The Clear the Air Challenge is a month-long initiative that encourages Utah residents to drive less and drive smarter during the month of February. Participants help improve air quality by avoiding trips alone in their car and using alternative modes of transportation such as carpooling, taking public transit, walking, biking or trip chaining.
For the first time in its 9-year history, the 2018 Challenge was held in the month of February to challenge individuals and teams to create new commuting habits and change their individual behavior during a time when air quality is visibly at its worst.
- Eliminated 89,076 Trips
- Saved 1,427,134 Miles
- Reduced Emissions by 368.1 Tons of CO2
- Saved $423,388 Dollars
- Burned 2,120,838 Calories
Learn more about the Clear the Air Challenge here
For the first time in 40 years, Utah has more households than available housing units. This housing shortage creates a serious threat to our state’s cost of living and overall economic prosperity. Noticing this problem and feedback from our members, the Salt Lake Chamber decided to take a closer look by commissioning a study from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.
The study showed that Utah faces a looming housing affordability crisis. To address the challenges associated with this problem, the Chamber brought together the state’s brightest minds from business academia and government to form the Housing GAP Coalition.
“We want our employees, children and grandchildren to enjoy a reasonable cost of living, high quality of life and strong economic prosperity that we’ve enjoyed. To do this, there must be a variety of housing types for Utahns in all stages of life and socio-economic situations. We want them to have the option to stay here and continue the traditions of hard work, community and family that make Utah great. Together we can ensure the American Dream of homeownership is kept alive for all Utahns.” – Derek B. Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance
Learn more about the Housing GAP Coalition here
In June 2018, Derek B. Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, testified before the U.S. House Small Business Committee at the “Communities That Think Small and Win Big” hearing. The purpose of the hearing was to highlight communities that have developed thriving ecosystems.
In his testimony, Miller highlighted four areas fundamental to Utah’s economic success: strong and educated workforce, low taxes and reasonable regulation, small business incentives and international trade.
Learn more about the committee hearing here
The half-day small business conference provided small business owners, managers and entrepreneurs the opportunity to come together, learn new tools, gain practical skills and make invaluable connections to help support the growth and success of small business in Utah.
Learn more about how the Chamber supports small business here
The Salt Lake Chamber is dedicated to educating the business community about the shared responsibility of cybersecurity. The 2018 Cybersecurity Summit was attended by more than 300 people, and was designed to help small and mid-size businesses develop, evaluate and strengthen their cybersecurity programs.
Learn more about the Chamber’s Cybersecurity initiative here