June 4, 2018

Former Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt is challenging Utahns to come up with an idea to save the middle class, and is offering up $1 million for the winning proposals.

The goal of the challenge is to find, fund and develop policy and technology proposals that have the potential to increase the net income by 10 percent for 10,000 Utah middle-class households by the year 2020. Submissions can come from anyone and can focus on anywhere.

Schmidt said the best ideas will come from people working together, in their own communities, using an interdisciplinary approach grounded in facts, data science and diverse perspectives.

Some of the suggested proposals focus on raising income or decreasing the costs of necessities.

The first round of proposals will be due August 30th. Ten proposals will then be selected and each will receive up to $10,000 to further develop the idea.

Proposals can be submitted online at americandream.utah.edu.

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June 5, 2018

We’ve all heard the expression, “It’s not what you know but who you know, but ideally, the statement should be, “It’s not what you know but who you know well.

Networking is about making contacts; it is also an approach to fulfill some higher goal of advancing your career, making more money or positioning yourself for other opportunities.

But to be fully effective professionals should spend less time making contacts and re-focus their efforts on a strategy of building relationships.

At the upcoming Salt Lake Chamber Professional Development Signature Speaker Series on June 21, attendees will look at the difference between networking and relationship building, the principles and tactics behind building professional relationships, and what not to do when networking.

The Salt Lake Chamber professional development program is intended to help business professionals enhance their knowledge, competence, skill and effectiveness.

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June 6, 2018

Nominations for the 2018 ATHENA Leadership Award are now being accepted.

Do you know someone who has:

  • Achieved the highest level of professional excellence in their field?
  • Contributes time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community?
  • And actively assists others, particularly women, in realizing their full leadership potential?

If you do, nominate them today for the 2018 ATHENA Leadership Award.

The ATHENA Leadership Award is presented annually by the Salt Lake Chamber at the Women & Business Conference and ATHENA Awards Luncheon.

By honoring exceptional leaders, the ATHENA Leadership Award Program seeks to inspire others to achieve excellence in their professional and personal lives.

Nominations are due by Friday, June 29, 2018 at 5 pm.

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June 7, 2018

The 2018 Downtown Achievement Award Winners have been announced.

The awards are presented annually by the Downtown Alliance and recognize those who have provided exceptional contributions to Salt Lake City’s downtown.

This year’s Downtown Achievement Award recipients are: the Vestar Corporation, Cultural Core: Salt Lake City and County Partnership, the Salt Lake Tribune, and Vasilios Priskos.

Awards will be presented during the Alliance’s annual State of Downtown meeting on June 27, at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, alongside reports benchmarking economic data and perceptions in the Central Business District.

Salt Lake City’s downtown is in the midst of a remarkable transformation with new residents, businesses and buildings shaping our urban fabric. The State of Downtown will highlight the past year’s progress and build on this momentum to ensure our continued success.

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June 8, 2018

The Salt Lake City International Airport celebrated a major milestone on May 23rd, as crews “topped out” the new terminal.

“Topping out” is a builder’s rite that is traditionally held when the last beam is placed on top of a structure during construction.

More than 1,000 workers were joined by civic leaders to commemorate the installation of the final steel beam at the airport’s $486 million Central Terminal.

The new Salt Lake City International terminal is scheduled to open in the fall of 2020.

The new airport will include an elevated roadway with one level for drop-offs and one level for pick-ups, a new parking garage with 3,600 parking stalls, one central terminal to replace three existing terminals.

During the course of construction, the project will create more than 24,000 jobs and generate more than $1 billion in wages.