Mayor Ralph Becker talks up Salt Lake's economic recovery

Mayor Ralph Becker talks up Salt Lake's economic recovery

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Salt Lake is getting attention for squeezing through these financially hard times less scathed than other cities. Salt Lake mayor Ralph Becker says a lot of it has to do with the City Creek Center.

"We've had some development that started before this crisis hit and has continued really unabated, so that certainly has made a difference in the whole psyche of the city," he said.

He also says entrepreneurs have kept the recovery going, with 23 new businesses coming downtown in just the last two to three months.

The mayor says Salt Lake and Utah's economic diversity helps and the federal stimulus money fit right in with all of that.

"Our goals and objectives have meshed very well with what we've seen in the stimulus package and the emphasis on renewable energy, energy efficiency and transportation improvements," he said.

Mayor Becker says government and business leaders have been working hard together, but that's not all. "I think the other thing, though, is not to lose sight of the positives going on. We have a superb quality of life here," he said.


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