March 27, 2017

Just because winter has turned into spring doesn’t mean we can forget about ways to improve Utah’s air quality.

While we believe the most significant improvements come from the personal decisions of Utah residents and businesses, this past legislative session Utah lawmakers passed two bills that have the potential to greatly improve Utah’s air quality.

A new air quality policy board, championed by Representative Timothy Hawkes, will include members of the private sector and seek to use real scientific data on the cost and benefit of specific policy choices to drive consensus.

Additionally, Senator Stuart Adams advanced a new clean fuels incentive for Utah’s refineries. Senate Bill 197 – broadens a sales tax exemption for refineries that move toward production of cleaner-burning tier-3 fuel. According to the Utah Division of Air Quality, this has the potential to reduce emissions by 7 to 11 percent.

To learn more about steps you and your company can take to become a clean air champion visit – cleanairchampion.com

March 28, 2017

It’s been 5 years since the grand opening of the City Creek Center.

Construction began on the 1.5 billion dollar commercial and residential development in 2006, at a time when the nation was facing economic uncertainty. The goal was to strengthen downtown by reinvigorating development in Utah’s capital city.

When it opened in 2012 – City Creek was the only retail center to open in the US that year. Now, Five years later, it’s clear – City Creek is a success.

City Creek created thousands of jobs and spurred other developments, including 111 Main and the Eccles Theater.

Since its opening there has been an 83% increase in retail employment; downtown retail sales have increased 46% and 40% of dollars spent at City Creek come from outside Salt Lake City.

Housing was also a priority for the City Creek development. The City Creek Center added over 500 residential units in the heart of Salt Lake City.

Now, people not only work and play in downtown, they have the opportunity to live there too.

March 29, 2017

How can we improve life on State Street? We want your help to better understand what is important to the people who live, work and travel on Utah’s first grand corridor.

Salt Lake City and South Salt Lake are working together to study roadway changes and development opportunities along State Street. We want your help to identify issues and opportunities to improve the 17-mile-long stretch of road that runs through the Salt Lake Valley.

What are your ideas and desires? What are your priorities? Safety and security? Sense of place? Sustainable Design?

By completing the survey – and sharing it with your friends, colleagues and neighbors – we hope to open the conversation to the broader community about Utah’s “great street.” All are welcome to participate.

How do you imagine your Life on State?

Visit lifeonstate.com/community-survey.

March 30, 2017

A prosperous economy starts with an educated workforce. And here in Utah we are fortunate to have some of the top-rated colleges and universities in the country.

It was recently announced University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business’s Full-Time MBA Program jumped an incredible 22 spots in the “U.S News and World Report” rankings for best graduate schools.

The report says the school’s jump in rankings was due in part to the significant increase in the number of students employed at graduation, and those employed three months after graduation.

The percentage of graduates employed at graduation rose 32.6 percent, and the percentage of graduates employed 3 months after graduation jumped 11.2 percent.

The employment numbers beat those of Berkeley, Rice, Stanford and UCLA.

March 31, 2017

Houweling’s  (How-el-lings) Tomatoes and Rocky Mountain Power started with a big idea.

Working together, they tapped into waste heat and carbon dioxide from Rocky Mountain Power’s natural gas-fired Currant Creek Power Plant. The system allows Houweling’s greenhouse near Mona, Utah to grow tomatoes year-round.

The greenhouse draws some of its heat, and plant-nourishing carbon dioxide, from the power plant’s flue. Condensed water from the flue gas also helps to irrigate the plants.

This is the first known use of this technology to recover energy and gas that would otherwise be released into the air.

The companies also partnered to make the greenhouse energy efficient. Through Rocky Mountain Power’s Watt Smart program – Houweling’s saves enough energy to power more than 1,000 typical Utah homes each year – and saves Houweling’s 500-thousand dollars in energy costs.

That’s one big idea that’s great for Utah.

Learn more at wattsmart.com.