Dear Business Community,
This past year has been one like no other — full of challenges, hardships, and uncertainty. Above all, however, it was underscored by remarkable resilience, much of that apparent in the day-to-day activities of Salt Lake Chamber members.
Thanks to you, the Chamber continues to stand as Utah’s voice of business, supporting our members’ successes and championing community prosperity. As the past year has shown, together we are so much more. Our positive voice continues to strengthen education, improve the environment, and promote home ownership, transportation, and a world-class economy, even given serious challenges and the lack of predictability.
Together, the Chamber worked tirelessly to mitigate the deadly effects of the coronavirus. With the Roadmap to Recovery Coalition, we helped business leaders at all levels encourage confidence in, and facilitate availability and distribution of vaccines, and return to economic growth as quickly as possible. In addition, we successfully created and advocated the Stay Safe to Stay Open campaign, working with more than 10,000 Utah businesses, regional chambers, and local communities and governments to keep our community safe and our businesses operating.
Though COVID-19 has impacted most every aspect of business, because of your support and involvement, Utah is positioned to come back stronger and faster than ever. The strength of our economy has given us an advantage when faced with a global pandemic and economic downturn. In partnership with the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, the Chamber has released monthly Economic Dashboards that provide a compelling picture of Utah’s business resilience. Utah continues to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, along with record-level job creation. And with you, we are working to ensure that these gains and opportunities are available to all through initiatives promoting diversity and inclusion.
In addition, the Salt Lake Chamber successfully advanced pro-business and job policies during the 2021 Legislative Session, including the passage of every key initiative we promoted. Our 2020-2021 Annual Report outlines these successes — your successes — and offers a strong platform and bold vision for the future.
We hope this report inspires you to become even more involved with the Chamber during the upcoming year and to encourage others to join us. Without you, none of this would have happened. With you, this report promises greater things to come.
Derek Miller, President and CEO
Craig Wagstaff, 2020-2021 Board Chair
Gary Porter, 2020-2021 Vice Chair