March 7, 2016

In case you haven’t heard, March is Women’s History Month and the Salt Lake Chamber is taking part in the celebration.

This month has been declared as a worldwide celebration of women and highlights their contribution to events in history and contemporary society.

Against social convention and often legal restraints, women have created a legacy that expands the frontiers of possibility for generations to come.

This year the Salt Lake Chamber is honoring the extraordinary accomplishments, determination and tenacity of women by sharing stories of many of the amazing women in our community.

We’ll share their stories using podcasts, videos, events and more!

We hope you join us in recognizing these extraordinary women in our community.

To learn more, visit: slchamber.com/womenshistorymonth

March 8, 2016

On February 23rd Salt Lake City residents received the opportunity to impact the future of train and bus service in Salt Lake City through the “Design Your Transit System” survey.

The “Design Your Transit System” survey asks participants to prioritize elements of service, like frequency and routes within a fixed monthly budget of $100.

The Transit Master Plan will be a guiding document for the city to improve public transportation services and amenities citywide. The city is leading the outreach campaign, called SLCRides, in coordination with the Utah Transit Authority, regional planning agencies and community stakeholders.

SLCRides provides an opportunity for the greater Salt Lake City community to help define goals and determine strategies for improving public transportation in Salt Lake City.

The Transit Master Plan will help the city and UTA set priorities for the next 20 years, guide decisions about the timing and location of investments and foster increased use of public transportation citywide.

Your voice can be heard by taking the survey. Learn more at: survey.slcrides.org

March 9, 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.

March 10, 2016

Utah has once again been name the Best State for Business. This time by 24/7 Wall Street, a financial news and opinion company.

Over the last five years, our GDP grew the fifth fastest of any state, and in between 2012 and 2013, the number of private establishments grew at more than double the national pace.

Our strong economy has also been suggested to be the reason for increased entrepreneurial activity in Utah – another indicator of our state’s strong business climate.

Additionally, the average venture capital deal was valued at $18.9 million in Utah, the second highest average funding nationwide.

These statistics are not too surprising to those of us who live here. And more and more people are noticing. With the fourth lowest unemployment rate in the country, our healthy labor market is an attraction to prospective employees and reflects our favorable economic conditions.

We hope that our state continues to thrive and that we really do reach our full potential as a statewide business powerhouse.

March 11, 2016

We need you to Take Action Today: Ask your legislators to improve services for our homeless community.

We recognize that state and local communities throughout our state all have important roles to play in planning and funding facilities and services that address homelessness.

This critical issue is an economic and moral challenge, but our community is better prepared than most to find systemic and collaborative solutions.

Ask your Legislators to support H.B. 328, Housing and Homeless Amendments to provide data that will ensure that services are provided in a cost-effective manner and maximize state funds.

We also ask your support on H.B. 169, Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund Amendments, which directs the funds board to prioritize projects that align with local government plans to address housing and homeless services.

Learn more about the Salt Lake Chamber stance on policy initiatives or learn how to contact your representative at: slchamber.com/policy