This week in the Utah Business Report

Friday, September 19th, 2014

In case you missed one or more of the Salt Lake Chamber’s Utah Business Reports on KSL NewsRadio, here is a recap of what we talked about this week.

For the full recorded reports from this week and weeks past, visit KSL NewsRadio online. Remember to tune in between 12:30 and 1 p.m. to KSL NewsRadio every week day on 102.7 FM or 1160 AM. If your business is doing something great, let us know and we may feature it on the Utah Business Report.

I would like to share some exciting news about CLEARLINK’s Vice President of HR, Cammie Cable. Cammie is a member of the Salt Lake Chamber and a leader within the HR industry, particularly wellness. Her reach extends beyond her business into the community among a cross-section of HR professionals.

On May 22nd at the 15th annual “30 Women to Watch Awards Luncheon,” Cammie was recognized as one of Utah’s most dynamic women. The award spotlights women who influence their companies for the better, who create a positive impact on their communities and who play an important role in shaping the state.

Receiving the award is fitting since Cammie’s passion for CLEARLINK and the community runs deep. Her passion for engaging our CLEARLINK’s people and the communities they touch makes her a true innovator in her field. This award could not go to a more talented individual.

Cammie Cable has been instrumental in engaging employees in a culture of wellness at CLEARLINK. Her innovative approach to wellness has resulted in achieving 100 percent health care. Congratulations, Cammie Cable!

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Earlier this month the Howard Hughes Corporation announced that Ivory Homes will be the master residential developer at Cottonwood, a 57-acre mixed-use redevelopment. Future Cottonwood residents will enjoy the ultimate urban living given the dynamic shopping, dining and entertainment options just steps away. This development will be the first pedestrian-friendly environment in the area.

As the master residential developer of the Cottonwood development, Ivory Homes will partner with its sister entity, Ivory Commercial and Multi-Family, that specializes in condominiums and multi-family to create a vibrant community consisting of over 600 residents ranging from single families to apartments and condo residences. Ivory Homes and their sister entity have worked together to design a comprehensive residential plan that complements the commercial and retail portions of the Cottonwood master plan.

Future residents will enjoy an unmatched variety of options including for-rent and for-sale residences with exclusive amenities.

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I am excited to report on the progress of GREENbike, Salt Lake City’s bike share program. Since its launch in April 2013, GREENbike has grown by 100 percent to 20 downtown stations with 160 active bikes. In addition to the eight new stations installed this July, six existing stations are being expanded to accommodate demand.

In 2013, 6,100 people rode 65 GREENbikes 26,000 times, preventing over 54,000 miles from being driven. Each GREENbike averaged 400 trips during the program’s eight-month season. In April of 2013 GREENbike launched with 10 bike share stations and 55 active bikes.

GREENbike has received an unprecedented amount of private sector support for a program of its size, which is what allows GREENbike to offer unlimited 30-60 minute trips to annual members for only $75 a year, $15 for 4-Days or $5 for 24-Hours.

What a tremendous start for this program! Way to go GREENbike! For more information about the GREENbike bike share program, visit greenbikeslc.org.

Lagoon unveiled plans to debut the most exciting roller coaster in the park’s history. This new attraction is called Cannibal. Cannibal has been under construction for over two years and is set to open for the upcoming 2015 season. This steel roller coaster is one of a kind, and is primarily manufactured and constructed locally. Cannibal will be the fourth coaster in the park.

Cannibal will be the tallest attraction in the park with a height of 208 feet. This new coaster will thrill riders with its unique elements that are unlike anything else at Lagoon. Riders will be lifted 208 feet on a vertical lift and then plunged into a free fall at a break-over angle of 116 degrees into an underground tunnel. The 12 rider vehicles travel up to 70 miles per hour and the maximum loop is 140 feet tall.

Cannibal will be the most exciting thrill ride in Lagoon history!

For more information about Lagoon, visit lagoonpark.com.

Mountain America Credit Union was announced as the only Utah financial institution accepted into the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s eClosing pilot study. Mountain America Credit Union was also announced as one of only two credit unions accepted in the study.

The purpose of this study is to help make closing a mortgage a more efficient and pleasant experience for consumers by utilizing technology solutions. The term “eClosing” refers to a mortgage closing that relies on technology for stakeholders to review and/or sign documentation electronically.  This process is intended to create more informed buyers and sellers and to avoid any surprises at the closing table by making the necessary documents available online for review and approval ideally three days before closing.

To participate in the eClosing study, Mountain America has proven its ability to securely manage document and data transfer, has a platform for viewing and interacting with documents, facilitates electronic signatures, creates a clear audit trail for the transaction and sanitizes data for analysis.

For more information visit macu.com.

 

Peggy Larsen Named 2014 ATHENA

Friday, September 19th, 2014

The Salt Lake Chamber, Utah’s largest and longest-standing statewide business association, has named Peggy Larsen of Workers Compensation Fund (WCF), as the 2014 ATHENA Award recipient. The award will officially be presented Nov. 18, 2014 at the 38th Annual American Express Women & Business Conference and Wells Fargo ATHENA Award Luncheon, presented by the Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Center.

Peggy is a motivating force at WCF, especially to the women she works with. She has reached a level of success in the midst of consistent challenges and obstacles. She will be the first to admit that the road has been difficult, but through hard work and dedication, anything is possible. She has inspired the women at WCF to raise their game. She was the first female senior executive at WCF and since that time she has been instrumental in helping other women achieve higher levels of success within the company.

Outside of WCF she serves on many boards and committees. She has served on the Economic Development Corp of Utah, Executive Women International, United Way of Salt Lake, Salt Lake Chamber committees and chairs Utah Business Week. She is a graduate of the Chamber’s Leadership Utah and a past Pathfinder winner.

Peggy is the reason for WCF’s heavy involvement with the United Way of Salt Lake. She reorganized WCF’s historically scattered opportunities for employees to give to the community. She launched employee contribution drives for United Way that continue to top expectations, even earning recognition from United Way. With her direction, WCF has won several awards from United Way.

Her tireless efforts in the community lead to the creation of a generous volunteer policy. Employees are allowed to give up to 4 hours a month of their time during work hours to improve the communities we live in. Her passion for making a difference has caught on at WCF and has transformed its culture.

Athena is the goddess of wisdom, strength and strategy. Peggy continually demonstrates these qualities in her daily actions. A few years ago she recognized a lack of affordable insurance coverage’s for small business owners in our market. She quickly and effectively created a program to offer to WCF policyholders that would meet the needs of small business owners. These additional insurance product offerings have made a significant difference in the business operations of WCF’s policyholders.

She recognizes needs in WCF business operations and in the communities we work and live in. She doesn’t settle for the status quo and is determined to change her environment for the better. Her influence at WCF has helped transform the culture and she has created lasting programs and product offerings that have helped make the company more profitable. She inspires the people she works with to be better and to go out and do something to change the life of someone else.

About the ATHENA

The ATHENA International Award, sponsored by Wells Fargo, is a prestigious national award presented annually to an active member of the Salt Lake Chamber who demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in business, provides valuable service by devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community, and assists women in reaching their full leadership potential.

Established in 1982 in Lansing, Michigan, the ATHENA Award Program is now administered from its Chicago, Illinois, headquarters and boasts over 300 active communities in the United States, Canada, China, Russia and the United Kingdom. More than 5,000 individuals representing a wide variety of professions and businesses have received the ATHENA Award. Presented by local host organizations in partnership with ATHENA’s national underwriters, local businesses and individual sponsors the award practically demonstrates the quote from Plato, “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there.” The award takes the form of a hand-cast bronze sculpture symbolizing the strength, courage and wisdom of the recipient.

Pathfinders

In addition to the ATHENA Award, four women will receive Pathfinder awards. The Pathfinder Awards are presented annually to community leaders who create new paths that promote the development and recognition of women in business. The 2014 recipients include:

• Patrice Arent, Utah State Legislature

• Juanita Damon, American Express

• Martha Eining, David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah

• Denise Winslow, Wells Fargo

Dr. Linda Leckman was honored with the ATHENA Award in 2013, and Gail Miller in 2012. Other recent recipients include Beverley Taylor Sorenson (2011) Senator Pat Jones (2008), Governor Olene Walker (2004) and Patricia Richards of Wells Fargo (2000) who was the first woman to chair the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors.

About the Pathfinders

The Pathfinder Awards are presented annually during the American Express Women & Business Conference during the Wells Fargo ATHENA Award Luncheon to a select number of worthy community leaders who have a history of support for women and women’s issues and who have worked to further the development and recognition of women. This award has been a traditional part of the conference for many years.

You can register for the Women & Business Conference and ATHENA Award Luncheon at http://slchamber.com/portal/list/view/womenandbusiness. The event will be held at the Little America Hotel at 500 South Main Street in Salt Lake City, Utah. The conference runs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and the ATHENA Awards Luncheon runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. Don’t miss the great event!

Past ATHENA Recipients

2013 Linda Leckman, Intermountain Healthcare

2012 Gail Miller, Larry H. Miller Group of Companies

2011 Beverley Taylor Sorenson, Sorenson Foundation

2010 Cynthia Bioteau, Salt Lake Community College

2009 Chris Redgrave, Bonneville Salt Lake Radio Group

2008 Patricia Jones, Dan Jones & Associates

2007 Margo Provost, Log Haven

2006 Marilyn Tang, Certified Handling Systems

2005 Pamela Atkinson, Community Advocate

2004 Gov. Olene Walker, Utah State Governor

2003 Becky Berkey Potts, AT&T Wireless

2002 Susan Glasmann, Questar Gas Company

2001 Lori Giovannoni, Lori Giovannoni and Associates

2000 Patricia Richards, First Security Bank

1999 Lorraine Miller, Cactus & Tropicals

1998 Deborah Bayle, American Red Cross Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter

1997 Carol Carter, IC Products

1996 Ramona Rudert, Predictable Building Systems

1995 Joan Lewis, Nesco Service, Inc.

1993 June Morris, Morris Air

1992 Rhoda Ramsey, Ramsey Group N.

1991 Patricia Freston, Ph.D., Questar Corporation

1990 Jacqueline Nicholes, Quality Press

1988 Carol Browning, CLU

1987 Patricia Shoemaker Glessner, KSL TV

1986 Isabelle Jensen, Questar Corporation

1985 Carol Fay, Internal Revenue Services

1984 Phyllis Steorts, Westin Hotel Utah

 

About the Chamber

The Salt Lake Chamber is Utah’s largest business association and Utah’s business leader. A statewide chamber of commerce with members in all 29 Utah counties, the Chamber represents 8,000 businesses and approximately 500,000 Utah jobs—nearly half the workforce of our state. With roots that date back to 1887, the Chamber stands as the voice of business, supports its members’ success and champions community prosperity.

 

Utah’s Economy Growing as Private Sector Achieves Jobs Goal Ahead of Schedule

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Over 150,000 jobs created in Utah since January 2011

The Utah’s Department of Workforce Services released its jobs report for August 2014 on Friday, September 19, which showed that the goal to hire 150,000 employees in five years was achieved—a year and half ahead of schedule. The Utah Jobs Agenda led by the Salt Lake Chamber was established to stimulate Utah’s economic recovery during the recession, which resulted in the Utah economy losing 100,000 jobs during the downturn. At the time, business leaders came together to set an ambitious goal of creating 150,000 jobs in as little as five years. The completion of the private sector’s complementary plan builds on Governor Gary Herbert’s recent announcement of achieving his goal of 100,000 jobs in 1,000 days, and shows Utah’s economy is leading the nation. The Utah Jobs Agenda is a great example of a very purposeful, engaged and active business community setting a course and moving Utah forward positively. “The new numbers show that Utah’s current employment now registers at 1,332,099 and increase of 154,085 jobs since the Utah Jobs Agenda was launched.”

“For several years I’ve been asking our business leaders to hire one-more person, and join with the Governor and the Legislature in making job creation a top priority,” said Lane Beattie, Salt Lake Chamber, President & CEO. “Today’s announcement would not be possible without their great leadership, which has made our state home to what is arguably the best economy and best place for business in the nation.”

In January 2011, business leaders came together to endorse a plan that would bring Utah to the forefront of the nation’s economy; the job creation component of that plan will be fulfilled in tomorrow’s jobs report. The goal also included 10 objectives to accomplishing the plan, including areas focusing on the following:

• Education performance

• Transportation investment

• International trade value

• Energy infrastructure investment

• Low cost of doing business in Utah

• Recruitment of regional headquarters

• Immigration reform

• Stable tax policies

• Improved air quality

• Rural economic development

“Utah’s business community has responded and invested in creating jobs,” says Terry Buckner, Salt Lake Chamber Chairman and CEO, The Buckner Company, CEO. “The diversity of the issues the plan addresses also speaks to the diversity of Utah’s economy, but there is still much work to be done in education, transportation, air quality and comprehensive tax reform to ensure continued prosperity.”

“Economic leadership in Utah is paying dividends for our business community,” said Natalie Gochnour, the Salt Lake Chamber’s chief economist and associate dean of the David Eccles School of Business. “Businesses are investing in the Utah economy and we are currently one of the top three best performing economies in the country.”

Among many notable companies who hired and helped achieve this goal, Goldman Sachs not only took the challenge seriously, but continues today to expand their Utah operation.

“The growth of our Utah operations has been driven by our ability to attract and retain world-class talent, our strong relationships with state and local government and great quality of life,” said David Lang, Managing Director and head of Goldman Sachs, Salt Lake City.

About the Chamber

The Salt Lake Chamber is Utah’s largest business association and Utah’s business leader. A statewide chamber of commerce with members in all 29 Utah counties, the Chamber represents 7,700 businesses and approximately 500,000 Utah jobs—nearly half the workforce of our state. With roots that date back to 1887, the Chamber stands as the voice of business, supports its members’ success and champions community prosperity.

5 Reasons Why Social Media is Essential for Businesses

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

You have probably heard a lot about tweets, likes and circles, but why are these important to you and your business? Social media used to be a nice asset to your business, but now it is an essential component. If incorporating social media into your communications plan seems intimidating or overwhelming, please read on! It’s really quite simple.

Sometimes we think of social media as more of a personal network, but social media provides several benefits from a business stand point. This avenue of communication provides opportunities that you simply can’t pass up or postpone.

Social media is all about exposure. Different social media channels provide the opportunity to get messages out quickly and through a medium that many users interact with multiple times a day. Social media tweets and posts are easy to share and spread. If you make your content engaging, you will be surprised to see how quickly your message gets through to a wide array of individuals.

Social media also provides the means of being tagged and connected to the content and posts of associating businesses and individuals through the use of handles and hashtags. What is a handle? A handle is a unique identifier for you or your business. Note: Make sure to keep your handles consistent so that it is easy to find you on the different social platforms. What is a hashtag? A hashtag is used to identify a specific message or topic of your choice. These words and phrases are preceded by the pound sign and there are no spaces between the words or phrases. Note: Hashtags are handy in sparking and being part of a larger, continuing conversation through social media because they are easily searchable and unique. It is best to keep them short and consistent.

Social media is responsive. Through different social platforms it is very easy to start conversations, ask questions, get feedback and see results. Each of the social media channels has analytics and tools to track how well your content does and who it reaches. This effectively helps you adjust and focus what you communicate to the needs of your customers and potential clients.

Social media is a community of prospects. Social media is an easy way to reach a large group of potential customer and clients. Many individuals and groups are connected through social media and it is easy to spread the word about your business of specialty. In Facebook for example, many businesses create their own page and it is easy to invite other “friends” to “like” or share a business. This gets your company name out and provides an easy way for people to search for what they need.

An easy way to connect to social media is by linking the different platforms that you use to your website. This allows individuals to get acquainted with you in a variety of ways. This also gives existing clients the opportunity to share your business with their friends and colleagues. It is simple to refer a great business when it only takes a click or two!

Social media shows that you care to be current. Social media is not a temporary method of communication. It is here to stay. Many successful companies are connected through social media so it is a positive addition to connect your business to these different platforms. You will impress and provide for your customers who are actively engaged in social media. Typically you hear to NOT follow the crowd, but in this case it is a good idea! You can still be different, stand out and have an impact in the way that you USE social media, not in the decision of whether or not to use it at all.

Social media is fun. As you begin to invest your time and resources into social media, you will not only see a great payoff, but you will begin to see how fun social media can be. Social media makes is easy to see who receives and interacts with your content, which is both helpful and rewarding. You can also learn more about other businesses and competitors through their social media channels. The more you learn by doing, the more you will see through your own social media avenues.

As you start to make social media a larger part of your communications plan you will find that it becomes a lot easier! The benefits of using social media are vast, so investing in social media is well worth your time. “5 Reasons Why Social Media is Essential for Your Business” is one of three articles about social media. Don’t miss “5 Ways You Can Improve the Way You Use Social Media in Your Business” coming soon!

Public Policy – September Update

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

As the “Voice of Business” and Utah’s statewide Chamber, the Salt Lake Chamber leads out on critical issues that impact Utah businesses and our community. In the coming weeks, here is how we plan to “move the dial” to grow our economy, promote community prosperity and champion business in Utah, as well as ways for you to participate for the month of September and beyond.

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Public Policy 

The Policy Chairs meeting gathered to discuss legislative priorities and to plan the upcoming 2015 public policy guide. The Chamber’s intent remains to enhance major initiatives including economic development, infrastructure, environment and Utah’s workforce, thereby ensuring Utah’s has the premier business climate in the country.

The public policy guide serves as the platform for the business community’s priorities for the upcoming legislative session, desired action in Washington and other key community issues. You can find the 2014 Public Policy Guide here.

If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to Michael Merrill at (801) 328-5068 or mmerrill@slchamber.com.

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Energy and Minerals: Fall Energy Trip (Oct. 21-22) 

The next meeting will be with the Natural Resources Business Council on October 8th from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.

The Salt Lake Chamber and Utah Office of Energy are excited to announce the 2014 Fall Energy Excursion, October 21-22, 2014, to Utah’s coal country and southeastern energy producing counties. The one-night, two-day excursion builds upon the success of previous excursions to the Uinta Basin (Fall 2013) and Milford/Beaver (Spring 2014). Join us as we head south to explore, engage and learn in southeastern Utah. Register here.

The September task force meeting included an excellent presentation from Alan Westenskow from the Utah Economic Council and Zions Bank Public Finance on the energy economies of Uintah and Duchene counties, an update from Tammie Lucero from Uintah County Economic Development, the high-level details regarding our Fall Energy Excursion, and an update from the Office of Energy Development on their office including, recent new staff additions, partnering with Chamber on the aforementioned trip, a new electric vehicle website they will be rolling out in the near future, videos of energy jobs and opportunities and developing an economic impact for energy on Utah’s economy. We will have updates in the near future on the committee, including meeting dates and ways to participate.

If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to Michael Merrill at (801) 328-5068 or mmerrill@slchamber.com.

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Prosperity 2020:

The U.S Chamber Foundation released the Leaders and Laggards report which ranks Utah in the middle of the pack. Of particular interest are Utah’s low scores in student proficiency and postsecondary and workforce readiness. Prosperity 2020 is actively engaged in improving education outcomes and building a better workforce.

A five-year plan has been drafted to take Utah to the top ten in education in the country. These policies have been outlined in detail in a plan being developed by Prosperity 2020 and Education First, with input from major education stakeholders throughout the state. We’d like your feedback on the draft. If your organization would like a presentation on the plan’s objectives, please contact us.

The plan will be rolled out at AcademicXL, a TED-style conference in Salt Lake City in October presenting innovative practices to make Utah a leader in education. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Please contact Allyson Bell at abell@slchamber.com or Jana Scott jscott@prosperity2020.com for information.

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Natural Resources Business Council:

Every other month, we meet as a group of four-task forces and then in the off months each task force meets independently. This not only drives unity, but helps the Chamber maximize its staff resources and alleviate conflicts and silos.

In addition to driving fidelity, the Council provides a unique venue for the Chamber to speak on stewardship and sustainability and position the business community as a leader on energy issues. The next Natural Resources business council will be on October 8th from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. and will focus on natural resources principles.

If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to Michael Merrill at (801) 328-5068 or mmerrill@slchamber.com. 

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Regulation: Solutions Summit a Success 

Thursday, August 21, 2014 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

We partnered with Sen. Mike Lee, Gov. Gary Herbert, the Utah League of Cities and Towns, the Utah Association of Counties and over 200 attendees for the Utah Solutions Summit on Thursday, August 21, 2014  to discuss the vast and uncertain regulatory burden under which businesses are required to comply and develop solutions to move our economy forward.

The agenda included discussion with business leaders and government offi­cials about regulation compliance and the relationship between regulation and economic development. This event included featured keynote speakers U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox.

If you have any other questions or comments regarding regulation solutions, please reach out to Justin Jones at (801) 558-9371 or jjones@slchamber.com.

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Clean Air: 4th Annual Clean Air Summit Scheduled for Early December

Over the next few months the Clean Air Task Force will spend time identifying potential legislative issues that will help clean our air including Tier 3 Fuels and Vehicles, incentives for cleaner burning autos and the revised State Implementation Plan developed to bring Utah into compliance with federal air quality standards.  Additionally, the Task Force will begin work on the second Inversion Mitigation Effort, through which we encourage the business community to do what they can to reduce emissions during our winter inversion season.  The Task Force will also start developing an agenda for the 4th Annual Clean Air Summit scheduled for early December.

The Chamber is also pleased to announce that Chris Lee, President of Deseret Digital Media, has accepted the role of Chair of the Clean Air Task Force.  Chris takes over for Jonathan Johnson who led the task force for approximately four years.  We appreciate the many years of leadership Jonathan provided and look forward to having Chris help guide our clean air efforts.

If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to Ryan Evans at (801) 328-5063.

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Water: Water Task Force Spinning Up

The next water task force meeting will be held September 18th 2014. The Salt Lake Chamber’s first water task force will focus on best practices for business in water conservation and management. It will also look at current and future infrastructure needs. The Chamber launched its efforts in water last month with “Utah | Water Is Your Business” and will continue to meet in the coming months to address this critical issue for business.

If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to Michael Merrill at (801) 328-5068 or mmerrill@slchamber.com.

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Outdoor Recreation & Tourism:

Working with Office of Outdoor Recreation and EDC Utah, we will host a series of discussions over the coming months to promote best practices, build partnerships and discuss issues facing the Outdoor Recreation and Tourism community.

If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to Jesse Dean at (801) 328-5045 or  jesse@downtownslc.org.

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Utah Transportation Coalition: Unified Plan Needs a Unified Front to Fund Transportation

This past month Lane Beattie spoke before the Utah League of Cities and Towns Fall Conference concerning funding Utah’s transportation infrastructure, specifically the local roads in our cities and towns.

With Utah’s anticipated population growth, it’s important to maintain a quality transportation system that benefits the entire business community. The 2040 Unified Transportation plan is a comprehensive approach that provides the outcomes required to successfully support our communities. Additionally, the Coalition is working on a comprehensive communications plan with details to be released in the near future.

In addition, The Utah Transportation Coalition and Parsons Brinkerhoff will be hosting an Aerotroplis forum on October 16th to discuss the importance of the connection between Salt Lake City International Airport and Utah’s economy. The airport just recently broke ground on a 10-year terminal rebuild and released a report detailing the economic impact of the airport to Utah’s economy.

For more details visit www.utahtransportation.org or contact Michael Merrill at (801) 328-5068 or mmerrill@slchamber.com. 

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Downtown Alliance: Downtown Still Rising

Construction continues at unprecedented levels in downtown Salt Lake City, pushing the urban center to new heights with the following signature projects well underway:

George and Dolores Eccles Theater On Main 

Construction for the $117 million project began in Spring 2014. This 2,500 seat, Broadway-style theater is expected to be completed by the summer of 2016 and will be designed to enhance the culture and economic vitality of the region by attracting first-run touring Broadway shows, as well as other national and local music, comedy and family entertainment acts.

111 South Main 

This Class A office development is currently under construction just north of the Eccles Theater on Main Street. The building will feature 440,452 sq. ft. of office space and be integrated with the Eccles Theater project in terms of functionality and design.

300 South Protected Bike Lanes

Salt Lake City Transportation began its protected bike lane project along 300 South between 300 West and 600 East in August with an estimated completion in October. These protected bike lanes are part of the city’s initiative to create low stress urban bikeways connecting neighborhoods to the heart of downtown and will be similar to bike lanes in other major cities like New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Minneapolis.

If you are interested in learning more about the Downtown Alliance’s initiatives or if you have any questions, please contact Jesse Dean, Director of Urban Development at jesse@downtownslc.org.

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Health System Reform: Meet the Candidates Breakfast and Governor’s Healthy Utah Plan

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary and the State of Utah have reached a conceptual deal regarding the Governor’s Healthy Utah Plan. As you know, the Governor has been working hard to close a gap in coverage for people who do not qualify for Medicaid and also fall under the coverage of health exchanges required by the Affordable Care Act. The Chamber has been working closely with the Utah Hospital Association, Chamber members and others to gather support for the Governor’s effort.

We will continue to be an avid supporter with other key partners in urging thoughtful leadership on this key priority. As an example, the Chamber’s Health System Reform task force chairs, Andrew Croshaw and Marc Bennett, did a great job lending the Chamber’s support by testifying to the Legislature’s Healthcare Reform Task Force, urging their support for the Governor’s plan. There will be more details to come in terms of the final agreement for a waiver, as well as next steps for Legislative approval here in Utah, but this update is good news. The Health System Reform Task Force will have a “Meet the Candidates” breakfast on September 25, in lieu of a task force meeting.

If you have any other questions or comments, please reach out to Justin Jones at (801) 558-9371 or jjones@slchamber.com.

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International: Utah Global Forum

Utah Global Forum – Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

On September 24, 2014, Utah will host the first of its kind Global Forum. Topics will include Building a Global Brand; Doing Business in Europe, Mexico, Canada, and China; Shared Stories of Success from Utah Companies Abroad; Financing Your Global Expansion; and Global Operational Efficiency Through Sound Legal, Tax and Accounting Practices. The agenda for the event has been release and features a number of world-renowned business and trade experts. If you’re thinking about exporting, looking to invest in one of the fastest growing economies in the United States or seeking inspiration to take your business to the next level, you won’t want to miss out.

For questions regarding the Utah Global Forum please visit: http://www.utahglobalforum.com/.

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Unified Plan Needs a Unified Front to Fund Transportation

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Lane Beattie’s Speech before the Utah League of Cities and Towns, Fall Conference.

I’m delighted to be with you, this great group of Utah’s elected officials and local leaders.

I want to acknowledge the leadership of the League in presenting a plan to address our transportation insufficiency and for pushing the Transportation Coalition to help develop the tools you received today.

First – may I say thank you for your service and leadership. You are really where the rubber hits the road.

You might all be thinking it is a bit unique for the Salt Lake Chamber president to be addressing you in this forum.

However, business and local elected officials have collaborated in making our state the great place it is today and it’s that partnership I want to speak to you about today.

The Salt Lake Chamber is Utah’s Voice of Business we are the largest and oldest business organization in the state, with members in all 29 counties and likely in every one of your cities.

As the statewide chamber of commerce, we provide leadership on business issues on Capitol Hill and throughout our state, but we also partner with every local chamber in our state and in your communities on all types of issues facing business in order to make Utah the best place not just to do business, but also to live, work and play.

Strategic Communications

The plan outlined by Abby and Ken is one of the best communications plans I’ve seen and will leverage every Chamber, every city and the business community throughout the state to make a difference for all of us.

Together we will be able to make great music when we are all working off the same sheet of music with the same messages—to give a clear message to the community of why this effort and investment is necessary.

Ken, Abby and Cameron have or will be sharing with you the resources we have for you today to begin communicating with your residents on the issue of transportation.

We will be utilizing these same resources with all 76 Chambers across the state.

Transportation: Common Challenge, Common Priority

As Ken just described, transportation is a key issue where we need to work together to find a comprehensive solution that addresses the challenges you all face in funding and maintaining your local roads, provides activate transportation opportunities and plans for the long term.

And we must also address the needs of our highway and transit needs.

Our state is facing a number of large challenges, including its rapid and anticipated population growth. These challenges can be seen in education and the health and welfare of our community, and look to solutions that address all of these issues.

As I travel the state and talk to Chamber and business leaders in communities large and small, transportation is a major issue impacting business. A quality transportation system offers benefit to every member of our state, including more time with family, a clean environment and better health.

It is also the backbone of our economy. Can you imagine what the Wasatch Front would like today without the investments we have made in I-15 and now in our rail system?

The 2040 Unified Transportation Plan is a comprehensive approach that provides for outcomes beyond just transportation investments.

Current Funding: Obsolete

When I talk to folks around our state, it’s obvious that the funding mechanisms we have in place today do not meet the current transportation needs, especially on the local level. This impacts every Utahn and every business in our state.

I want to acknowledge the leadership of the League by presenting their plan to address this insufficiency in our current mechanism.

Let me be clear. While me may not be in total agreement on the specifics, we feel the weight that they carry with them in pushing this issue forward.

This is an opportunity for partnership and unity to ensure that we as a community and more specifically, the legislature, address this critical need of funding our transportation system.

There are a number of options that the legislature is considering, including what has been presented today. Utah’s business community is supportive of that deliberative process.

Specifically we believe…

-We need to ensure that you have the resources you need to maintain and fund your expanded transportation needs.

-We need to address the declining purchasing power of the motor-fuel tax and increase that user-fee to meet both state and local needs.

-We need to promote prudent fiscal management and look at the impact of sales tax earmarks and their relationship to other budget priorities, while still achieving more funding to fund the $11.3 billion dollar gap in Utah’s Unified Transportation Plan.

-And as our state and your communities continue to become more urban with more people, we cannot rely solely on roads. We much continue to invest in our transit systems and active transportation networks. The air we breathe is counting on it.

Comprehensive Tax Reform

Quickly I want to also add that for many years we as a state, and if I may be blunt, our legislature has chosen the path of least resistance in addressing the real challenges we have for funding our communities priorities including education and transportation.

That is why in concert with our partners at the League, UAC, and others, we address the real needs of today with action. We also need to take a hard look at taxing policy across the board in our state, from the local level all the way to the state. We need comprehensive tax reform.

The Chamber is in our 127th year and has been a place for common ground in our community throughout its history.

As Ken and Abby have shared with you, the Utah Transportation Coalition, chaired by H. David Burton and David R. Golden, are working in concert with the League, Utah Association of Counties, our state’s MPOs including Wasatch Front Regional Council and the business community at large, active transportation and air quality advocates, in consultation with our partners at UDOT, UTA and transit agencies across the state to share the message of how important transportation is to the average Utahn.

We Are All in This Together

I want to also emphasize that this effort cannot be done by business alone. We need your commitment to support this endeavor in effort and in resources.

Ken/Cameron will also be sharing with you a contribution sheet for your community to support this effort and ensure we all achieve our goal of a better Utah through enhanced transportation funding.

Thank you all for your time and for being the local voice on this issue that will support our economy for decades to come.

For more information about this meeting, visit http://www.ulct.org/training-events/ulct-conferences/2013-annual-conference/

This week in the Utah Business Report

Friday, September 12th, 2014

In case you missed one or more of the Salt Lake Chamber’s Utah Business Reports on KSL NewsRadio, here is a recap of what we talked about this week.

For the full recorded reports from this week and weeks past, visit KSL NewsRadio online. Remember to tune in between 12:30 and 1 p.m. to KSL NewsRadio every week day on 102.7 FM or 1160 AM. If your business is doing something great, let us know and we may feature it on the Utah Business Report.

Security Service Federal Credit Union has been recognized with a 2014 Innovation Award for Effective Elearning in Small and Medium Enterprises from Skillsoft. The credit union received the award in April at the 2014 Global Skillsoft Perspectives, Skillsoft’s annual user conference in Las Vegas. Skillsoft is a pioneer in the technology-delivered learning field.

Skillsoft annually honors customers for their significant achievements in corporate learning and development. Security Service Federal Credit Union was honored for implementing learning programs that directly impact its business objectives. In particular, the program supports the development of managers and supervisors, and has led to increased employee engagement and revenue and decreased employee turnover.

Security Service Federal Credit Union is an organization that values the benefits that come from learning and strive to integrate it within its culture. Innovative is a core value of this credit union.

For more information on the 2014 Innovation Awards and Global Skillsoft Perspectives, visit perspective.skillsoft.com/2014.

There are more than 7 billion potential customers in the world and 2.4 billion of them are online. How many of those customers are yours? How many can you reach today? Come take part in Utah’s first of its kind Global Forum on Wednesday, September 24th. Business leaders who want to grow their exports or get into the export ecosystem need to attend this forum.

As an attendee or sponsor, the Utah Global Forum is more than just networking; it’s an opportunity to build partnerships with companies similar to yours; companies that have built a strong international exporting presence.

This event is a chance to listen and interact with international leaders who can tell you how to efficiently and effectively grow or create your exporting presence.  These leaders can connect you with the right people in the right markets.

Keynoting the event is the engaging Laurel Delaney, who answers the question, “Is your firm really ready to sell globally?” Delaney has extensive international travel experience and is a renowned global small business expert.

For more information about the Global Forum, visit slchamber.com.

The Utah Child Protection Registry is a free program that gives parents an extra tool for limiting their children’s exposure to harmful enticements. Parents can register their family’s contact points and prevent marketers from soliciting products like alcohol, tobacco, pornography, gambling and illegal drugs from targeting their inboxes.

As of today, over 975,000 contact points have been protected in Utah and Michigan. Both states have generated over $1 million in revenue to protect children online. Millions of adult content messages have been blocked from targeting children and families.

The registry is an organization promoting safety for kids and families and you can help by learning how to keep your children safe while online by going to donotcontact.utah.gov. You can also helpful grow this movement by becoming an official supporter of the registry. As a supporter, you can join hundreds of parents by submitting your online testimonial for use with state legislative committee meetings and assist us in reaching out to other national organizations that are supportive. To protect your family today, visit www.donotcontact.utah.gov Its fast, its safe and best of all its FREE!

Most offices and commercial buildings rely on fluorescent lighting. Recently, light-emitting diode technology, or LED, has emerged as a viable replacement for fluorescent and other types of lighting.

In addition to being very efficient at turning electricity into light, LEDs are long lasting, stay cool, are dimmable and do not contain mercury. They are “instant on” and can be paired with controls to sense motion or occupancy, making them suitable for interior and exterior applications.

LED products have a higher initial cost than fluorescent products, but because they last a long time and are so efficient, the lower maintenance costs and energy savings can be factored into the full cost equation.  Rocky Mountain Power offers incentives for qualifying lighting upgrades, including LEDs and controls. Pre-approval is required for incentives.

For details, visit wattsmart.com.

Have you heard of Downtown Dine O’ Round? This event starts today and goes through September 28th.  Don’t miss out on this fun ongoing event!

The Dine O’ Round features the City’s top 50 downtown restaurants. Dine O’ Round is a fun way for restaurant-goers to dig in to new dining locations or return to favorite places.

Participating restaurants offer $5 or $10 two-item lunches, as well as $15 or $30 three-course dinners in addition to their existing menus. There’s no need to sign up or print coupons; just ask for the Dine O’ Round menu at participating restaurants.

Take a look at dineoround.com for a list of participating restaurants and more details.

Grab a fork and dig in!

Downtown Dine O’ Round

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Utah restaurants are projected to see $3.6 billion in gross sales in 2014 and the Downtown Dine O’ Round is a great way to contribute to local business in our community. The Dine O’ Round is a fun ongoing event that starts on Friday, September 12th and goes through Sunday, September 28th and features 55 of Salt Lake City’s downtown restaurants. Dine O’ Round is a fun way for restaurant-goers to dig in to new dining locations or return to favorite places.

Dine O’Round attendees may choose a three-item dinner for either $15 or $30, depending on the cost of typical entrees. Sampling three selections at such a significant discount lets people experience a wider selection of tastes than a single dish. This unique concept of Dine O’Round is designed to attract new diners to restaurants they have yet to experience, or to re-visit old favorites. Some restaurants will choose to put one of their staples on the Dine O’Round menu, while others may change the choice daily or weekly.

The lunch crowd is not forgotten during Dine O’Round, with nearly half of the establishments putting together two-item meals for either $5 or $10. Adding lunch to the mix gives workers downtown, who may not often venture beyond their building, a good reason to sample the wide range of tastes downtown. It is really simple to participate in the event. Just pick a place and show up! There’s no need to sign up or print coupons; just ask for the Dine O’ Round menu at participating restaurants.

On Wednesday, September 10th, Nicholas & Company and American Express presented Downtown Dine O’Round with a media kickoff photo opportunity. Chefs from the participating restaurants joined together on the Downtown Alliance patio for the largest group photo of Salt Lake City chefs to date.

Some of the restaurants included in the Dine O’ Round event are Tony Caputo’s, Happy Sumo, Faustina, Stoneground, Chrsitopher’s Prime Steakhouse, Star of India and many others. This is a great opportunity to try a few new places or enjoy some of your favorite restaurants downtown. Take a look at the several different options available. This event is perfect for work lunches, family dinners and more.

Visit dineoround.com for a complete list of participating restaurants and more details.

What new places are you going to try? Grab a fork and dig in! Don’t miss out on this fun ongoing event!

United Way Day of Caring 2014

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Celebrating 22 years of volunteerism by weeding, picking up trash and building garden beds together as a team. Today, September 11, 2014, the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance met at the New Roots Refugee Garden for the 2014 United Way Day of Caring. This is the 22nd Annual Day of Caring and it is the biggest year yet! There were over 5,700 volunteers participating on 130 projects around the community. Our project was with the IRC New Roots program at their New Roots Farm. We had a great time and enjoyed working hard together. It always makes such a difference when you can see the work that you accomplish as a team. Here are a few pictures from the event.

We enjoyed a beautiful day outside volunteering. To follow the social media conversation about this event, simply search for the hashtags #DOC2014 or #LiveUnited. What experiences have you had?

For more information about the United Way Day of Caring, visit http://www.uw.org/volunteer/volunteer-events/day-of-caring.html.

“The Productive Middle” | Natalie Gochnour’s Leadership Insight

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Natalie Gochnour, Associate Dean of the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, took time to stop by the dean’s leadership class to discuss how her leadership style has developed throughout her career. Gochnour describes her passion and bailiwick as working within public policy and maximizing the “productive middle” as she tells the students.

Throughout her experiences, Gochnour has developed these 10 lessons which are evident in top leaders across all industries:

Unify. History has shown us impactful leaders such as Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr. who have had the ability to unify people behind a singular vision to create long-term change. When you are in a leadership role it’s imperative to create a sense of belonging, vision, and understanding for constituents to rally around.

Passion. At times throughout your career there will be obstacles which make it seem impossible to reach your ultimate goal. During those times, dig deep to find your inner-drive to fuel your continued efforts.

Communication. Gochnour says, “Great leaders communicate well.” She herself uses two methods to ensure effective communication. The first is a 50/50 rule. In any endeavor use 50% of your resources and energy towards communication and 50% in research and analytics. “If you cannot communicate it well, it’s probably not a good policy or idea” Gochnour explains. The next method she holds to is the 8 ½ x 11 method. “If you cannot fit something on one page, you don’t understand it enough to communicate it clearly.” Be precise and choose your words effectively.

Humility, Kindness, Goodwill. Focus your energy on doing the right thing in each decision you are faced with as a leader. Gochnour described the difficulty of creating a bridge at City Creek Center as the new development was being built. For numerous reasons, the bridge was being opposed, and for equal reasons the bridge was being advocated for. Together with a city official, Gochnour worked to find the best solution to satisfy the most crucial points of both sides of the argument.

Be Hearty. Gochnour talked with the class about Seth Godin’s book The Dip in which he helps leaders understand how putting in the long-term effort will yield great rewards and help you recognize when you might be on the wrong path. Gochnour advises students to be flexible and patient while putting in the hard work needed to achieve goals; and to be authentic to one’s self to determine if they’re indeed in the right place.

Collaborate. Leaders know how to collaborate successfully. Working together will ensure the best policy and practice is instituted going forward.

Diversity. “I’ve come to realize when the room is filled with people just like you, not much thinking happens”, Gochnour tells the class. Different viewpoints bring richness necessary to strengthen leadership.

Productive Middle. The best leaders take the best ideas from both sides to create a middle ground to get things done. Recognize the extreme sides are problematic, but listen to each side and take the best parts to develop and build on strategic visions.

Bless and release. “When you feel you’ve been wronged, digest it and let it go.” Harboring bad feelings get in the way of leadership and cloud your judgment for future decisions.

Be gracious. Gochnour ended her time with this simple and poignant advice, “Being a gracious leader makes everything better and makes you a better leader.”

You can read insights from Natalie Gochnour once a month in Utah Business and the Deseret News.

From Eccles Extra.