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Published: Thursday, Aug. 22 2013 6:47 p.m. MDT

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Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

"For example, eBay values sustainability and specifically chose Utah to expand its operations because of the state’s commitment to invest in renewable resources and long-term infrastructure improvements, GOED officials said."

The backstory to this is that eBay almost didn't come to Utah due it the state's poor air quality and its potential impact on its employees' quality of life (and potential health care costs). In fact, GOED is very concerned about how winter (and now summer) inversion pollution is actually inhibiting new businesses and industry from coming to Utah.

The Trib ran a story not long ago about how a delegation of business visitors checking out Utah for possible relocation literally left shortly after arrival once the representatives saw the polluted air in the Valley and told GOED that there was no point in continuing the tour.

Environmental quality is directly related to business development and prosperity. Sadly, our policymakers haven't figured that out yet.

A view from the Beltway
Purcellville, VA

The notion that ALL public sector expenditure is a drain on the economy is simply not valid. Some expenditures have a net positive return on investment as illustrated by this article. When a free society through its representatives, chooses to tax itself and invest as much as possible of that money into positive net present value assets, then it will reap the reward many times over. In the past, the best bets have been education, research, public health and infrastructure improvements that make it easier to do business.

Utah has done a good job in some ways to invest public moneys into the right activities, however, it needs to start paying attention to new opportunities and threats. Since pollution in the Great Basin is becoming an issue for many companies, it is time to start addressing it before companies start seeking to relocate elsewhere.

DVD
Taylorsville, 00

If you want a contrast between an area that has funds invested in better infrastructure and areas that do not, look between those areas that do and don't have reliable electricity. Look at the South before and after government programs were implemented in order to bring electricity to the region, often against the efforts of conservatives of the time. The Tea Party that now has a strong base in that region does not really understand how life without technology also nullifies their political voice. They seem to feel that modern life came about by magic and can be sustained by magic rather than continual investement on a large scale.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Whenever the feds want more funds, they play the infrastructure card.

Hope Utah isn't doing the same.

New to Utah
PAYSON, UT

Utah's population growth between 2000 and 2010 was far greater than its ability to provide infrastructure and quality of life. It has been very efficient in improving roads,bridges and mass transit.A sustainable growth is much better than rapid growth. Utah has been doing a lot of things right.

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