Wasatch County, an EDCUtah investor since 1997, is located between Summit and Utah counties and is the gateway to the Uintah Basin. Since 2002, when the cross-country skiing and biathlon Olympic events were held here, Wasatch County has increased its population by 70 percent. The U.S. Census Bureau recently listed Wasatch County as the seventh fastest growing county in the United States and the fastest growing county in Utah. Heber City, the county seat, was also ranked the third fastest growing micropolitan city in the United States for the fifth consecutive year.
To date, the population in Wasatch County is 30,000 and is expected to double by the year 2040. What is causing such growth? According to most residents, it's the lifestyle and convenient access to major markets. Lovingly referred to as "Utah's Switzerland," the area features three state parks, endless recreation opportunities and an abundant supply of clean air. To be sure, it is a perfect place to live and do business.
The population growth has certainly added to Wasatch County's robust business climate and continues to strengthen the area's position as one of Utah's gems. Dozens of new businesses, ranging from retail to manufacturing, have made their homes in Wasatch County. Heber City recently developed a 40-acre industrial lot near the city airport. This property, and others, are poised to attract new businesses that want to relocate or expand in the beautiful Heber Valley.
Economic Development Executive Director Ryan Starks says Wasatch County supports Utah's economic development efforts to help facilitate the quality of life we all enjoy. "Within Wasatch County, the creation of new jobs is vital to support the ever-growing population and to maintain a stable tax base for the county and its cities," he explains. "Clean, quality development is the goal for Wasatch County, and the caliber of new and existing businesses is at the heart of the county's economic profile." For more information about Wasatch County, please call or email Starks: 435-654-3666 x11, or Ryanstarks@gohebervalley.com.
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