This week on the Utah Business Report

Friday, July 25th, 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.

The Days of ’47 Rodeo Presented by Komatsu Equipment returns to the Energy Solutions Arena in downtown Salt Lake City, Monday through Saturday.

Six big nights of bull riding, bronc riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing, and roping – by 400 of the nation’s top cowboys and cowgirls! Monday night is bullriding only with a special event by the PBR. Tuesday night is Family Night offering discounts to families. Wednesday night is Hero’s Night offering discounts to military and law enforcement that purchase tickets at the gate and provide valid I.D.

Free concerts every single night, including The Charley Jenkins Band, Michael Martin Murphy, and No Limits. On Saturday, the hit band Train will put on a public concert on 300 West following the rodeo – absolutely free, thanks to sponsor, Zions Bank.

Find discount coupons for all tickets and all rodeo performances at Utah Maverik Stores, Zions Bank or the Salt Lake Chamber. Proceeds benefit United Way’s Changing the Odds Campaign for at-risk kids. Buy tickets now at the Energy Solutions Arena. Get your rodeo on!

This week on the Utah Business Report

Friday, July 18th, 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.

Though the Clear the Air Challenge has already started, it’s not too late for you to join the rest of the state in clearing our air. Air quality affects us all, so we can do our part.

Thanks to a grant from UCAIR earlier this year, the Challenge has implemented new online tracking software to help keep track of miles and gas saved. It can help you plan your trips to drive less and drive smarter. This new technology also allows you to track your past miles saved—as far back as when the Challenge started on July 1st. So it’s okay if you registered late!

The Clear the Air Challenge technology is also highly interactive, giving you the opportunity to earn and share virtual badges. As an active participant, you have the chance to win real-life prizes for doing your part in the Clear the Air Challenge.

Remember, you can still join the Challenge! We all play a role in keeping our air clean. Get your friends, family, coworkers or even your whole business involved in the Challenge to see who can save the most miles driven. Learn more about the Challenge and register online with your Facebook account at ClearTheAirChallenge.org.

“Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” ranked Durham Jones and Pinegar as well as four of the firm’s attorneys in its 2014 rankings.

P. Christian Anderson, N. Todd Leishman, Kevin R. Pinegar and Thomas R. Taylor have all been recognized by Chambers USA for 2014. Each of them is listed in Utah Business Magazine’s Legal Elite. They all have also been recognized as Best Lawyers in America.

Best Lawyers in America named Anderson as the Salt Lake City Lawyer of the Year for Corporate Governance and Pinegar in the area of corporate compliance law in 2013. Leishman was recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the area of Securities/Capital Markets Law in 2012.

Taylor and Leishman are named in Mountain States Super Lawyers as well.

All of Durham Jones and Pinegar attorneys recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business all maintain an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell, which is a significant rating for a lawyer to earn. Congratulations to you all and to Durham Jones and Pinegar.

Salt Lake City-based Richter7 received nine 2014 American Advertising Awards from the American Advertising Federation.
Richter7 was recognized with four Gold and five Silver awards for their 2013 LEGO® animals campaign for Utah’s Hogle Zoo. Formerly known as the ADDYs, the American Advertising Awards is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition.

Creative director Gary Sume says the three-stage process of the American Advertising Awards makes it really challenging to win at the national level. Winning just shows what can happen with a willing client, a great product and a little luck.

The campaign was recognized in four different categories: non-traditional, integrated, collateral and television.

The mission of the American Advertising Awards competition is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising.

Established in 1971, Richter7 has been named Utah’s “Best of State” advertising agency eight times in the past decade and is nationally recognized for effective advertising, public relations, online interactive and design.

In today’s digital economy, mobile is the future of money.

Citizens around the Wasatch Front can now tap to pay with their smartphone at any of the 43 Smith’s Food and Drug stores, as well as hundreds of other stores and restaurants, around the region. Additionally, Smith’s customers can add their loyalty card to the Isis Wallet and no longer worry about carrying around the bulky key fob.

Since the launch of Isis nationwide last November, consumers across the country are experiencing the power and simplicity of paying with their phone and the response has been tremendous. In May, the company averaged over 20,000 Isis Wallet activations a day and their growth rate doubled over the prior month.

The right ecosystem support is in place to bolster growing consumer adoption. As of today, 68 mobile devices across AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless support the Wallet. The Wallet now comes preloaded on 14 smartphones with more preloaded devices in the pipeline. You can download the Isis Wallet for free from the App Store or Google Play. Once set up, customers can pay at more than 200,000 merchants across the nation.

The Days of ’47 Rodeo Presented by Komatsu Equipment returns to the Energy Solutions Arena in downtown Salt Lake City July 21 through the 26.

Six big nights of bull riding, bronc riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing, and roping – by 400 of the nation’s top cowboys and cowgirls! Monday night is bullriding only with a special event by the PBR. Tuesday night is Family Night offering discounts to families. Wednesday night is Hero’s Night offering discounts to military and law enforcement that purchase tickets at the gate and provide valid I.D.

Free concerts every single night, including The Charley Jenkins Band, Michael Martin Murphy, and No Limits. On Saturday, the hit band Train will put on a public concert on 300 West following the rodeo – absolutely free, thanks to sponsor, Zions Bank.

Find discount coupons for all tickets and all rodeo performances at Utah Maverik Stores, Zions Bank or the Salt Lake Chamber. Proceeds benefit United Way’s Changing the Odds Campaign for at-risk kids. Buy tickets now at the Energy Solutions Arena. Get your rodeo on!

Utah ranked top pro-business state by Pollina three years running

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

In its eleventh year, the Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business Study for 2014 has listed Utah as the top state for business for the third year in a row. Again, Utah stands out above the rest of the states as “a symbol of economic growth that other states should emulate,” according to Brent Pollina VP of Park Ridge, Illinois-based Pollina Corporate Real Estate and co-author of the 2014 study.

“Under Governor Gary Herbert’s leadership, Utah has held the top position for the third year in a row. In 2005, Utah ranked #23 and by 2012 it ranked #1 moving up in rank 22 places in only seven years,” he explains. “Utah is a great example of what enlightened and motivated political leadership can accomplish with a solid plan. Like the early Utah pioneers, the recent political leaders of Utah have relied on their own ‘industry’ to prosper.”

Through efforts by Gov. Herbert, the Economic Development Corporation of Utah and the Salt Lake Chamber–both on their own and collectively–the focus has been to make Utah an environment where business and the economy can thrive. A few things that make Utah so great business include a stable regulatory environment, low unemployment, ease of starting a business, low operation costs, a well-educated workforce and, of course, the great quality of life our state offers.

In Utah’s report card from the Pollina study, Utah earned an A grade in various categories, such as unemployment rate, high school completion, right-to-work, workers compensation, corporate tax index, business inventory tax, property tax, regulatory and litigation environments, cost of electricity, as well as marketing/website/response to new and existing employers in state education. Utah also had a strong showing in overall tax environment.

The categories where Utah could improve include average teachers compensation, incentives and funding per college student.

“A handful of states have shown exemplary leadership in growing their economies and employment base while countering these trends by improving their business environment, adding new companies and growing existing companies,” said Dr. Ron Pollina, an economist and corporate relocation expert. “These states have broken the bonds that hold others back and positioned themselves for success today, tomorrow and the remainder of the decade, which is a remarkable achievement in the aftermath of the Great Recession.”

The Pollina Corporate study, a joint endeavor with the American Economic Development Institute, “draws attenttion to those states with political leaders who have a strategic plan that works as well as states that need help.” The study examines 32 factors relative to state efforts to be pro-business and has become recognized as the “Gold Standard” for evaluating states. It is the most comprehensive and impartial examination (with no advertising) of states available.

To have Utah stay on top of this prestigious list for three years in a row means something special is going on in the Beehive State that spells good things for business, our economy and our community.

 

This week on the Utah Business Report

Friday, July 11th, 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.

Though the Clear the Air Challenge has already started, it’s not too late for you to join the rest of the state in clearing our air. Air quality affects us all, so we can do our part.

Thanks to a grant from UCAIR earlier this year, the Challenge has implemented new online tracking software to help keep track of miles and gas saved. It can help you plan your trips to drive less and drive smarter. This new technology also allows you to track your past miles saved—as far back as when the Challenge started on July 1st. So it’s okay if you registered late!

The Clear the Air Challenge technology is also highly interactive, giving you the opportunity to earn and share virtual badges. As an active participant, you have the chance to win real-life prizes for doing your part in the Clear the Air Challenge.

Remember, you can still join the Challenge! We all play a role in keeping our air clean. Get your friends, family, coworkers or even your whole business involved in the Challenge to see who can save the most miles driven. Learn more about the Challenge and register online with your Facebook account at ClearTheAirChallenge.org.

Reducing electricity use during the summer can substantially lower operating costs. While inspecting your cooling system is a great place to start, don’t stop there.

Set the thermostat to 78° degrees during work hours, and raise the setting to 85° degrees when the space is unoccupied.

Install solar control window films to existing glass on south- and west-facing windows. This helps to conserve energy anytime air conditioning is needed.

Upgrade to a cool roof. Cool roofing materials reflect sunlight and absorb less heat to keep interiors cooler.

If your cooling system is more than 15 years old, consider upgrading to a more energy-efficient system. The savings in energy and maintenance can lead to a quick payback.

Rocky Mountain Power’s wattsmart Business program offers cash incentives for window films, cool roofs and cooling equipment upgrades. For details, visit wattsmart.com.

We are proud to announce that the Chamber has named Terry Buckner, president and CEO of The Buckner Company, as the 106th person to serve as chair of the Board of Governors. Starting July 1, 2014, Buckner will serve a one-year term as chair.

After assuming full control of The Buckner Company in 1992 from his father and uncle, Buckner made several strategic moves that allowed the company to experience explosive growth, propelling it to become one of the region’s largest independent insurance brokers. He charged Chamber leaders to continue finding “common ground” on key issues. He encouraged the Chamber to reach out to young business leaders and help them become more engaged in leading our community successfully into the future.

Buckner takes over as chair for Ron Jibson, who is the chairman, president and CEO of Questar Corporation. As immediate past chair, Jibson’s influence will continue to play an active role on the Chamber Executive Board.

Lori Chillingworth, Executive Vice President of Zions Bank’s Small Business Division, has accepted the role of vice chair on the Chamber’s Board of Governors.

The Utah Transit Authority has been named as the American Public Transportation Association’s Outstanding Public Transportation System for 2014. Winning this award means that UTA is the best large public transportation system in North America. This is one of the most prestigious awards in the public transportation industry.

Last year, UTA completed the FrontLines 2015 project, which included five UTA rail projects adding 70 miles to the rail network. UTA has also been experiencing the highest ridership in history at more than 44 million boardings.

The recognition is based on criteria that include operations and maintenance, safety, customer service, sustainability, financial management, community relations and more. This award looks at all aspects of business, and says a great deal about the commitment of every UTA employee who works hard to provide great service every day to riders and the community.
APTA president and CEO Michael Melaniphy says, “With aggressive and successful rail expansion, it’s not surprising that UTA saw record breaking ridership growth in 2013. As a leader in innovation, both in operations and sustainability, UTA is a role model for other public transit agencies.”

Rodeo has been a tradition in celebrating Utah’s heritage 160 years. The pioneers arrived in the valley in 1847, and in July, 1849 they held their first celebration with a parade and a rodeo.

In the early days rodeo was a community event, organized by people who wanted to be part of the celebration – much like it still is today. The event was called “Covered Wagon Days”. The Sons and Daughters of the Utah Pioneers eventually took over the organization and planning of the celebration, giving the parade and rodeo uniformity. In 1943, the decision was made to rename and incorporate the “Days of ’47” event.

The 2014 Days of ’47 Komatsu Equipment Rodeo is back at the EnergySolutions Arena this year. The Rodeo will run between July 22 and July 26. Performances will begin at 7 p.m. from the 22 to the 25, and at 6 p.m. on the 26.

The Days of ’47 Rodeo is one of Utah’s longest standing traditions, bringing you the best rodeo in Utah to celebrate our state holiday. Join the celebration next month. For more details, visit DaysOf47.com.

How is your business engaged in helping education?

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Utah’s economic success has been attributed to a well-qualified and educated workforce. Businesses have recognized that and have been engaging for years. We want to know how yourbusiness engages.

As the Salt Lake Chamber, we have partnered with chambers of commerce and business associations from all over Utah in a movement to strengthen our economy and our business community through improving education–Prosperity 2020.

As a coalition of business people, executives and 21 chambers of commerce across the state, we believe that improving education outcomes is at the heart of our development and opportunity as a state. We believe that building and sustaining the strongest economy in the nation requires innovation, accountability, and investment in education.

Both the Salt Lake Chamber and Prosperity 2020 are interested in understanding how Utah companies are affected by education and also how business people are engaged in building the workforce of tomorrow. We invite you to take just a few minutes of your time to complete this survey: http://bit.ly/P2020Survey

Your feedback is invaluable as we will use this data to develop Chamber’s policy position and assist in the development of education policy. Thank you for helping us gain a clearer picture of the network of ties between education, the workforce and business.

Responses to the survey will help to increase understanding of these efforts to support the development of Utah’s future workforce. Survey results will allow us to share exemplary efforts with the community. We also want to feature your business in Salt Lake Chamber news outlets such as the Utah Business Report, newsletters, social media and websites.

Again, we’d like to ask you to please take this survey to help us gauge how you are or would like to be involved in education by July 23http://bit.ly/P2020Survey

The survey is also an opportunity for those who have interest in getting engaged to learn more about the opportunities to impact strategic state goals to improve education outcomes.

We’re all in for education in Utah!

This week on the Utah Business Report

Saturday, July 5th, 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.

Utah recently earned two high accolades again. For the second year in a row, Utah has been named the most small business-friendly state in the country in the Small Business Friendliness Survey conducted by Thumbtack.com. In the survey’s third year, Utah improved almost all of its scores in the different categories to earn an A+ in nine of the 11 categories, which include: overall friendliness, ease of starting a business, ease of hiring, regulations, employment, labor and hiring, tax code, licensing, environmental, and zoning. Utah tied with Idaho for the most A+ grades, but fared better in ease of hiring.

The U.S. Chamber also praised Utah in its newly released Enterprising States report, ranking it the third overall performer in economic performance. In this report, Utah landed in the top six in each of the five policy categories. One major driver of this strength is the state’s robust mixture and diversity of industries. Utah’s economy has been consistently ranked as one of the nation’s most diverse.

To learn more about Utah’s most recent accolades, visit slchamber.com/blog

Today is the first day of the Clear the Air Challenge! The Challenge runs through the entire month of July. We encourage Utahns to drive less and drive smarter to reduce vehicle emissions and collectively improve Utah’s air quality. Each trip saved makes a difference to the quality of our air.

This year, the Challenge goal is to eliminate 250,000 vehicle trips, 2 million vehicle miles and to engage 10-thousand participants in the Challenge.

Thanks to a partnership with UDOT’s TravelWise and a grant from UCAIR, the Challenge has invested in a new tracking technology that makes logging your trips saved faster and easier—from your mobile device or computer. Also, there is a built-in trip planner as part of the new tracker.

Awards will be given to those who participate each week during the Challenge, so get involved! Challenge your coworkers, friends and family to help clear the air. The Clear the Air Challenge is an excellent time to try new ways of transportation – from your daily commute to family errands. You can sign up for the Clear the Air Challenge, join a team and start tracking your miles saved at www.cleartheairchallenge.org.

The Salt Lake Chamber is now calling for sponsors for the 14th Annual Women In Business Summer Social, presented by Questar Corporation. The Summer Social is the premier summer event organized by the Business Women’s Forum.

The Summer Social brings together more than 250 of Utah’s business and career women, for productive networking in an exciting venue with a chance to support women in business. This is a great opportunity for sponsors to get their names in front of a dynamic group of people in a fun and interactive environment.

This year, the Summer Social will take place August 14 at the Bill and Pat Child Family Community Hall in the new Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building at the U of U.

The proceeds from the Summer Social support the Women’s Business Center at the Salt Lake Chamber, which accelerates businesses through counseling, training and networking.

You can learn more about sponsorship and attending the Women In Business Summer Social at slchamber.com/summersocial.

Rodeo has been a tradition in celebrating Utah’s heritage 160 years. The pioneers arrived in the valley in 1847, and in July, 1849 they held their first celebration with a parade and a rodeo.

In the early days rodeo was a community event, organized by people who wanted to be part of the celebration – much like it still is today. The event was called “Covered Wagon Days”. The Sons and Daughters of the Utah Pioneers eventually took over the organization and planning of the celebration, giving the parade and rodeo uniformity. In 1943, the decision was made to rename and incorporate the “Days of ’47” event.

The 2014 Days of ’47 Komatsu (koh-MAHT-su) Equipment Rodeo is back at the EnergySolutions Arena this year. The Rodeo will run between July 22nd and July 26th. Performances will begin at 7 o’clock p.m. from the 22nd to the 25th, and at 6 p.m. on the 26th.

The Days of ’47 Rodeo is one of Utah’s longest standing traditions, bringing you the best rodeo in Utah to celebrate our state holiday. Join the celebration next month. For more details, visit DaysOf47.com.

Member Roundup

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Member Roundup is a periodical blog highlighting news from Salt Lake Chamber members. If you want to see your business’s news here, please send it to news@slchamber.com

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New Members

GTMS

HybridLight

KPB Equities

Title Boxing Club – Sugarhouse

YP

 

News & Press Releases

AT&T’s new retail store in Sandy features next generation design
AT&T Digital Life, home security and automation service launches June 27 in Salt Lake City 

Condos and Cruises Worldwide unveils anticipated workplace wellness program

Downtown Alliance names three Achievement Award winners

Holland & Hart celebrates 20th anniversary in Salt Lake City with day of service

Mountain America Credit Union recognized as the top small business lending credit union in the nation
Mountain America CU’s Chad Waddoups recognized as Top Program Manager 

Security Service Federal Credit Union recognized for worksite wellness efforts in Utah & Texas

1,350 sq. ft. of original art to commemorate Squatters 25 Years of Beer

UTA named Transit System of the Year

Utah’s safest companies honored for keeping workers safe (Workers Compensation Fund)

Utah Symphony announces two free community concerts to thank Utah residents for support of public programs

 

Upcoming Events

7/1 – /31 - Clear the Air Challenge
7/4 – 11th Annual Deer Valley Music Festival Opens With Texas Tenors
7/11 – 12 - Salt Lake City International Jazz Festival
7/22 – 26 - Days of ’47 Rodeo at EnergySolutions Arena
7/26 – 8/23 - Salt Lake County Corporate Games
See more upcoming events on the Chamber’s Community Calendar here. 

If you want to stay up-to-date with Chamber and our community events, please subscribe to our Chamber Connection by clicking here.

You can catch other member and Utah business news in the Utah Business Report, which airs every week day between 12:30 – 1 p.m. on KSL NewsRadio. We post weekly recaps here.

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If you want to see your business’ news here, please send it to news@slchamber.com

Public Policy – July Update

Tuesday, July 1st, 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.

Public Policy

The Salt Lake Chamber has named Rich Walje, President and CEO of Rocky Mountain Power as Public Policy Chair starting July 1, 2014. The Policy Chair is an Executive Board member which guides the Chamber’s various public policy initiatives and acts as a liaison with the Executive Board on policy.

“The Salt Lake Chamber fills an essential role in our community as the voice of business on public policy issues. Apart from narrowly-focused industry associations, the Chamber gives a voice to broad-based business issues in the community and on the Hill,” said Walje.

Additionally, Chris Gamvroulas, President Ivory Development and Ivory Homes, was also named Vice Chair, Public Policy. Walje has set an aggressive agenda for the coming year for improving the chamber’s efforts in public policy and strengthening influence on key policy issues.

The Executive Board is the only policy body of the Salt Lake Chamber responsible for the Chamber’s commercial, industrial, public, legislative and financial policies. The Executive Board consists of members of the Board of Governors and the Downtown Alliance Board of Trustees. All of the Chamber’s extensive policy task forces and committees are advisory to the Executive Board through the Public Policy Chair.

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Clean Air

We all have a role in keeping our air clean. Businesses, citizens and government share our roads and breathe the same air. We should all do our part clean our air and the Clear the Air Challenge is perfect opportunity to show that you care about air quality! This statewide Challenge begins on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.

1. Remember, it’s all about driving smarter and driving less. Find out how your company and employees can participate at www.cleartheairchallenge.org.

If you have any other questions, concerns or comments about the Clear the Air Challenge, feel free to reach out to Ben Hoyle at 801.328.5056 or bhoyle@slchamber.com.

Also – our next Clean Air Task Force meeting will be Wednesday, August 13, at 7:30-9:00 a.m. with the Chamber’s Natural Resources Business Council. For more information about the task force, please contact Ryan Evans at 801.328.5063 or revans@slchamber.com.

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Capitol Club

“The Salt Lake Chamber Capitol Club gives business professionals unrivaled access to Utah’s leaders,” said Dan Harbeke, director public affairs of Union Pacific Railroad. “If you are interested in an inside look to how policy in Utah works, I’d encourage you to join.”

The Capitol Club provides the opportunity to gain professional development in public policy, public affairs and  especially for those interested in the policy issues affecting Utah’s business community. The next Capitol Club event will be Monday, July 16, with the newly appointed executive director of the Utah Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR), Ivy Estabrooke.

If you are interested in participating in Capitol Club contact Michael Merrill at 801-328.5068 or mmerrill@slchamber.com.

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Regulation

We advocate for simplified and reasonable regulation as well as predictable and certain laws, so rational people can be confident in deploying resources into a productive economy. To that end we are partnering with Sen. Lee, Gov. Gary Herbert, the Utah League of Cities and Towns, and the Utah Association of Counties 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.

We will have more information about the Solutions Summit, including sponsorship opportunities, in the coming days. If you have any other questions, concerns or comments, feel free to reach out to Justin Jones at 801.558-9371 or jjones@slchamber.com.

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Water

We invite you to join business and community leaders to discuss the importance of water infrastructure and the impact of water availability on our economy, business environment and economic development efforts, as well as how Utah businesses are making a difference with “Utah: Water is Your Business Week,” which will take place the week of August 4 – 8, 2014. This will include a number of items including the launch of Chamber’s Water Task Force.

We are looking for great stories about how your business is practicing water management and conservation. We invite you to join in sponsoring this great event. For more information and to share your company’s water stories, please contact Michael Merrill at 801-328.5068 or mmerrill@slchamber.com.

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Prosperity 2020

The Salt Lake Chamber has partnered with chambers of commerce and business associations from all over Utah in a movement called Prosperity 2020 to strengthen our economy by improving education. Prosperity 2020 is currently working towards an Education Forum later this fall as well as working closely with the Legislature’s Education Task Force. The next Prosperity 2020 Founders Council meeting is Monday, August 25 at 1:00-2:30 p.m.

To become involved in Prosperity 2020, please contact Jana Scott at 801-328-5043 or jscott@prosperity2020.com.

Additionally, the Prosperity 2020 Business Promise seeks to deploy 20,200 volunteers into Utah’s school system. If your business is interested in taking a more active role to support education, please contact Julie Johnsson at 801.328.5082 or jjohnsson@slchamber.com.

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Utah Transportation Coalition

On June 23, the Utah Transportation Coalition held the 2014 Open House with terrific presentations from UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras, Utah Transit Authority General Manager Michael Allegra, and House Transportation Committee Chair and Interim Transportation Committee Co-Chair Rep. Johnny Anderson. The event is just one of dozens the Utah Transportation Coalition hosts every year to promote continued investment in Utah’s transportation infrastructure. These events are reserved or significantly discounted for Coalition members and include an upcoming Mountain Transportation event that we will have more details on in the coming weeks.

The Coalition is currently looking for new members to collaborate with our partners to make smart and sustainable transportation choices and to secure adequate, stable and long-term funding to support a high quality of life and economic growth in Utah.

If your company is interested in participating, contact Michael Merrill at 801-328.5068 or mmerrill@slchamber.com.

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Natural Resources Business Council

Our Natural Resources Business Council (Council) is an inclusive approach to multiple sectors of Utah’s economy including the Chamber’s Water, Clean Air, Energy and Minerals, and Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Task Forces. This past month the Council heard presentations on the nexus between transportation and the NRBC, as well as the possibility of developing a Chamber corporate sustainability report.

The next Council meeting will be on Wednesday, August 13 at 7:30-9:00 a.m. For more information, please contact Michael Merrill at 801-328.5068 or mmerrill@slchamber.com.

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Outdoor Recreation and Tourism

The Salt Lake Chamber held its first Outdoor Recreation and Tourism meeting on June 5 with an industry focus group to better understand the needs of this critical asset to Utah’s economy. The groups discussed challenges with regulation, coordination with our economic development partners and perceptual issues faced by Utah’s tourism industry. We want to thank all of our participants.

The Chamber will be working closely with the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation, Office of Tourism Global Branding on a number of events in the coming months and establish an ongoing task force. If you would like to participate in future events, please contact Michael Merrill at 801-328.5068 or mmerrill@slchamber.com.

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Energy and Minerals

Utah’s rich and diverse energy sector is one key reason behind our state’s thriving economy and the third annual Utah Governor’s Energy Development Summit on June 3-4, 2014, honored that contribution by setting the stage for the sector to continue to power our state’s economy. The Salt Lake Chamber welcomed the opportunity to support the summit. Read more about the summit.

To build on the summit, the Energy and Minerals Task Force meeting on Wednesday, July 9 at 8:00 a.m. will receive a briefing on the Utah Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan from the Office of Energy Development and a presentation on clean energy technology start-ups. For more information, please contact Michael Merrill at 801-328.5068 or mmerrill@slchamber.com.

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Health System Reform

The Salt Lake Chamber in collaboration the Utah Hospital Association, American Cancer Association, AARP of Utah, Voices for Utah Children and Utah Health Policy Project sponsored a phone and email survey to better understand the public’s sentiment of the Governor’s “Healthy Utah Plan.”

A poll of 623 registered voters in May and June by Dan Jones & Associates found:

• 88 percent favor Herbert’s “Healthy Utah” plan over doing nothing.
• 70 percent prefer Herbert’s plan to a straightforward Medicaid expansion as envisioned by the Affordable Care Act.
• 59 percent say they support or strongly support Herbert’s plan.

The Health System Reform Task Force received a briefing on this polling data at our June 26 meeting and you can read about the results here.

The next Health System Reform task force will be Thursday, August 28, at 8:00 a.m. If you would like to participate in future Health System Reform events, please contact Justin Jones at 801.328.5071 or jjones@slchamber.com.

 

Downtown Alliance

Join the Downtown Alliance on Friday, July 11, for the 2014 State of Downtown, which celebrates our evolving urban center. Downtown is in the midst of a remarkable transformation with new residents, businesses and buildings shaping our urban fabric. This event will highlight these dramatic changes and forecast our future.

Also at the 2014 State of Downtown, the Downtown Alliance will be releasing the 2013 Economic Benchmark Report for downtown Salt Lake City, which presents facts about the downtown economy to stakeholders, property owners, tenants, investors, developers, retailers, brokers, theaters, museums, policy makers and civic leaders. You can read the 2012 report here.

If you would like to participate in future Downtown Alliance events, please contact Jesse Dean at 801-328.5045 or jesse@downtownslc.org.

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International – World Trade Center

Derek Miller, former chief of staff to Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert, has been named president and CEO of the World Trade Center Utah, a licensed and certified member of the World Trade Centers Association, which is headquartered in New York City.

The World Trade Center Utah is strategic partner of the Salt Lake Chamber and you can read more about Derek’s appointment here.

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.

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. Visit wtcutah.com.

This week on the Utah Business Report

Friday, June 27th, 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.

The 2014 Salt Lake City International Jazz Festival is coming up on July 11 and 12. The Festival will be held at the Gallivan Plaza in downtown Salt Lake City.

Founded in 2001 by then-Mayor Rocky Anderson and Jerry Floor, the Jazz Festival is dedicated to the presentation of America’s music in a live format and devoted to the encouragement of music education. Each year, the Festival teams up with the School of Music at the University of Utah to present FREE clinics and master classes to all ages, taught by luminaries in music education. This year the Festival will feature the fabulous Ellis Hall performing a tribute to Motown on Friday night and Memories of the Great Ray Charles on Saturday night. From Las Vegas, Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns will blow you away. Other extraordinary artists include The Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra, Salt Laker Emilee Floor, Gregory Floor, Orquesta Latino and many others. The Great Sheila E will perform in a special “Kickoff for the SLC Jazz Festival” at the Sandy Amphitheater, presented by Sandy City on Tuesday, July 8.

The Jazz Arts of the MountainWest, or JAM, is offering a special sponsorship opportunity for members of the Chamber. Visit our calendar on our website for more details.

Next week, the sixth annual Clear the Air Challenge will be taking place throughout Utah. This yearly challenge is designed to help improve the air quality in our state through a collaborative community effort.

Thanks to a grant from UCAIR earlier this year, the Challenge has implemented new online tracking software to help keep track of miles and gas saved. It can help you plan your trips to drive less and drive smarter. The program is also highly interactive and you can win badges and even real-life prizes for participating in the Clear the Air Challenge.

In 2013, 9,000 Utahns participated in the Clear the Air Challenge resulting in the most successful year of the program to date. In five years, the Challenge has seen approximately 20,000 participants, saved more than seven million miles and eliminated more than 600,000 vehicle trips. This year we aim to improve those numbers further, encouraging businesses, individuals and families to reconsider driving habits to help clear our air.

We all have a role in keeping our air clean. Learn how you can take the Clear the Air Challenge at ClearTheAirChallenge.org.

The Salt Lake Chamber is now calling for sponsors for the 14th Annual Women In Business Summer Social, presented by Questar Corporation. The Summer Social is the premier summer event organized by the Business Women’s Forum.

The Summer Social brings together more than 250 of Utah’s business and career women, for productive networking in an exciting venue with a chance to support women in business. This is a great opportunity for sponsors to get their names in front of a dynamic group of people in a fun and interactive environment.

This year, the Summer Social will take place August 14th at the Bill and Pat Child Family Community Hall in the new Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building at the U of U.

The proceeds from the Summer Social support the Women’s Business Center at the Salt Lake Chamber, which accelerates businesses through counseling, training and networking.

You can learn more about sponsorship and attending the Women In Business Summer Social at slchamber.com/summersocial.

Rodeo has been a tradition in celebrating Utah’s heritage 160 years. The pioneers arrived in the valley in 1847, and in July, 1849 they held their first celebration with a parade and a rodeo.

In the early days rodeo was a community event, organized by people who wanted to be part of the celebration – much like it still is today. The event was called “Covered Wagon Days.” The Sons and Daughters of the Utah Pioneers eventually took over the organization and planning of the celebration, giving the parade and rodeo uniformity. In 1943, the decision was made to rename and incorporate the “Days of ’47” event.

The 2014 Days of ’47 Komatsu Equipment Rodeo is back at the EnergySolutions Arena this year. The Rodeo will run between July 22 and July 26. Performances will begin at 7 o’clock p.m. from the 22 to the 25, and at 6 p.m. on the 26.

The Days of ’47 Rodeo is one of Utah’s longest standing traditions, bringing you the best rodeo in Utah to celebrate our state holiday. Join the celebration next month. For more details, visit DaysOf47.com.

The Downtown Farmers Market is back for the summer! Utah’s most popular farmers market celebrates its 23rd year of providing opportunities for the community to support local farmers and producers. With more than 250 vendors, this year’s Market offers a unique variety of farmers, growers, bakeries, prepared food and beverages, packaged foods and local artisans.

The Market is open on Saturday mornings starting at 8 a.m. at Pioneer Park in Salt Lake City. As the popularity of the market has grown over the past two decades, with attendance nearly 10,000, so has customer demand. To offer vendors and market-goers additional opportunities, the market hours were extended to 2 p.m. last season.

Patrons are encouraged to come prepared with reusable totes and smaller containers to store greens and other purchases. Encouraging patrons to bring reusable packaging for their purchases can have a large impact at the market and encouraging waste-wise behavior.

The Farmers Market also plays an important role in growing businesses, so I hope you’ll get out there and buy local!

Utah unemployment lowest since 2008

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

The numbers are in. Utah has the lowest unemployment rate it has seen since before the recession–3.6 percent. This is a 0.2 percent drop from April.

The Utah Department of Workforce Services (DWS) released the numbers for May on Friday. With a modest rise of 37,500 jobs from May of last year, Utah’s non-farm payroll employment grew by an estimated 2.9 percent. DWS reports that approximately 52,000 Utahns were unemployed and actively looking for a job last month. This is the kind of slow and steady improvement that proves Utah is doing something right.

“Strong economies don’t occur by accident,” said Natalie Gochnour, the Chamber’s chief economist and associate dean of the David Eccles School of Business. “Utah has a vibrant economy because Utah companies and the workers they employ create value. Elected officials have also helped by creating a business-minded environment with appropriate infrastructure investment and a reasonable tax and regulatory structure.”

“The advantage Utah has is its broad range of industries, many of which are performing well,” said Salt Lake Chamber president and CEO Lane Beattie. “It’s encouraging to see numbers like these come out and show that Utah is ahead of the curve, creating jobs, and proving itself as a great place to live and work with ample opportunity.”

DWS also reported growth in all 10 private sector industries groups, each posting net job increases. The largest increases were in trade, transportation and utilities (9,800), followed by construction (5,400) and even government (5,200). These numbers continue to show that Utah is showing steady and varied growth across all industries–something that the strength of our economy depends on.

On a national scale, the unemployment rate didn’t budge from 6.3 percent, further proving that Utah is performing well.

“While we have the third lowest unemployment rate and the fourth highest job growth rate of any state, it’s even more important that our growth is distributed across a broad spectrum of industries,” said Utah Gov. Gary Herbert.

“The goal is to have balanced, strong and consistent economic growth and that’s exactly what we have in Utah,” said Juliette Tennert, chief economist for the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget.

The Salt Lake Chamber joins with Gov. Gary Herbert to make job creation a top priority. We support the governor’s plan to facilitate the creation of 100,000 jobs in 1,000 days. As of May 2014, Utah has created 103,000 jobs since November 2011, reaching this goal well ahead of schedule. The Chamber also has a complementary private sector job creation plan, the Utah Jobs Agenda. This year, Utah’s private sector is set to achieve the Utah Jobs Agenda goal of creating 150,000 jobs in five years—more than a year ahead of schedule. We will continue to make job creation a major focus.