March 21, 2016

As of last week, GREENbike is officially open for the 2016/2017 season.

In case you’re unfamiliar with GREENbike, it’s the Salt Lake City bike share program, where you can use any bike, from any of the 24 stations for a small membership fee.

GREENbike connects downtown office workers, visitors and residents with nearby employment centers, major transit stops and popular destinations for food, drink and entertainment.

There are many benefits to bike sharing, ranging from health, clean air and quality of life improvements to increasing public transit ridership.

The program additionally serves as a mechanism for incentivizing infill development, reducing traffic congestion and saving public dollars by extending the roadway life-cycle.

Last year alone, GREENbike launched a new sales initative, expanded the system by 34% and broke a national ridership record.

As one of GREENbike’s partners, we are excited for what will happen this upcoming year.

Try it out. You’ll be happy you did. Get your membership today at: greenbikeslc.org

March 22, 2016

We just closed the 2016 General Legislative Session last week, and I would like to share how inspired I am by the impactful and thoughtful leaders within our community.

Together, working hand in hand with lawmakers, we have helped to develop legislation that will strengthen our position as the best performing economy in the country.

Specifically, I would also like to specifically thank the efforts of the many business leaders and citizens, who sacrificed time and resources to be on the hill, testify regarding bills and meet with legislators.

In the 12 years I have spent as president of the Salt Lake Chamber no other session has generated such a level of engagement within our business community.

It is vital and evident that this type of engagement must continue if we are to retain Utah’s ranking as the “best state for business.”

Thank you.

March 23, 2016

As the Deseret News recently expressed, determining what will happen to the land left when the Utah State Prison departs from the Point of the Mountain should be thorough, transparent process that is open to ideas from any and all stakeholders.

In our 2016 Public Policy Guide, we noted how Utah has a strong history of making strategic and significant capital investments that serve as catalysts to lasting prosperity.

The existing and future prison properties should act as a transformative economic investment if developed appropriately.

As community, we need to actively engage to ensure these generational opportunities are not squandered.

The Salt Lake Chamber pledges to work with key partners to develop and champion strategic development decisions through disciplined planning at both the Draper and Salt Lake City sites.

Community leadership is critical to ensure the potential of fostering new economic engines are realized and that both sites positively impact Utah’s economy for decades to come.

March 24, 2016

This is Lane Beattie of the Salt Lake Chamber with your Utah business Report.

In a recent study released by Nerd Wallet, Salt Lake City has ranked as the 9th ‘Best Place for Minority-Owned Businesses.’

The rankings were determined by factors such as business climate, health of the local economy and access to small-business loans.

Despite a few differences, there is one attribute that all the top ten cities share:

  • First, the employment rate in each recovered more strongly than that of the rest of the nation in the last three years
  • Second, all ranked in the top 25% in terms of SBA loan amounts per 100,000 residents.

Salt Lake City has Utah’s fastest-growing minority population – accounting for 66% of local population growth in 2014 and our capital gets an A+ ranking for small-business friendliness by Thumbtack.

We also have the third-highest amount of SBA loans and the sixth-best unemployment rate.

We look forward to continued growth and prosperity in our state.

March 25, 2016

The Salt Lake Chamber has announced Ron Jibson as the 37th Giant in our City. This award honors those with exceptional and distinguished service and extraordinary professional achievement. This award is also widely recognized as the most prestigious business award given in Utah.

Currently, Ron serves as president and CEO of Questar Corporation, a natural gas and energy company. He was appointed as Questar’s chairman of the board in 2012. He also serves on numerous other boards and is extensively involved throughout the community.

I’ve known Ron for a number or years, and I can’t think of a more deserving recipient. His contributions to the business community are surpassed only by his dedication to the important issues of our great state.

Join us in honoring Ron Jibson as the 37th Giant in our City, April 12th at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City. For more information visit: slchamber.com/giant.