In this weekend’s The Wall Street Journal, Sandy, Utah was mentioned as an up and coming hotspot of innovation. While it didn’t rank in the 20 most inventive towns in America (based on numbers of patents to small business and individuals), it did get special mention in a sidebar on page P6 of the July 22/23, 2006 edition. The small Utah community had 59 patents issue to individuals and small businesses last year, compared to 86 for the much larger Indianapolis or 132 for Las Vegas, both of which were also listed as “up and comers.” According to the Journal, “In just over a decade, the city has built two million square feet of Class-A office space, which now averages 6% vacancy.”
Something exciting is brewing in Sandy.
It’s a great town that has produced some of America’s most vital and loved resources – my wife, for example.
Now here’s a question: what Utah company deserves to be called the most innovative in Utah? There are some great firms out there and a lot of new businesses booming, but who really leads when it comes to developing exciting inventions or patents?