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.
Last week, the Chamber released its 2014 Public Policy Guide—a special publication that outlines the business community’s priorities for the upcoming General Legislative Session.
The 2014 Public Policy Guide is a Chamber publication, but it represents the broad-based support of chambers of commerce across the state as well as other important business associations. These are the priorities of Utah’s diverse business sectors from across the state and it’s critical that we speak with one voice.
The guide outlines the Chamber’s position on policy issues including economic development, education, transportation, water, energy and minerals, clean air, outdoor recreation and tourism, Downtown Rising, immigration, international competitiveness, and small business.
The Salt Lake Chamber is Utah’s largest business association and Utah’s business leader, representing 7,850 businesses and approximately 500,000 Utah jobs—nearly half the workforce of our state.
The 2014 Public Policy Guide is available on our website, www.slchamber.com.
One week ago today, the Salt Lake Chamber chair Ron Jibson was honored as the 2014 Laureate by the Utah Business Hall of Fame. This is a well-deserved honor and I’m so pleased Ron was recognized.
Ron serves as CEO, president and chair of Questar Corporation. He has been with Questar for the past 30 years where he started as a design engineer. Ron also has a hefty belt of boards he serves on. He’s currently on the boards of the United Way of Salt Lake, Utah Shakespearean Festival, the Economic Development Corporation of Utah, and the Utah Foundation.
The Utah Business Hall of Fame was established in 1990 by Junior Achievement of Utah, which Ron served as past chair for. It recognizes past and present business leaders of Utah for their outstanding and enduring contributions to improving the products, processes, efficiencies and human relations of business.
By honoring those whose lifetime accomplishments can inspire others to become Utah’s best, like Ron, the Utah Business Hall of Fame provides examples for today’s young people to emulate.
Last Friday, a group of leading economists released a consensus economic forecast predicting positive performance in 2014. Job growth, income growth and unemployment are all expected to improve as the Beehive State continues to outperform national economic conditions.
Utah stands out among a handful of states that are leading the nation in job growth. In 2013, job growth is expected to match the state’s historical average of 3.1 percent. This contrasts with a national job growth rate forecast of 1.7 percent. Unemployment in Utah is forecast to remain below 4.5 percent, as the nation continues to struggle with much higher unemployment rate than Utah.
Economists pointed out that Utah’s tech and energy sectors are the industries to watch in 2014. Utah’s housing industry is also critical in sustaining strong job performance.
We have the ingredients for economic success – a committed business community, smart fiscal management on Capitol Hill, low business costs and an attractive workforce. We saw improvements in 2013 and I expect the Utah economy to continue to prosper. For more information, visit www.slchamber.com.
Utah’s Olympic Legacy has been revitalized this winter. The U.S. Speedskating team for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games was announced in Salt Lake City not too long ago.
A fun little thing to note is that all of the athletes on 2014 U.S. Olympic Short Track Speedskating Team currently live in the Salt Lake City area. The athletes are Jessica Smith, Emily Scott, Alyson Dudek, J.R. Celski, “Eddy” Alvarez, Christopher Creveling, Jordan Malone, and Christopher Kyle Carr.
The athletes on the 2014 U.S. Olympic Long Track Speedskating Team are Brittany Bowe, Lauren Cholewinski, Kelly Gunther, Maria Lamb, Heather Richardson, Anna Ringsred, Jilleanne Rookard, Sugar Todd, Shani Davis, Tucker Fredricks, Jonathan Garcia, Brian Hansen, Jonathan Kuck, Emery Lehman, Joey Mantia, Patrick Meek, and Mitch Whitmore.
With the 2014 Olympic Winter Games set to start on February 7, I’d like to invite you to celebrate Utah’s Olympic Legacy by wearing your Olympic coats, hats and other memorabilia starting February 8—the anniversary of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. I hope you’ll join me!
If you’re looking for a fun vacation this year, the Salt Lake Chamber is taking not one, but two international trips in 2014. We’d love for you to join us!
Now is the perfect time to start planning your summer vacation. Cruise with the Chamber in May as we set sail for the Eastern Mediterranean on board the Norwegian Jade, “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line.” Enjoy five ports of call in Italy, Croatia, Greece and Turkey on this 9-day trip. The price includes airfare and taxes for the cruise.
And in October, we will explore the Wonders of Thailand. This international trip includes visits to Bangkok, Hua Hin and Chiang Mai. Visit golden temples, ride an elephant and marvel at the beauty of Bangkok on this unforgettable trip.
Chamber International trips are open to all; you do not need to be a member to travel with us. For more information on our international trips coming up this year, visit slchamber.com.
For the full 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 just feature it on the Utah Business Report.