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PacNet #9 – An America Odyssey: The Corporate Migration to Rural America

In 1987 I had the fortuitous opportunity to meet Randall Fields, chairman of Mrs. Fields Cookies Inc, probably the world’s preeminent maker of chocolate chip cookies. Randy explained how, a few years earlier, he and his vivacious wife had moved their company from the congested San Francisco Bay area to the high mountain country of Park City, Utah. The reason: a superior lifestyle. To the Fields, their new home meant cleaner air, better schools, more time for family, fewer hassles – all with considerable cost savings.