In September members and staff of the Salt Lake Chamber traveled to our nation’s capital to better engage in federal policy. While in D.C. Chamber leadership was presented with a prestigious honor, a copy of the sworn congressional record from September 6 when Senator Mike Lee gave an official statement recognizing the Salt Lake Chamber and its new five-star accreditation. Below you can find a copy of his sworn statement:

Congressional Record 114th Congress, Second Session-Vol. 162-No. 133

Washington, Tuesday, September 6, 2016



Mr. LEE. Mr. President, my home State of Utah has long been one of the best kept secrets in America. But this is beginning to change. Utah is increasingly recognized as one of the best places in the world to live, study, work, raise a family, start a business, and build communities. In fact, many call Utah the next Silicon Valley, as the Beehive State is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations in America for venture-capital funding and pioneering businesses.

Central to the success of our State’s business community is the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, Utah’s largest business association, with members in each of the State’s 29 counties, representing more than 8,000 businesses and nearly half the State’s workforce.

For generations, the Salt Lake Chamber has played a pivotal role in building a strong and dynamic economy across Utah, by supporting its members, forging collaborative and productive partnerships, and investing in local communities in every corner of the State.

On June 8, 2016, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recognized the Salt Lake Chamber’s record of success by awarding it a five-star accreditation–a highly esteemed designation carried by only 204 of the approximately 7,000 chambers of commerce across the country. Receiving a five-star accreditation proves what many Utahns already knew to be true: the Salt Lake Chamber embodies the enterprising and cooperative spirit of our State and our people.

On behalf of the people of Utah, I congratulate the Salt Lake Chamber–and the thousands of Utah businesses and workers they support–for this well-deserved and impressive distinction, and I thank the chamber’s staff, board, and volunteers for the outstanding work that the five-star accreditation represents.

Michael S. Lee — Utah

United States Senator