I’m Derek Miller Speaking on Business. Sunday marks the 175th anniversary of the first pioneers arriving in the Salt Lake valley. It took them more than three months to reach our present city. 

Soon after arriving in the valley in 1847, pioneers began building homes and schools, laying out farms, creating irrigation projects, erecting barns, constructing churches, and expanding businesses enterprises. Near today’s present-day This is the Place monument, Brigham Young declared, “This is the right place.” And he was right.  

Those who come to vacation here today know that Utah has some of the top National Parks in the nation and the greatest snow on earth. And when it comes to business, Utah’s hard-working people and entrepreneurial spirit continually earn accolades.

Wallethub recently declared ten Utah cities among the top thirty best small cities to start a business. And, earlier this year, the prestigious Milken Institute named Provo–Orem as the top large city area in the country for employment and wage growth, with Salt Lake City coming in third, and Ogden ranking 13th. That same report declared Logan as the top small city in the country.  

Utah truly is the right place. It’s the right place to raise a family, build a business and enjoy life to the fullest.    

I’m Derek Miller with the Salt Lake Chamber, Speaking on Business.