In Davis and Weber Counties
The Wasatch Front, defined as Davis, Salt Lake, Utah, Weber and Box Elder counties in the north-central part of the state, is Utah’s population and economic center. Industry clusters identified by the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development include aerospace and defense, energy and natural resources, software development and information technology, manufacturing, outdoor recreation, finance, life sciences and, until recently, energy and resource development. Many of those industries are in Davis and Weber counties.
Weber County dubs itself the industrial center of northern Utah, thanks to its more than 300 industrial centers that employ thousands of workers in manufacturing jobs for aircraft equipment, ski equipment, food processing, pharmaceuticals and more. McKay-Dee Hospital Center and Weber State University are also major employers in the county.
In early 2015, Weber County’s economy began a continuing growth spurt across almost all industries, accompanied by broad-based wage growth and more taxable sales, low unemployment and unemployment insurance claims that have fallen back to pre-recession levels. Through June 2016, Weber County added 3,358 jobs and posted 3.3 percent year-over-year growth. Nine out of 11 major industry sectors expanded (government was the only sector to shrink significantly), and growth in manufacturing, and professional and business services, was especially healthy. The governor’s office credited the tremendous growth in online shopping for making trade, transportation and utilities the largest contributing sector.
In Davis County, June 2016 marked the 15th month in a row of year-over-year employment gains in excess of 3 percent. Construction led the way, followed by education, health and social services; trade, transport and utilities; financial activities; and leisure and hospitality, according to the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. In fact, job growth was widespread across every industry sector except mining, and the dip there could be attributed to the global oil price collapse.
The governor’s office estimated that 123,386 people were working in Davis County in December 2016, a 2.2 percent increase over the 120,711 workers at the same time in 2015. Job growth in Weber County was even stronger, with 3.7 percent more workers in December 2016 than in December 2015: 106,574 versus 102,750.
Utah enjoyed a statewide unemployment rate of 3.1 percent as of November 2016, according to the Utah Department of Workforce Services. That compared with a nationwide average of 4.6 percent. Davis County’s jobless rate stood at 2.9 percent, and Weber County’s at 3.5 percent.
Initial unemployment insurance claims have returned to pre-recession levels, and the labor market is tight, putting upward pressure on wages in both counties.
Davis County is home to Northfront Business Resource Center in Kaysville (www.datc.edu/northfrontbrc), which is dedicated to contributing to economic growth by helping small and newly formed businesses succeed. Resources available through the center to meet the needs of entrepreneurs include:
- Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
- Pro Series Business Training
- Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE)
- Utah Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC)
- Davis Chamber of Commerce
- Grow Utah Ventures
- USTAR Technology Outreach Center
- Northfront Entrepreneur Alliance
The median age in Davis County was 28.6 and in Weber County, 31.8, which contributes to the region’s young and energetic workforce. (Utah overall had a median age of 29.2 — and Utah is the most youthful state in the U.S., where the median age is 38). Median household income in Davis County was $71,112, and $56,581 in Weber County, the U.S. Census Bureau reported. Utah has a flat income tax rate of 5 percent; the state sales tax rate is 4.7 percent, and county taxes, set locally, are then added to that. The combined sales tax rate in Davis County is 6.75 percent; in Weber County, it’s 7.1 percent.
Rail and Transit Access
Utah and the Wasatch Front, with its excellent transportation network of highways and railroads and easy access to Salt Lake International Airport, serve as an interstate hub connecting the West Coast to the rest of the country. At one time, the Naval Defense Depot in Ogden was the nexus for delivering military provisions across the United States via the transcontinental railroad. Today, the railroad remains a national center for east-west rail traffic connecting with major lines in Los Angeles, Oakland, Portland and Seattle, and the depot has become one of the nation’s largest distribution centers.
A key factor in Utah’s favorable business climate is its status as a freeport state — meaning no inventory taxes are assessed on inventory stored within the state.
Interstate 15 and Highway 84 intersect in Ogden, with I-15 providing excellent northbound and southbound access, and Highway 84 providing direct access heading east. These routes are used by more than 700 trucking companies in Utah that transport goods to major metropolitan city centers, ports and markets. Denver, Phoenix, Las Vegas and California are all within a day’s drive.
The Freeport Center in Ogden is occupied by more than 70 national and local companies, has more than 7 million square feet of manufacturing, distribution and storage space and employs more than 7,000 people. Tenants in the Freeport Center include such major operations as Kellogg, Lifetime Products, Honeywell International, Alliant Techsystems Composite and ATK Launch Systems.
Business Depot Ogden is a 1,118-acre master-planned business park with brick, concrete, steel and specialty buildings for retail frontage and warehouse and industrial space, connected with onsite rail services and easy access to Interstate 15, less than a mile away. A former military installation with current infrastructure investment exceeding $65 million plus an additional $155 million in new construction, BDO is one of Utah’s premier business and industrial parks. The more than 115 tenants include diverse companies such as ICON Health & Fitness, Kenco Group, Lofthouse Foods, Wayfair and TCR Composites, and more than 4,500 employees work on site.
“Wasatch” is the Ute Indian word meaning “mountain pass” or “low place in high mountains,” according to the state’s Glossary of Utah Terms. Since early settlement days, the Wasatch Range has been a rich resource for timber, granite and water. Today, the region is renowned for its recreational opportunities from skiing at scenic mountain resorts to fishing in rivers, streams and freshwater lakes to mountain biking with hundreds of miles of trails to explore. These natural assets strengthen the local economy and improve residents’ quality of life.
Weber County, called the Recreational Gem of Utah, has more than 160 miles of nonmotorized trails for hiking and biking in diverse terrain, as well as 11 area golf courses. Ogden’s Kayak Park was the first professionally designed play-park in Utah and draws much attention as a destination for kayakers. The park serves as a popular swimming hole when seasonal fluctuations make the water too shallow for boats.
Davis County, known as the Garden Spot of Utah because of its long growing season, also has miles of trails for hiking and biking, is home to 11 regionally ranked golf courses, and more than a dozen world-class ski resorts are within easy striking distance.
Hill Air Force Base
In terms of total employees and salaries, Hill Air Force Base is the biggest employer at a single site in Utah. The nearly 24,000 people who work there — including military and civilian personnel and private contractors — had a total federal payroll of $1.26 billion and annual expenditures of $814 million, according to the base’s 2015 Economic Impact Statement, and boosted the state’s economy by almost $3.3 billion, once an additional $1.2 billion from 27,000 indirect jobs was factored in.
More growth and improvements are in the works: The 2017 National Defense Authorization Act projects $44.5 million for the base to use on maintenance facilities, weapons maintenance storage units and facilities for the new F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter.
Falcon Hill National Aerospace Research Park, at Hill Air Force Base, is a 550-acre private development under an Air Force enhanced-use lease that will provide more than 2 million square feet of commercial space in its first phase, with additional expansion capability, staging benefits and infrastructure. It is projected to be the largest and most successful enhanced-use lease project in the Department of Defense’s history. For more information, visit www.cbre.us/o/saltlakecity/properties/falcon-hill/Pages/home.
At the national level such websites as www.monster.com, www.careerbuilder.com, www.jobs.com and www.indeed.com have extensive search capabilities as well as resume tips, forum support and professional networking options.
The National Military Spouse Network, a networking, mentoring and professional development organization, has a wealth of career information at its website, www.nationalmilitaryspousenetwork.org. The group aims to help military spouses build a meaningful, sustained career path and offers a library of articles that touch on topics from entrepreneurship, resume tips, self-promotion and more as well as a membership-only discussion forum. The organization also features companies that are military spouse-owned or military spouse-friendly on its Homefront Business Listings page.
Utah Department of Workforce Services
480 27th St.
Ogden, UT 84401
The Utah Department of Workforce Services maintains an internet portal for job seekers looking for work and for employers needing workers. The website serves as a one-stop integrated employment and training service. Job hunters can get help in job preparation and exploring careers, labor market information, job fairs and information about unemployment insurance, and search for DWS locations by ZIP code.
State of Utah
Employment opportunities with the state are posted online. Search by category, department or location, then apply online.
Davis County Admin Building — Personnel Office (Room 305)
61 S. Main St.
Farmington, UT 84025
Davis County is among the top employers in the county. Jobs are posted online with benefits information, and applications are available for download with submission instructions. Call the job hotline at 801-451-3484.
Weber Center — Human Resources
2380 Washington Blvd., Suite 340
Ogden, UT 84401
Weber County does not accept applications online, but jobs are posted on its website, and applications are available for download with submission instructions. For questions or comments, email email@example.com.
City of Clearfield
55 S. State St.
Clearfield, UT 84015
From the main menu on city’s website, click “Employment” to connect with job opportunities and the city’s online application process.
City of Farmington
160 S. Main
Farmington, UT 84025
On the city website’s home page, click “I Want To …” and then “Apply for a Job” to be taken to the list of available jobs and the employment application.
City of Kaysville
23 E. Center St.
Kaysville, UT 84037
From the main menu on city’s website, click “How Do I?” and then “Apply for a Job” to view job openings and download the city’s application for employment.
City of Layton
437 N. Wasatch Drive
Layton, UT 84041
From the main menu on city’s website, click “Jobs” under “Favorites” to access Layton City job openings and the city’s online application. Only online applications are accepted.
City of Ogden
2549 Washington Blvd., Suite 220
Ogden, UT 84401
Only online applications are accepted for Ogden City’s jobs. View current job listings and sign up for job alerts at the city’s website.
City of Roy
5051 S. 1900 W
Roy, UT 84067
From the main menu on city’s website, click “How Do I?” then “Find Job Openings” and finally “Human Resources” to access city job openings and the city’s application, which can be submitted electronically or by mail.
City of Sunset
200 W. 1300 N
Sunset, UT 84015
Go online to download the city’s employment application and then submit it to city offices at the address above.
An employment agency can offer posts ranging from high-level administration to warehouse work. Many employers use agencies as their human resources department. Agencies advertise, interview, test and manage payroll. A temp-to-perm arrangement allows the employer and prospective employee to evaluate each other before committing to permanent employment.
Municipal and regional chambers of commerce include local employment agencies in their member lists, along with contact information. See Page 17 for a list of chambers of commerce in Davis and Weber counties.
Always keep your resume up-to-date and have several versions that target specific industries and highlight your skills that fit their job descriptions.
Compile several reference lists with a good variety of people and former business associates. Be sure to first ask each if you can use them as references.
Compose a comprehensive, catchy and succinct cover letter of no more than a page (this is no place to ramble). It will introduce you and your desire to work for the company. Have a knowledgeable friend check it for errors; misspelled words and bad grammar hint at carelessness and indifference. Know what the company does, and highlight skills, work experience and education that apply to the position. Be aware that many employers now accept only online applications so get comfortable with computers.
Maintain a positive, professional and broad-based presence on social media such as Facebook and LinkedIn; almost all employers search social media sites to vet job candidates, and your absence there will raise red flags. Also be aware that images and comments posted spur-of-the-moment can be searched out forever and come back to haunt you.
Be prepared for an interview at any time. When you submit your application, a supervisor may want to talk immediately, or the phone may ring with a call from a hiring director. Compose — and rehearse — your one-minute self-promotional speech on who you are, an achievement or two and your strengths. It’s not vanity to make a good first impression. If a supervisor wants to know why she should hire you, be ready.
Always follow up with thank-you letters and calls. Even today, a letter as well as the quick-response email will separate you from a surprising number of the other applicants — to your advantage — and keep your name fresh in the interviewer’s mind. Judicious calls display your continued interest. Writing out beforehand what you want to say helps. So does rehearsal.
Be aware that due to the usually huge numbers of applicants, most companies are able to follow up only with candidates in whom they are interested. Don’t take it personally if you’re not notified that you didn’t get the job.
Hill Air Force Base Civilian Opportunities
Visit www.usajobs.gov to search for Department of Defense jobs at Hill Air Force Base. You can also visit the base’s human resources office website for links to local job listings at www.75fss.com/content/employment, or call 801-777-1080.
Nonappropriated Fund Human Resource Office
For information about service jobs at Hill Air Force Base, including openings in lodging, marina, recreation areas and more, (non-appropriated fund positions) call 801-777-1080 or visit www.nafjobs.org.
For Base Exchange jobs, visit the AAFES career page at http://odin.aafes.com/employment and search for Hill. You will need to register to access the site.
Davis County Economic Development
Incentives, advice and mentorships are all on the table as part of a vigorous push by Davis County Economic Development to encourage business development and new jobs, whether it be for a new entrepreneur or an established company looking to expand. Get an idea of the range of help at www.co.davis.ut.us/economic-development/business-incentives, call 801-451-3279 or visit the office at 61 S. Main St., Suite 304, Farmington, UT 84024.
Weber Economic Development Partnership
The Weber E.D.P. is a facilitator between resources and incentives and those who want to establish or grow a business within the 15 cities and the unincorporated areas of Weber County. Find out more at www.webercountyutah.gov/weberedp or call 801-399-8414. Their mailing address is 2380 Washington Blvd., Suite 250, Ogden, UT 84401.
Utah Small Business Development Center
The Utah Small Business Development Center network provides evaluation and guidance by knowledgeable advisers for those looking to start a business. Visit https://utahsbdc.org for more information, or call 801-626-7232 (Ogden) or 801-593-2115 (Kaysville).
Northfront Business Resource Center
The Northfront Business Resource Center at Davis Applied Technology College in Kaysville helps entrepreneurs with support and assistance in developing new ventures. Visit www.datc.edu/northfrontbrc or call 801-593-2500 for more information.
U.S. Small Business Administration
The federal Small Business Administration, www.sba.gov, has information about loans and grants, starting and managing a business, contracting and local assistance. More information is available at www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/2/3154.
In 2011, President Barack Obama ordered the creation of BusinessUSA, a one-stop platform for small businesses to get the services they need to make good hires and to grow. The service now offers more than 200 online classes, videos and chat transcripts, as well as information on how to start a business, obtain financing, look into exporting, expand, find opportunities, learn about health care changes, be aware of taxes and credits, get help with hires, and ferret out regulations and green opportunities. BusinessUSA is especially interested in increasing ownership among veterans, women, the socially and economically disadvantaged, Native Americans and Alaska Natives.