February 15, 2016

Recently, UTA launched a campaign asking the public to do its part to lower emission levels across Northern Utah. They invited commuters to take a pledge to use public transit more often during the month of February.

The month may be halfway over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t join the effort to reduce air pollution along the Wasatch Front.

To make the promise official, individuals visited one of three locations – in Ogden, Salt Lake City or Lehi – to sign their name on a special “Take the Pledge” bus.

To fulfill their pledge, people are riding the bus or train at least one additional time during the month. UTA Project Manager Jake Splan said, “We want to bring attention to the fact that everyone can make a difference. Less pollution and less traffic is better for everybody.”

We couldn’t agree more. Riding public transit, instead of driving one day per week prevents an average of 5.4 pounds of emissions. If all Utahns were to make that commitment, weekly emissions could decrease by 3,000 tons.

Clean air is one of the most critical issues facing our state today. Do your part and take the clean air pledge.

February 16, 2016

In 2015, the Salt Lake area housing market experienced near historic growth, and according to the Salt Lake Housing Forecast, this year is predicted to be another “very good year.”

They predict that 2016 is primed to be another year of double-digit increases in the volume of existing home sales.

The Salt Lake Board of Realtors reported that 13,323 existing single-family homes were sold last year in Salt Lake County – the highest level in nearly a decade and the third highest in the county’s history. That’s remarkable.

James Wood, an Ivory-Boyer senior fellow at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute said,“The gains in 2015 were driven primarily by exceptional market fundamentals, strong job growth, improving income and wages, solid demographic growth, and very favorable mortgage rates,”

It is predicted that local market fundamentals and conditions will likely continue to be favorable for the area real estate market in 2016.

A strong real estate market goes along with our economy. We believe this year will bring strong numbers on all fronts.

February 17, 2016

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!

In our latest episode, for example, we spoke with Dr. Richard Kendall a seasoned veteran when it comes to education. We discussed one of the biggest topics at this year’s legislative session: education funding.

We looked at the challenges facing students and the state in regards to Utah’s education policy, and asked Dr. Kendall for his opinion on how to bring about positive change to education.

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

It’s a great way to stay up-to-date on how the latest news and issues in our community affect business in the Beehive State.

February 18, 2016

Utah’s pro-business climate has been an integral part of our economic success.

As one of the best states to do business, we have all reaped the benefits of robust job growth and a strong economy.

In order to continue our current economic prosperity and pro-business climate, we believe our federal, state and local regulations must be modernized with smart regulation reforms.

This should include efforts at all levels to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses, remove outdated regulations, improve data-driven decision making and ensure regulators abide by overarching principles and performance metrics.

We encourage you to reach out to your legislator and ask them to focus on making a strong business climate a priority in the 2016 General Legislative Session.

Learn more about this initiative, find your legislator, or simply take action today visit: slchamber.com/actioncenter

February 19, 2016

Did you know as a resident of Utah, you and your family have access to a statewide Prescription Drug Assistance Program?

The Utah Drug Card will provide you with prescription medication savings of up to 75% at more than 68,000 pharmacies across the country.

The Utah Drug Card program also includes discounts on brand and generic medications, so that all medications are eligible for savings.

Most importantly, the Utah Drug Card is FREE to all residents and everyone in Utah is eligible to get pharmacy discounts through this program.

There are no restrictions. No forms, no waiting periods, nothing.

Don’t miss out on this pre-activated card and start using it immediately!

Learn more about how you can save starting today at utahdrugcard.com.