June 25, 2018

Utah is one of five states to hold its primary election on June 26. But before you cast your vote there is a lot of information to know; from how Utah primaries work and who is running for office, to how you register and how to vote depending on your party affiliation.

Here are some of the major things you need to know.

First, the last day to register to vote was June 19.

Second, Utah functions in an electoral system, which is the method to how elections are conducted and managed, including how votes are counted to determine an election winner.

There are both primary elections and general elections in an electoral system. Primary elections are used to narrow the field of candidates for a given elective office.

Third, Utah also functions in semi-closed primaries, which means an individual must affiliate themselves with the party in which they are voting, or be a registered unaffiliated voter.

Lastly, on the day of the primary election, tomorrow, June 26, polling locations are open from 7 AM to 8 PM.

Learn More.

 

June 26, 2018

Recently, the Salt Lake Chamber Immigration Task Force issued the following statement on the nomination of Ronald Mortensen to Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration:

“The Salt Lake Chamber has spent significant time developing a pragmatic and business-friendly approach to comprehensive immigration reform.

That is one of the reasons we helped develop the Utah Compact along with political, business, law enforcement and religious leaders.

As a state originally settled by refugees, Utah has a strong history of welcoming those with a desire to help build a vibrant community.

Utahns value compassion, openness and economic prosperity.

We call upon the Trump administration to withdraw its nomination of Ronald Mortensen and upon Utah’s congressional delegation to actively oppose it, and encourage them to work together to find a candidate who reflects core Utah values.”

Learn More.

 

June 27, 2018

Good news, Utah’s 2017-2018 ski season registered as the sixth-best for local ski areas in terms of skier visits.

Despite a decline in skier visits from last year, total ski – and snowboard – related spending in Utah remained strong at $1.322 billion dollars versus last year’s historic high of $1.431 billion.

While skiers may come to Utah to play in the “Greatest Snow on Earth,” they also choose our state for the restaurants, urban amenities and vibrant culture that can’t be found elsewhere.

Ski Utah’s President Nathan Rafferty said: “Utah’s ski industry continues to be a strong player in driving the state’s tourism and economy.

Multiple factors need to come together to make a successful ski season and, with limited natural snowfall, Utah’s resorts stepped up by investing in snowmaking infrastructure and delivering unparalleled experiences for skiers and riders on and off the slopes.”

We couldn’t agree more and look forward to seeing what the 2018-2019 ski season will bring.

 

June 28, 2018

This is Derek Miller of the Salt Lake Chamber with your Utah Business Report.

Last week, I was given the opportunity to testify on Utah’s thriving small business ecosystem and overall business-friendly environment before the U.S. House Small Business Committee, and would like to share a highlight from it.

In Utah, the government and business community work collaboratively and intentionally to create a strong business environment and support our growing small business community. There are four areas that I believe to have been fundamental to Utah’s economic success.

The first is a strong and educated workforce. Any business will tell you that if they cannot find good people then nothing else matters.

Second is taxes and regulations. Utah continues to benefit economically from our flat five percent personal and corporate tax rate, which is the lowest in the nation.

The third is incentives. Incentivizing creation and sustainable growth is key to Utah’s thriving small business ecosystem.

The final area is international trade. It may surprise you to learn how important trade is to small businesses in Utah. Of the over 3,500 Utah companies that export, nearly 85% of are small businesses.

 

June 29, 2018

Last week, Salt Lake County became the first county in the United States to achieve the status of Certified Welcoming from Welcoming America.

As immigrants play a foundational role in the economic prosperity of our state and nation, and we applaud Salt Lake County for earning the distinction as the first Certified Welcoming County.

This reaffirms our global reputation as a welcoming and business-friendly state and encourages other communities to follow in our footsteps.

Let us always strive to be a place where people of good will can achieve the American Dream.

Communities that become Certified Welcoming capitalize on the power of immigrants to energize their neighborhoods, economy and culture.

Certification builds a competitive advantage and gain access to opportunities to be recognized and share integration practices on a regional, national and global stage.