Business community to unveil important federal priorities to continue Utah’s economic prosperity

SALT LAKE CITY (September 19, 2023) — The Salt Lake Chamber, with a dedicated group of business executives and community leaders, is headed to Washington, D.C. next week to meet with members of Utah’s congressional delegation to discuss immigration and permitting reform along with other important federal priorities.

“The Salt Lake Chamber and its members are committed to sustaining Utah’s strong economy and the prosperity of its people,” said Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance. “Immigration and permitting reform are just two of our priorities, emphasizing the necessity to modernize and streamline our nation’s permitting process for economic growth and to establish an immigration system that is fair and supports our state’s workforce needs.”

In addition to immigration and permitting reform, important topics the Chamber will discuss with lawmakers include the following:

  • Civility – lead by example to show there is strength in being able to bridge divides with respect.
  • Foreign relations – strengthen cybersecurity, provide incentives to invest in domestic manufacturing and build partnerships with international allies.
  • Financial bailouts and fiscal responsibility – enact policies that promote responsible and sustainable behavior.
  • Market freedom and corporate governance – promote state and local decision-making authority to reduce federal regulatory burdens.
  • Grid resiliency – invest in research and development of new technology that supports a reliable, affordable and sustainable energy future.
  • Ronald Reagan International Airport – amend the perimeter rule to increase flights between Utah and Washington DC.
  • EPA regulation – advocate for a more flexible approach to allow companies to adapt to changing circumstances and new technologies.
  • Colorado River Compact – negotiate to ensure Utah receives a fair allocation of water.

Further details about each of the Salt Lake Chamber’s Federal Priorities can be read here.

“The Chamber is championing big-picture issues that shape the economic landscape,” Miller said. “The trip will provide an opportunity for Utah business leaders to network, learn and be involved in policy discussions that affect not only Utahns, but are instrumental to ensure a strong and vibrant national economy.”

The Salt Lake Chamber is grateful for the opportunity to be at the table to discuss these important issues and recognizes that many of its accomplishments are a direct result of the innovative business leaders in Utah. Businesses and organizations participating in the trip include AT&T, Clyde Companies, Inc., Deseret Digital Media, The Boeing Company, The Larry H. Miller Company and WCF Insurance, among others.