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.
YEAR ROUND PUBLIC MARKET
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.
We support the development and funding of Utah’s recreational assets, including additional facilities to meet growing demands, while improving outdoor access for residents and addressing infrastructure needs.
We support funding for public transit solutions to ski resorts and mountain communities.
We support directing state funds to promote Utah tourism products and assets where there is capacity for growth; this includes state parks, winter sports, cultural assets and other attractions.
We support funding to advance the development of the Downtown Public Market.
We support improving the system for providing shelter and services for people experiencing homelessness and addressing issues related to street camping.
We support initiatives that will assist in curtailing aggressive panhandling.