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St George promotes technology-based economic development with Tech Ridge

Ranked as one of the top-10 metro areas in the nation for population growth, St. George’s focus on growing a technology-based economy is good news for Utah.

“It is exciting for USTAR to be part of the discussion to develop the technology economy in southern Utah, and now to see the city move forward with its plans to develop Tech Ridge, the local community and State will reap the benefit,” said Jared Goodspeed, director of the USTAR St. George office.

St George Mayor Jon Pike, with support from USTAR, began a conversation two years ago with city officials, local technology CEOs, economic development representatives, and education and community leaders. The goal was to define what technology means to St. George and how the former 160-acre airport site could be developed to further support a technology-focused economy in southern Utah.

That vision was officially launched in August of this year as the city requested proposals to develop Tech Ridge in support of strategic goals. These include promoting a technology focused economy, creating higher paying technology jobs, and facilitating world-class healthcare and research. Recreation, higher learning, and quality of life are equally important components when translating vision to successful reality.

A number of prominent high-tech companies and organizations already call St. George home. And though many seem to fly under the radar, the research and development, people, products, and services are world class. The goal of Tech Ridge, in part, will bring this to light, and encourage both existing and new technology-focused companies to a purpose built and resource rich central location.

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