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2016 Mountain Region Forecast

Big projects rule this region, ranging from data centers and Tesla's $5 billion "Gigafactory" in Nevada to a host of construction along the Front Range of the Rockies in Colorado. Utah is posting particularly good numbers in both manufacturing and construction employment. Overall, electrical sales in the Mountain region is expected to grow by 0.7% in 2016 after a similar increase in 2015.

Colorado’s Front Range is growing fast and Nevada’s construction industry will enjoy new data centers being built in Reno and Las Vegas,  the Tesla plant near Reno, a  large casino project and a 230-mile high speed rail link to Los Angeles.  By some growth metrics, it’s Utah that’s growing at the fastest pace. On the state level, Utah’s

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