On September 26, 2016, Mayor Ben McAdams laid out his vision
for a unified and connected economic corridor along the west bench of Salt Lake
County. During his announcement, he outlined his plan to seek $200,000 from the
Salt Lake County Council for the establishment of the Mountain View Economic
Development Commission, which would be charged with attracting and expanding
advanced industries along the west bench of the county. The proposed Commission
would strategize together on how to best develop the area and bring economic
diversity and growth for all county residents, particularly those on the west
Since this announcement, the Salt Lake County Council has
approved the mayor’s request, moving the mayor’s vision for a unified economic
The Northwest Quadrant (NWQ) of Salt Lake County consists of 28,000 acres, much of which is underutilized and undeveloped. As the northernmost point of the Mountain View Corridor and with its proximity to the Salt Lake International Airport, both I-80 and I-215, and rail lines, the Northwest Quadrant is one of the best-connected areas of the county. This connectivity and the plans to relocate the State Prison to the area combine to create a unique opportunity for smart growth and robust economic development. Development in the area, which currently houses many industrial and manufacturing facilities, poses unique challenges due to its proximity to the Great Salt Lake and its wetland ecosystems as well as its role—both currently and historically—with mining and landfill operations. Through thoughtful planning and development, the Northwest Quadrant has the potential to become a major economic hub for the entire region.
In efforts to guide planning and development in the NWQ, Salt Lake County Regional Economic and Business Development staff will be publishing a series of case studies over the coming months, culminating in a full report, emphasizing the importance of a robust economic development strategy for the region.
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NAIOP Symposium 2017 - Northwest Quadrant from Newmark Grubb Acres on Vimeo.