Talent, tech put Salt Lake in fast elite

Talent, technology and greater tolerance have cast Salt Lake City as one of the nation’s 10 "fastest" cities, according to the November issue of Fast Company magazine.

Cities making the cut showed the highest rates of growth in what the magazine dubbed as the "creative class," namely scientists, engineers, artists, managers and high-paid professionals. That group makes up more than 30 percent of the total U.S. work force, the New York-based business magazine said in the issue that hits newsstands Sunday.

Lucas Conley, a staff writer for Fast Company, said the rankings were meant to showcase cities where people aspire to live and work.
The magazine hired Richard Florida, Hirst professor at George Mason University’s School of Public Policy, and Kevin Stolarick, assistant professor of information systems at Carnegie Mellon University, to crunch numbers on a city’s number of new patents, the concentration of high-tech firms, number of different occupations and the percentage of homosexuals in a community.

Cities that made the list, Conley said, "tell you that it is an attractive place for people in a creative class to live."

By Dave Anderton
Deseret Morning News

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