Utah County leaders work to improve air quality

Posted at 6:59 PM, Dec 11, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-11 21:04:21-05

PROVO, Utah -- Provo Mayor John Curtis gathered a group of business and civic leaders on Tuesday to address what all of them realize is a problem that could harm business growth in their region: air quality.

Among those gathered was Val Hale, president of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce, who works to bring businesses and skilled workers into the Valley.

"You think about flying into Salt Lake on a pristine beautiful day, there's nothing more beautiful” Hale said. “Now think about descending into this soup of yucky air. Landing in the airport and not even being able to see the mountains.”

The Internet giant, Adobe, with more than one thousand employees in Lehi, is trying to set an example for corporations. They took FOX 13 News on a tour of their facility, which includes VIP parking for hybrid, electric, and natural gas vehicles, and a special storage facility for employee bicycles.

Hale said Adobe represents Utah County's hi-tech sector, which employs more than 50,000 people.

"A lot of these people who come to Utah, they're drawn here by the outdoors, by the beauty," Hale said.