In moving state fair, consider economic development with an educational anchor

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  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    May 30, 2014 10:18 p.m.

    Regarding my previous remark, most of you probably don't know what Worker Self Directed Enterprises - WSDE's - are. They are enterprises created by workers which remain owned and managed by the workers. They are nothing new. There are a number of examples in Europe (particularly Spain) and the United States. The original Silicon Valley startups were WSDE's - in garages. They went on to be conventional corporations. The trouble with corporations is that they are not democratic. WSDE's may be part of the solution to chronic unemployment, especially long term unemployment.

    This campus could be a place where students can take charge in forming cooperatives. Special skills are necessary to do this, but it has been done many times before. Let's really think outside the box on this one. This is a unique opportunity. Could SLCC lead the way here?

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    May 30, 2014 2:38 p.m.

    Such a resource could be used to develop Worker Self Directed Enterprises - WSDE's, as well as conventional start-ups.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 30, 2014 11:55 a.m.

    Seems like the State Fair Park used to have a track for car races and indoor facilities for stuff year round. I remember going to stock car races and hockey games at the fair park when I was a kid.

  • Noodlekaboodle Poplar Grove, UT
    May 30, 2014 11:11 a.m.

    I have to disagree with the assertion that the fairpark is only used for one event a year. There is a swap meet there most summer weekends, concerts, trade shows. It's not a one use property.
    WHile it doesn't need to be in the capital, if you put it out in the middle of nowhere you won't get very many people from the suburbs and cities, and it really will turn into a property that is only utilized for one event.

  • Don Bugg Prince Frederick, MD
    May 30, 2014 9:46 a.m.

    Surely Salt Lake County is one of the least rural in the state, but it still hosts the state fair, which is a highly rural-related event. So why not move the fair to another area? I'm sure I'm not the only one who's thought this, so is there something I'm missing? Is there a special reason the state fair has to be near the state capital?

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 30, 2014 9:16 a.m.

    Here's an idea...

    From the picture it appears the State Fair grounds are relatively small. It would probably be nice if they were bigger. But where do we have an undeveloped area that big in the metro area (not out in Tooele or the Salt Flats)...


    We may soon have the land in Draper where the Federal Penitentiary is!

    Draper/Bluffdale would probably like to have a facility like this, and the land is probably bigger than the current Fair Park, and we already own it (so won't have to tear down people's houses and kick them out to build it). And Draper is centrally located where our population is growing more in the South than in SLC.

    Then we could sell the fair park (to offset the cost of building a new penitentiary in a less populated area) OR... donate the fair park land to build a new University on the West side of SLC... Kind of a UVU but on the West side.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 30, 2014 8:18 a.m.

    If there's one thing we've learned in America... it's that there is little or no economic development without education.

    Education is what facilitates and stimulates economic development (not a Government welfare check, that just insures they stay happy where they are). If you want to advance an individual or a family economically... invest in education.

    If someone's poor... they need more education (not a check from the government). If the government feels they need to send them money... they should also be insuring that at least some of it is going towards education (so they can get out of the situation they are in, not just be happy there).

    I've always taught my kids... if they want more income... they have to get more education. It's worked out so far. And it doesn't end when you leave high school or even college. You never stop looking for ways to gain education (in your career field and in general education).