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.
On January 9th a group of leading economists released a consensus economic forecast predicting positive performance in 2015. Job growth, income growth and unemployment are all expected to improve over the prior year 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. Employment growth in 2014 was at 3.0% in Utah, which is far above the 1.8% national average. Utah’s job growth is expected at 2.5% while the nation stays at 1.8%. Utah’s unemployment rate is expected to hold steady at 3.6%.
These and other forecasts are included in the 2015 Economic Outlook released at the annual Utah Economic Review hosted by the Salt Lake Chamber. Gov. Gary Herbert and over 400 business leaders attended the forum and heard from a panel of leading economists who discussed the forecast.
For more details, see the full report at slchamber.com.
Have you attended Membership Orientation at the Salt Lake Chamber? Tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. is the next one!
Membership Orientation is one of the best ways to grow your understanding of Chamber features and benefits. Join the Chamber team to discuss public policy, chamber networking events, branding opportunity and sponsorship.
Orientation will provide an opportunity to interact with department leads to ensure we are able to strategically assist with your plan of how to benefit from your Chamber membership.
We welcome anyone that that is interested in more information about the Chamber, both members and those that may be considering membership. Please, feel free to bring a guest or two and don’t forget to bring your business cards.
Improving energy efficiency is a great way to reduce operating expenses and enhance your profitability. The best way to get started is with a walk-through energy audit. It 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 of the energy audit 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 and provide details on cash incentives for lighting system improvements, heating and cooling equipment and other upgrades. Learn more at wattsmart.com.
Utah has inherited spectacular natural resources and an unparalleled environment. Utah’s irreplaceable natural environment provides recreational opportunities that increase tourism and creates a one-of-a-kind quality of life.
The Chamber supports and partners with the Governor’s Office of Outdoor Recreation, Office of Global Branding, Tourism and Film and other key partners to support and foster growth in the tourism sector of our economy. Utah’s environment is essential to maintaining our business climate and we must thoughtfully balance our environmental and economic interests.
Utah’s economy will achieve continued prosperity through responsible investments in our natural resources and environment.
Natural resources and environment are just a couple of the topics addressed in the 2015 Public Policy Guide released today. To learn about the Chamber’s policy positions go to slchamber.com.
Transportation impacts much more than getting from Point A to Point B. It also has a big impact on Utah’s air quality.
Air quality is top of mind in the winter, when temperature inversions trap emissions that form pollution. During winter inversions, pollution can rise to unhealthy levels. Poor air quality poses public health risks, economic consequences and decreases our quality of life.
Utah’s transportation agencies developed a plan for Utah’s future transportation needs. It’s called the 2040 Unified Transportation Plan. Air quality is an important consideration in this plan. By addressing transportation needs, we can have a positive impact on air quality. Implementing the plan, along with vehicle fuel efficiency improvements, could reduce vehicle emissions 53 percent by 2040.
The Utah Transportation Coalition advocates for transportation investment to improve Utah’s air quality. We invite those who share our interests in Utah’s environment, economy and quality of life to learn how to keep Utah moving at UtahTransportation.org.