Derek Miller: Utah epitomizes the big power of small business

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  • Joshua Stewart Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 30, 2018 3:49 p.m.

    Small businesses benefit when local people have more disposable income. Transportation is eating up 19-50% of middle and low income families' wages.

    If we want healthier, wealthier families and more time for families to be together - we must coordinate land use and transportation in more compact walkable communities. Sprawling across the valleys, eating up all our children and grandchildren's land, bulldozing all the farms, and building and widening more freeways and roads is not most Utahn's hopes for the future.

    If businesses are doing so well, lets invest in farm preservation, urban stream daylighting, trails, and more nature corridors that can make the region more beautiful for future generations and desirable for visitors.

    "Clusters" du jour like the "Inland Port" and "Silicon Slopes" are at best a distraction from real quality of life issues and at worst - more sprawl in our diminishing open spaces. The State legislature should be reinvesting in our core. Revitalize the State Street corridor. Make it a green ribbon in the valley by building a grand boulevard with new family friendly housing and green space along it.

  • Flipphone Sandy, UT
    Aug. 30, 2018 9:28 a.m.

    Less government regulation, low taxes and an expanding educated work force is the recipe for economic growth.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 29, 2018 7:04 p.m.

    Derek B. Miller is the president & CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance.

    I am assuming that Derek B. Miller is a well schooled, knowledgeable, and honest person. And has access to all the statistics and measures that come from business activity in Utah. Yet, his article seems to contain only opinions and very few hard facts.

    I am not well educated and these latter years seem to be taking a toll on my brain. Consequentley, I seek simplicity.

    I would like to know what are the measurements that are used to economic good and bad.