"You will find men who want to be carried on the shoulders of others, who think that the world owes them a living. They don't seem to see that we must all lift together and pull together." -- Henry Ford
A common question posed by businesses considering locating in a community is, "What can you tell me about the quality of life in your city and how will our employees find it appealing?"
Companies are waking up to the benefits of a happy workforce. When a business is considering expanding or relocating, an appealing quality of life will be measured by a number of different components.
The housing option becomes an obvious and important cog of the wheel. What is the affordability of homes and their varied appeal?
Another significant cog is found in schooling. This not only applies to the concerns of young families raising children, but also to institutions of higher education, such as universities and technology colleges, because they provide training opportunities for the workforce.
The availability of arts in the community is a factor many corporations consider in searching for a lifestyle of excellence, along with a variety of other entertainment opportunities.
Shopping and an overall general standard of living is another key element companies investigate before deciding whether to establish their footprint.
Landmarks can be important for future marketing purposes and the proximity indoor and outdoor leisure opportunities are primary to an ever- changing corporate America.
Utah's outdoor opportunities are second to none when it comes to satisfying recreational needs. Cities along the Wasatch Front provide some of the country's best trail systems, everything from the Bonneville Shoreline trail to the breathtaking mountain views of the DNRGW trail. Both trails interlock communities along their route and have become huge enrichments for the area.
We are fortunate to have so many quality of life enhancements in Northern Utah. It helps in establishing a sound and prosperous economy.
Our secret is now known world-wide.
With an onslaught of future opportunities, it would be prudent for Northern Utah to continue to grow the available features of lifestyle excellence.
Steve Curtis has worked as a business consultant and communication specialist. He is currently mayor of Layton. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.