July 05, 2004
Small Town Entrepreneurship
Posted by Gordon Smith

Anita at Small Business Trends posted a link to a story from the Kiplinger Letter about college graduates moving to "small towns." Among the "small towns" on the list: Provo, Utah, home to my alma mater, Brigham Young University. Since I am not a Kiplinger subscriber, I am not sure how they define "small town," but let me provide some assistance to the DC-based company: this -- my home town, population 1,500 -- is a small town. Provo is a small city, which (along with its sister city, Orem, and other surrounding communities) has long been quite an attractive spot for technology companies. WordPerfect and Novell were anchors of the 1980s economy, and many new technology companies are still operating in the region.

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1. Posted by Anita Campbell on July 7, 2004 @ 6:18 | Permalink

Hi Gordon,

To be entirely fair, I went back and checked, and guess what? Kiplinger had used the phrase "small cities and towns." In writing about the topic I called them just "small towns."

So Kiplinger didn't do Provo an injustice, after all. And I should have known better, because I've been to Provo multiple times and of course it is a small city -- and it has a lot going for it.

Actually that whole area from Salt Lake City to Provo/Orem has many high tech companies and a more varied industrial and commercial base than I ever expected-- ranging from tourism to mining to software development -- you name it. I used to spend a lot of time in Utah on business and was very impressed with the variety. Being from the old industrial areas in the East/Midwest, I hadn't realized just what Utah offered until I started spending time there.

Best,
Anita


2. Posted by Gordon Smith on July 8, 2004 @ 9:30 | Permalink

Thanks for the clarification, Anita. Utah is a great place. I am not from there, but I spent my undergrad days at BYU, back when WordPerfect was just a little program written by a local professor. Too bad WordPerfect has almost returned to that status because I much prefer it to Word.

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