Our partners often hear me say that EDCUtah is lucky—we get to market the best product in the country! Utah is an amazing place, thanks in large part to our history and to the fantastic partners we have all across the state who invest their time and resources into making this place dynamic, inclusive, and vibrant.

Lately, we’ve seen a resurgence of corporate interest in locating in an urban core. This trend has been particularly noticeable amongst our financial services and our information technology clients. These clients are often interested in competing for urban employee talent and in being able to offer urban amenities, such as access to the arts, entertainment, food and bev, and access to sports and outdoor recreation to their teammates. We have a number of vibrant downtown Main Street and urban environments throughout the state that offer great employee amenities in a navigable market. As the Capital City, Salt Lake City tends to attract much of this interest.

That’s why it was bittersweet for me to have learned of Jason Mathis’s recent announcement that he would be moving on from Salt Lake City’s Downtown Alliance. We’ve had great partners in Jason Mathis and Jesse Dean. As we have seen this resurgence of tech and other companies seeking to understand their urban core operating options, it has been fantastic to have partners like Jason and Jesse, both of whom have always been willing to speak to the very special makeup of Downtown Salt Lake City.

Not only have Jason and Jesse both been able to speak to the incredible things going on in Salt Lake City today, they have also made a huge mark and a big impact in making Salt Lake a better place through their tenure. Over the last several years, downtown Salt Lake City has become so vibrant, with the Eccles Performing Arts Center, the City Creek Center, and other fantastic developments that have breathed life and energy into our Capital City. Jason and Jesse played big roles in the Downtown Rising plan. The City has also had its share of challenges; Jason and Jesse have faced several tough issues head on, with compassion and solutions.

Thank you, Jason and Jesse for your collaboration and partnership over the years! We wish you both the best of luck as you embark on your newest endeavors. We are certain that you will continue to contribute significantly in your new roles and are grateful for the great relationship we have shared. Cheers!