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Published: Tuesday, May 27 2014 2:05 a.m. MDT

Updated: Tuesday, May 27 2014 2:05 a.m. MDT

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Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

What Utah needs is more of these types of big annual event attractions to diversify its economy. Events, such as Sundance and Comic Con, draw thousands of tourists and boost the local economy while contributing to the cultural experience of Utah and the nation. This is critical for Utah's future, especially as some of Utah's traditional industries are now threatened.

Coal is a diminishing industry in Utah. Natural gas is cheaper and cleaner, and society is demanding a switch away from dirty coal to alternative energy, such as wind and solar. Utah's been slow to realize this, even with California cutting off its coal contracts in Utah by 2027. Ports on the west coast are resisting exports of Utah/Wyoming coal to China, so we're destined to see Utah's coal locked up.

How to address this massive shift in Utah's economy? Diversification to new industries, such as events such as Comic Con and Sundance. With many of Utah's mining communities so dependent on coal, those communities MUST start thinking five to 10 years out to figure out what kind of economies they want to be and see EVENTS could be part of their future.

liberal larry
salt lake City, utah

I think that Sundance highlights the fact that there are two Utah's, the deeply conservative State of Utah, with inclusions of very progress areas like down town Salt Lake City, Park City, and Moab.

Most of America has a very muddled view of Utah, with awareness of the beautiful landscapes, but also a knowledge of politicians calling for the reinstitution of the firing squad, and of Utah's polygamist history.

I've noticed a real "island effect" with our Sugar House rentals. A certain segment of the population will only rent in the more progressive parts of the valley, so demand in those areas remained strong through out the recent recession.

ordinaryfolks
seattle, WA

If you invite the "creative" class to Utah and expect them to be wowed by more than a pretty landscape, then how do you square the social policies that this sort expect?

It is a common perception that Hollywood and the Arts in general are more "liberal" in their social attitudes. Why would such a person knowing move to a place in which the Governor says such crude things about gay marriage? I mean a pretty view is nice, but if your neighbor is publicly excoriated as the very embodiment of evil, it is rather hard to be content in your life.

GZE
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

And don't forget our State Legislature wants to buy that view and sell it to their friends.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Sundance doesn't showcase Utah. It showcases independent film. Almost none of which are from Utah.

Sundance is not about Utah. It COULD be done anywhere.

Utah is just the venue it's held in. But it's not about Utah, or our standards, or our people, or our politics, or really anything about Utah (other than our hospitality to our temporary guests).

Just be nice to the people who come. It's not about us... Don't pretend it is about Utah... It's about the films and exposure for their producers, not the venue.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Which Utah "values and traditions" should Sundance recognize? Our filthy air? Our reputation as the MLM fraud capital of the world? Our mediocrity of an education system? Our denial of basic rights to fellow citizens? Our determination to drill, burn, graze, and privatize the most beautiful landscape on earth until it's unrecognizable and unrecoverable?

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

@Irony Guy,

The irony is... IF all those negative things you pretend represent Utah values and traditions are true... and yet you choose to live here and just moan and groan instead of fixing it.

What's keeping you from fixing it? What's keeping you from leaving and finding a place with less pollution, and MLM "Fraud"??

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Yes... replace the impact the mining industry has in the Utah economy with Comic Con? Genius!

Google "THE STRUCTURE AND ECONOMIC IMPACT OF UTAH’S COAL INDUSTRY"...

4500 Utahns work in the coal industry. I'm sure the convention center has some minimum-wage jobs and will hire these 4500 newly unemployed Utahns! Or they can get jobs changing beds or serving beer to the Comic Con visitors... that should replace the income miners currently have...

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In 2007 Carbon County accounted for nearly half (48%) of the coal produced in the state, with Sevier County accounting for 28%, and Emery County 24%.

If comic con replaces mining... these miners would have to move to SLC or Sandy. But that's OK. That's where all Utah jobs (and air pollution) SHOULD be anyway.

So... when these employees and their families move out of Carbon, Emery, and Sevier county (to get these minimum-wage convention jobs).... what will happen to the towns they leave? It's probably OK with environmentalists if the towns become ghost-towns, and the families with roots there, and businesses there... just leave for the SLC area...

At least we have comic con...

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

2 bits
Digging for riches Always fails when the thing your diggin' for runs out and it will.
Tourism will never dry up as long as there are beautiful places to go that aren't private land or strip mined and left for someone else to clean up.

marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

Re: 2 bits "Utah is just the venue it's held in. But it's not about Utah, or our standards, or our people, or our politics, or really anything about Utah..."

Well, not so fast. Both Redford and many Utahns dislike the formulaic trash served up by Hollywood. That's one of the reasons for the festival - to explore the potential of movies by experimenting. With what is happening at BYU and SLCC, there is a lot of commonality.

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