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Outdoor recreation number-one factor for tech sector employees to live and work in Utah, new survey finds

July 13, 2021 (Salt Lake City) – The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, in partnership with Utah Outdoor Partners and Silicon Slopes, recently conducted a survey of tech industry employees in Utah regarding the importance of outdoor recreation and access to wilderness. The survey found that access to outdoor recreation is the number-one factor for tech sector employees to live and work in Utah.

“Of Utah natives working in the tech industry that have left the state and moved back, 82% said outdoor recreation and/or access to wilderness and public lands was the most important factor in moving back, over family (76%), career opportunities (76%), and cost of living (61%),” said Dianne Meppen, director of survey research at the Gardner Institute. “This research highlights the importance of accessible outdoor re