Utah County is playing up its values to attract jobs. Local boosters tout its hardworking, well-educated, high-integrity workforce and some of the lowest utility costs in the nation.
Novell, Nuskin and Ancestry.com have operated in the county for some time. Newcomers include Adobe Systems, which now houses 1,100 employees in a $107 million campus in Lehi.
And don't forget the little guys. Smaller businesses such as Downtown Provo's 150 retail stores and 48 homegrown restaurants are helping give employment figures a boost.Subscribe to Money Magazine
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