Perspectives on The Point

January 29, 2024

Recognized as one of the most important economic opportunities in Utah’s history, The Point consists of 600 acres of state-owned land that is being built into Utah’s Innovation Community.

The Point of the Mountain State Land Authority (Land Authority) and their private-sector master developer The Point Partners (comprised of partners Lincoln Property Company, Colmena Group, and Wadsworth Development Group) recently signed an agreement for Phase 1 development. The first 100 acres will include a walkable promenade; Central Green; regional trail connections; transit-oriented development; a balanced mix of jobs, housing, retail, shopping, entertainment; and more.

In this Q&A, Alan Matheson, executive director of the Land Authority, and Scott Cuthbertson, president and CEO of EDCUtah, share their thoughts on the project.

Why should site selectors and companies consider expansion opportunities at The Point?

Scott: The Point is going to be the largest corporate campus between Salt Lake City and Utah County, offering an urban setting with a great laborshed. It’s a reasonable drive to the airport and it’s in the heart of Silicon Slopes, a thriving national tech hub.

Unlike private-sector developments with multiple owners, The Point is owned by the State. As a result of a robust process to gather input from the public on what they’d like to see at the site, there are ambitious goals in place around walkability, sustainability, innovation, open space, housing, and economic opportunity. For a company that’s looking to attract a lot of talent, The Point is where that talent can live, work, and play—surrounded by great amenities.

Alan: The Point is a premier location in a premier state, and it has a compelling and achievable vision to build on Utah’s advantages. That vision is based on sophisticated analysis, creative planning, and input from thousands of Utah residents—16,000 people to date. We have the advantage of being a blank canvas, so we can achieve the vision more easily than redeveloping an already developed site.  

Any smart investor is looking for proven and sustainable returns. That’s Utah, with our economy, workforce, lifestyle, and sound, business-friendly public policies. At The Point, we want to reflect the best of Utah.

What type of industries will be most attracted to The Point?

Alan: We advance State initiatives and priorities, so we’ll focus on the State’s targeted industry clusters, including life sciences, energy, technology, and aerospace & defense. But it won’t be limited to those areas. We welcome all companies that will be a good fit, and we recognize that there is real value in finding innovation at the intersection of different industry types.  

We’re creating a place that will bring together people of different backgrounds to share ideas and find solutions. All aspects of this project are focused on doing things in better ways. We’re working very closely with the Utah System of Higher Education to bring academia and the private sector together to create, nurture, and commercialize ideas that generate economic development and solve some of Utah’s greatest challenges.  

Scott: This innovation aspect will be appealing to site selectors and companies. The Point will be a place where companies can join a dynamic ecosystem of innovators, entrepreneurs and educators. It will be a great place to create and commercialize ideas.  

What’s the State doing in terms of infrastructure?

Alan: Businesses want a site that’s easily accessed by employees and customers, and well-connected to its region. That’s happening here. FrontRunner—the commuter rail line that extends from Ogden to Provo—will have a new station immediately adjacent to the site, along with upgrades that will make FrontRunner more efficient throughout the system.  

In addition, light rail will connect to FrontRunner, go through The Point, and on to Utah County. A mobility plan is under development to allow people to move around the site conveniently. This includes a circulator and apps that will help you find the easiest and least expensive way to get around The Point. With these strategies, this site will be very  connected to the region.  

Beyond that, the State is investing in and working with our utility companies to install critical backbone infrastructure—roads through the project, water, sewer, electrical, gas, fiber, and everything else that’s needed for a successful community.

And we’re not just looking at the infrastructure we need today. We are planning for a potential vertiport as advanced air mobility continues to develop as a viable transit option.

Talk about the amenities. What are your favorite business and lifestyle elements?

Alan: This will be one of the premier shopping areas anywhere in the West. The Promenade will be a walkable street with ground-floor retail and residential and commercial space. There will be an event center. Convergence Hall, probably the first building constructed, will be the innovation heart of the project. It’s being designed and programmed right now by The Point Partners and the Utah System of Higher Education.  

I’m also really excited by the River-to-Range Trail, a multi-use trail that will connect the Jordan River Parkway to the regional trails east of Interstate 15 (I-15). It will be a critical link connecting the most expansive trail system west of the Mississippi. People will love it for recreation and for active transportation—commuting on their bikes or e-bikes.  

"We think placemaking and business attraction go hand in hand. Businesses want the best talent, and the best talent wants to live in the best places. We’re building a place that will attract the workforce of today and tomorrow."

Scott: I’m excited about the concept of live-work-play. You’ll have your needs met locally, and your family can probably do fine with only one vehicle in the garage for those occasional longer-drive needs.  

I also like the emphasis on open space. Lots of green space is programmed throughout the project. It will be exciting for you, on your lunch break, to take a quick mountain bike ride in the nearby hills.  

When will The Point be open for business?

Alan: Demolition on the site is now complete. That creates a blank canvas on which to build. The plan is to start the backbone infrastructure in the spring of 2024. That will include key roads, such as connections to I-15 and Bangerter Highway, and electrical, gas, water, sewer, storm water, and so forth.  

The Point Partners will then identify parcels to develop within Phase 1—the first 100 acres. We expect to get their first applications in the fall of 2024, and that they’ll be able to start site work and vertical construction in 2025.  

We expect Phase 1 development will entail a combination of build-to-suit and spec construction, including office, residential, retail, and entertainment. We’ll probably see the first occupancy in 2027. From there, it’s just going to take off.

Phase 1 will be outstanding, and most business development opportunities will be able to fit within its framework very well. We also imagine opportunities that will come along that fit better outside of Phase 1—think of sub-campuses within the remaining 500 acres. We have a process in place so that The Point Partners and the Land Authority can work together to support those opportunities.  

What’s EDCUtah’s role in attracting companies to The Point?

Scott: We will market the product to our network of site selectors nationwide and to decision makers in certain international markets. Using our in-house research and marketing teams, we can help augment the efforts of the team at The Point and coordinate with the master developer. Lastly, we can help companies navigate the State’s incentives program run by our partners at the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity.  

Alan: EDCUtah is a valuable and valued partner. They have the team, the resources, and the relationships to share the opportunity The Point represents. EDCUtah can facilitate that important connection between companies and place.

Why should EDCUtah investors care about The Point?

Scott: Our mission is to catalyze strategic economic opportunities and quality jobs in Utah, and that’s what The Point is all about. The Kem C. Gardner Institute forecasts that, at the end of the buildout of the project, The Point will bring 46,000 jobs, $4.5 billion in annual earnings, and $7 billion in annual GDP. In short, this is going to be a key economic hub for the state, and our stakeholders care a lot about seeing that kind of prosperity.

Alan: As a State project, The Point is designed to provide benefits for all residents. In part, that’s the economic activity Scott mentioned and the new tax revenues that can fund priorities such as infrastructure, social services, and education throughout the state. It’s also about creating opportunities for businesses  that care about Utah and will invest in our communities.  

Ultimately, it’s  about investing in Utahns’ quality of life. The Point will be a place where anybody can come with friends and family to enjoy a bike ride or a stroll in a beautiful outdoor area, interact with public art, get something to eat, or enjoy a concert or performance. We think it will be a great gathering place for all. The Point will be known globally and loved locally.  

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Scott Cuthbertson

President & CEO