Drew Clark's column from the Deseret News, on Sunday, February 8, 2015, building upon the StartSLC conference of last weekend....

SALT LAKE CITY - As the vibrancy of Utah’s information technology sector gains increasing prominence in the national press, it’s worth reviewing the reasons for its success — and watching out for ways to keep our state from sabotaging itself.

The emerging Utah formula for tech sector success is: “Entrepreneurship plus an educated workforce, plus venture capital, equals a sustainable environment for economic growth,” I wrote in an October column.

Last week, two national studies highlighted the strength and diversity of the Utah economy. One, from the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, ranked Provo No. 12, Ogden No. 14 and Salt Lake No. 15 in U.S. cities generating “advanced industries” jobs.


The numbers of jobs, startups, and venture capital in the state support the hype behind a burgeoning Utah tech industry. Whether from home-grown startups or Silicon Valley refugees, the sector has indeed reached a critical mass of sustainability. This is all great news for the state — if we can can keep it.
— http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865621455/Utah-should-welcome-problem-solving-and-job-creating-entrepreneurs.html