22 01, 2015

Bringing on the Jazz

By |2017-03-07T15:06:57-07:00January 22nd, 2015|Ball Era, Chamber History|0 Comments

It had been a bad year for the National Basketball League’s eighteenth franchise. The New Orleans Jazz could not play in their home arena, the Superdome, when conventions were in town. Attendance was dropping and the team wasn’t winning games. The team became a logical target for relocation after the Salt Lake Area Chamber of [...]

22 01, 2015

The Chamber’s Eyes on the Skies, 1910-1930

By |2017-03-07T15:06:57-07:00January 22nd, 2015|Chamber Begins, Chamber History|0 Comments

It was an unlikely winter day for a “red-letter” event in Utah history. It was January 30, 1910, and Salt Lake’s snowy weather had hampered a much-hyped aerial exhibit a day earlier. On a Sunday morning, a scrawny Frenchman named Louis Paulhan crawled into his 42-foot Farman two-seater biplane for a fourth try at the [...]

22 01, 2015

Covered Wagon Days Becomes an Institution

By |2017-03-07T15:06:57-07:00January 22nd, 2015|Backman Years, Blog, Chamber History|0 Comments

Most Salt Lake City residents take it for granted that the city’s July 24 celebration, marking the 1847 entry of the Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley, always seems to come off like clockwork each year. In fact, it was not until a committee of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce organized the celebration [...]

21 01, 2015

Losing with Brigham and the State Fair

By |2016-11-16T15:41:56-07:00January 21st, 2015|Ball Era, Chamber History|0 Comments

Sometimes, in all innocence, the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce stirred up a hornet’s nest and then scrambled into a hasty and strategic retreat. That happened twice in 1978, when it tried to move Brigham Young’s monument and, later, the Utah State Fair. On April 12, The Salt Lake Tribune reported that the Chamber [...]

21 01, 2015

Did Rhumba Lessons Help Change Utah History?

By |2017-03-07T15:06:57-07:00January 21st, 2015|Backman Years, Blog, Chamber History|0 Comments

The story of Utah’s World War II-era economic boom may have been written differently, if it were not for the kindness of a man who became the larger-than-life secretary of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce. That kindness came when Gus and Nancy Backman “adopted” a homesick young pilot named Hank Arnold, who whiled the [...]

21 01, 2015

The First Airline Passenger, May 23,1926

By |2017-03-07T15:06:57-07:00January 21st, 2015|Blog, Chamber Begins, Chamber History|0 Comments

Ben F. Redman was a short and stocky Salt Lake businessman who resembled somebody’s grandfather, and he had a passion. He was convinced that the new field of aviation held great promise, not only for the country, but also for Salt Lake City. Ben Redman and J.A. Tomlinson pose in front of the Douglas [...]

20 01, 2015

Contact Your Legislator to Support Education

By |2017-03-07T15:06:58-07:00January 20th, 2015|Prosperity 2020|0 Comments

A call to action from Alan Hall, Chair of Prosperity 2020 As a grandfather, I want my grandchildren to have a good education to open up life’s opportunities to them. Many of us have children and grandchildren who benefit from Utah’s education system. Even those without children or beyond the business of carpools and sack lunches understand [...]

20 01, 2015

The Home Front

By |2017-03-07T15:06:58-07:00January 20th, 2015|Backman Years, Blog, Chamber History|0 Comments

In addition to its considerable work luring wartime industries and military bases to Utah, the Chamber of Commerce and Commercial Club found itself once again in the center of the state’s efforts to organize itself. This time the subject was civil defense. With war in Europe underway and Germany’s Luftwaffe bombing London, the state began [...]

20 01, 2015

The Chamber Finds a New Home

By |2017-03-07T15:06:58-07:00January 20th, 2015|Ball Era, Blog, Chamber History|0 Comments

Over the years, the Salt Lake Chamber called a number of office buildings home, some of them elegant, others not so grand. Their new offices on Fourth South and State Street were decidedly in the elegant category when they moved in 1986, thanks to an innovative plan to furnish them. How that came to happen [...]

19 01, 2015

Something for Everyone

By |2017-03-07T15:06:58-07:00January 19th, 2015|Ball Era, Chamber History|0 Comments

For some people, the best thing the Chamber does is work with the Legislature. For others, it’s working in the schools. Some want it to train future leaders and some want it to serve the needs of the leaders already in place. Many want to socialize and develop networks of contacts. Others want to be [...]