April 25, 2016

I’ve got good news our state’s travelers.

Alaska Air announced recently that it would acquire Virgin America.

Once approved by shareholders in June, the deal will create the fifth-largest U.S. airline by traffic.

Joining forces will create an even stronger and more competitive airline with a larger network and expanded flying options for guests.

The merger will significantly expand flying options across a network of over 125 destinations in North America.

Integration can be difficult for airlines because they involve more than just employees and aircrafts, but also information technology systems, booking procedures, rewards programs and flight schedules.

However, both carriers have an exceptional handle on their operations and provide great customer service.

As these two brands enter this exciting new chapter of Alaska Air’s history, we cannot wait to see what this will bring to Utah and the rest of the west coast.

April 26, 2016

Profitability is the key to a successful business and energy efficiency is a simple way to increase your profitability.

Every dollar saved in energy costs goes straight to your bottom line.

Here are some ways you can save:

Consider using smart plug strips to power electronic devices such as personal printers, computer monitors, and desk lamps.

Each smart plug strip can save about $100 per year in energy costs.

Also, next time you need to purchase new heating or cooling equipment, upgrade to high efficiency.

It can enhance your workplace comfort and improve indoor air quality, while saving energy and money.

Rocky Mountain Power’s wattsmart Business program makes saving energy easy by providing cash incentives to cover part of the project cost for some energy-efficient equipment upgrades.

You can learn more about Rocky Mountain Power’s wattsmart Business program at wattsmart.com.

April 27, 2016

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

In the latest episode we speak with the very humble Ron Jibson, president and CEO of the Questar Corporation, who was recently honored as the 37th Giant in our City.

We ask Ron the question everyone wants to know: “What does it mean to be a Giant in our City?”

In addition to his life story, how he got to where he is today and how he feels the community impacted this honor.

We also look at what is in the future for Questar, how the relationship with Dominion influences them and the energy industry’s responsibility to communities.

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 28, 2016

We invite you to tour bonny Scotland this fall with the Salt Lake Chamber.

This international trip takes place October 14th to the 21st and visits the beautiful lands of Scotland, a country steeped in history and rich in culture.

Explore the capital city of Edinburgh, see Glasgow and venture north to Inverness in the Scottish Highlands.

Extend your stay in the United Kingdom with an optional extension to Northern Ireland, visiting Belfast and the Giant’s Causeway.

This 8-day trip includes round-trip airfare from Salt Lake City, hotel accommodations, and daily breakfast.

The full itinerary is available online at: slchamber.com/scotland2016.

Book before April 30th and save $200 on your rate.

For more information on pricing and other questions, please call the Salt Lake Chamber and ask for Maria Loftis.

It’s going to be a fantastic trip!

April 29, 2016

In the recent edition of “Rich States, Poor States” released by the American Legislative Exchange Council Center for State Fiscal Reform Utah has remained at the top.

Utah has secured this spot for all nine editions.

The study ranks all 50 states based on their economic outlook, calculated by weighing 15 variables in critical economic policy areas.

Among the 15 factors that contribute to a state’s economic outlook rank, a low income tax burden is arguably the most essential to a state’s economic growth.

All of the top nine states that levy no income tax have significantly higher average rates of population growth, employment, income, production and revenue, as compared to the nine states with the highest personal income taxes.

The latest edition provides a good example of how various types of reforms can make a state’s economic climate more competitive and therefore, more attractive to individuals and businesses.

Thanks to our competitive and flat income tax rates, not levying a death tax, and being right-to-work, Utah is consistently competitive.