The Salt Lake region has long been a
“venture” capital, starting with the arrival
in 1847 of Brigham Young and the first
wave of Mormon settlers.
In 1868, soldiers discovered rich silver
veins in the nearby Wasatch Mountains.
The ensuing rush gave rise to Park City.
Incorporated in 1884, the town boomed on
the extraction of more than $400 million in
silver before the mines gave out in the early
Future revival was in skiing and winter
recreation. In 1930, a ski jump was built on
mine tailings, followed by the area’s first ski
lift at Snow Valley (now Deer Park) in 1947.
Word got out on this ski mecca, art and
culture arrived in the 1970s, and 1981 in-
troduced the U.S. Film Festival—taken over
in 1985 by the Sundance Institute and since
evolved into the Sundance Film Festival. In
2002, it was Olympic gold for Park City and
Salt Lake City, their hosting of the Winter
Olympics that year creating lasting tourism
and economic vitality.
Groups can expect their own rich re-
wards in these two buzzing Utah beehives.
Salt Lake City
Attendees can get an authentic feel for that
epic arrival in 1847 at This Is The Place Her-
itage Park. Located at the entrance to Em-
igration Canyon, where Brigham Young’s
vanguard group first entered the Great Salt
Lake Valley, this expansive heritage site
offers nine indoor and outdoor venues for
corporate meetings, banquets, weddings
Temple Square, worldwide headquarters
for the Mormon Church, is Utah’s most
Comprising some 20 historic venues in
three city blocks, signature experiences
include touring the 21,000-seat Conference
Center. Featuring a 7,667-pipe organ, the
clear-span auditorium is the biggest of its
kind in the world.
At the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir, with its 11,623-pipe organ,
groups can see daily organ recitals and
weekly choir rehearsals.
With gourmet dining at its 10th floor
Roof Restaurant, the 600-capacity Joseph
Smith Memorial Building hosts corporate
meetings and business events. Built in
1856 as the family home of Brigham Young,
who also served as Utah’s first governor,
the Lion House offers multiple indoor and
outdoor spaces for meetings and events.
Another beacon, day and night, is the
majestic Utah State Capitol. Modeled after
the Capitol Building in D.C., this 1916
Along with Ogden to the north and Provo to the south, Salt Lake City forms Utah’s “Silicon Slopes.” Attracting companies like Adobe, eBay and Twitter, top rankings from outlets including
Forbes and CNBC, and with 31 percent job growth over
the last decade, the region is one of America’s hottest
destinations for high tech and innovation.
MOUNTAIN VIEWS FROM BLUE
SKY UTAH, WANSHIP
Utah’s Salt Lake City and Park City lure groups
with their heritage and ingenuity
BY JEFF HEILMAN