26 01, 2015

The Ball Era

By |2017-03-07T15:06:57+00:00January 26th, 2015|Ball Era, Chamber History|0 Comments

When Fred S. Ball came to the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce as its new executive vice president on January 1, 1971, the 38-year-old transportation executive didn’t have time to dwell on his well-known predecessors. He had plenty of challenges right from the start, including meeting the first payroll. Ball was vice president and [...]

24 01, 2015

Behind the Wheel

By |2017-03-07T15:06:57+00:00January 24th, 2015|Ball Era, Chamber History|0 Comments

Those red, white, and blue buses so popular today on Salt Lake City’s streets? For a while in the 1960s and 1970s, the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce ran them, and without the Chamber’s heavy involvement Salt Lake City might have closed its mass transit operations. The story is complicated, because for legal reasons [...]

23 01, 2015

Beautifying Downtown – or Else

By |2017-03-07T15:06:57+00:00January 23rd, 2015|Ball Era, Chamber History|0 Comments

In 1973 the Environmental Protection Agency dropped a bomb on Salt Lake City’s downtown–or so it seemed to the participants at the time. They included the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, which was deeply involved in the Main Street Beautification program that, in Fred Ball’s terms, “would forever change downtown Salt Lake City.” In [...]

22 01, 2015

Bringing on the Jazz

By |2017-03-07T15:06:57+00:00January 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 [...]

21 01, 2015

Losing with Brigham and the State Fair

By |2016-11-16T15:41:56+00:00January 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 [...]

20 01, 2015

The Chamber Finds a New Home

By |2017-03-07T15:06:58+00:00January 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 [...]

18 01, 2015

Flying High at the Airport

By |2016-11-16T15:45:41+00:00January 18th, 2015|Ball Era, Chamber History|0 Comments

In 1968, the Salt Lake Municipal Airport was renamed the “Salt Lake City International Airport.” The new name was symbolic of its ever-expanding scope. Just as the Chamber helped give birth to Salt Lake’s first cinder airfield, it continued to nurture its growth to maturity in the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s. For example, from 1975 [...]

9 01, 2015

The Chamber Meets its Sister Cities

By |2017-03-07T15:06:58+00:00January 9th, 2015|Ball Era, Blog, Chamber History|0 Comments

After assuming the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce’s top staff position, Fred Ball discovered some old files in Chamber storage about a sister city program. Started during the Gus Backman era, the links had grown inactive during the Max Rich years. At the time, Salt Lake City had two sister cities of record: Matsumoto, [...]