Gaining the nickname of Silicon Slopes — a homage to Silicon Valley, a tech hub in California — Lehi continued to attract tech businesses in 2017 and will continue its growth in 2018.
In 2018, multiple businesses will finish buildings in Lehi and claim the city as a landing spot for their developing companies. Nature Sunshine will open a 125,000-square-foot office space on the west side of I-15. Podium will finish a 90,000-square-foot facility in August. Young Living is moving its corporate headquarters to a 150,000-square-foot building in Lehi by the end of 2018, perhaps as late as 2019, on the east side of I-15.
Marlin Eldred, Lehi’s economic development director, says the city has been able to attract so many businesses because of its prime location in Utah.
“You look at opportunities to hire employees,” Eldred said. “You look at Lehi’s central location between BYU and the University of Utah. We’ve got this invisible line between Salt Lake County and Utah County. Lehi, being located right on that border, attracts people from both Salt Lake County and Utah County.”
Besides its business niche, Thanksgiving Point — one of the original legs of Lehi’s growth — will continue to expand in 2018. The Butterfly Biosphere, which has an anticipated open date of fall 2018, will cover more than 33,000 square feet, including renovated space in the former Emporium building as well as an expansion behind the building. It will be located just north of the Thanksgiving Point Water Tower. Four major interactive displays will make up the Butterfly Biosphere: The Costa Rican Climber Play land, Butterfly Flight Zone, Discovery Room for hands-on learning, and Education Classrooms and Exhibits.
The Butterfly Biosphere is Thanksgiving Point’s fifth venue in addition to the Museum of Natural Curiosity, Farm Country, Ashton Gardens and the Museum of Ancient Life.
“From an economic development standpoint, we’re just trying to grow,” Eldred said. “We don’t want to stop the development. Our goal is to help the community to grow.”
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