This Week in the Utah Business Report

Friday, November 21st, 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 Utah Transportation Coalition is a broad-based, business-led collaboration group advocating and supporting strategic investments in Utah’s transportation infrastructure. Smart investments in transportation promote a higher quality of life; improve air quality and support economic development. These investments are essential especially as Utah’s population is expected to nearly double in the next 30-years.

Today the Transportation Coalition launched a statewide awareness effort, calling attention to the need for continued transportation investment. This weeklong event includes community gatherings at locations across Utah. Today the Coalition held an event in Farmington near the FrontRunner Station, Legacy Parkway and I-15, with another event in St. George tomorrow.

With expected population growth, increased vehicle efficiency and continue air quality improvements needed, now is the time to continue Utah’s conservative approach maintaining this important infrastructure and investing for the future to preserve our quality of life and bolster economic growth.

For more information visit Utah transportation.org or follow the conversation at #dontdelayUT.

Today is the 38th Annual Women & Business Conference. Join the conversation today with #AthenaSLC. This conference is filled with inspirational speakers and informative breakout sessions designed to honor and strengthen the place of women in the workplace.

The ATHENA award is a prestigious national award presented annually to an active member of the Salt Lake Chamber. Athena Award winners demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in business by providing valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in the community and assists women in reaching their full leadership potential. This year’s recipient is Peggy Larsen of Worker’s Compensation Fund, a well-deserved honor.

In addition to the ATHENA Award, four other women will receive the Pathfinder Award. The Pathfinder Awards are to community leaders who create new paths and promote the development and recognition of women in business. The 2014 recipients include Patrice Arent, Utah House of Representatives, Juanita Damon of American Express, Martha Eining of the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah and Denise Winslow from Wells Fargo.

For more information visit slchamber.com.

The Utah Transportation Coalition, a broad-based, business-led coalition advocating and supporting strategic investments in Utah’s transportation infrastructure, presented today to the Legislature’s Transportation Interim Committee.

A quality transportation system offers personal benefits to every Utahn, including more time with families, a cleaner environment and better health. Recently Utah competed an unprecedented statewide long-range transportation plan that showed current funding mechanisms do not meet our community’s needs for the future.

While you don’t see it at the pump, the buying power of the gas tax is worth much less today than when it was last increased in 1997, due to inflation and vehicle efficiency. In the end this lack of action has and will continue to cost all of us more in time and money.

Now is the time to continue Utah’s conservative approach to maintaining our transportation infrastructure by investing for the future to preserve today’s quality of life and bolster Utah’s economic growth.

A new business and member of the Salt Lake Chamber has recently opened their doors. Four Seasons Nail Salon is an upscale full-service nail salon that opened on September 23, 2014.

This business is conveniently located at 464 South 600 East, Suite B, in Salt Lake City near Trader Joe’s, Trolley Square, and Smith’s Marketplace.

“You deserve the best,” is its promise to its customers.  This business delivers its promise through providing excellent customer service, equipping the salon with state-of-the-art ventilation system, spa chairs, and equipment. They have  an effective and well-thought out processes for sanitizing all tools and equipment, while offering a wide variety of nail products and polish selection.

Four Seasons Nail Salon’s current promotions include discounts on all services, as well as discounts for referral programs and rewards for customer loyalty.

To find out more about this member and other members of the Salt Lake Chamber, visit slchamber.com

Improving energy efficiency is a great way to reduce operating expenses and enhance your profitability, but where do you begin?

A walk-through energy audit is an excellent starting point.

An energy audit consists of an analysis of your utility bills and an inspection of your facility and mechanical systems.

Key things to consider include lighting systems and controls, the age and efficiency of heating and cooling systems, and the level of insulation. The goal is to look at your facility as a whole and identify the best energy-saving opportunities.

Rocky Mountain Power’s wattsmart Business program can help you assess the energy efficiency opportunities at your facility to determine the most cost-effective upgrades for your business.

Contact Rocky Mountain Power at wattsmart.com to learn more.

Public Policy – November Update

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public Policy – November Update

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 October and beyond.

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Public Policy 

With the holidays upon us, The Salt Lake Chamber’s policy team is working to finalize 2015 policy positions for review by the Executive Board. As the “Voice of Business” and Utah’s largest and oldest business association, the Salt Lake Chamber is a leader on critical issues that impact Utah businesses and our community. In the coming weeks, this is how we plan to contribute and grow our economy, promote community prosperity and champion business in Utah, as well as opportunities for you to participate in the chamber for the month of November and beyond.

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Public Policy

The Salt Lake Chamber’s executive board will be reviewing and approving the 2015 policy positions in for the 2015 Public Policy Guide. The public policy guide is published annually and 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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2015 Legislative Reception

The Salt Lake Chamber’s annual Legislative Reception will take place on February 4, 2015. The Legislative Reception is a unique opportunity to interact with policymakers, business leaders, and select guests including Gov. Gary Herbert, members of the Utah State Legislature and other local officials during the 2014 General Legislative Session. The event had over 400 attendees last year and is a must attend for Utah’s top policy and business professionals and is a unique high-profile sponsorship opportunity during the heat of the legislative session.

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

Prosperity 2020: Business Community Sets 5-Year Plan for Education

On October 28, Prosperity 2020 and Education First co-hosted the Academic Excellence (AXL)conference to focus discussion on key drivers to elevate performance in education and debut a five-year plan to elevate Utah into the top ten states for education. Over two hundred and fifty education, government, business and community leaders, as well as parents, and the media attended the conference to hear Prosperity Through Education: the Innovation Accountability and Investment Plan for Utah’s Future.

The plan is a result of extensive collaboration and provides a framework to move Utah forward in reading, math, high school completion and post-high school certificates and degrees. Read the plan and take action in support of education in Utah, by visiting EducationFirstUtah.org.

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

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Utah Transportation Coalition: A better Utah down the road

The past week the Utah Transportation Coalition unveiled their statewide public education campaign to communicate the need for increased transportation infrastructure investment. David Golden, Chair of Utah Transportation Coalition, was joined by legislative, business and community leaders in Farmington to launch the coalition’s new campaign. In Addition David Golden addressed the Transportation Interim Committee this past week about the efforts to educate the community on long term transportation funding needs. For further information on the campaign visit http://utahtransportation.org/. The next Transportation Executive Committee meeting will be held December 11.

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

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Natural Resources Business Council

The month, the Natural Resource Business council reviewed the respective priorities for natural resources and the environmental issues for the Salt Lake Chamber’s 2015 public policy guide. In addition, the council discussed new initiatives in the energy community with the launch of a new website that offers information on alternative fuel vehicles and an increase on K-12 education about energy. Expect more updates from the council in the upcoming weeks. The next Natural Resource Business Council meeting will be held December10.

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

The Clean Air Task Force will host the fourth annual Clean Air Summit “The Business Case for Clean Air” on December 4th.  The Summit will address impacts of air quality on our economy, benefits of clean air quality, what your company can do to be part of the solution, and the resources available to help your business make a difference. The Summit will feature speakers that will direct attention to the most important clean air issues facing Utah today. Registration is currently open for the event.

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

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Energy and Minerals

The Energy Minerals Task Force returned from a successful Fall Energy Excursion to southeast Utah in late October. The Fall Energy Excursion was co-hosted by the Governor’s Office of Energy Development and allowed attendees to see key energy developments, infrastructure and connect with rural communities. The group had the opportunity to tour the Hunter Power Plant, as well a coal mine Emery County’s and discuss balanced development in Moab. We want to thank Kiewit, Rocky Mountain Power, the Moab Chamber of Commerce, and all the site visit hosts and speakers for their support. The Chamber plans to host another energy excursion to explore other areas of Utah in the upcoming future.

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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Water

President Barack Obama has appointed Holland & Hart Partner Jody Williams as Commissioner of the Bear River Commission. The Bear River Commission was created in 1958 pursuant to the Bear River Compact among the states of Idaho, Utah and Wyoming. The Commission comprises nine gubernatorial appointed Commissioners and one Federal Commissioner appointed by the President, who serves as its Chair. Jody is active member and key supporter the Salt Lake Chamber’s Utah | Water is Your Business Initiative. The next water task force also met this month to review the 2015 Public Policy guide, discuss partnerships and work on the 2015 strategic work plan. The next task force meeting is the December 10th Natural Resources Business Council meeting.

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

The Chamber remains actively engaged in key issues related to outdoor recreation and tourism including the Mountain Accord process. We are also a active support of the Utah Office of Outdoor recreation which just announced the dates for the 2015 Utah Outdoor Recreation Summit on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

This summit is an inspiring and insightful statewide initiative planned in conjunction with the outdoor industry, counties, communities, user groups, and state and federal land management agencies.

The 2014 Outdoor Recreation Summit was a tremendous success with more than 400 outdoor industry leaders, county and city officials and user groups gathered, with state and federal land management agencies, to actively discuss issues surrounding Utah’s outdoor recreation.

Please contact Tara McKee at the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation at (801) 538-8686 or tmckee@utah.gov

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Health System Reform

The Health System Reform Task Force met and discussed further information regarding Governor Herbert’s Healthy Utah Plan and had a conference call update from Katie Mahoney, Executive Director, Health Policy U.S. Chamber of Commerce on federal health care issues and Utah’s impact. Ms. Mahoney discussed the likelihood of repealing the ASA as reported by some members of Utah’s congressional delegation following the election and Senate majority shift. She was optimistic regarding a repeal of the medical device tax. She also talked with business leaders about the impending 2016 impacts of the definition of “small group markets” being redefined as 50 to 100 in 2016 and how that may impact Chamber members.

The next Health System Reform Task Force will meet December 18, 2014 and will have Patt Richard, President & CEO, SelectHealth discuss autism.

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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2014 Women & Business Conference

Monday, November 17th, 2014

ATHENA and Pathfinder award winners announced

SALT LAKE CITY- (November 18, 2014) The Salt Lake Chamber named Peggy Larsen of Workers Compensation Fund (WCF), as the 2014 ATHENA Award recipient. The ATHENA award 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.

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 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.

In addition to the ATHENA Award, four women received Pathfinder awards at this conference. The Pathfinder Awards are presented annually to community leaders who create new paths promoting the development and recognition of women in business. The four Pathfinder recipients include Patrice Arent, Juanita Damon, Martha Eining and Denise Winslow.

Patrice has a long and impactful career serving her constituents in the Utah State Legislature, including the passage of over seventy of bills. These are important bills that have changed the lives of women and children in our community.  Patrice takes time to mentor and coach women who are running for office and encourages them to get involved in the political process.

Juanita has made outstanding contributions to women in her business and in the community.  She supports the American Express Women’s Interest Network by helping create employee development events for the women in our company. She has been sponsoring an internship program with the University of Utah bringing students into American Express for opportunities to get “real life” work experience, understand how to manage projects, and help them begin to build a brand within our company.

Over the years Martha has mentored and provided guidance to countless women as they received their education at the University of Utah and provided invaluable direction to women as they launched their careers in business.

Denise takes time to educate all community non-profits and their executive and program directors on what fits Wells Fargo’s giving philosophy.  She takes this same education approach in working with the many Wells Fargo team members that are passionate about a worthwhile cause.

The Conference also included fantastic and motivational speakers and presentations. Bridget McCarthy Lasda from Coca-Cola encouraged us to “Stand Up, Speak Out, and Take a Seat at the Table,” Natalie Masri and Roberta Phillips from the U. S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Women in Business introduced us to those who are “Advancing Women to the Top.” And, in our morning breakout sessions we talked about connecting, aspiring and leading through community service, recognizing our worth and loyalty.

Over the past year, the Women’s Business Center has assisted 237 clients and provided over 582 hours of consulting. In all, they have provided training to over 25 hundred people. These trainings focus on six core areas: marketing & sales, finance, business planning, management, government procurement and international trade. This effort has resulted in 50 new business plans and, most importantly, 53 new businesses started and 133 new jobs created. The Women’s Business Center helps dreamers become entrepreneurs. Those entrepreneurs make Utah’s economy one of the strongest in the nation.

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 received 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.

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.

Chamber Coalition Addresses Growing Transportation Needs with Statewide Information Campaign

Monday, November 17th, 2014

The Salt Lake Chamber, Utah Transportation Coalition launched a new statewide information campaign regarding the benefit of transportation investment today, November 17, 2014. The Coalition’s education campaign will use traditional advertising and social media to educate the value of transportation. Business leaders, Utah legislators and other local elected officials joined the coalition’s chair, Dave Golden, who made the announcement at Farmington FrontRunner station.

“This important communications initiative will remind all of us, whether we use transportation or not, that we all depend on it,” said Dave Golden, Wells Fargo Bank and Chair Utah Transportation Coalition. “From the goods and services delivered from our favorite online retailer to our doorstep or those who travel miles a day by train, bus, or car—we all benefit from a well maintained, functional transportation system.”

Through smart, sustainable transportation projects, this business-led Coalition is working with the Utah League of Cities and Towns and the Association of Counties to address Utah’s growing population, estimated to double by 2050. Adequate funding for transportation systems will stimulate economic development in the area by conducting critical road maintenance to improve connectivity and accessibility throughout the region, and develop sustainable transportation options to improve air quality.

Utah Senator Stuart Adams, Representative Johnny Anderson, Provo Mayor John Curtis and Davis County Commissioner Bret Millburn kicked off the campaign to support the Coalition to elevate transportation investment as a key issue that businesses and communities need to address now and into the next legislative session.

“As co-chair of the Legislative Interim Transportation Task Force, we have reviewed the Unified Transportation Plan and are looking for ways to meet the needs outlined in the plan,” said Johnny Anderson, Utah House of Representatives, District 34. “In Utah, we believe that a robust transportation system provides employees, products and services more options and means to get to where they need to go, including upgraded and maintained roads, public transit and bike/pedestrian access in and around our cities.”

As Chair of the Utah Association of County’s, Bret Milburn, Commissioner, Davis County said, “Funding the Unified Transportation Plan will result in dramatic, positive economic impact over the next three decades by generating 183,618 new jobs and contributing $183.6 billion to Utah’s gross domestic product.”

“Utah’s Unified Transportation Plan is something I’ve bragged about to my colleagues in states across the U.S.,” said John Curtis, Mayor, Provo City. “Funding the gap outlined in this plan is an important need for our State’s economy.”

Today’s event launched the coalition’s new website at http://utahtransportation.org/ as well as the hashtag, “#dontdelayUT.” Additional information and a communications toolkit for businesses, local communities and others is available for use by coalition members.

This Week in the Utah Business Report

Friday, November 14th, 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.

Did you know that the Leonardo was named one of the 10 coolest places to hang out with the family in Salt Lake City? The Leonardo is a non-profit community-powered museum which opened in 2011.

Once home to the Salt Lake City Public Library, The Leonardo’s downtown location has served the people of the Wasatch Front for nearly 50 years. The Leonardo is a contemporary museum highlighting today’s topics in science and culture. It is their mission to inspire curiosity, creativity and innovation in people of all ages and backgrounds.

The Leonardo has a lot to offer! They also are committed to providing educators of all backgrounds and levels with inventive, high quality teaching material that promotes inquiry, creative thinking and problem solving. Use some of their free lesson plans and other resources to increase engagement and learning in science, technology, engineering, math, and art — and to promote vital 21st-century skills in your classroom or home.

For more information, visit theleonardo.org.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) office, announced 15 recipients of the 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the Department of Defense gives to employers for support of Nation Guard and Reserve employees.

Zions Bank was one of the 2014 Freedom Award recipients that was honored at a ceremony in the Pentagon on September 26th. The 2014 recipients were selected from 2,864 nominations received from Guardsmen and Reservists for going far beyond what the federal law requires to support their military employees.

Last year, recipients met with President Barack Obama and senior Defense Department leaders as part of the award recognition.

For more information about the Freedom Award and this year’s recipients, please visit FreedomAward.mil under the Media Tab in the Press Releases section.

Happy Veteran’s Day!

Are you registered for the Women & Business Conference that takes place next Tuesday? This conference is filled with inspirational speakers and informative breakout sessions designed to honor and strengthen the place of women in the workplace.

The Salt Lake Chamber has named Peggy Larsen of Workers Compensation Fund (WCF), as the 2014 ATHENA Award recipient. The ATHENA award 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.

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 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.

Congratulations Peggy Larsen!

The Women & Business Conference is on Tuesday! In addition to the ATHENA Award, four women will receive Pathfinder awards at this conference. The Pathfinder Awards are presented annually to community leaders who create new paths that promote the development and recognition of women in business.

One of the Pathfinder recipients is Patrice Arent. During Patrice’s years at the Utah State Legislature, seventy of her bills have been passed.  These are important bills that have changed the lives of women and children in our community.  Patrice takes time to mentor and coach women who are running for office and encourages women to get involved in our political process.

Another Pathfinder recipient is Juanita Damon. Juanita has made outstanding contributions to women in her business and in the community.  She supports the American Express Women’s Interest Network by helping create employee development events for the women in our company. She has been sponsoring an internship program with the University of Utah bringing students into American Express for opportunities to get “real life” work experience, understand how to manage projects, and help them begin to build a brand within our company.

Congratulations to these recipients!

The Women & Business Conference is on Tuesday! In addition to the ATHENA Award, four women will receive Pathfinder awards at this conference. The Pathfinder Awards are presented annually to community leaders who create new paths that promote the development and recognition of women in business.

One Pathfinder recipient is Martha Eining. Over the years Martha has mentored and provided guidance to countless women as they received their education at the University of Utah and provided invaluable direction to women as they launched their careers in business.

Another Pathfinder recipient is Denise Winslow. Denise takes time to educate all community non-profits and their executive and program directors on what fits Wells Fargo’s giving philosophy.  She takes this same education approach in working with the many Wells Fargo team members that are passionate about a worthwhile cause.

Congratulations to these recipients! Be sure to register for this great event honoring these Pathfinders.

For more information visit slchamber.com.

Utah’s Transportation Need

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Invite from Utah Transportation Coalition:

Transportation affects more than you think. Our transportation system affects everything from air quality to economic development. The better our system, the better our Utah. But here’s the problem: Utah is growing faster than we can keep up. In fact, our budget is far from what’s needed to maintain Utah’s current infrastructure. And frankly, we need your help. So support a better Utah down the road at UtahTransportation.org.

Demonstrate our unified voice to address transportation funding across the state and in your community. Your presence is requested as a Salt Lake Chamber Utah Transporation Coalition educational campaign press launch in your area to raise public awareness of transportation needs:

Farmington

Monday, November 17, 10:30 a.m.

UTA FrontRunner Park ‘n Ride

St. George

Tuesday, November 18, 10:30 a.m.

Confluence Trail head (South of the Dixie Center, 1835 S. Convention Center Drive)

Vernal

Friday, November 21, 11 a.m.

Vernal City Hall 374 East Main Street

Send your photo and reasons for how transporation funding could improve your community to Nicole Martin nmartin@sandy.utah.gov and we will share it in the press materials. For more information, contact Abby.Albrecht@gcinc.com.

Tune into the events and spread the word. Follow us @utranscoalition and repost on your social media via #dontdelayUT.

AXL and 5-year Plan Focus on Widespread Agreement about What Will Help More Students Succeed

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

There is substantial agreement about what impacts student success. Key drivers of achievement have emerged in discussions among educators, policymakers, parents, business and community leaders at the Governor’s Educational Excellence Commission, the Legislative Education Task Force, and in many other discussions over the past few years.

Speakers at the AXL conference addressed some of the “aha” moments in their careers that have led them to understand these key drivers of student achievement.

These key drivers include:

Parental engagement and community support – When parents know how to support their children in the right ways, children are more likely to enjoy learning and succeed in school. When communities place a high value on education, it creates better conditions for learning and builds a culture that supports education.

Quality teaching and professional learning communities – Children thrive when teachers have the ability to respond to their needs and know how to help them grow. Professional development is a key component of enabling teachers to grow to meet the many challenges they face in the classroom. When teachers have an opportunity to work together, they bring their combined wisdom and experience to meet the needs of students in their schools. They share the load and support and strengthen each other, generating more successes and making work more rewarding.

Targeted interventions for children at risk – Providing assistance to children early on can give them the needed foundation for learning.

Guidance in choices about college and career – There are a variety of options, and providing students guidance in making those choices is critical. There are better ways to do it than we are now.

High expectations – Most of us agree that children rise to what’s expected of them. If they are treated as capable and expected to achieve, they are much more likely to find it in themselves to do so. Learning is in part about confidence to try and to work hard and to keep trying.

These are among the key factors that have risen to the top in conversations at the Governor’s Education Commission, the Legislative Education Task Force and in variety of focus groups and discussions over the past few years.

The five-year plan is based on these principles. By implementing them, we will find a new trajectory of success in Utah, taking us to top ten in the country.

Watch for video clips and other media in upcoming weeks about these key drivers and what you can do to influence them.

Take action! Visit prosperity2020.com for more information.

Don’t Miss the 2014 Women & Business Conference

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Tuesday, November 18, is the 38th Annual Women & Business Conference. This conference is filled with inspirational speakers and informative breakout sessions designed to honor and strengthen the place of women in the workplace.

The ATHENA and Pathfinder Awards are also announced at this great event. The ATHENA award is a prestigious national award presented annually to an active member of the Salt Lake Chamber. Athena Award winners demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in business by providing valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in the community and assists women in reaching their full leadership potential. This year’s recipient is Peggy Larsen of Worker’s Compensation Fund, a well-deserved honor.

Peggy is motivating force at WCF, but especially to the women she works with. 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. Athena is the goddess of wisdom, strength and strategy.

Peggy continually demonstrates these qualities in her daily actions. She recognizes needs in our 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.

In addition to the ATHENA Award, four other women will receive the Pathfinder Award. The Pathfinder Awards are to community leaders who create new paths and promote the development and recognition of women in business. The 2014 recipients include Patrice Arent, Utah House of Representatives, Juanita Damon of American Express, Martha Eining of the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah and Denise Winslow from Wells Fargo.

Congratulations to these fantastic award recipients! Don’t miss this great event. The keynote speaker is Bridget McCarthy Ladda from Coca-Cola. Bridget McCarthy Lasda is the Vice President of National Retail Sales, leading the Target team. During her 11 years in the Coca-Cola System, Bridget has held several key operations, sales and category roles of increasing responsibility. Prior to this role, she was the Vice President of Category Commercialization, leading water, tea, coffee and venturing and emerging brands for the North America Group.

Stand up, speak out, and take a seat at the table is not just a catchy phrase, but a call to action.  This is a call to action for women to let their voices be heard, go after what they want and join the conversation. Hear stories about women that have taken a challenge or a risk for something they wanted, been very clear on career paths to help them achieve their goals by letting their voice be heard, and finally, getting a seat at the table and why sitting at the back of the room should no longer be an option for them.

For more information visit slchamber.com.  Join the conversation on Tuesday with #AthenaSLC.

Largest Disco Ball in America Could Be Unveiled at Eve: Salt Lake City Winterfest

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Kickstarter campaign launched by event organizers to build a fireworks alternative, promoting clean air celebrations

The largest disco ball in America could be built in Salt Lake City and unveiled during EVE.  The Salt Lake City Council and Downtown SLC Alliance are teaming up to bring the giant disco ball to EVE WinterFest, but they need help from the larger community to make it happen.

Traditionally, the EVE WinterFest, that runs December 29, 30 and 31, concluded with a fireworks show at midnight on New Year’s Eve. In response to a community petition concerned with inversion air quality, event organizers have led efforts to find clean air solutions to celebrate the coming year. Cities in other countries have successfully used large scale light shows with disco balls as a focal point for events.

On December 31st the ball would be suspended over the city with a light show illuminating the crowd, streets and surrounding buildings to ring in the New Year, without contributing particulate matter to the air.

Costing considerable more than fireworks, EVE is hosting a kickstarter campaign to raise $25,000 towards construction and operation of the 20-foot plus ball. The Salt Lake City Council has pledged $25,000 to help partially cover the increased costs of creating a large-scale art installation that could become a cornerstone of how the city and community ring in the New Year.

The total cost of the project is over $50,000, compared to $10,000 for a firework show, and is expected to be usable for the next five years at the EVE WinterFest.

Kickstarter link, with artists rendering photos and event video:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/634252315/uss-largest-disco-ball-clean-air-fireworks-alterna/

This Week in the Utah Business Report

Friday, November 7th, 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.

Last week business and community leaders came together to unveil the five-year plan to take Utah’s current average educational performance and elevate it back into the top ten among states. Over the past four years, business, education and opinion leaders have collaborated in developing a plan that provides a framework to move Utah forward in reading, math, high school completion and post-high school certificates and degrees.

Governor Gary Herbert, businesswoman Gail Miller, others and myself voiced our support for education. Data shows that young people who graduate from high school and go on to achieve certificates or degrees are more likely to become leaders, innovators and achievers, and are better prepared to support the growth of crucial business sectors including technology, science, health and medicine. Utah is globally recognized for its pro-business climate and remarkable economic recovery in recent years, but today’s educational performance is an indicator of future economic uncertainty.

Take a look at the plan, leave your comments and sign up to support education in Utah by visiting prosperity 2020.com. We welcome your input on this plan.

We know that as it gets colder in Utah, poor air quality is just around the corner. We all have a role in keeping our air clean. Mobile emissions, specifically from our cars, are the largest contributor to Utah’s air quality challenges.

The way we can make the biggest impact along the Wasatch Front is by reducing the number times we drive alone. Whether it is using the recently recognized, “best transit system in North America,” – UTA, carpooling, trip chaining, or even bundling up with your kids and walking to school, a little effort on our part makes a big difference to Utah’s air.

In addition to these personal actions, new EPA rules dictate that refiners produce more efficient and cleaner fuels, while auto manufacturers produce cleaner cars.

I applaud the collaborative work of Governor Gary Herbert, our local refiners and automobile dealers in working to expedite the transition to these cleaner cars and fuel.  While these efforts take time to be implemented, you can help today. For example, if you are in the market for a new car, purchase a model that rates high in its smog rating. A rating of eight or above on the window sticker will benefit our air. Working together we can improve Utah’s air quality.

Utah is growing. By the year 2050, the population will nearly double in size, but this is nothing new. Utah has a history of growth, as well as a successful track record of planning for the infrastructure needs to meet this population.

That’s why we’re proud to partner with Envision Utah, so that we can keep our tradition of planning for the future alive. Envision Utah is currently working to engage as many people as possible to develop a “vision” for Utah’s future, called, “Your Utah, Your Future.” The plan will help create sustainable communities that are beautiful, prosperous, and healthy. Right now, they need your help to make sure Utah retains its great quality of life and your voice matters. Share how you think Utah should grow by playing a game. That’s right a game.

You’re invited to participate in the 2014 “Build Your 2050 Utah” game where you’ll be able to make choices about Utah’s future and watch them come to life. Afterwards, you’ll have a chance to invite those in your social networks to do the same. The goal is to have more than 50,000 Utahns participate in the process. I strongly encourage you to participate by visiting envisionutah.org.

Mountain America Credit Union has been nationally ranked by the Credit Union Journal as one of the 2014 Best Credit Unions to Work For. This designation was awarded to 30 companies for demonstrating excellence in creating quality workplaces for employees.

Mountain America ranked 3rd among credit unions with more than $1 billion in assets, standing out for exemplary efforts surrounding community service initiatives, fitness and wellness programs, and employee recognition.

The Credit Union Journal partnered with Best Companies Group to determine the Best Credit Unions to Work For using a two-step process. The first step consisted of evaluating each participating credit union’s workplace policies, practices and demographics, worth 25% of the evaluation. The second part consisted of employee surveys to assess the experiences and attitudes of individual employees with respect to their workplace, worth the remaining 75% of the evaluation. The combined scores determined the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process and also analyzed the data to determine the final ranking.

Congratulations Mountain America Credit Union!

Are you attending the 2014 Women & Business Conference on Tuesday, November 18th? The 38th Annual Women & Business Conference is filled with inspirational speakers and informative breakout sessions designed to honor and strengthen the place of women in the workplace.

The ATHENA award is a prestigious national award presented annually to an active member of the Salt Lake Chamber who demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in business. The Athena award winner also provides valuable service by devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community This person also assists women in reaching their full leadership potential. This year’s recipient is Peggy Larsen of WCF.

In addition to the ATHENA Award, four other women will receive the Pathfinder Award. 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 House of Representatives, Juanita Damon of American Express, Martha Eining of the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah and Denise Winslow from Wells Fargo.

For more information, visit slchamber.com.