OGDEN — Whereas the higher Ogden space may not be Utah County’s Silicon Slopes, recruiting tech firms and the sometimes high-paying jobs that comply with has been a spotlight of a number of governments alongside the northern Wasatch Entrance, together with Ogden Metropolis.
And a brand new report for means that the world’s out of doors recreation scene would possibly assist in the trouble.
Utah Outside Companions, a nonpartisan, nonprofit group, and the Kem C. Gardner Coverage Institute not too long ago launched a survey of Utah tech trade workers, which means that high quality entry to wilderness may play a key position in protecting and recruiting tech companies within the state.
Tony Younger, media relations supervisor with the Utah Governor’s Workplace of Financial Alternative, stated Utah’s out of doors recreation choices have lengthy been used as a recruitment software for advertising the state as a spot the place firms ought to do enterprise, however famous that wilderness perks would possibly entice the tech trade much more. Younger stated Utah’s tech sector is the fastest-growing trade within the state and options well-paying jobs that “encourage a versatile work-life steadiness,” which for a lot of means getting outside.
The UOP and Gardner survey quizzed about 255 respondents, representing 141 totally different tech firms now doing enterprise throughout the state. Of Utah natives working within the tech trade that left the Beehive State after which and moved again, the report says 82% of them stated out of doors recreation and entry to wilderness and public lands was a very powerful think about transferring again. When contemplating coming again to Utah, respondents stated the wilderness siren ranked greater than issues like household (76%), profession alternatives (76%) and value of residing (61%).
About 38% of the tech workers who participated within the examine stated they have been provided greater salaries to work in different states. Of these, 85% stated out of doors recreation and entry to wilderness and public lands was their most vital think about selecting to remain. Almost 60% of the survey respondents stated they make the most of Utah’s out of doors alternatives at the very least as soon as every week.
“The superb entry to out of doors recreation and public lands in Utah are key components to the financial progress of the state,” stated Pitt Grewe, director of the Utah Workplace of Outside Recreation. “This report reveals that folks working throughout totally different sectors respect the standard of life that Utah out of doors areas present. Foosball tables and sleep pods are a cool perk inside an workplace atmosphere, however not as vital as what’s exterior the workplace.”
In accordance with GOEO, about 75% of Utah is made up of public lands.
Ogden Metropolis, particularly underneath Mayor Mike Caldwell’s tenure, has focused the out of doors trade as a means to assist drive the financial system. Caldwell was a founding member of the Get Out and Stay Basis, which organizes and host quite a lot of out of doors occasions together with the Ogden Marathon, earlier than he grew to become mayor in 2012. Extra not too long ago, the town has additionally focused the tech trade. Throughout the final two years, tech firms just like the San Francisco-based Eden Applied sciences and Australia-based KordUSA have opened massive headquarters places of work in Ogden. Northrop Grumman, the worldwide aerospace and protection know-how firm, has additionally expanded operations in Weber County throughout that timeframe.
In accordance with Ogden’s Enterprise Growth Workplace, there are almost 6,000 know-how and software program jobs within the metropolis, with a median annual wage of $64,403.