Policy Committees

As the voice of business, the Salt Lake Chamber develops principles, policies and positions on major issues affecting Utah’s business community. Key to this effort is the work on policy related committees, subcommittees task forces and councils involving more than 850 representatives of member corporations, organizations and the academic community who serve voluntarily. In almost every instance, significant public policy issues positions originate with one of these Chamber components. Participation on a committee by a member is not explicit support for any one person.

Policy related committees, subcommittees, task forces and councils have three basic policy responsibilities:

  • Identify current and emerging problems
  • Advise and counsel on issue to recommend to the Salt Lake Chamber executive board
  • Provide support on policy analysis and communication efforts.

Stakeholders also help generate membership and support for specific initiatives such as Prosperity 2020, Utah Transportation Coalition, Clean the Air Challenge, Utah | Water is Your Business Initiative and the annual legislative reception.

Contact: Brynn Murdock at bmurdock@slchamber.com for more information.

CAPITOL CLUB

The Salt Lake Chamber Capitol Club is composed of business leaders with a keen interest in policy issues affecting our community. These meetings are organized by the Capitol Club Steering Committee with the goal of engaging with policy and business leaders regarding the pressing policy concerns

Meeting Dates: Capitol Club meets quarterly on a pre-designated weekday from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Membership participation requirements: Open to all members.

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CYBERSECURITY LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

The Cybersecurity Leadership Council is a collaboration of public-private partners to further the Salt Lake Chamber’s objective to educate the business community on the shared responsibility of cybersecurity. The council will meet quarterly and oversee the efforts of technology and cybersecurity initiatives to strengthen education and awareness of cybersecurity in Utah’s business community and provide leadership and support to the broader community.

Meeting Dates:The Council meets quarterly on Thursday’s from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Chair(s):Peggy Larsen, Univantage Insurance and Jared Hoskins, Strong Connexions.

Membership participation requirements: Closed membership. Please contact Brynn Mortensen if interested.

EDUCATION & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT FORUM

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Meeting Dates: Please check back for updates.

Chair(s): Please check back for updates.

Membership participation requirements: Closed membership. Please contact Brynn Mortensen if interested.

HEALTH SYSTEMS REFORM COMMITTEE

The Chamber’s Health Systems Reform Committee is the only group that is made up of all sectors of the health system. With large, medium and small employers sitting at the table with health providers, insurers, brokers and regulators, this group tackles tough legislative issues and promotes business friendly public policy. The committee will continue it efforts to directly engage employers in making quality healthcare more affordable, more accessible and more reliable for all Utahns.

Meeting Dates: The committee meets every even-month on the fourth Wednesday at 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Chair(s): Marc Bennett, CEO, HealthInsight and Andrew Croshaw, President, Leavitt Consulting

Membership participation requirements: Open to all executive level or higher members.

HOUSING GAP COALITION

The Housing GAP Coalition is a new Salt Lake Chamber initiative who’s goal is to ensure that the American Dream is kept alive for all Utahns by providing access to a variety of housing types for all income groups and closing the GAP between housing units and households. We are bringing together the state’s brightest minds from the broader business community, academia and government to tackle this very real threat.

Meeting Dates:The coalition meets monthly on the second Tuesday of  each month at 9:00-10:00AM.

Chair(s):Steve Starks, President of Utah Jazz and Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment, Clint Betts, Executive Director of Silicon Slopes.

Membership participation requirements: Closed membership. Please contact Brynn Mortensen if interested.

MILITARY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

The Military Affairs Committee focuses on building relationships between military installation units and businesses by increasing awareness through monthly briefings and tours.

Meeting Dates: The committee meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 7:30-9:00 a.m.

Chair(s): Brian Garrett, Zions Bank

Membership participation requirements: The Military Affairs Committee is an open committee.  It is not a dues paying committee but Chamber membership is required.  Fees may be charged for events as they occur.

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NATURAL RESOURCES BUSINESS COUNCIL (NRBC)

Clean Air

Utah businesses know that air quality is important to our health, quality of life, and economic well-being. The NRBC committee leads a business partnership for clean air and educating Utah residents about their individual responsibility. This partnership generates business support for already existing air quality initiatives, share best business practices, help educate our community about individual responsibility, discuss the economic impact of air quality. The committee also supports the Chamber’s Clear the Air Challenge and Clean Air Champions Program. The task force also advises and counsels on policies that facilitate business participation in emission reductions and minimize costs incurred as a result of further regulations to the Salt Lake Chamber’s executive board.

Energy & Minerals

This committee supports Utah’s vast and diverse energy and mineral resources ensure access to reasonably priced energy while creating jobs, supporting rural economic development and providing a solid foundation for broader economic strength. The committee also advises and counsels on policies that encourage and facilitate appropriate energy and mineral production, and that preserve and strengthen Utah’s competitive advantages to the Salt Lake Chamber’s executive board.

Recreation

Utah’s outdoor recreation and tourism sectors as essential components of Utah’s culture, economy and quality of life. We support efforts to promote improved outdoor recreation infrastructure and opportunities throughout Utah, and grow rural economies through enhanced recreation and tourism. We also support policies that promote the growth of our state’s convention industries, and create a more welcoming and inclusive experience for locals and visitors alike.

Water

The business interest in water is fundamental. Water touches every sector of our economy and impacts our regional and global competitiveness. Additionally, water provides the recreational opportunities and natural beauty that attracts great companies and terrific employees. It keeps our communities vital and strong. Water is also an essential part of many business processes. The committee is focused on educating the broader business community on the importance of water to their business and the economy, Utah’s current water outlook and ways businesses can lead by example on conservation. The committee also advises and counsels on water related policy principles, positions and priorities to the Salt Lake Chamber’s executive board.

Meeting Dates: The committee meets every even-month on the second Wednesday at 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Chair(s): Dave Smith, Penna Powers and Piper Rhodes, Rio Tinto Kennecott

Membership participation requirements: Open to all executive level or higher members.

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UTAH TRANSPORTATION COALITION

The Utah Transportation Coalition is a group of business and civic leaders working together to protect Utah’s environment, improve the economy and preserve our quality of life through strategic transportation investments. The Coalition is an established, long-term organization advocating specifically for responsible transportation investment to keep Utah’s economy moving.

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Meeting Dates: The committee meets every even-month on the first Thursday at 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Chair(s): Sophia DiCaro, The Cynosure Group and Wade Sherman, Adobe

Membership participation requirements: The Utah Transportation Coalition requires an additional investment in addition to executive level membership.