Will Amazon's new headquarters land in Silicon Slopes?

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  • ctobsl Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 17, 2017 5:28 p.m.

    I agree with Makid,

    We already have the infrastructure and items needed to qualify for the specific list of requirements in the South end of the Downtown area.

    We have a direct Trax line to the airport, easy access to Front Runner, easy access to I15 & I80 to the airport which is less than 15 minutes from downtown. We have a more walkable city grid system and the arterial streets are already in place to get us to and from the freeways, restaurants, housing and other major areas of the valley. We have large empty blocks ready for construction of the new high rise office buildings and housing. Universities, collages, restaurants & entertainment are near by.

    What we don't have are the grid lock issues and congested spaghetti streets that go nowhere that are found in the South end of the valley.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Sept. 11, 2017 7:49 p.m.

    I see pluses and negatives. On the plus side, Utah has invested well in infrastructure. I ride Traxx and Frontrunner down to Lehi when I fly in. Its a great service and a good asset. There is also just north of the point lots of good locations this could go, giving people options on where to live. And SLC has decent flight connections. Time zone ways it is good central spot. The down side it would deeper divide the region into those who have, and those who can't afford the area any more.

    I still think Denver and Austin have a better chance because of the deep base in talent they have. Much more so than SLC. And they both have still lots of expansion space - slc valley does not.

    Hoping for Utah to get its chance.... .it would be a good anchor for the region so it isn't known as call center central (India of the west) or pyramid paradise (scammer central).

  • Andy Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 11, 2017 2:30 p.m.

    50,000 jobs?!? that's almost Lehi's current population.

    What is that, like 150,000 people? That is nearly 30% of the population of Utah country.

    Too many people. Not enough space. Utah needs to slow down in its growth.

  • Makid Kearns, UT
    Sept. 8, 2017 8:50 a.m.

    It won't go to Provo, Point of the Mountain or Draper. Sandy might not even work for Amazon. They have a specific list of requirements and of those, only SLC meets or exceeds the requirements. No where else in the State will work.

    The best location in SLC is the 400 South and Main St parking lot. It is owned by the LDS Church business holdings (Single Owner), could start construction quickly with no real demolition, directly next to 3 Trax lines, close to another 14 bus routes (within 1 block), close to FrontRunner, within the time frame for airport connectivity, on 5th South for I-15 access and 1 block away from 6th South for the same. Close as well to I-80. Services and High density housing are near by. So are dedicated bicycle lanes (called out in the RFP). Also, SLC has eyed this area for a tech campus.

    The lot can hold all of the space needed but if they wanted to spread out, the East side of main is available as well for future developments/expansions.

    Additionally, the term Silicone Slopes has been amended to mean the area from Ogden to Provo, not just the Provo/Orem area. This changed a few years ago.

  • Paul B. South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 7, 2017 7:28 p.m.

    @ Silver Stingray : When you don't know the difference between retaining a retail market expo and recruiting a tech employer, you really ought to consider not commenting on such matters. They're not even remotely similar - the issues, market, incentives, demographics, etc are worlds apart. Comparing the two is comical; you're really grasping at straws here.

  • jo1952 Redmond, WA
    Sept. 7, 2017 3:13 p.m.

    As socially responsible as Amazon is, won't they look at places like Detroit or Chicago instead of a place that will pay them for the privilege of having their monolithic footprint in their backyard? They will must assuredly choose compassion, diversity, social responsibility over money, right?

  • Silver Stingray St George, UT
    Sept. 7, 2017 1:21 p.m.

    Utah shot itself in the foot and couldn't even keep the Outdoor Retailer Show. Actions have their consequences. No way will it attract Amazon.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 7, 2017 12:53 p.m.

    No. We can't afford it. Utah is a corporate welfare State. One town was going to give Facebook 250 million tax dollars to build a server warehouse there. Creating a whopping 70 jobs. The State gave Amazon 5.6 million to build a warehouse in SLC. Amazon asked Colorado for money to locate near Denver. The state said "No". Amazon built there anyway. It's one thing to help with SBA loans and startup loans for promising companies. It's another thing to throw taxpayer dollars at billionaires and billion dollar corporations. Amazon is one of the world's wealthy companies and it's CEO, Jeff Bezos, is the world's richest person. Utah government gives unreasonable sums of tax dollars away to wealthy organizations while raising taxes and fees to middle class Utahn's to pay for basic services.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Sept. 7, 2017 11:58 a.m.

    I hope amazon comes but not at the expense of corporate welfare.