As Utah's largest and longest-standing business association, the Salt Lake Chamber has watched the state's population and economy grow over the last few decades. Today, Utah is home to more than three million residents and more than 1.6 million jobs, supporting an economy that produces an excess of $165 billion dollars in gross domestic product every year. The state has consistently ranked as one of the nation's best places to live, work, start a business, raise a family, retire, visit, and ski.
But this didn't just happen. For generations, Utah residents have planned and prepared for the state's growing population and economy. Water districts, road departments, school districts, healthcare facilities, and more were created so that you and I can enjoy a good quality of life.
Throughout Utah, there is water when we turn on the tap. There are roads and public transportation options that allow us to travel throughout the state. Schools, higher educational facilities, cultural centers, and houses of worship are common amenities in every community. Abundant healthcare options with specialty services are available statewide. And there is a long list of outdoor recreational opportunities that attract visitors from all over the world. Utah really does have it all.
It is the Chamber's desire that Utah maintains its legacy as a great place to live, work, and recreate. For that reason, we publicly and proudly...