July 10, 2017

After each General Session, the Utah Legislature meets to discuss relevant items of significance during Interim Sessions.

The Salt Lake Chamber’s public policy team actively tracks this process and helps navigate study items on behalf of members and the broader business community.

Currently, the Transportation Governance and Funding Task Force is exploring ways to incentivize smarter land use, improve transportation governance planning and prioritization, and reviewing funding strategies in order to accommodate Utah’s future growth.

The Salt Lake Chamber was well represented at last month’s meeting as Lane Beattie, our president and CEO, sits on the task force – and Dave Smith, of Penna Powers and a member of the Chamber’s Utah Transportation Coalition, spoke to recommendations on what the committee should study and why transportation benefits Utah’s economy.

The Salt Lake Chamber will be actively working with this committee to address a number of significant transportation issues in advance of the 2018 Legislative Session.

Business leaders should also get involved and let their elected officials know just how important our transportation system is to their companies.

July 11, 2017

The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) recently announced the winners of its Communications Excellence awards program.

The Salt Lake Chamber is proud to report our “2017 Salt Lake Chamber Public Policy Guide” was selected as an Awards of Excellence winner.

Our Public Policy Guide serves as the Chamber’s guiding document on public policy.

It’s utilized across the state, from Congress to city halls, as a guidebook on the business community’s principles, positions and priorities on key issues.

Every year, the Chamber strives to design a guide that is not only informative, but also innovative and attention-grabbing – a guide that people will want to pick up, refer back to and utilize year around.

We are honored the ACCE chose our 2017 Public Policy Guide as one of its Awards of Excellence winners and we want to congratulate our many business leaders who contribute to the process and our hard-working staff on this national recognition.

July 12, 2017

Building Utah’s workforce is key to our state’s future economic success. That’s why Governor Herbert announced the Talent Ready Utah initiative.

It’s designed to strengthen collaboration between industry, education and economic development leaders to create talent pipelines for high-demand, high-wage jobs.

Just last month, it was announced more than 2 million dollars in Talent Ready Utah grants were awarded for workforce development programs.

The recipients include; Snow College, University of Utah, Mountainland Applied Technology College, Utah State University, Weber State University, Utah Valley University, Women Tech Council, Duchesne School District, Granite School District, Millard School District and Pinnacle Canyon Academy.

Talent Ready Utah grants are administered through the Department of Workforce Services with state funds.

The Salt Lake Chamber is proud to be a partner in this initiative. We are committed to developing the workforce of the future and growing Utah’s economy.

July 13, 2017

In his 2017 State of the State address, Governor Gary Herbert challenged Utah businesses to build 25-thousand jobs throughout rural Utah in the next four years.

In response to his call to action, key partners, including the Salt Lake Chamber, are uniting behind the goal of 25-thousand jobs in 25 counties by 2020.

The initiative is designed to bring partners from all corners of the state to engage with rural communities, explore new opportunities and help solve some of the challenges those communities face.

The 25k jobs in 25 Counties tour makes a stop in Brigham City on July 17th from 11 to 1pm, and Logan from 4 to 6pm.

Then on the 18th, we head to Rich County from 11 to 1pm and Summit County from 4 to 6pm.

The tour is designed to connect business owners with potential grants and other growth opportunities, as well as connect job seekers with better, higher-paying jobs.

Join us on our tour and through social media with the hashtag #25kJobs and #25TourChamber.

July 14, 2017

A new 10-thousand seat arena at the Utah State Fairpark is ready to go – just in time for the Days of ‘47 Rodeo.

The park’s executive director says the new 17 million dollar facility is a great example of what’s possible, and how the community benefits, when a public and private partnership is formed.

The new arena was funded with 10 million in state dollars, 3 million from Salt Lake County and Salt Lake City, 3 million from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as private donors.

In years past, the Days of ‘47 Rodeo has been held at the Vivint Smart Home Arena, but this year rodeo fans will be able to sit in the new arena that promises a spectacular view from every seat.

Only the best rodeo athletes will compete; testing their skills in bull riding, barrel racing, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, team roping, steer wrestling, and tie-down roping. The Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo kicks off July 19th.

And there’s a lot more than just world-class rodeo; from live music, to family fun in the Frontier Fun Zone and finger-licking BBQ, there’s something for every cowboy and cowgirl in the family.