The term “Silicon Valley” has long been associated with the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay area in California because of the vast number of high tech corporations and start-up companies that call it home. But did you know Ogden is being hailed as part of the “next Silicon Valley”?
Why is that? It has a lot to do with the ever-increasing number of high-tech businesses being established in the region. The Brookings Institution recently ranked Ogden and its southern neighbors, Salt Lake City and Provo, in the top 15 for the number of jobs offered in the advanced industries super-sector.
Ogden is home to a growing concentration of these advanced industries, made up of research and development (R&D) companies along with businesses supported by STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) workers. Higher education campuses, like Weber State University, could play an integral role in this growth.
For those of us that call Ogden home, the news that our city boasts a high percentage of these employment opportunities, including aerospace manufacturing, technical consulting, and engineering services, probably comes as no surprise. But it’s nice to receive the recognition.
What else did the Brookings study reveal about Ogden? Here are some of the highlights:
Ogden is ranked no. 14 for its share of advanced industry jobs.
26,530 jobs were supported directly by these high-tech businesses.
Another 21,220 jobs were indirectly supported by these industries.
Between 2010 and 2013, employment in the super-sector increased by 4.9%.