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 issue positions originate in one of these Chamber components.

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

  • Identify current and emerging problems
  • Advise and counsel on issues to recommend to the Salt Lake Chamber board of directors.
  • 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, Water-Wise Take the H2Oath Initiative and the annual legislative reception.

Contact: policy@slchamber.com for more information.

The Chamber’s 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 pressing policy concerns.

  • Meeting Dates:  Meetings will only be held during the normal legislative session from January 18-March 4. 
    • Jan 19, 2022 at 11:45-1:15 PM
    • Jan 26, 2022 at 11:45-1:15 PM
    • February 2, 2022 at 11:45-1:15 PM
    • February 9, 2022 at 11:45-1:15 PM
    • February 16, 2022 at 11:45-1:15 PM
    • February 23, 2022 at 11:45-1:15 PM
    • March 2, 2022 at 11:45-1:15 PM

Membership participation requirements: Open but aimed towards government relations representatives. 

The Salt Lake Chamber is part of a national initiative to address inequality of opportunity. Our objective is that diversity and inclusion become more than just a movement. That we will work together to ensure change that appropriately reflects the dynamic culture of Utah and continues to open opportunities for everyone. The business community has a critical role and responsibility in this effort, and for this reason the Chamber in partnership with the Utah Black Chamber, started to convene a series of webinars, symposiums, and roundtables focused on discussions around the issues of racism, equality, and inclusion in business.

  • Meeting Dates: The committee meets 
    • Not established 
  • Membership participation requirements: Board of Governors at initiation then open for member industries.  

Utah continues to be a pro-business state and this committee is a gathering place for those with interests in doing business in Utah to policy strategies about how to keep this state both business and consumer-friendly.

  • Meeting Dates: The committee meets quarterly from 9:00 am- 10:00 am
    • January 26, 2022, at 9:00 AM
    • April 27, 2022, at 9:00 AM
    • July 27, 2022, at 9:00 AM
    • October 26, 2022, at 9:00 AM

Membership participation requirements: Board of Governors at initiation then open for member industries. 

The Chamber’s Healthcare/ Life Sciences Committee is the only group that is made up of representatives from the healthcare industry. With large, medium, and small employers sitting at the table, this group tackles tough legislative issues and promotes business-friendly public policy. 

  • Meeting Dates: The committee meets quarterly from 9:00 am- 10:00 am
    • March 2, 2022, at 9:00 AM
    • June 1, 2022, at 9:00 AM
    • September 7, 2022, at 9:00 AM
    • December 7, 2022, at 9:00 AM
  • Membership participation requirements: Board of Governors at initiation then open for member industries.  

The Housing GAP Coalition is a Salt Lake Chamber initiative whose 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 a.m. – 10.00 a.m.

Chair(s): Terry Buckner, President and CEO of The Buckner Company, and Thomas Wright, President Summit Sotheby’s International Realty.

Membership participation requirements: Closed membership.

The Infrastructure Council 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 infrastructure investments. The Council is an organization advocating specifically for responsible infrastructure investment to keep Utah’s economy moving.

  • Meeting Dates: The committee meets quarterly from 9:00 am- 10:00 am
    • February 2, 2022, at 9:00 AM
    • May 4, 2022, at 9:00 AM
    • August 3, 2022, at 9:00 AM
    • November 2, 2022, at 9:00 AM
  • Membership participation requirements: Board of Governors at initiation then open for member industries.  

The Natural Resources Business Council (NRBC) focuses on the areas of clean air, energy & minerals, outdoor recreation and water. 

  • Air Quality: NRBC 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, shares best business practices, helps educate our community about individual responsibility, and discusses the economic impact of air quality. 
  • Energy & Minerals: NRBC supports Utah’s vast and diverse energy and mineral resources to ensure access to reasonably priced energy while creating jobs, supporting rural economic development, and providing a solid foundation for broader economic strength. 
  • Outdoor Recreation: NRBC supports efforts to promote improved outdoor recreation infrastructure and opportunities throughout Utah and grow rural economies through enhanced recreation and tourism. 
  • Water: NRBC 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. 
  • Meeting Dates: The committee meets quarterly from 9:00 am- 10:00 am
    • January 12, 2022, at 9:00 AM
    • April 13, 2022, at 9:00 AM
    • July 13, 2022, at 9:00 AM
    • October 12, 2022, at 9:00 AM

Membership participation requirements: Open to all members

The Tech Committee is a collaboration of public-private partners to further the Chamber’s objective to bring businesses and lawmakers together, to educate on the efforts of technology and cybersecurity initiatives to strengthen education and awareness in Utah’s business community, and provide leadership and support to the broader community.

  • Meeting Dates: The committee meets quarterly from 9:00 am- 10:00 am
    • February 16, 2022, at 9:00 AM
    • May 18, 2022, at 9:00 AM
    • August 17, 2022, at 9:00 AM
    • November 16, 2022, at 9:00 AM
  • Membership participation requirements: Board of Governors at initiation then open for member industries.  

The Workforce Committee is a group of business and civic leaders working together to facilitate a  vision for businesses to create and advance policies that enable lawmakers to create a strong workforce development system for Utah.

  • Meeting Dates: The committee meets quarterly from 9:00 am- 10:00 am
    • January 19, 2022, at 9:00 AM
    • April 20, 2022, at 9:00 AM
    • July 20, 2022, at 9:00 AM
    • October 19, 2022, at 9:00 AM
  • Membership participation requirements: Open to all members