Herbert: Utah prison in the way of SLC tech corridor

Dec 11 2013 - 1:56pm

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (file photo)
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (file photo)

SALT LAKE CITY -- Gov. Gary Herbert's top economic developer says the Utah State Prison occupies valuable real-estate in the middle of a bustling tech corridor south of Salt Lake City.

Spencer Eccles spoke Wednesday to a board of state legislators and others studying the possible relocation of the aging prison, which houses 4,000 inmates.

The governor's office has yet to take a position on building a new prison elsewhere at a big expense. But Eccles made clear that the 700-acre site in the Salt Lake City suburb of Draper stands in the way of a budding tech corridor.

Eccles says information technology is a growing economic sector in Utah, providing more than 51,000 jobs - a figure increasing at an annual rate of 6 percent.

The prison is halfway between new operations for eBay and Adobe, and the tech corridor is also home to IM Flash, Microsoft and Oracle.

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