Salt Lake City’s tech market is taking off. The tech movement has been called Silicon Slopes, and while there has been a recent surge in activity, the market is built on a strong computer science industry dating back decades. As the latest milestone, Collective Medical is opening its headquarters in Cottonwood Corporate, which the company says will accommodate more growth. The city’s economic growth and talented labor pool—from the University of Utah—will propel more tech industry growth.

“Global tech companies such as Adobe, EMC, Micron, Intel, Facebook and Microsoft all operate from Salt Lake City headquarters,” Bryan Welch of Colliers International tells “Tech growth has undoubtedly put Silicon Slopes on an international map. However, economic diversity and strong business fundamentals remain the key to Utah’s success. The state has an educated workforce, favorable public policies, a high quality of living and advantages when it comes to labor costs. All of these factors offer an incredible opportunity for tech companies looking to increase market share and expand global operations within an environment that favors commercial growth.”

The Collective Medical lease, brokered by Colliers International SVPs James Mack and Lora Munson, is an important part milestone in the growth of Silicon Beach. “Collective Medical exemplifies a rapidly growing clip of homegrown Utah technology companies finding success on a global scale,” adds Welch. “Utah headquarters and real estate requirements are becoming more sophisticated. Companies like Collective Medical demonstrate exactly what can be achieved by implementing effective real estate expansion strategy and leveraging the sound business fundamentals found within the Utah market.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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