Utah is life elevated — a dynamic state that attracts tourists, visitors, and residents — not only because of a growing economy, but also because we provide a quality of life experience that is unmatched anywhere. In 2018, the Utah Department of Tourism reported approximately 20 million visitors to Utah.

Our state is consistently ranked as one of the healthiest and happiest places to live, and as business and community leaders we have both an opportunity and a responsibility to maintain and promote Utah’s storied status as the best place in America to live, work, and play.

“Second only to attracting and maintaining workforce, business leaders identified outdoor lifestyle and access to outdoor recreation as the top factors in their company’s decision to locate and expand in Utah.”

Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute Survey

Downtown Salt Lake City

Many efforts have already been made to improve the quality of life for residents of downtown Salt Lake City, including initiatives to counter homelessness and introduce downtown ambassadors. Much remains to be done.


Building on the success of the summer Downtown Farmers Market, the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance look forward to working with the state and the city to establish a permanent public market in downtown that will provide year round vending opportunities, continue to bolster rapid transit oriented development of downtown’s depot district, and enhance our already vibrant city.

The public market will act as an important public space within the community, bringing residents and businesses together while promoting small and local business in a celebration of Utah’s agricultural roots and food production heritage.

Legislative Priorities