4 04, 2017

Women’s Leadership Institute

By |2017-04-26T13:25:12-07:00April 4th, 2017|Chamber History, Strategic Partners|0 Comments

Three years ago, Utah’s key business leaders and organizations made a significant commitment to address a problem in our state: Utah’s substantially low numbers of women serving as elected officials and in executive leadership. In January 2015, the Women’s Leadership Institute began. It is a 501(c) 3 organization housed within the Salt Lake Chamber offices. [...]

4 04, 2017

Main Street

By |2017-04-26T13:09:59-07:00April 4th, 2017|Chamber History, Downtown Rising|0 Comments

In 2002 and 2003, two contentious issues divided the city. The first was whether the high-profile Nordstrom department store, which operated from the Crossroads Plaza in downtown, would be allowed by the city to move to The Gateway; a trendy new complex of shops and stores located on the western edge of the downtown district. [...]

4 04, 2017

Fighting Gridlock

By |2017-04-26T12:36:52-07:00April 4th, 2017|Chamber History, Chamber Public Policy|0 Comments

As years went by and the population grew, getting around the Wasatch Front was becoming harder and taking longer. Everyone was staring gridlock in the face and blinking. Leaders of the Chamber had their own epiphany. Scott Anderson, a past chairman of the Chamber who had urged the association to become more involved in crucial [...]

3 04, 2017

1909-1912: Boosters of a New Statehouse

By |2017-04-11T14:54:48-07:00April 3rd, 2017|Chamber History, Uncovered History|0 Comments

Salt Lake Commercial Club members were among the primary supporters to build a new State Capitol. It didn’t come without some initial failures. In 1909, most rural Utahns voted against building the “People’s House,” while Salt Lake City and County voters supported the move. The final tally was 4,160 in favor - 7,633 against. The Legislature [...]

3 04, 2017

Women’s Business Center

By |2017-04-26T13:11:18-07:00April 3rd, 2017|Chamber History, Strategic Partners|0 Comments

Living the American Dream has included the opportunity for anyone to start and grow their own small business. The Salt Lake Chamber has supported entrepreneurs and business owners in many ways. In 1997, the Chamber began a public-private partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration in order to fund a Women’s Business Center (WBC), housed [...]

3 04, 2017

A Collaborative Vision for the Future

By |2017-04-26T12:59:48-07:00April 3rd, 2017|Chamber History, Downtown Rising|0 Comments

The Downtown Rising program challenged the community as a whole to get involved. In May 2006, invitations were sent to business and community leaders, who were given a camera and asked to photograph things that make a vibrant downtown. Hundreds of photos came back. Prominent business leaders led the effort while knowledgeable working professionals formed a [...]

3 04, 2017

Business Champions

By |2017-04-26T12:32:30-07:00April 3rd, 2017|Chamber History, Chamber Public Policy|0 Comments

With policies in place, the Chamber never endorses parties, candidates or officials, but instead supports principles and initiatives. Adhering to these principles, the Chamber has adopted a system of “priority votes” for the issues most important to the business community. “Businesses create jobs, not government. But, Utah greatly benefits from the cooperation between an engaged [...]

2 04, 2017

1906: Getting Americans to Visit America

By |2017-04-11T14:55:14-07:00April 2nd, 2017|Chamber History, Uncovered History|0 Comments

As noted in the earlier edition, Salt Lake Commercial Club leader, Fisher Harris, spearheaded the effort to attract Americans to “See America First.” While the wealthy boarded steamships to spend summers in Europe, Fisher led the efforts to get Americans, particularly those living in the East, to come visit America’s western treasures. The Club sponsored [...]

2 04, 2017

World Trade Center Utah

By |2017-04-26T13:14:29-07:00April 2nd, 2017|Chamber History, Strategic Partners|0 Comments

Following the Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games glow in 2002, Gov. Olene Walker considered ideas to increase international opportunities for Utah business, including a group dedicated to promoting Utah products and industry to a global audience. However, it wasn’t until 2006 that the World Trade Center Utah (WTC Utah) came to fruition, with a [...]