August 28, 2017

Last week, the Salt Lake Chamber and Silicon Slopes announced a new partnership on the steps of the State Capitol.

Utah’s technology sector is an incubator that keeps our economy ahead of our peers, bringing investment and jobs.

The talent, both being developed here and brought into our state, is bolstering up our economy and driving even more growth.

It’s important to us as Utah’s ‘voice of business’ to engage with this next generation of emerging business leaders.

To apply their innovative and entrepreneurial spirit to community challenges, to collaborate across sectors and unlock unique possibilities that keep Utah the best place in the nation to live, work, learn and play.

By partnering with Silicon Slopes, we hope to amplify its voice on Capitol Hill and help them engage with the broader business community on issues facing our state.

Whether it is air quality, transportation or workforce development, their industry is impacted, and we believe this partnership will help be part of shaping solutions to those problems and many other issues.

We are excited for this partnership and look forward to the collaboration that will come from our two organizations working together.

August 29, 2017

Eight Associated Food stores in Utah are saving more than $270,000 on their annual electricity bills after making major changes in how they light and cool their buildings.

The wholesaler received $352,000 in Rocky Mountain Power incentives for LED lighting, lighting controls and refrigeration upgrades to stores in Salt Lake City, South Ogden, Park City, West Valley City, American Fork, Ogden and Taylorsville.

Those efforts are reducing energy use by nearly 3.9 million kilowatt-hours – enough electricity to power 437 typical Utah homes for a year.

Rocky Mountain Power recently recognized Associated Food stores’ efforts with a 2017 wattsmart Business Utah Partner of the Year Award.

To learn how your business can save energy and money with help from Rocky Mountain Power’s wattsmart Business program, visit wattsmart.com.

August 30, 2017

Recently it was announced the state’s largest single-site employer, Hill Air Force Base, is responsible for more than $3 billion in annual economic impact. Great news for our state!

This was calculated by identifiable off-base spending from gross expenditures.

In 2016, the base had 27,365 total personal, with a yearly federal payroll of $1.34 billion and annual expenditures of $710 million.

Base commander Col. Jennifer Hammerstedt said there continues to be more growth coming into Hill and those numbers will continue to increase.

Hill Air Force Base is also helping to continue the development of a growing technology corridor in Northern Utah.

And with the transition of the F-35 fighter jet, Hill has seen a lot of growth in their software sustainment and software development.

While this is a wonderful opportunity for our state, one issue has crept up at that same time – the need for a more qualified workforce with the skills necessary for their upcoming long-term projects.

To combat this, Hill is working with a lot of vocational schools to get more technician-type skills, and works with local universities to recruit interest in young Americans to come serve and give back.

Learn more about the Base at hill.af.mil

August 31, 2017

Next week Utah’s business leaders will gather for the Salt Lake Chamber’s 130th Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon.

Join us as we recognize a few Chamber stars that have shined brighter than the rest this past year, as they have shown exemplary support to further the Chamber’s mission and bolster the local business community.

We are proud to announce this year’s honorees:

  • Corporate Partner of the Year: Rio Tinto Kennecott;
  • Small Business of the Year: Kaddas Enterprises;
  • Community Partner of the Year: UCAIR;
  • President’s Award for Excellence: Tom Guinney of Gastronomy;
  • And Chamber Champions:
    • Andrew Croshaw or Leavitt Partners;
    • Jim Crowder of Enterprise Holdings;
    • Brian Garrett of Zions Bank;
    • Brent Lange of Hale Centre Theatre;
    • Natalie Peay of Webb Audio Visual;
    • And Jody Williams of Holland & Hart

Hope you can join us next week at the Salt Lake Chamber Annual Meeting, September 7th.

September 1, 2017

One of our favorite events is coming up next month, the Utah Global Forum!

This event facilitates the dialogue on how businesses can expand beyond local boundaries and develop an import and export strategy to expand into the global marketplace.

The program offers an incredible breadth of content, bringing experts from across multiple industries, all with a single objective: move Utah businesses to the global business stage and meet the challenges of today’s business environment.

The Utah Global Forum also focuses on Foreign Direct Investment in Utah.

FDI represents an opportunity to become more actively involved in international business activities for businesses of all sizes.

This year’s keynote address will be given by Javier Palomarez, CEO of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Save the Date: October 17 for the Utah Global Forum. You won’t want to miss this fantastic event!

Learn more at UtahGlobalForum.com