone back to California, where I lived for a
number of years after I got married. I had to give it all up a decade later
after some business reverses and then health issues. There were companies which
my former associates started in Utah which did very well here.I hope
to start a company again before I am put out to pasture. I have not known if
Utah is a good place for a company as I've been out of touch for so long,
but this article is encouraging. I will look at Utah's advantages more
closely and perhaps find that my best choice will be to stay here; it certainly
doesn't look like California is welcoming new startups these days! I
wonder what, specifically, Utah offers companies that would entice a California
company to expand here? I thought the people who worked for me were
outstanding, so I know about that, but I'd like to know more about
competitive advantages like low taxes etc.
Just don't let their liberalism come with them.
I think we should compete and do all we can to grow the Utah economy. However
I'm not sure whether we help or hurt the national economy. I don't
think its a zero sum game but others might disagree.
My father, a small business owner in California, was destroyed by their
bureaucracy and taxes. His employees lost their jobs and California's
answer was to put them on unemployment rather than find ways to help their
employer stay in business so they all could pay taxes. It's worse now and
California is fair game. Good hunting Governor.
California currently has a population of about 38 Million and is expected to
grow to about 50 Million by mid-century. Utah siphoning off say a million jobs
from California IMHO wouldn't be a bad thing. That would probably add about
3 Million to Utah's population. The question California Businesses wanting
to relocate to Utah would be asking is: Is there infrastructure (Water,
Electricity, Roads) to support a doubling of Utah's population? Reliable
Water supplies would be a big concern of mine...And good luck with your
(non-shooting yet) water war with Nevada.
BYU Track Star - you just identified an massively important business opportunity
there - water supplies (recylcing / purification) - Get it right and UT could be
a net importer of waste streams and net exporter of clean water to other
states... several companies in UT have a national profile for their work in
this regard. Sometimes its not about having perfectly pure water, it's
about getting the worst water to a dramatically better level of usability...
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