April 11, 2016

Rocky Mountain Power encourages customers to be “wattsmart” by saving energy and money.

The energy-savings results for 2015 have just been released and they are impressive.

Utahns achieved a peak load reduction of 115 megawatts and also saved more than 313,000 megawatt-hours of electricity – this is equivalent to the energy it takes to power nearly 34,000 homes for a year.

Rocky Mountain Power thanks Utahns for the energy-saving results in 2015 and encourages you to keep up the great work!

Being wattsmart is not only good for your bottom line, it is the cleanest, cheapest energy resource available, and it helps Utah’s economy by freeing up energy dollars for other investments.

Learn more about ways to save energy and money at wattsmart.com.

April 12, 2016

Tonight the Salt Lake Chamber will honor Ron Jibson as the 37th Giant in our City.

This award honors those with exceptional and distinguished service and extraordinary professional achievement.

It is also widely recognized as the most prestigious business award given in Utah.

Currently, Ron serves as president and CEO of Questar Corporation, a natural gas and energy company.

He was appointed as Questar’s chairman of the board in 2012. He also serves on numerous other boards and is extensively involved throughout the community.

I’ve known Ron for a number or years, and I can’t think of a more deserving recipient.

Congratulations, Ron. We are delighted to honor you as the 37th Giant in our City.

For more information visit: slchamber.com/giant.

April 13, 2016

Last month was Women’s History Month, and we had the opportunity to highlight women in the Utah business community. We looked at their personal stories to help explain how they got to where they are today.

In our latest podcast, which we’ve named ‘One Person Can Make a Difference,’ we spoke with Dr. Donna Milavetz, CEO and Founder of OnSite Care.

We discussed what motivates her and the advice she would give to young professionals.

We also discussed the overall need for health care and what it’s like to go from practitioner to CEO.

The official Salt Lake Chamber podcast, Building Utah, looks into the topics, ideas and people that influence the Beehive state.

Every episode brings a business perspective to what you really care about and no topic is off limits!

Follow Salt Lake Chamber social media and visit: slchamber.com/buildingutah to hear each episode.

April 14, 2016

The Salt Lake region is a fast-growing, increasingly diverse area. A recent influx of immigrants and refugees offer exciting economic and cultural opportunities to all of us.

About 12% of our residents are foreign-born. This extraordinary demographic transformation provides an opportunity to engage leaders and community members in the creation of a welcoming communities strategy that helps maximize the contributions of these new Americans.

Led by Welcoming America and the Partnerships for a New American Economy, cities and countries around the country are launching local initiatives to lessen the barriers to these new citizens in a way that improves the quality of life and economic potential for all residents.

We have brought together business, government and community leaders to develop a strategy designed to make Salt Lake more attractive, welcoming and globally competitive for international talent and business.

April 15, 2016

Last Month, Salt Lake City was named the #1 “Trendiest U.S. City Where You Still Can Afford to Buy a Home,” by Realtor.com

The survey tracked 500 U.S. cities and looked at several areas including: number of foodie hot spots, bike shops, yoga studios, cultural outlets and housing affordability.

Cheryl Acker, president of the Salt Lake Board of Realtors said the following about the award:

“A flood of young, educated professionals to Salt Lake City is driving new trends. Salt Lake City is embracing new cultural venues, locally-owned restaurants, bike sharing and yoga fitness.” Compared to other leading cities, Salt Lake housing prices are a bargain. The median home price in Salt Lake County in 2015 was $248,500.

Other factors that influenced Salt Lake City’s number 1 spot was the Salt Lake Film Festival and strong economic growth.

Salt Lake City’s affordable housing market, combined with its educated workforce and transit system, has lured high-tech companies and millennials from across the nation.

Let’s keep up the good work.