Correctional facilities often attract businesses, not drive them away. The existence of a correctional facility does not affect the bottom line of a business and is unlikely to be a major consideration for businesses that are considering relocating or expanding. Using the prison in Draper as an example, businesses have not been deterred from expanding or locating in the area around the prison. Dozens of high profile businesses have chosen to open their doors within one mile of the current Utah State Prison, including: Coca-Cola, Ikea, GoalZero, Harmons, C7 Data Centers, eBay, Camping World, Boondock’s Fun Center, RC Willey, 1-800-Contacts.
Furthermore, businesses are not likely to relocate or expand to areas where infrastructure is lacking or in need of significant improvements or extensions. Many communities would like to draw large employers to their area, but lack the funds to provide necessary infrastructure upgrades to do so. New correctional facilities will likely require investments in infrastructure in any location. As the state brings its resources to bear, the host community will benefit from infrastructure upgrades that will be a necessary part of the construction. As infrastructure is upgraded, the host community will become more competitive and attractive to other developers.