Ogden's Business Climate Rated a Top by Forbes
PHOTO CREDIT: Kevin Young
How positive is the business outlook for Ogden? Well, it’s difficult to get sunnier than inclusion on Forbes magazine’s 2008 list of Best Places for Business and Careers. Ogden’s recipe for business success includes a mix of interests. The area’s three largest employers are McKay-Dee Hospital Center, Autoliv, which manufacturers items such as airbags and seat belts; and telemarketing firm Convergys.
A Policy for Success
Technology and manufacturing lead the area’s economic focus, and area business leaders note Ogden’s educated workforce and relatively low costs. Ogden boasts three industrial parks, with additional locations suitable for industry, all with interstate and nearby airport access as well as fiber optic lines. One of the area’s recent industrial developments, a 1,128-acre former Army depot called Business Depot Ogden, claims more than five million square feet of space. In July 2008, the state's economic board approved an $8 million incentive deal to lure Swiss-based Jet Aviation to Ogden, which plans to open operations there in fall of 2008. The move is expected to create as many as 650 new jobs in the area at a medium wage 50 percent higher than the county average.
Capitalizing on the Great Outdoors
Ogden’s thriving outdoor recreation industry means good business for gear manufacturers and those wanting to show residents and tourists Ogden's natural beauty. More than two dozen ski and winter sport companies have relocated to the area in recent years, a trend that has in turn attracted industry suppliers, such as:
- Amer Sports
- Scott Sport
- Goode Ski Technologies
An Eye to the Future
Downtown revitalization has taken center stage in Ogden, with marked interest in the historic district. Through renovation and restoration, the Historic 25th Street area has become an appealing blend of shops, restaurants and businesses. Of course, having a business community nestled in the mountains makes it easy being green. Among other initiatives, the city and area businesses began supporting Fresh Air Friday in June 2007, encouraging motorists to give their vehicles a day off and seek alternative means of transportation.