2020 Giant in our City: Governor Gary R. Herbert

We are thrilled that the 2020 Giant in our City honoring Governor Gary R. Herbert has been rescheduled to Thursday, June 11, 2020!

The Giant in our City award honors those with exceptional and distinguished public service and extraordinary professional achievement, and is widely recognized as the most prestigious business award given in Utah.

This celebration will be unlike any of our past Giant in our City events — an evening outside, under the stars with live-music, movies and fun. The most important thing to note is the venue change. To be in compliance with state COVID-19 guidelines, this year’s event is being held at the Redwood Drive-In Theatre and we are working closely with the Salt Lake County Health Department. Guests will be able to enjoy the night’s program and entertainment safely inside their own car.

Additionally, Jane Powers, RN BSN will be honored with the 2nd annual Lane Beattie Utah Community Builder Award at the event.

DATE: Thursday, June 11, 2020

  • Gates open at 7:30 p.m.
  • Program 8:30 p.m.
  • Special showing of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade starting immediately after the program.

LOCATION: Redwood Drive-In Theatre (3688 Redwood Road, West Valley City, UT 84119). Click here for location information.


  • Audio for the event will broadcast through an FM transmitter radio. If you don’t have an FM transmitter in your car you can bring a battery-operated stereo with speakers to hear.
  • Guests will receive one picnic basket per car (feeds up to 2 people), with treats to enjoy before and during the program.


  • Parking will be assigned by the order you arrive, so get to the theater early for the best spot.
  • It is a possibility that you may not end up be parked next to other guests from your company.
  • If you plan to carpool, please let us know ahead of time so that we can plan accordingly.
  • Do not park your vehicle within ten feet of another vehicle.
  • Hatchbacks that extend beyond the roof of the car must remain closed.
  • Large SUVs should park in the back half of the theater, so you do not block the view of other event attendees.
  • If you have a truck, it is recommended that you park backwards so that the tail end is facing the movie screen, that way you can fill the bed of the truck with pillows and blankets while you watch the movie from there.


  • Summer chic.


  • Do not come to the event if you are sick or feeling ill.
  • Please observe social distancing and hygiene guidelines.


  • Any open lane will get you into the event.
  • Event will be held rain or shine (unless extreme weather warning).
  • Speed limit 5 MPH.
  • Snack bar and restrooms will be open.
  • No alcohol, marijuana, or drugs of any kind are allowed.
  • No firearms or weapons of any kind.
  • No animals allowed (with the exception of service animals).
  • Drivers concealing another person(s) in their vehicle will be turned away.
  • All vehicles are subject to search.
  • The Redwood Drive-In Theatre assumes no responsibility of injury, situations beyond their control or property damage.

As a reminder, we are working closely with the Salt Lake County Health Department and will keep you apprised with the most up-to-date information as it becomes available.

The Giant in our City event is the Chamber’s most important fundraising event, and we hope you will be able to join us on June 11, 2020. It will be a night to remember for years to come! Please update your calendars to reflect the new date.

If you have questions, contact events@slchamber.com.

Governor Gary R. Herbert took office in 2009 and is currently the nation’s longest-serving governor. During his time in office, he has kept a resolute focus on economic development, improving Utah’s educational excellence, and working today to guarantee that Utah will continue to maintain its high quality of life far into the future. Under his leadership, Utah’s economy has risen to a position of national and international success.

Governor Herbert was born and raised in Utah County, where he would eventually serve as a County Commissioner for 14 years. He attended Brigham Young University, served six years in the Utah National Guard (from 1970-1976), and started a successful real estate brokerage and development company, Herbert and Associates Incorporated.

He served as the past president of the Utah Association of Realtors and the Utah Association of Counties.

Governor Herbert has also served as chair of both the Western Governors Association and the National Governors Association. He currently serves as the national president for the Council of State Governments. Prior to becoming governor, he served as Utah’s lieutenant governor for five years.

Governor Herbert is most proud of his roles as husband, father, and grandfather. He has encouraged his children to “follow in his footsteps and marry up.” His wife, Jeanette Herbert, before becoming the First Lady of Utah, owned and operated a commercial child care and preschool, The Kids Connection, for 23 years. The First Lady’s initiative is called “Uplift Families.” The goal of this initiative is to promote good parenting skills, strengthen families, and offer resources to parents throughout the state.

Governor Herbert is tremendously proud of the successes of his wife, children, and grandchildren, and he is grateful to serve as the 17th Governor of the great State of Utah.