As Utah’s business leader, we stand as the voice of business, we support
our members’ success and we champion community prosperity
The Salt Lake Chamber is a statewide business organization that represents
approximately 5,700 businesses, more than 1/3 of the workforce in Utah, has members in 10 states and Washington, D.C. and has
members in all 29 counties in Utah. Roughly 78% of the businesses we represent are small businesses. We have two strategic
partners - the Downtown Alliance & World Trade Center Utah. Currently, we have formal partnerships with 7 other chambers of
commerce in Utah: ChamberWest (Taylorsville, Kearns, West Valley), Lehi Area Chamber of Commerce, Murray Area Chamber of
Commerce, South Jordan Chamber of Commerce, South Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, Utah Asian Chamber of Commerce and
Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce — and this number will grow significantly. The Salt Lake Chamber has signed memorandums
of agreement with two international chambers: Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Economic Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Health System Reform . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
International Business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Salt Lake City - Downtown Rising . . . . . . . . . . 18
Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
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Dear Fellow Utahns,
As Utah’s business leader, the Salt Lake Chamber stands as the voice of business in Utah. We recognize that strong business
support for sound policy creates the most favorable circumstances for commercial enterprises and communities to thrive.
Throughout the year, and particularly during Utah’s legislative sessions, we are actively engaged in important business issues
at the federal, state and municipal levels of government. Each year the Chamber focuses on advancing sound public policy
responsive to changing needs and circumstances. In this endeavor, the Chamber is guided by the following business principles:
n Grow Utah’s Economy: We support policies that n Relieve Regulatory Burdens: We recognize government’s
create a climate wherein our economy will flourish, a role in establishing boundaries and standards that
qualified workforce is readily available, our economic support free enterprise. Regulation should be limited,
competitiveness is enhanced, and people, goods, and equitable, effective and efficient, fostering competitive
services can be efficiently transported. forces to govern the success or failure of businesses.
n Low Taxes: Taxes distort market behavior and can n Strengthen the Community: A strong economy is
limit economic growth. We support a nimble synonymous with a healthy community. While the
government that is efficient and effective. Chamber’s primary focus is the success of Utah
Tax policy should be fair and balanced. businesses, we recognize that a prosperous economy
and strong community are interdependent.
This 2010 Public Policy Guide outlines our approach to the Chamber’s top policy priorities. Fortunately, Utah is starting
from an advantageous position. Utah is the best-managed state in the nation and positioned to lead the country out of the
current recession. We thank current and past elected officials for their wise management and look forward to contributing
our best efforts moving forward.
We invite you to join with us in advancing sound public policy to meet today’s unique challenges.
Lane Beattie President and CEO Jake Boyer Chair
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Coalition’s focus Celebrating What’s Right With Utah, Strengthening Our Economy
on consumers is
imperative to getting statement Of PrinCiPles:
the economy back on n Collaborate – State leadership on economic development issues can unite public
and private sector efforts and bring cohesion to state and municipal action.
track. It’s so refreshing Collaboration will increase the efficiency and success of Utah’s efforts, both in
business and government.
to have a business
n Short-term Economic Stimulus – We support policy that facilitates Utah’s
organization pushing economic recovery. Such policy should be timely, targeted and leveraged.
positive news to n Promote Long-term Economic Development – We seek to assist in the
development and execution of economic policies that will result in sustained
balance the negativity economic growth, building a better future for Utah’s businesses and families.
that is constantly n Drive Optimism – While we acknowledge economic facts, we choose to approach
economic development issues proactively and with optimism. We seek to publicize
bombarding us what’s right with Utah and strengthen consumer confidence in Utah’s economy.
in the media.”
2010 PubliC POliCy PriOrities:
n No General Tax Increase – During an economic downturn we do not support any
Utah State Senate President
increase in income, sales or property tax.
n Decrease Sales Tax Rate and Add Stability to Tax System – our economy will
be stronger if we put the sales tax back on food and lower the sales tax rate
commensurately. Utah’s economy will be more competitive, and next time we
have a downturn we will have less volatility.
n Keep Commitment to Transportation – Transportation investment lowers business
costs, increases productivity and enhances our quality of life. Investment in roads
and transit improves our economic competitiveness.
n Invest in Human Capital – A well-trained workforce is the single most important
business input. Further reductions in public and higher education will put
our workforce at risk.
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n Maximize State Efficiencies – Make additional targeted reCent aCCOmPlishments:
cuts in state government. The best-managed state
n Bolstered Utah Housing – Governor Huntsman and
must get even better.
Governor Herbert both embraced the Chamber’s
n Utilize Targeted User Fees – Where possible and appropriate, recommendations to kick-start Utah’s housing industry
those who use government services should pay for them. by launching the Home Run grant programs in 2009.
Highways should be funded primarily with user fees (such These programs supported the industry hardest hit by
as auto-related sales taxes or indexed fuel taxes). Health the recession—construction—and resulted in an efficient
costs should be partially paid for with tobacco taxes. clearing of excess inventory.
utah Job Growth rates have Only been negative four times in modern history
Annual % Change
Source: Utah Department of Workforce Services
Chair: Chris Redgrave, Immediate Past Chair Jake Boyer, The Boyer Company Ted McAleer, USTAR
of the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors Wilford Clyde, Clyde Companies Jennifer Nakao, Grant Thornton
Steve Creamer, EnergySolutions Richard Nelson, Utah Technology Council
Scott Anderson, Zions Bank
Jeff Edwards, Economic Development Scott Parson, Staker Parson Companies
Scott Beck, Salt Lake Visitor’s and
Corporation of Utah Jill Taylor, Key Bank
Tom Guinney, Gastronomy Ex officio representation from Governor’s
Janet Bingham, Huntsman Cancer Foundation
Clark Ivory, Ivory Homes office of Economic Development
Mark Bouchard, CB Richard Ellis
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“Public policy that supports business and its need for a qualified labor
force is good for Utah. As businesses thrive, employees and the
community benefit. A rising tide lifts all boats.”
scott Parson, Staker Parson Companies
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state revenue has Declined for three Consecutive years 80% of utahns support an increase in the
Combined General and Education Fund (in millions) tobacco tax that Will limit Cuts in education
$6,000 “Would you favor or oppose increasing the sales tax on cigarettes
$5,000 $5,308 $5,213 and other tobacco products to limit the cuts to education?”
$4,000 $4,567 $4,377
FY 07 FY 08 FY 09 FY 10
Source: State of Utah Budget Summary, Fy2010/Budget Recommendations Fy2011, Source: Dan Jones Survey, November 2009
Governor’s office of Planning and Budget
n Strengthened Utah’s Transportation Infrastructure and n Advancing USTAR – The Utah Science, Technology and
Put Utahns Back to Work – The Chamber championed Research Initiative is critical to the development of Utah’s
aggressive investment in transportation projects resulting innovation economy. The Chamber’s support in a difficult
in over $4 billion invested in Utah’s infrastructure between budget year helped keep USTAR a bright part of Utah’s future.
now and 2014. For every $1 billion invested in Utah
n Promoting Salt Lake City as a University Town – The
highways 29,000 jobs are created or preserved. Investing
Chamber’s strategic partner, the Downtown Alliance, led
at this time also takes advantage of low construction and
the “Home of the Utes” campaign to invigorate the city
with a university town atmosphere and promote economic
Additional BusineSs Priorities
The Salt Lake Protect Vote by secret ballot – on November 2, 2010, Utahns will go to the polls to cast their votes
Chamber for elected officials and the Secret Ballot Initiative. If approved by a majority of the voters this
initiative will amend Utah’s constitution to preserve election by secret ballot. Misguided federal
legislation threatens this fundamental right. In response, state lawmakers overwhelmingly passed
supports an this proposed amendment by the requisite two-thirds majority required to amend the constitution.
amendment to Continued support of an employer-sponsored Work Program – Immigration is an incredible benefit
Utah’s Constitution to Utah and also presents some unique challenges. The Chamber supports comprehensive state
to protect the action to manage immigration in Utah. The Chamber’s proposed Employer-Sponsored Work Program
individual’s right takes into account Utah’s economic needs and realities while mitigating difficulties associated with an
to express their
opinions via a secret- legislative ethics – The Salt Lake Chamber supports landmark legislative ethics reform that ensures
transparency in government and high standards of conduct. The Chamber does not support any
ballot vote without
policy that denies most business persons, community leaders and even many property owners the
fear of coercion opportunity to serve. The Chamber also opposes onerous financial disclosure requirments that
or retribution. violate personal privacy beyond the scope needed for public accountability.
The secret ballot retirement – In this economic environment many traditional ideas about financing are being re-
is fundamental thought. This is especially true in programs such as health care and pensions. The state of Utah is
to our democratic leading the nation in health system reform. Similarly, the state is now also considering reform of its
process and merits pension system. The Chamber applauds forward thinking legislators and the Utah State Retirement
System for innovative ideas that would fund reasonable benefits to retiring state and local
employees while keeping the pension system funded and actuarially viable for future state and local
protection. employees without imposing crippling debt on our children and grandchildren.
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EDUCATION The key to a qualified workforce
“The Chamber’s statement oF prinCiples:
n Invest in the Most Important Business Input: Human Capital – Education fuels
advocacy of statewide Utah’s economy by developing the potential of our children and grandchildren
educational goals is and attracting millions of research dollars resulting in jobs and income for
critical to improving n Create Long-term Prosperity – We are committed to acting in Utah’s long-term
results. We must interest. Education drives economic development.
invest, improve and n Act – Many studies have documented the need for educational improvement and
innovation. Now is the time to take decisive action to ensure all students get a
innovate in public sound start in reading and math, to better prepare all students for postsecondary
education, and to increase participation in postsecondary education.
and higher education.
A highly educated 2010 publiC poliCy priorities:
workforce is the most n Adopt statewide goals and strategies – Utah must embrace unified goals and
critical long-term strategies to improve public and higher education.
n Maintain existing funding levels – We support continuing Fy2010 funding levels
strategy for a vibrant for public and higher education in Fy2011. Further reductions in public and higher
economy and education will put Utah’s workforce at risk. Enrollment growth in both public and
higher education is at record levels.
Former Commissioner of Higher
utah Public education enrollment is at an all-time high
Education and Superintendent 600,000
of Davis School District
Number of Students
Source: Utah State office of Education, Finance and Statistics
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n Lead change – The Chamber recognizes that Utah faces “The long-term well being of our state depends
a clear imperative: To maintain our quality of life and to
create the human capital needed for the viability of our directly on our commitment to education.”
economy, we must embrace changing demographics and
improve education results for every ethnic group. Governor Gary herbert, 2009 Inaugural Address
n Support Utah educators – Utah educators achieve great
outcomes with limited resources. Business leaders applaud reCent aCComplishments:
high-performing Utah educators and support performance-
based compensation for teachers. n Establishment of Education Committee, Priorities and Work
Plan – The Chamber’s Board of Governors has identified
education funding and innovation as a critical issue facing
minority Contributions to utah Population and the business community. An Education Committee has been
school enrollment Growth: 2000-2007 organized to identify and advance the business community’s
educational priorities. Key priorities include funding
Population Growth enrollment Growth
enrollment growth, embracing demographic diversity and
33% 35% improving college readiness, participation and completion.
67% 65% n Cultivation of Key Partnerships – The Chamber has created a
partnership with public and higher education leaders. They
play an advisory role in our discussions. Using business
principles and educational expertise, we are beginning to
n White Non-Hispanic n Minority
identify strategies to improve educational outcomes.
Source: Bureau of Economic and Business Research, University of Utah
Chair: Mark Bouchard, Senior Managing Ron Jibson, Questar Randy Shumway, Cicero and former school
Director, CB Richard Ellis Scott Jolley, Cedar City Area Chamber board member
David Jordan, Stoel Rives and Member of Kami Taylor, CB Richard Ellis
Scott Anderson, Zions Bank and Co-Chair of Citizens
State Board of Regents Tom Thatcher, Thatcher Pharmaceutical
for Education Excellence
Dan Lofgren, Cowboy Partners and olene Walker, former governor and Co-Chair Citizens
Russ Behrman, St. George Area Chamber
Granite School Board Member for Education Excellence
Phil Cofield, Junior Achievement
Bob Marquardt, Management and Training Anne-Marie Wright, Merit Medical
Steve Densely, Utah Valley Chamber
Corporation, Friends of Utah Higher Education Ex officio representation from public and
Sandy Emile/David Simmons, Cache Chamber
and Member of State Board of Regents higher education partners and Governor’s
Dave Golden, Wells Fargo
Andrea Moss, American Express office of Economic Development
Phil Hansen, ClearLink
Rich Nelson, Utah Technology Council
Dave Hardman, ogden/Weber Chamber of Commerce Richard Kendall, Education Advisor
Scott Parson, Staker Parson Companies
Clark Ivory, Ivory Homes and Member of University of Vicki Varela, Communication Advisor
David Peterson, o.C. Tanner
Utah Board of Trustees
Clint Sanderson, Crexendo
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K-12 expenditures as a Percent of state Personal income: fy 2006
Source: National Center of Education Statistics; U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
Public education expenditures Per Pupil: fy 2006
Source: National Center of Education Statistics
seleCt COntributiOns frOm utah’s larGest institutiOns Of hiGher learninG
university of utah (2009 Total Headcount: 31,407) salt lake Community College (2009 Total Headcount: 33,774)
n Draws $7 in outside funding for every $1 in state funds. n Largest university or college in the State of Utah,
serving approximately 60,000 students annually.
n Started 74 companies in the past four years. These companies
have attracted $111 million in venture capital to Utah. n Largest applied technology college in the state.
n For two years in a row the U has been second only to MIT n Serves over 500 businesses through corporate
in the number of startup companies formed by universities training partnerships.
(even though MIT receives four times the amount of research
n Fourth largest community college in the entire country.
funding as the U).
n Enrolled almost 4,000 additional students this fall.
n The U is on track to bring $400 million in federal research
grants and contracts to the state this year. n Serves the largest minority population of all the
n The U now claims two Nobel Prize winners – Mario Capecchi
and Venkatraman Ramakrishnan. n 2009 NJCAA men’s basketball champion.
n World class companies founded by University of Utah faculty
or alumni include Netscape, Wordperfect, Adobe, Pixar, Atari,
Novell, Iomega, TerraTek, Ceramatec, Myriad Genetics, and
Evans and Sutherland.
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“The Salt Lake statement Of PrinCiPles:
n Strengthen Utah’s Energy Economy – We recognize Utah’s potential to become a
Chamber has taken the world leader in energy development and environmental stewardship. By relying
lead in developing a on market forces and Utah’s innovative spirit, we can responsibly develop our
state’s abundant energy resources.
dynamic energy policy
n Secure Sources of Energy – We support the development of Utah’s abundant
that will combine energy resources. Such strategic development ensures access to energy and
decreases economic volatility.
n Responsible Environmental Stewardship – Utah’s spectacular natural environment
with responsible is a legacy passed on to us from preceding generations and deserves protection.
We support innovative and responsible development of energy resources.
2010 publiC poliCy priorities:
taking advantage of the
n Business, State and Federal Advocacy – The Chamber will work with Utah
state’s energy producing businesses, state officials and the U.S. Congress to influence energy and
environmental policies that impact our state.
resources, including its
abundant natural gas.”
utah Possesses a Wealth of energy resources
Total Annual Value of Utah’s Energy Production
President and CEO,
$5,000 ■ Crude Oil
■ Natural Gas
Millions of 2009 Dollars
$4,000 ■ Uranium
1960 1965 1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 1995 2000 2005
Source: Utah Geological Survey
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n Cap and trade – Federal regulation of greenhouse gases reCent aCComplishments:
must be designed to prevent the transfer of economic
n Key Legislation - The Chamber supported key energy
wealth from Utah to other states or nations, to minimize
legislation passed in 2009, including:
the economic hardship on businesses and consumers, to
allow for alternative means of compliance and to recognize • HB 392, Natural Gas for Vehicles, which allows the Public
that global warming is a global problem that requires Service Commission (PSC) to authorize a natural gas
global solutions. Utah should NoT participate in regional vehicle rate less than full cost of service.
greenhouse gas initiatives.
• HB 412, Energy Policy Amendments, which requires the
n Nuclear – We support development of nuclear power if state to determine the economic impacts of a proposed
economically viable, including an assessment of economic legislative or executive action involving climate change,
risks and a policy for storing or reprocessing locally and to promote and advocate for fair and consistent
produced spent fuel. federal climate change regulation.
n Support Energy Innovation and Research – Invest in Utah • HB 430, Economic Development Incentives for
Science, Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR), Alternative Energy Projects, which created renewable
Utah’s research universities, and the Utah energy and energy development zones in which tax credits could be
natural resources cluster initiatives, as well as new ideas
given for developing renewable energy projects.
such as the development of a regional and/or national
center for energy research. • HJR 1, Joint Resolution on Cost-effective Energy Efficiency
and Utility Demand-side Management, which urges state
n Conservation – The Chamber supports energy efficiency
and local governments, electrical power and natural
on the part of all residents, businesses, large energy users
gas utilities, rural electric cooperatives, and municipal
and utilities. Combined, our efforts will do more to reduce
utilities to work together to promote energy efficiency
harmful emissions, clean up the air, and address carbon
restrictions than any single thing we can do as a citizenry. as a priority.
• HJR 12, Joint Resolution Supporting Hydrogen Power from
n Prudent regulation – Advance sensible utility regulation,
which encourages capital investment, removes utility Advanced Coal and Carbon Capture and Sequestration
disincentives for demand side management, creates enablers Technology, which supports producing hydrogen from
for energy management and provides consumers with pricing coal with carbon capture and sequestration technology
signals which reflect the cost of providing energy. as a means of strengthening Utah’s economy and energy
n Support Natural Gas Vehicles – Tax credits for natural gas
vehicles should be transferable so local governments
can better utilize natural gas fleets. Enhancements to
the natural gas corridor are necessary to support cleaner
vehicles in Utah.
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• SB 75, Utility Amendments, which allows a public utah benefits from low electricity rates
utility to expedite rate case decisions and the PSC’s Average Rate per Kilowatt hour (in cents)
approval process for allowing cost recovery of a major
ten lowest rate states:
plant addition. 0 3.0 6.0 9.0 12.0 15.0
• SJR 16, Joint Resolution Supporting Nuclear Power, which Wyoming 6.3
encourages new nuclear power development in Utah. 6.6
n Sustainable Practices – The Downtown Alliance decorated Idaho 6.8
Salt Lake City with LED lights that stretch over 19 miles Washington 6.8
in Utah’s capital city. The switch to LED lights from
incandescent lights results in a savings of 95% on ongoing
energy costs. The Downtown Alliance is a strategic partner
North Dakota 7.3
of the Salt Lake Chamber.
n Infrastructure Planning – The Salt Lake Chamber is a partner
in the Salt Lake County Electrical Plan Task Force. The task
force is developing a plan for the location of substations Oregon 7.5
and transmission corridors in Salt Lake County to
National Average 10.4
accommodate the expected rapid growth in the production
Source: Electric Power Monthly, Energy Information Administration
of electrical power.
CO-Chairs: Carol Hunter, Vice President of Brad Cahoon, Snell & Wilmer Ron Mangone, Strong and Hanni
Services, Rocky Mountain Power Steve Christiansen, Parr Brown and Waddoups Dave Pershing, University of Utah
Clayton Walker, COO, Kennecott Utah Copper Jeff Edwards, Economic Development Keith Rattie, Questar
Corporation of Utah Bob Reeder, Parsons Behle & Latimer
Bette Arial, EnergySolutions
Mike Farmer, Commerce CRG Gary Robinson, Questar
John Barabino, Barabino Group
Christian Gardner, Gardner Company Reed Searle, EnergySolutions
Kimi Barnett, Salt Lake County Mayor’s office
Jeff Hartley, Riester Ian Spencer, CB Richard Ellis
Vicki Bennett, Salt Lake City Mayor’s office
Dennis Haslam, D.H. Consulting & Investments LLC Roger Tew, Utah League of Cities and Towns
Todd Bingham, Utah Mining Association
David Jensen, Innovision Property Group Sarah Wright, Utah Clean Energy
Tom Bingham, Utah Manufacturers Association
John Kirkham, Stoel Rives Ted Rampton, Utah Associated Municipal
Bob Bonar, Snowbird
Dennis Klaus, Salt Lake Community College Power Systems
Matthew Buell, Tesoro
Stan Lockhart, IM Flash
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“Health reform statement Of PrinCiPles:
n Reform Based on Market Principles – We support reform that applies market
is a vital business principles to contain costs, strengthen Utah’s economy and improve lives. Such
issue. If we can’t reform includes increasing transparency regarding cost and quality, fostering
competition and realigning incentives for patients, doctors, hospitals and health
get this cost insurance companies.
under control, it n Accountability – We believe that Utah’s health reform must expand accountability
at all levels of the health system—patients, providers, purchasers, payers and
will continue to political leaders. By so doing, every Utahn will take more personal responsibility
undermine our for their health and we can realign the system to be more consumer-driven.
n State Reform with Urgency – With very serious actions underway at the federal
competitiveness level, Utah must not be deterred or delayed in its state reform. With world-
as a nation and renowned health care experts and the best managed state in the nation, Utahns
are in the best position to reform and improve Utah’s health care system.
state. This is
one of the most 2010 publiC poliCy priorities:
important economic n Continue implementation of the Health Reform Bill of Rights and Responsibilities –
Entities representing over half Utah’s work force signed the Chamber’s Bill of Rights
development and Responsibilities, a document that lays out the pathway for Utah reform.
issues that we
utah health Care Premium Costs have Doubled
President, The Boyer Company
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Source: Utah Governor’s office of Planning and Budget
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Federal Health System Reform Statement
The Salt Lake Chamber supports health reform that applies market principles to contain costs,
strengthen the economy and improve lives. Current health reform efforts by the U.S. Congress
miss the mark by focusing primarily on expanding access rather than controlling costs. Employer
mandates, tax increases and a government-run plan will increase the cost of doing business and
jeopardize the competitiveness of Utah companies in the global marketplace. We do not support
federal reform that fails to address the major controllable costs in our health system, most notably
excessive utilization, unhealthy lifestyle choices, waste and medical liability.
We ask the U.S. Congress to allow states like Utah, which are actively engaged in fixing the broken
health care system, to implement innovative reform tailored to their unique circumstances. Through
purposeful state action, in partnership with the federal government, we can sustain a vibrant
economy and enable people to live healthier, more productive lives.
n Preserve State Reform Flexibility – We support state Utah faces a critical physician shortage that is worsening
flexibility provisions in any potential federal policy, which each year. We must adequately fund the education of new
will allow Utah to progress and reform more rapidly than the physicians to replace retiring physicians and to care for a
“lowest common denominator” that federal policy targets. rapidly growing population.
n Restore Funding to University of Utah School of Medicine – n Strengthen the Utah Health Exchange – The Chamber
The School of Medicine reduced its class size by 20% (from supports legislative action that addresses the disparity
102 incoming students to 82) in response to the loss of $10 of pricing between businesses that join the Utah Health
million in federal funds and state budget cuts in Fy 2010. Exchange and those that remain outside of the exchange.
Chair: Scott Hymas, RC Willey Chip Everest, EnergySolutions Kevin R. Pinegar, Durham Jones & Pinegar, P.C.
Christian Gardner, The Gardner Company Chris Redgrave, Utah Economy Can-Do Coalition
Bob Baker, Café Rio
Paul Glauser, Staker Parson Companies Jill Taylor, Key Bank
Deborah Bayle, United Way of Salt Lake
Kay Mickelson, City of Salt Lake Nathan Wickizer, Cache Valley Electric Company
Tom Bingham, Utah Manufacturers Association
Johanna Nielsen, Grant Thornton
Candice Daly, National Federation of
Jim olsen, Utah Retail Merchant Association
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utah Consumers are less involved in Paying for health Care
1960 1965 1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 1995 2000 2005
■ Out of Pocket ■ Private Health Insurance
Source: Utah Department of Health
n Passage of HB 188, Health System Reform – Insurance: n Participation in Community Working Groups Created by the
The Chamber enthusiastically supported this reform Health System Reform Legislative Task Force – The Chamber
legislation sponsored by House Speaker David Clark. The bill was invited to participate on both the Transparency-Quality-
received overwhelming bipartisan support. Two of its most Infrastructure and the oversight and Implementation
important provisions are: work groups. These work groups provide feedback and
recommendations to the legislative task force.
Creation of a Defined Contribution Market – The legislation
established the Utah Health Exchange—an internet portal n 2009 Utah Health Forum – The Chamber, along with
opened to small group employers January 1, 2010 as a United Way of Salt Lake and Mediaone, sponsored the
marketplace for health insurance products. The exchange 2009 Utah Health Forum held at the Salt Palace. Governor
is scheduled to be open to all by 2012. It features tools Herbert and Speaker Clark delivered keynote speeches
for comparison shopping to introduce more transparency and addressed Utah’s path to reform. Breakout sessions
on cost and quality issues in health care. It also allows covering twelve of the most important health care topics
households to aggregate contributions from multiple and hosted by the state’s expert health care minds were
employers to put toward the purchase of a health provided for participants. The forum highlighted Utah’s
benefit plan. reform work to this point as well as the urgent need for
further reform. A 24-page newspaper insert on Utah health
Disclosure of Broker Commission – H.B. 188 requires
reform was distributed to 200,000 households.
brokers and producers to disclose their commission and
compensation to their customers prior to the sale of a
health benefit plan.
n Passage of HB 165, Administrative Simplification –
The Chamber supported this legislation sponsored
by Representative Merlynn Newbold, which provides
standards for the exchange of information between health
care providers, insurers and patients. It is the first step to
realigning incentives for providers, insurers and patients and
improving the health of our community.
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“The Chamber has been and continues to be a vital partner in Utah’s effort to
reform our health care system. The Chamber’s involvement has provided the Legislature
with much needed support in addressing this complicated issue.”
David Clark, Speaker of the Utah State House of Representatives
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WORLD TRADE CENTER UTAH
“In 2008 Utah statement oF prinCiples:
n Open Markets – The Salt Lake Chamber supports public policy that encourages
experienced record open markets and the full participation of Utah businesses in the world economy.
exports and even in n Global Perspective – Public policy should take into account the global nature of
competition and empower Utah businesses to succeed in such an environment.
the midst of tough
economic times, 2010 publiC poliCy priorities:
international trade n Continued funding of World Trade Center Utah – We support continued state
expansion continues sponsorship for WTCU.
n Health System Reform – We must continue to reform our health system to reduce
to be a key job costs. Utah businesses cannot afford to pay double digit increases in premium
creator in Utah. The costs while competing in global markets.
Workforce Readiness – Cultivating and attracting human capital is critical
World Trade Center n
to international competition. We must adopt policy that attracts talent from
Utah and its strategic outside the state/country and develops indigenous talent. Access to a qualified
workforce is requisite to compete internationally.
partner, the Salt Lake
Chamber, play critical reCent aCComplishments:
roles in facilitating n Educating Utah Businesses – Training and educational services are provided by
WTCU and our strategic partners – the Salt Lake Chamber, Governor’s office of
success in the global
utah merchandise exports have more than tripled in the last Decade
marketplace.” This graph does not
include listings of services
and other intangible
exports from Utah such
Jack sunderlage, as travel and tourism.
CEO, ContentWatch Nationally, merchandise
exports decreased by
an estimated average of
19% in 2009. Despite
an estimated decrease
of 10% from 2008 to
2009, only three states
performed better than Utah
in maintaining its level of
Source: U.S. Census Bureau and Economy.com
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Economic Development, and the U.S. Commercial Service. n Connecting Utah Businesses – WTCU co-sponsored (with
2009 training and education resources and events included: our international partners) over 250 events this past year,
where Utah firms and individuals made connections with
• Logistics and Trade Seminars on both exports and imports
relevant people and resources for international business.
• Doing Business in: Peru, Israel, Germany, Canada,
Southeast Asia, China, United Kingdom and Hong Kong
estimated utah merchandise exports
• Rural Development Economic Conferences
by industry: 2009 (in millions)
• International Trade Finance Seminars
Primary Metals $4,067
• Global Utah Newsletter: Every week, 2,000+ Computers and Electronics $1,359
Primary Metals $596 $4,067
internationalists receive the WTCU email newsletter Minerals
Computers and Electronics $515 $1,359
Transportation Equipment $472
Global Utah with key articles on international business in Chemicals
Utah, global events, useful links to valuable websites and Fabricated Metals
more. Global Utah also has the state’s only International Machinery
Fabricated Metals $263
Miscellaneous Manufactures $102
Calendar of Events Machinery $263
Electrical Equipment $102
n Assessing Utah Businesses – WTCU offered in-depth estimated utah merchandise exports to top ten
assessment services and assistance to 150+ companies in Purchasing Countries: 2009 (in millions)
United Kingdom $4,207
the following industry clusters: Canada $904
United Kingdom $719 $4,207
Companies assisted, by industry sector China
■ Products/Services 42% Mexico
■ Finance/Consulting Firms 13% Singapore
■ Technology/IT Firms 13% South Korea
■ Construction/Manufacturing 11% Belgium
■ Energy Firms 11% South Korea $240
■ Nutraceuticals/Life Sciences 10% Belgium $186
Source: World Trade Center Utah Source: U.S. Census Bureau and Economy.com
world trade Center utah board oF direCtors:
Lew Cramer, President & CEO, Natalie Gochnour, Salt Lake Chamber ex-oFFiCio:
World Trade Center Utah David Golden, Wells Fargo Spencer Eccles, GoED
Chair, Jack Sunderlage, ContentWatch Alan Hall, MarketStar Jeff Edwards, EDCUtah
Lane Beattie, Salt Lake Chamber Greg Miller, Larry H. Miller Group of Companies Craig Peterson, GoED
H. David Burton, The Church of Jesus Christ Richard Nelson, Utah Technology Council
of Latter-day Saints. Dinesh Patel, vSpring Capital
Scott Anderson, Zions Bank
Ladd Christensen, Global Bridge Jason Perry, Chief of Staff to Governor Herbert
Gary Crittenden, Huntsman Gay Capital Partners Paul Savage, Kirton & McConkie
David Clark, Utah House of Representatives Michael Waddoups, Utah State Senate
Bryan Davis, Xango Michael young, University of Utah
Mark Garfield, Zions Bank
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“With the rise of the statement oF prinCiples:
City Creek project, the n Heart of our Region – We recognize downtown Salt Lake City as the regional
center for culture, commerce and entertainment. Downtown is also the historic
transformation of Main hub for transportation, finance, banking, law and federal, state and local
Street, the development governments. It is also the headquarters for a world religion. Accordingly, we
advocate public policies that compliment the historical investment that has
of The Leonardo and already occurred in Utah’s capital city and that will strengthen downtown’s
the Utah Performance unique role as the heart of our region.
n Downtown Development – We affirm that a vibrant metropolitan center is an
Theater, downtown Salt
important economic engine for the regional community and support economic
Lake City’s dynamic development that energizes downtown. A strong downtown is essential for the
economic strength of the entire region.
cityscape attests to our
n Interconnected – We recognize the economic relationship between urban,
progression as a great suburban and rural communities and support fair tax and expenditure policies
American city. The Salt that are focused on appropriate economic development for all geographic areas.
Lake Chamber and the
Downtown Alliance have 2010 publiC poliCy priorities:
been exceptional partners n Economic Development – Corporate recruitment for downtown is our highest
priority. We look to local and state governments to improve funding and
in our capital city’s coordination with the economic development offices of Salt Lake City and Salt
evolution.” Lake County, along with the Governor’s office of Economic Development and
the Economic Development Corporation of Utah to bring new regional corporate
headquarters to Utah’s Capital City.
mayor ralph becker n Fair Tax Policies – Property tax rates in Salt Lake City should be fair, reasonable
and competitive with suburban communities and competing metropolitan centers
in other states. The state should evaluate how to best achieve statewide school
capital equalization over time.
n Advancing Public and Private Projects – Local and state governments have an
important role to play in building Utah’s capital city to support the entire region.
Specific projects, including the Performance Center on Main, the Utah Film
Center, a year-round public market and a convention center hotel should be
supported where economically fair and viable.
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n Financing Mechanisms – We support Salt Lake City’s efforts • The newly remodeled lobby of the Key Bank Tower is
to find reasonable funding mechanisms that will extend complete and the new food court is open and serving
quality of life amenities and jobs to Utah citizens and customers.
residents of the Intermountain Region.
• The largest residential tower has topped off.
• Injection of more than $1 million in construction wages
reCent aCComplishments: for the people of Utah each day.
Private Investment • A commitment to sustainability. City Center is a
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for
n Downtown Business Growth – over 30 businesses opened
Neighborhood Development (ND) pilot project. It is one of
or relocated in the central business district during
60 pilot projects in the country selected to participate in a
2009. The majority of these businesses are small, locally
focus group that is helping the U.S. Green Building Council
owned establishments that have made the decision to
finalize its new LEED ND certification process.
invest in the growth of downtown and in the shared vision
of Downtown Rising. n 222 Main – The $125 million project, 222 Main, adds
459,000 square feet of new office space to downtown’s
n City Creek Center – The City Creek Center development
continues to move forward and leads the way in private
capital investment in Utah’s capital city. • First Silver LEED Certified Class-A office building in
the Salt Lake Valley.
major highlights include:
• Tenants include the law firms Holland & Hart and Brinks
• over 1,600 construction jobs on site.
Hofer Gilson & Lione and commercial real estate company
• The first residential component, Richards Court, will be CB Richard Ellis.
completed and ready for occupancy in early 2010.
leaders: Vasilios Priskos, Chair, Bruce Bingham, Hamilton Partners (Past Chair) ex oFFiCio board members:
Downtown Alliance Board of Trustees Lane Beattie, Salt Lake Chamber Mayor Ralph Becker, Salt Lake City
Lane Beattie, President and CEO, Salt John Dahlstrom, Wasatch Properties Mayor Peter Corroon, Salt Lake County
Lake Chamber / Downtown Alliance Jerry Fenn, Qwest Corporation Councilman Luke Garrott, Salt Lake City
Jason Mathis, Executive Director, John Gates, Snow Christensen & Martineau Scott Beck, Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau
Downtown Alliance David Golden, Wells Fargo Bank D.J. Baxter, Redevelopment Agency of
Natalie Gochnour, Chief Operating Officer, Tom Guinney, Gastronomy Inc. Salt Lake City
Salt Lake Chamber Dennis Haslam, D.H. Consulting & Investments LLC Amy Coady, Downtown Retail Merchants
Peggy Lander, Richter 7 Association
downtown allianCe board oF trustees:
Gary Porter, The Church of Jesus Christ
Vasilios Priskos, Internet Properties (Chair)
of Latter-day Saints
Kent Gibson, Zions Securities Corporation
Randy Rigby, Utah Jazz
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“We are committed to revitalizing Main Street and the area around the
Salt Lake Temple. We are grateful for the support of the Chamber and
Downtown Alliance as community partners in this endeavor.”
mark Gibbons, President, City Creek Reserve, Inc. (CCRI).
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Did You Know that in 2008:
69,745 Utahns work downtown One in every four I
downtown workers lives outside of Salt Lake County Nearly
a quarter of Utah’s hotel I
transient room taxes was collected from downtown hotels
10% of Utah’s restaurant tax was generated from
downtown businesses Downtown companies accounted for 7.3% of personal income tax revenues to the state totaling
$230.2 million I $1.4 billion Downtown generated in
I $64.8 million
taxable sales Downtown generated
Source: Data compiled by Utah Department of Workforce Services, Utah State Tax Comission and U.S. Bureau of Census
in sales tax for Utah’s general fund
n O.C. Tanner – Emerging from a $24 million renovation, the regional assets:
historic Hansen Planetarium building is the new flagship
n Utah Performance Center on Main – Salt Lake City recently
retail location for venerable Utah jeweler, o.C. Tanner.
awarded a contract to Hamilton Partners and Garfield Traub
n Gateway Office 6 – Proposed Class-A office space is Swisher as the development team for the Utah Performance
currently being developed by The Boyer Company as part of Center on Main. The Performance Center will include a 2,500
The Gateway master plan. seat theater, attracting first-run Broadway touring shows.
Located at 135 South Main, the project is one of 20 signature
n Hyatt Place Salt Lake City/Downtown/The Gateway –
projects defined as part of the Downtown Rising Vision.
Construction on the 128-room limited service hotel was
completed in summer of 2009 offering additional downtown n Utah Film and Media Center – The RDA has purchased the
lodging. The new hotel is located on the north side of Utah Theater and will convert the facility to the Utah Film and
Gateway with close proximity to the Salt Palace Convention Media Center showcasing Utah’s independent film industry.
Center, Temple Square and EnergySolutions Arena.
publiC Commitment: “Salt Lake City witnessed a landmark
n Federal Courthouse – Historic odd Fellows Hall successfully
relocated to the north side of Market Street clearing the
day in downtown development
site for construction of the Moss Federal Courthouse. when Mayor Ralph Becker, Gov. Jon
Construction is set to begin in 2010.
n UTA Airport TRAX Extension – The highly anticipated TRAX
Huntsman and LDS Church Presiding
extension to Salt Lake City International Airport is under Bishop H. David Burton were present
construction. This project will include the construction
of a shortened North Temple viaduct that will enhance to celebrate the new site for a large
transportation between downtown and surrounding
neighborhoods. The Chamber thanks the Utah Legislature
theater and the associated
for helping to fund a new viaduct in the capital city. development downtown.”
n Salt Lake City Public Safety Complex – A voter approved
$125 million bond was passed in the November election.
bruce bingham, Hamilton Partners
The new Public Safety Complex will replace the current
50-year-old headquarters located at 315 East 200 South
and the project is expected to be completed by 2012.
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“The Salt Lake statement Of PrinCiPles:
Chamber has repeatedly n Economic Prosperity Requires Transportation Viability – A viable transportation
system is critical to economic growth and prosperity. We support a vibrant
demonstrated a bold transportation system that moves our people and delivers our goods on the
vision for the state’s ground and through the air.
n Sufficient Funding for our Transportation Infrastructure – A viable multi-modal
transportation system is critical to economic growth and prosperity. State
as well as a clear government and business leaders have already shown tremendous wisdom in
obtaining unprecedented funding for highway, transit and air traffic systems in
understanding of how
Utah. Continued funding efforts are necessary to keep our transportation system
critical a vibrant vibrant and healthy.
transportation system n Efficient Movement Makes Life Better – The best transportation systems are those
that are on the cutting edge of technological advances that move goods and people
is to Utah’s growth in the most efficient ways possible and for the best price. We support innovation to
and economy.” help lower unnecessary travel time, streamline the flow of traffic, maximize the use
of tax dollars and user fees through technology, and reduce congestion.
state senator stuart adams
Former Chair, Utah
utah’s transportation Challenge:
Transportation Commission travel Demand Compared with Population and highway Construction
■ Vehicle Miles Traveled 99%
100 ■ Population
■ State Highway Lane Miles
Source: Utah Department of Transportation
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2010 publiC poliCy priorities:
n Increase Transportation User Fees – While we do not support its way to building 70 miles of rail in seven years. Salt Lake
any increase in income, sales or property tax during an City International Airport is slated for a major overhaul. We
economic downturn, an increase in the highway user fee or strongly support all of these projects. Continued investment
motor fuel tax is necessary to provide sufficient funding for in roads, transit and air traffic improves our economic
highways. We propose an increase of 10 cents per gallon or competitiveness.
its indexed equivalent. This proposed increase will generate
n Invest in the Future – our economy will be stronger if we
$100 million in state revenues to fund Utah’s transportation
invest in transportation projects of the future. Innovative
intersections, urban streetcars, mountain railways, high-
n Keep Our Current Commitment to Transportation – speed interstate travel and strategic bypasses are examples
Transportation investment lowers business costs, increases of ways in which Utah can become even more competitive.
productivity and enhances our quality of life. Highway
construction in Utah is at an all time high at nearly $4
billion in highway projects in the works. Transit is well on
Chair: Kip Wadsworth, President, Ralph Wadsworth Dan England, CR England Trucking Brett okland, okland Construction
Construction Chris Ensign, JLC Signs Clark olsen, Pacific Bridge
Bob Ett, MHTN Jim olsen, Utah Food Industry Association
Carlos Alegre, Granite Construction
Rolayne Fairclough, AAA Utah Mike ostermiller, ogden Weber Association
Mike Allegra, Utah Transit Authority
Chris Gamvroulas, Ivory Development of Realtors
Zane Atkinson, Flying J
Andrew Gemperline, CB Richard Ellis Scott Parson, Staker Parson Companies
Des Barker, Barker & Associates
Steve Goodrich, UPS Lee Peacock, Utah Petroleum Association
Craig Bickmore, Utah Auto Dealers Association
Joe Grose, Sunstate Equipment Craig Peterson, ACEC Utah
Tom Bingham, Utah Manufacturers Association
Tim Harpst, Salt Lake City Monica Rafferty, Coldwell Banker Commerical
Michael Brodsky, Hamlet Homes
Jeffery Harris, HNTB Lincoln Shurtz, Utah League of Cities and Towns
Ken Bullock, Utah League of Cities and Towns
Bill Holder, ASPD Michael Smith, ACEC Utah
Kristine Cartwright, K. Cartwright Associates, Inc.
Tom Hori, Redcon Shelly Teuscher, Parson Behle & Latimer
Chuck Chappell, Wasatch Front Regional Council
Dan Johnson, Chevron Texaco Rich Thorn, Associated General Contractors of Utah
Rick Chesnut, Terracon
Sam Klemm, Wasatch Front Regional Council Clint Topham, Parsons Brinckerhoff
Wilford Clyde, Clyde Companies
Steve Kroes, Utah Foundation Royce Van Tassell, Utah Taxpayers Association
Darrell Cook, Mountainland Association of
Chris Kyler, Utah Association of Realtors Guy Wadsworth, Wadsworth Brothers Construction
Dave Layton, Layton Construction Kip Wadsworth, Ralph Wadsworth Construction
Ed Cooper, Ashgrove Cement
Mike Long, Holcim Cement Tom Warne, Tom Warne and Associates
David Creer, Utah Trucking Association
Alan Lord, Presidio Group LaVarr Webb, Exoro Group
Gina Crezee, Rio Tinto
Alan Matheson, Envision Utah Clare Williams, Union Pacific
Jerry Dewey, Associated Food Stores
Rand MacDonald, WR Advisors Eli Willis, Godfrey Trucking
Carrie Dunn, Xo Marketing Group
Matthew Miller, Wilbur Smith David Zimmerman, Holland & Hart
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