Provo's East Bay may be a new kid on the block among business parks. But it should have a different reputation now, having been chosen one of the 10 best parks in the world.
Site Selection magazine of Atlanta, Ga., recently recognized the East Bay Business Center and nine other business parks from among 8,000 parks worldwide for the "outstanding quality of their work environments and services provided."Mayor Joe Jenkins said: "We are really in big company for a park like ours. We were selected among some parks that are bigger than ours and more mature. This is a significant award."
He said the size of the park and its entities, atmosphere, tenants and how well it is developed are taken into consideration. East Bay has a plus because it has many businesses and is not dominated by one company.
The award was unsolicited and came because "people have heard of us," Jenkins said. The selection will give the city even more publicity.
"This gives us an advantage worldwide that would be impossible to get otherwise. Companies looking to move read about us. Not one day goes by when we don't get a call asking about East Bay."
Most of the top 10 sites are research parks targeted to high-technology companies. The parks also are near major research or university centers.
The other parks on the top-10 list are: Ann Arbor Technology Park, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Antrim Technology Park, Antrim, Northern Ireland; Cummings Research Park, Huntsville, Ala.; Discovery Park, University of British Columbia; Hacienda Business Park, Pleasanton, Calif.; Princeton Forrestal Center, Princeton, N.J.; Renaissance at Gulph Mills, Upper Merion, Pa.; Research Triangle Park, Research Triangle Park, N.C.; and Shreveport Regional Airport Industrial Park, Shreveport, La.
Jenkins said 30 acres are left for development in the front section of East Bay and 60 acres remain in the back. Once the park is full, the city will look to other possible parks in south Provo and at the Provo airport.