Utah State University is spearheading remote work in Utah. During the 2018 Utah General Legislative Session, the Rural Online Initiative (ROI) and the Rural Economic Development Incentive (REDI) were signed into law by Gov. Gary R. Herbert, changing the landscape of Utah’s rural economic development. Since then, USU has begun a number of remote work events and training. 

The focus of the ROI program is to provide Utah’s rural workforce and businesses with education, training and services for online opportunities in remote employment, freelance work and e-commerce. Funding for the ROI was appropriated to Utah State University Extension for program development and delivery across targeted rural counties. By offering programs such as the Certified Remote Work Leader course and events like the Remote Teams Summit, USU aims to help companies distribute wealth and jobs throughout Utah and increase their talent pool and employee satisfaction.

Remote Work Leader Course

The Remote Work Leader course is a blended course, combining online work with interactive virtual workshops. It is designed to engage organizational leaders or managers in appropriate techniques, curricula and resources for the development and leadership of a remote work program. Participants learn various approaches to managing remote employees and designing remote jobs. 

To learn more and apply for the Remote Work Leader course, click here. Chamber members receive exclusive access to two free spots for this course using code CRWL100.

Remote Teams Summit – May 4, 2022

The Remote Teams Summit is coming fast, and this year’s theme is “Building Excellence in Remote Teams.” At this unique gathering, attendees will have the opportunity to network with other professionals who are also managing distributed teams. Topics covered will include:

  • How to build excellence into your distributed team.
  • Best techniques for motivating remote team members.
  • The latest tools for management and communication, both synchronous and asynchronous.

The event will take place on May 4, 2022 at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo. To learn more and register for the summit, click here.