June 2017

P2020 Forum: Higher Education & Workforce Development Recap

By | June 15th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Education, Workforce and Health Care, Policy|Tags: , , , |

This year’s second Prosperity 2020 Forum focused around higher education and workforce development, a main facet of Governor Herbert’s Life Elevated 2020 plan. The panel was moderated by Sean Slatter, president and CEO of Logistic [...]

May 2017

Interim 2017 Preview: Health Care Reform

By | May 10th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Education, Workforce and Health Care, Policy|Tags: , , |

After each General Session, the Legislature meets and discusses relevant items of significance during Interim Sessions. The Salt Lake Chamber’s public policy team actively tracks this process and helps navigate study items on behalf of [...]

Interim 2017 Preview: Minimum Wage, Family Leave and Wage Gap

By | May 9th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Education, Workforce and Health Care, Policy|Tags: , , |

After each General Session, the Legislature meets and discusses relevant items of significance during Interim Sessions. The Salt Lake Chamber’s public policy team actively tracks this process and helps navigate study items on behalf of [...]

Federal Policy Update: 38-15-1

By | May 8th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Business Climate, Taxes and Regulation, Education, Workforce and Health Care, Policy|Tags: , , |

In light of last week's House vote, the Salt Lake Chamber policy team wanted to provide an update on what to expect from Congress in the coming weeks on health care, tax reform, and the budget/appropriations [...]

Interim 2017 Preview: Education Policy and Funding

By | May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Blog, Education, Workforce and Health Care, Policy|Tags: , , |

After each General Session, the Legislature meets and discusses relevant items of significance during Interim Sessions. The Salt Lake Chamber’s public policy team actively tracks this process and helps navigate study items on behalf of [...]

January 2017

Workplace Implications of the President’s Immigration Executive Order

By | January 31st, 2017|Categories: Blog, Education, Workforce and Health Care, Policy|Tags: , , , , |

Originally posted on Linkedin by Roger Tsai, Corporate Immigration Attorney at Holland & Hart LLP. View the post here. On Friday afternoon, President Trump signed an Executive Order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist [...]

Talent Ready Utah: Connecting Business with Education

By | January 30th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Economic Development, Jobs and Growth, Education, Workforce and Health Care, Policy|Tags: , , , |

During his State of the State address last week, Gov. Gary Herbert announced a “major collaboration called Talent Ready Utah” to “expand career opportunities statewide by increasing the number of business [...]

Salt Lake Chamber Announces 2017 Legislative Priorities and Announces Effort to Guide State’s Future Economic Direction and Competitiveness

By | January 18th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Business Climate, Taxes and Regulation, Economic Development, Jobs and Growth, Education, Workforce and Health Care, Infrastructure and Transportation, Natural Resources and Environment, News & Press, Policy|Tags: , , |

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (January 18, 2016) — Today the Salt Lake Chamber held its inaugural Policy Summit to preview the business community’s priorities for the upcoming 2017 General Legislative Session with the release of [...]

Health Care Policy in the New Year

By | January 9th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Education, Workforce and Health Care, Policy|Tags: , |

Health care has always been a key point of discussion for policy makers. Now, following the 2016 election, many businesses and employees are wondering what kind of changes the health care industry could see over [...]

November 2016

November Interim Recap: Issues Highlighted on the Hill

By | November 22nd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Business Climate, Taxes and Regulation, Economic Development, Jobs and Growth, Education, Workforce and Health Care, Infrastructure and Transportation, Natural Resources and Environment, Policy|Tags: , , |

After each General Session, the Legislature meets and discusses relevant items of significance. The Salt Lake Chamber’s public policy team actively tracks this process and helps navigate study items on behalf of members and the [...]

October Interim Recap: Issues Highlighted on the Hill

By | November 2nd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Business Climate, Taxes and Regulation, Economic Development, Jobs and Growth, Education, Workforce and Health Care, Infrastructure and Transportation, Natural Resources and Environment, Policy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

After each General Session, the Legislature meets and discusses relevant items of significance. The Salt Lake Chamber’s public policy team actively tracks this process and helps navigate study items on behalf of members and the [...]

October 2016

Education and Utah’s Economy

By | October 18th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Economic Development, Jobs and Growth, Education, Workforce and Health Care, Policy|Tags: , , , |

UPDATED: November 11, 2016 Now, more than ever, education is the surest path to economic success - not just for individuals, but also the community. Education is a multi-billion dollar enterprise that employs more than [...]

September Interim Recap: Issues Highlighted on the Hill

By | October 5th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Business Climate, Taxes and Regulation, Economic Development, Jobs and Growth, Education, Workforce and Health Care, Infrastructure and Transportation, Natural Resources and Environment, Policy|Tags: , , , |

After each General Session, the Legislature meets and discusses relevant items of significance. The Salt Lake Chamber’s public policy team actively tracks this process and helps navigate study items on behalf of members and the [...]

August 2016

Utah’s Technology & Innovation Sector

By | August 30th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Economic Development, Jobs and Growth, Education, Workforce and Health Care, Events, Policy|Tags: , , , |

The Salt Lake Chamber and U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Center for Advanced Technology & Innovation in collaboration with the Utah Technology Council co-hosted an event this past week to highlight the different forms of innovation [...]

Keeping (and Growing) Utah’s Education Seed Corn

By | August 19th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Education, Workforce and Health Care, Policy|Tags: , , |

Don’t eat the seed corn. This is a simple but sound bit of advice that has been handed down from one wise farmer to the next for many generations. Along the way, sage investors discovered [...]

July 2016

July Interim Recap: Issues Highlighted on the Hill

By | July 21st, 2016|Categories: Business Climate, Taxes and Regulation, Economic Development, Jobs and Growth, Education, Workforce and Health Care, Infrastructure and Transportation, Natural Resources and Environment, Policy|

After each General Session, the Legislature meets and discusses relevant items of significance. The Salt Lake Chamber’s public policy team actively tracks this process and helps navigate study items on behalf of members and the [...]

EDCUtah Closes Fiscal Year with 20 Project Wins, 14,949 Jobs Created/Retained

By | July 14th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Economic Development, Jobs and Growth, Education, Workforce and Health Care, Policy|Tags: , , |

Article originally published in EDCUtah's Economic Review on July 14, 2016. While the full measure of EDCUtah's economic development effort includes multiple initiatives, the organization's bottom line is summed up annually in the number of [...]

June 2016

Education: The Case for Business Involvement

By | June 27th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Education, Workforce and Health Care|Tags: , , , , |

To drive better workforce outcomes the Utah business community must engage in policy initiatives that focus on education; such as Prosperity 2020, the largest business-led movement ever assembled in Utah to advance educational investment and [...]

Interim Recap: June

By | June 22nd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Business Climate, Taxes and Regulation, Economic Development, Jobs and Growth, Education, Workforce and Health Care, Infrastructure and Transportation, Policy|Tags: , , , , , |

Issues Highlighted on the Hill After each General Session, the Legislature meets and discusses relevant items of significance. The Salt Lake Chamber’s public policy team actively tracks this process and helps navigate study items on [...]

Innovation That Matters 2016: Salt Lake City

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: Education, Workforce and Health Care, Policy|Tags: , , , , , |

Excerpt from U.S. Chamber of Commerce Above the Fold May 31, 2016. Read the entire article here. "Entrepreneurship starts at the local level, in neighborhoods and in cities. That’s been true throughout our history, and [...]

May 2016

H.B. 251: What’s Next for Non-Competes

By | May 26th, 2016|Categories: Economic Development, Jobs and Growth, Education, Workforce and Health Care, Policy|Tags: , , , |

One very real risk that businesses face is protecting the viability of the intellectual property and trade secrets associated with their products and services. To minimize this risk, employers have sought to protect their legitimate [...]

Overtime Regulation & Utah

By | May 24th, 2016|Categories: Education, Workforce and Health Care, Policy|Tags: , |

Utah employers will definitely be feeling the heat this summer. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued new overtime regulation that will raise the eligibility ceiling for overtime pay from its current $23,660 annually [...]

March 2016

Some Bright Spots, but Utah Still Falling Short on National Education Rankings

By | March 7th, 2016|Categories: Prosperity 2020|Tags: , |

Occasional Paper – Vol: 3 As Utah continues its efforts to attract strong companies with high-wage jobs to the state, it needs to pay attention to its standing on national education rankings, which business leaders [...]

February 2016

Voters Must Make a Generational Decision

By | February 16th, 2016|Categories: Education, Workforce and Health Care, News & Press, Policy, Statements|Tags: , , , |

It is now time to invite voters to make a generational decision about education. At times necessity dictates that we come together as a state to make a tough decision — a generational decision that [...]

January 2016

Utah’s Business Community Releases Priorities for 2016 General Legislative Session

By | January 26th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Business Climate, Taxes and Regulation, Economic Development, Jobs and Growth, Education, Workforce and Health Care, Infrastructure and Transportation, Natural Resources and Environment, News & Press, Policy|Tags: , , , |

The Salt Lake Chamber presents 2016 Public Policy Guide to state and business leaders  SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (January 26, 2015) – Today, the Salt Lake Chamber, Utah’s business leader, announced its priorities for the [...]

Lane Beattie: Business Leadership Key to our Economic Success

By | January 24th, 2016|Categories: Business Climate, Taxes and Regulation, Economic Development, Jobs and Growth, Education, Workforce and Health Care, Infrastructure and Transportation, Natural Resources and Environment, News & Press, Policy, Statements|Tags: , , , |

Utah’s economy is in an enviable spot right now. Silicon Slopes is rising and the “Wall Street of the West” continues to expand. Our state is fast becoming a technology and advanced-manufacturing hub, with a [...]

December 2015

Home Ownership and Consumer Spending in Utah

By | December 23rd, 2015|Categories: Education, Workforce and Health Care, Prosperity 2020|Tags: , , |

In 2012, the rate of home ownership in Utah dropped to 71.1%, down from 76.2% in 2008 when the recession began, and the lowest rate since 1994.[67] Moreover, overall home sales along the Wasatch Front [...]

Unemployment and STEM Employment in Utah

By | December 17th, 2015|Categories: Education, Workforce and Health Care, Prosperity 2020|Tags: , , , , , |

Utah’s unemployment rate is now (as of August 2015) tied for the 6th lowest in the country at 3.7 %, behind only Nebraska (2.8%), North Dakota (2.9%), Hawaii (3.5%), New Hampshire (3.6%), and Vermont (3.6%); [...]

Governor’s FY2017 Budget Proposal

By | December 9th, 2015|Categories: Business Climate, Taxes and Regulation, Economic Development, Jobs and Growth, Education, Workforce and Health Care, Infrastructure and Transportation, Natural Resources and Environment, News & Press, Policy, Prosperity 2020, Statements|Tags: , , , , , , |

Salt Lake Chamber issues the following statement: SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 9, 2015) – Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, issued the following statement regarding Gov. Herbert’s fiscal year 2017 budget [...]

Congress Approves “Every Student Succeeds Act”

By | December 9th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Education, Workforce and Health Care, News & Press, Policy, Statements|Tags: , , , , , , |

Salt Lake Chamber issues the following statement: SALT LAKE CITY  (Dec 4, 2015) – Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, released the following statement regarding the passage of S. 1177, Every [...]

Congress Advances Key Business Community Priorities

By | December 4th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Business Climate, Taxes and Regulation, Economic Development, Jobs and Growth, Education, Workforce and Health Care, Infrastructure and Transportation, News & Press, Policy, Statements|Tags: , , , , , , |

SALT LAKE CITY  (Dec 4, 2015) – This past week Congress advanced several priorities that are key to the success of the state’s business community. Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, [...]

Median Wage in Utah

By | December 3rd, 2015|Categories: Education, Workforce and Health Care, Prosperity 2020|Tags: , , , , |

As noted by some economic experts, median wage may be the most appropriate measure of state economic success for several reasons: It should be the goal of state development policy to raise the standard of [...]

Utah Business Leaders Don Running Shoes and ask the Community to Join in the Race to the Top Ten in Education

By | December 1st, 2015|Categories: Blog, Education, Workforce and Health Care, News & Press, Policy, Prosperity 2020|Tags: , , , , , , |

Prosperity 2020 and Education First share 2016 legislative priorities to help create a more educated workforce by 2020 SALT LAKE CITY, Dec. 1, 2015 - Prosperity 2020 and Education First members put on their running [...]

November 2015

A Tale of Two Cities

By | November 20th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Education, Workforce and Health Care, Prosperity 2020|Tags: , , , , , |

According to Diamond, one need look no further than Detroit and Boston to see the reality of spatial skill sorting and its impact on local economies. Historians might easily look back on the past 20 [...]

October 2015

Business Community Issues Report Card of Utah’s Legislative Efforts to Take the State Into the Top Ten in the Nation in Education

By | October 22nd, 2015|Categories: Education, Workforce and Health Care, Policy, Prosperity 2020|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Prosperity 2020 and Education First are calling on education and policy leaders to focus on the plan's objectives to assure the state’s ongoing prosperity SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 22, 2015 – A packed Salt Lake Chamber [...]

College Educated Workers Congregate Together

By | October 12th, 2015|Categories: Education, Workforce and Health Care, Policy, Prosperity 2020|Tags: , , |

All across the country, communities “are dividing themselves into two distinct groups, with college-educated workers increasingly clustering in desirable places that less-educated people cannot afford.”[1] Describing this trend, Rebecca Diamond, Assistant Professor of Economics at [...]

September 2015

Improving the Economic State of Utah Through Education

By | September 14th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Policy, Prosperity 2020|Tags: , , , |

Diagnostic #1: Gross Domestic Product (GDP) GDP in Utah. While Utah’s GDP has been growing at a significant rate (3.8% in 2013), it is still the 19th lowest in the country.[1] Utah’s GDP growth to [...]

August 2015

Education = Economic Growth

By | August 13th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Education, Workforce and Health Care, Policy|Tags: , , |

There is one surefire way to boost growth and improve equity: improve the quality of K-12 education, says Robert Lithan in a recent Wall Street Journal article. He cites evidence that a nation’s future economic [...]

July 2015

College Readiness Starts Before Kindergarten

By | July 21st, 2015|Categories: Education, Workforce and Health Care, Policy|Tags: , , , |

The Utah State Legislature and State Board of Education are moving forward in creating the 10-year plan required by HB 360, which was passed during the 2015 General Session. In preparation, the Utah State Legislature’s [...]

Dream Weber-A Model for Improving College Access and Completion

By | July 15th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Education, Workforce and Health Care|Tags: , , , , , |

The rising cost of education is killing college dreams for many Americans. Colleges across the country have increased tuition and fees due to sharp reductions in state funding and subsidies since the Great Recession. Spending [...]

Roy Cone Successes

By | July 14th, 2015|Categories: Prosperity 2020|

In January of 2014, Roy Cone Administrators presented a plan to their community partners. A plan to prepare a multitude of diverse students for success in a world in which many of the jobs they [...]

Lesson Learned: Boost Educational Achievement to Ensure A Competitive Advantage

By | July 8th, 2015|Categories: Education, Workforce and Health Care, Policy|Tags: , , , |

It’s no secret that Utah is among the best states for business. Again and again, Utah has been recognized because of our thriving economy, strong job growth and excellent fiscal management. Last week, in fact, [...]

Rising Tuition Costs and the Need for a Talented Workforce

By | July 1st, 2015|Categories: Blog, Education, Workforce and Health Care|Tags: , , , , , , |

By Shuktika Maheshwari, Matt Lusty, & Marisa Bomis Tuition is Rising Over the past few years, tuition cost has become a matter of concern for the nation. Economics reporter John W. Schoen of CNBC.com says  [...]

June 2015

Prosperity 2020 in Action: the Roy Cone

By | June 25th, 2015|Categories: Education, Workforce and Health Care, Events, Policy|Tags: , , , , , |

Original post written by Shuktika Maheshwari On June 23, 2015, Prosperity 2020 (P2020) began an ongoing series of “Business and Education Breakfast Forums” that seek to bring the state’s business, education and policy leaders together with [...]

Utah Economist Weighs in on Minimum Wage Debate

By | June 2nd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Education, Workforce and Health Care, Policy|Tags: , , , |

Article by Spencer Ricks originally published by KSL.com on Friday, May 29, 2015. "But raising the minimum wage in Utah will not be without consequences, said Natalie Gochnour, chief economist for the Salt Lake City Chamber [...]

May 2015

Utah’s Education Needs – Planning for the Long-Term

By | May 28th, 2015|Categories: Education, Workforce and Health Care, Policy|Tags: , , , , , , |

Original post written by Shuktika Maheshwari The Education Interim Committee of the Utah Legislature met last week focusing on a statewide plan for education. While transportation, water and other important community investments have a long tradition [...]

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February 2015

Reading Goal: Enter the Top Ten

By | February 5th, 2015|Categories: Prosperity 2020|

Reading is at the heart of learning. A student who can read well has a critical tool to excel and enjoy learning. Research shows that a child’s reading performance in third grade is associated with [...]

January 2015