18 02, 2017

Non-compete Update: House Defeats H.B. 81 | Study Completed on 2/24/2017

By |2017-02-17T22:55:43-07:00February 18th, 2017|Blog, Economic Development, Jobs and Growth, Policy|0 Comments

Yesterday, the Utah House of Representatives defeated H.B. 81, Post-employment Restrictive Covenant Amendments (49-22-4) in support of our ongoing process. Much of the floor debate focused on waiting for the results of the non-compete study that is being conducted by the Cicero Group. The study was part of the compromise with House Leadership brokered last [...]

17 02, 2017

Statement on Outdoor Retailer Show Leaving Utah

By |2017-02-17T12:46:50-07:00February 17th, 2017|Blog, Policy, Statements|0 Comments

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (February 17, 2017) – Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, issued the following statement regarding Outdoor Retailer’s decision to leave the state of Utah. “Utah is an incredible location for outdoor recreation, home to hundreds of companies that employ thousands of Utahns. We regret the decision by [...]

17 02, 2017

UBR: February 13-17

By |2017-03-07T15:06:30-07:00February 17th, 2017|UBR|0 Comments

February 13, 2017 Winter inversion season is here, and that’s why the Salt Lake Chamber in partnership with TravelWise and the Utah Clean Air Partnership, also known as UCAIR, is launching our Inversion Mitigation Initiative. What is it? By encouraging businesses to engage their employees in simple voluntary actions that contribute to decreasing vehicle emissions [...]

17 02, 2017

38-15-1 Legislative Update: Week 4

By |2017-03-07T15:06:30-07:00February 17th, 2017|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

After today, week four is officially in the books for the 2017 Utah General Legislative Session. As appropriation subcommittees have now completed their work, the discussions around the budget hit high gear. Also, this afternoon the consensus revenue estimates for the budget will be released to the Executive Appropriations Committee. While the budget takes shape, many important bills have begun to advance [...]

15 02, 2017

Expanding FMLA Will Negatively Impact Utah’s Small Businesses and Employees

By |2017-03-07T15:06:30-07:00February 15th, 2017|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

Guest Blog by Salt Lake Chamber Small Business Committee co-chairs: Ingolf de Jong, President of GENCOMM, and Natalie Kaddas, CEO of Kaddas Enterprises. Utah's small businesses are the lifeblood of our economic success and provide hundreds of thousands of jobs for Utah families. As such, any policy change that impacts their success should be weighed [...]

10 02, 2017

Speaking on Business: YESCO & 2002 Winter Olympics

By |2017-03-07T15:06:30-07:00February 10th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Audio Transcript: Aired 02/10/2017 on KSL 102.7FM This is Chris Redgrave for Zions Bank Speaking on Business. What started in Utah 97 years ago, the company YESCO has over 1,000 employees in 11 western states and a sign and lighting service franchise network located throughout United States and Canada. Prior to 2002 Winter Olympic Games [...]

10 02, 2017

UBR: February 6-10

By |2017-03-07T15:06:30-07:00February 10th, 2017|UBR|0 Comments

February 6, 2017 The most typical story about Utah’s air quality and economic development goes something like this--”a company or employee was looking to relocate along the Wasatch Front, but decided to go elsewhere partly because of our air quality challenges.” We can’t disagree with concerns about our air quality and its effect on business [...]

10 02, 2017

38-15-1 Legislative Update: Week 3

By |2017-03-07T15:06:30-07:00February 10th, 2017|Blog, Policy|0 Comments

This past week has been the busiest and most successful yet of the session. We made major milestones to  define a clear path forward on tax reform and witnessed the signing of a new executive order  and  the introduction of  H.B. 272 Regulatory Impact Amendments, both of which address our recommendations on regulation. Taken together, this executive order and H.B. [...]

9 02, 2017

Governor Signs Executive Order Establishing Oversight in State Agency Rulemaking

By |2017-09-04T17:32:16-07:00February 9th, 2017|Blog, Business Climate, Taxes and Regulation, Policy|0 Comments

This morning, Gov. Gary R. Herbert signed an executive order related to the establishment of effective oversight in state agency rulemaking. This executive order establishes a review process for new administrative rules within the Governor's Office and creates a uniform fiscal analysis tool for use by agencies as they perform the statutorily required fiscal impact [...]

9 02, 2017

Speaking on Business: Infinite Scale & 2002 Winter Olympics

By |2017-03-07T15:06:30-07:00February 9th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Audio Transcript: Aired 02/09/2017 on KSL 102.7FM This is Chris Redgrave for Zions Bank Speaking on Business. When the Olympic Winter Games were held in Salt Lake City 15 years ago, they put Utah on the map for winter sports. Since then, the Beehive State’s ski and lodging industries have enjoyed record-setting years, with dramatic [...]