Fox File #9 "The Dog Days of Summer"
The Fox Files is a weekly message from EDCUtah President & CEO Theresa Foxley.
Have you heard about our amazing research team? They really are terrific. We give Matt Hilburn, Michael Stachitus, and Emad Jabini some pretty off the wall requests and they seem to genuinely delight in trying to quantify tough questions.
This week, our research team worked on a Quality of Life (QOL) thesis. The thesis is that Utah’s QOL is better than other communities with a similar population size. Our test is whether it can be quantitatively proven that Utah offers a better QOL. The team applied a well-known economic measurement, Location Quotients (LQ), to quantify Utah’s comparative strengths in our “QOL assets.”
For those of us who love the arts and the great outdoors, it comes as no surprise that in all measured topics we come out at or near the top. We had our team analyze LQs for historical sites, parks, theater companies, and dance companies. In all measured categories, we were either #1 or #2. Further, in comparing the Wasatch Front Combined Statistical Area (CSA) to other CSAs of its size, only Utah and one other spot could boast access to a golf course, ski resort, hiking trail, and mountain biking trail within 1 hour from a major airport. Pretty cool.
So as you start your summer, make sure you carve out time to enjoy some of Utah’s great QOL assets. We really do have enviable LQs for our QOL.