March 14, 2016

Earlier this month, two local companies made the list of the top places to work in the U.S. according to Fortune Magazine.

Each year the magazine releases its list of the Top 100 Best Companies to Work For. This year, CHG Healthcare Services ranked at No. 18 and placed for the seventh year on the list. O.C. Tanner who ranked at No. 61 and was listed for its second straight year.

To rank the firms, Fortune partners with the Great Place to Work Institute and conducts employee surveys.

What do the CEO’s of the companies have to say?

Scott Beck, CHG Healthcare CEO said “We’re honored to once again be recognized as one of the nation’s best places to work. It’s our people who make CHG a great place to work.”

And, Dave Petersen, O.C. Tanner’s CEO said “We take great pride in helping companies across the globe become great places to work, and for us that expertise starts with ensuring our company is a great place to work.”

Sounds like they know what they’re doing. Congratulations to these two wonderful companies!

March 15, 2016

Vail Resorts – owner of Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort – invested $50 million in upgrading and connecting the two popular vacation areas.

The largest U.S. ski resort’s new facilities were in place with power flowing and snow falling just in time for the peak ski season.

With 7,300 acres of skiable terrain, it required a number of critical upgrades to the infrastructure.

Electricity was a major part of the project and Rocky Mountain Power assisted with the installation of nine upgraded electrical facilities within the tight timeframe between ski seasons.

The most noticeable component of the efforts that visitors can experience is the state-of-the-art Interconnect Gondola.

High speed and two-way, the transport connects each resort to provide a world-class experience for the resort’s visitors.

Other lifts were upgraded in passenger capacity and speed to reduce waiting lines.

The work Vail Resorts has done has also increased efficiency. They’re wattsmart. To learn more about the wattsmart program, visit wattsmart.com

March 16, 2016

Because it’s Women’s History Month, we are highlighting women in the Utah business community. We’re looking at their personal stories to help explain how they got to where they are today.

In the latest episode, our guest is Angie Welling, Head of External Affairs for Google’s Western Regions.

During the podcast we discuss Angie’s personal success, the importance of personal value and how the position of women in the workplace has evolved.

From stories of sparring with Gov. Herbert on policy issues to how Google uses inclusivity to be a better company, you won’t want to miss this podcast.

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!

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

March 17, 2016

After 25 years, Broadway in Utah will have a new name – Broadway at the Eccles – and a new address – the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Theater.

Located on 100 South Main Street the building is gearing up for the 2016-17 season.

Officials announced the year’s lineup will include six shows as well as six special offerings. The 2016-17 is as follows:

Opening with “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical,” followed by “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” “Kinky Boots,” “Matilda The Musical,” “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” and “Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage.”

Some of the season’s special offerings include:

“Disney’s The Lion King,” and “Mamma Mia.”

Season tickets are on sale online at Broadway-at-the-Eccles.com and in person 610 E. South Temple.

What an exciting event to have in downtown Salt Lake City.

March 18, 2016

Salt Lake City has been ranked the fifth fastest-growing American city by Forbes magazine. Those of us who live here can see the momentum constantly building.

To compile the list of America’s Fastest-Growing Cities, Forbes ranked America’s 100 most populous metropolitan statistical areas based on six metrics weighted equally.

What were they? Estimated population growth for 2015 and 2016, year-over-year job growth for 2015, 2015 gross metro product growth, federal unemployment data, and the median annual pay for college-educated workers in each area.

Utah is exhibiting impressive acceleration, especially in industry clusters with jobs in aerospace, financial services, software and IT, and life sciences.

James Wood, an economist at the University of Utah says that while those are smaller sectors the local economy is primarily a service one based on “healthcare, retail and government.”

Utah’s economy is consistently changing, growing and adapting. We are excited to see what’s going to happen next.