Salt Lake City

Why Silicon Slopes—the region between the Utah state capital and Provo—is bustling with hot brands and data nerds.


• Dozens of companies are based in and around Riverwoods, a commercial and residential paradise with 192,000 square feet of retail, at the base of the Wasatch Range and just an eight-minute drive from BYU. A mile down the road are the headquarters for Vivint, a smart-home company valued at $3 billion.

• One of Salt Lake City’s artsier neighborhoods, Sugar House is home to a cluster of startups, along with fashion boutiques, a streetcar, and gastropubs that sell local craft beers Polygamy Porter and Big Bad Baptist. 4

• Lehi-based farm, garden, museum, golf, and shopping complex Thanksgiving Point, 9

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