December 19, 2016

Did you know research shows that employees are seeking a higher-level engagement from the workplace than ever before?

And, did you know that volunteering equates to healthy employees, workplace friendship and teamwork?

With the holiday season upon us, we and United Way of Salt Lake encourage you and your company to find a way to share in the spirit of the season.

You can find a volunteer project for your company through United Way of Salt Lake’s 2016 Opportunity List on their website.

You can do find opportunities to help feed hungry families, sponsor a low-income family for Christmas, read with students, make ornaments for people with disabilities, and so much more!

Giving back is truly a beautiful experience.

Both the giver and the recipient feel a connection and sense of community.

Everyone can share in this and it doesn’t take a lot of time or money to do that.

Find a volunteer opportunity today at uw.org

December 20, 2016

Good news for riders of Utah public transit – you can look forward to an improved passenger experience in the coming year.

The Utah Transit Authority has budgeted nearly $10 million to upgrade their services.

Over the past several years, rail line expansion along the Wasatch Front has been the primary concern, but now the agency is focusing on enhancing rider experience.

What can riders expect in regards to upgrades?

  • Wi-Fi service on the FrontRunner that is more reliable, better connectivity and more bandwidth;
  • A new mobile ticketing feature, where riders can pay using a smartphone or tablet;
  • Upgrading electronic card readers;
  • And, much more!

In addition to these, UTA will be replacing 59 buses, and conducting repairs and maintenance on rail platforms and other light-rail assets.

They will also expand service in counties that approved the sales tax increase – Davis, Tooele and Weber.

We look forward to seeing these changes implemented in our community.

December 21, 2016

Last week, Salt Lake City officials identified the four sites for the new homeless resource centers in Salt Lake City.

This is the culmination of a two-year process to reform and realign the system of homeless shelters that has involved city, Salt Lake County and state officials.

The new sites will be:

  • 653 E. Simpson Ave.
  • 275 W. High Ave.
  • 131 E. 700 South
  • 648 W. 100 South

The announcement is a major step and we support the scattered site approach for homeless resource centers. We believe service providers, political leaders and the business community can and will create a smooth transition to these new sites.

The most important part of any plan must be additional support for affordable housing, more resources for substance abuse treatment and additional law enforcement and incarceration options.

This is a complete system overhaul and a much larger vision than simply moving emergency services.

December 22, 2016

Trying to decide what to do this New Years Eve?

Look no further than EVE WinterFest as it returns to downtown Salt Lake City for its eighth year – running December 26-31st.

This multi-day community-wide celebration of art and culture is in the urban center of Salt Lake City and Utah. It is a perfect way to ring in the New Year!

More than 40,000 attendees are expected to take advantage of the $25 three-day pass. From cinema to comedy – there is a wide variety of venues for you to take advantage of.

On the 31st, the event culminates with the ultimate, unique countdown experience. Celebrate and watch the ball drop with a light show centered around America’s largest MirrorBall. It’s over 20 feet in diameter!

EVE WinterFest is a multi-day celebration with concerts, DJs, and engaging activities for kids and families. There really is something for everyone.

Ring in the New Year with EVE WinterFest. You won’t want to miss it!

To purchase tickets or more information, visit: EVESLC.com

December 23, 2016

Governor Herbert’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposal has recently come out.

Once again Utah is fortunate to have a robust economy producing strong revenue growth to meet critical needs as one of the fastest-growing states in the nation.

We applaud the Governor’s budget for prioritizing our workforce needs, advancing water conservation and planning, and key investments in air quality.

We also share the Governor’s concerns about a growing mismatch between Utah’s economy and tax base — and urge that modernizing our tax code be a major focus this coming session.

We look forward to working with him, and the Legislature, on this pressing challenge and many others to ensure our state continues to prosper.

For a more in-depth look at the Governor’s FY 2018 budget visit: Utah.gov