February 20, 2017

Utah’s air quality has an impact on an employer’s most valuable resource–their employees.

There is a correlation between employee health issues and the air quality outside, and many Utah businesses are stepping up to mitigate the health effects of our air.

Utah’s employers can continue to lead the way by remaining aware and making simple changes to benefit their employees.

Such choices will not only help keep the state’s workforce healthy, but it can also save businesses money and increase productivity. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Encourage employees to reduce unnecessary idling.
  • Subscribe to receive air quality email alerts from the Utah Department of Environmental Quality and share this with your employees.
  • Become a Salt Lake Chamber Clean Air Champion and participating in this winter’s Inversion Mitigation Initiative. Visit cleanairchampion.com for more details

A healthy workforce is necessary for a productive statewide business community. Utah’s business leaders can lead the way in improving our air quality.

February 21, 2017

Regulation reform is one of the simplest ways policymakers can influence economic growth.

And a few weeks ago, Governor Herbert signed an executive order related to the establishment of effective oversight in state agency rulemaking.

This executive order establishes a review process for new administrative rules within the Governor’s office, and creates a uniform fiscal analysis tool for use by agencies as they perform the statutorily required fiscal impact analysis to business and the public.

The order will increase training to administrative rule coordinators within agencies and aims to increase coordination among executive agencies, the Division of Administrative Rules, the Office of the Governor and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development in the development and promulgation of administrative rules.

Additionally, House Majority Leader Brad Wilson, announced his efforts to complement the Governor’s executive order with H.B. 272, Regulatory Impact Amendments.

Taken together their actions represent a shared commitment by the Executive and Legislative branches for the most extensive overhaul regulatory policy in state history.

We commend our policymakers for taking the necessary steps to influence our economic growth.

February 22, 2017

Who doesn’t love a good networking event?

Join us on Thursday, March 30, for an elegant evening of cocktails, mocktails, hors’ d’oeuvres, exceptional decor in a wonderful atmosphere.

Next month’s Business After Hours brings together Innovative Design Concepts and The Falls Event Center at Trolley Square.

Colleagues, business professionals and friends from around the Greater Salt Lake area will gather outside the normal work environment to unwind while making lasting connections.

And don’t forget your business cards for a chance to win excellent raffle items, including a building space donation for a mid-week event at the Falls Event Center!

So save the date, Thursday, March 30, for enjoy a night of networking with business professionals from around Salt Lake with innovative Design Concepts and The Falls Event Center at Trolley Square.

February 23, 2017

Whether you’re a government agency, Fortune 500 company, or a brick and mortar small business, cyber threats are inevitable.

Yet time and again, we see large data breaches often as a result of inaction.

Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility.

An important phrase for businesses to remember is: “If you collect it you must protect it.” In a connected, online society others may suffer as a result of a business’s’ failure to act.

The Salt Lake Chamber, in partnership with the U.S.Chamber of Commerce will host a Cybersecurity Conference, March 23, aimed at helping businesses of all sizes develop, evaluate, and strengthen cybersecurity programs.

The conference is part of the U.S. Chamber’s Cybersecurity advocacy campaign, and will be the first hosted in 2017.

This event will host national government, private sector and law enforcement experts in cybersecurity.

You won’t want to miss out on this informative conference.

Register for the upcoming March 23rd Cybersecurity Conference at: slchamber.com/cyber2017

February 24, 2017

Following my 12 years of service in the Utah State Legislature, I had the honor of being asked by then-Governor Mike Leavitt to serve as the state’s Chief Olympics Officer.

Among the many memorable opportunities this afforded me was the privilege of attending the opening ceremonies of 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

I remember that night like it was yesterday. The chilly air contrasted sharply with the anticipation and excitement of the remarkable performances, and the hundreds of world-class athletes who filled Rice-Eccles Stadium, observed by thousands of cheering people in the stands and millions more watching across the world on television.

Thousands of hours of preparation by athletes, Olympic officials, volunteers, and so many more culminated in an event that lives on in the hearts of Utahns.

Following the opening ceremonies, our state went on to host what many have called “the most successful Olympic Games in history.”

While we as a state have benefitted in myriad ways by hosting the Olympics, one thing touches me most.

The Olympic planning team senior staff knew that our success hinged on our ability to recruit volunteers.

We wondered if we could fill the nearly 25,000 positions that would not only demand long hours, but in many cases would require time off work without pay. To our amazement, nearly 70,000 people applied for Team 2002.

As I reflect on this experience, I’m reminded that the wonderful, selfless citizens in our communities make Utah the best place to live, work, learn and play.