The correctional facility is expected to bring positive economic growth to its host community. The community hosting the correctional facility will experience positive economic impacts in several ways:
- In the short-term, the construction of new correctional facility is expected to cost several hundred million dollars, Much of the money spent on construction is expected to benefit directly the community where the correctional facility will be developed as construction worker temporarily relocate to the area and/or spend money at local restaurants and businesses.
- There are more than 800 employees currently working at the Utah State Prison. While the PRC is working to minimize any negative impact on these employees, it is expected that some employees will choose to relocate to live closer to the correctional facility. The correctional facility will provide the host community with a very stable employment base with jobs that typically come with excellent benefits. Currently, nearly 50% of current correctional facility employees live within a 20-minute drive to the prison. Over time, employees will likely relocate according to a similar pattern. In addition, employees of the new facility will spend money in the local community for things like food, gas and other items.
- A new correctional facility will require investments in infrastructure in any location, meaning the host community will benefit from these investments for other uses, such as attracting new businesses.
- Statistics and anecdotal evidence from many communities that host correctional facilities, including Gunnison, show that local crime rates go down after such a facility is built, making a community safer and more attractive to business investment.