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  • PublicPOLICY Guide 2012 As Utah’s business leader, we stand as the voice of business, we support our members’ success and we champion community prosperity
  • S tat e m e n t o n C i v i l i t y The Salt Lake Chamber is a statewide chamber of The Salt Lake Chamber supports commerce representing 7,700 businesses—nearly half the workforce of our state.civility in word and in action. Too often, We are a capital city chamber with a statewide mission and reach. Just as the capitalpeople with differing opinions say and city is the center of commerce in our state, the Chamber works to strengthen the do unkind and disrespectful things. business climate throughout the entire state. The Chamber has members in all 29 As the voice of business in Utah, we Utah counties, as well as 14 other states and Washington, D.C. believe civility must be a guiding value in public discourse. We commit Nearly 80 percent of our membership is comprised of small businesses. We have ourselves to respectful discourse and two strategic partners: the Downtown Alliance and World Trade Center Utah.behavior toward all people. We pledge Currently, we have formal partnerships with 17 other chambers of commerce to do our part to help make Utah a or business associations: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Utah State Chamber of more welcoming, inclusive Commerce, Brigham City Area Chamber of Commerce, Cedar City Area Chamber or and caring community. Commerce, ChamberWest, Davis Chamber of Commerce, East Valley Chamber of Commerce, Lehi Area Chamber of Commerce, Murray Area Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Women Business Owners, Sandy Area Chamber of “We invite others to join us Commerce, South Jordan Chamber of Commerce, South Salt Lake Chamber of as ambassadors for civility Commerce, Utah Asian Chamber of Commerce, Utah Hispanic Chamber, Utah Nonprofits Association and Vestpocket Business Coalition—and we continue to in the public square. In establish new partnerships to strengthen the Utah economy. doing so, Utah can become The Salt Lake Chamber formalized a relationship with the World Bank Group to a shining example of civil act as the state’s Private Sector Liaison Officer, and has signed memorandums society to the world.” of agreement with nine international chambers: Tokyo Chamber of Commerce, AMCHAM Camera del Comercio Americana del Peru (Lima), Paris Chamber of lane Beattie Commerce, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Monterrey Chamber of President and CEO, Commerce (Mexico), Shan’xi Bureau of Commerce (China), Wuhan Chamber of Salt Lake Chamber Commerce (China), Chinese Committee for Promotion of International Trade and Italy Utah Cooperation Center.ContentS: Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Economic Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 “The Salt Lake Chamber is a Prosperity 2020 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 tremendous advocate for Utah Immigration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 business. We are proud to be Clean Air . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 their partner.” Health System Reform . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 thomas J. Donohue Downtown Rising . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 President and CEO, International Business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Capitol Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Civic Engagement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Cover photo by Josh BrownFollow uS online:slchamber.com facebook.com/ twitter.com/ youtube.com/ flickr.com/slchamber.com/blog saltlakechamber saltlakechamber saltlakechamber saltlakechamber
  • Dear Fellow Utahns,Henry Ford observed, “Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.” As Utah’s businessleader, the Salt Lake Chamber believes cultivating a pro-business climate is the “getting ready” part for Utah’sprosperity. An educated and skilled workforce, free-flowing transportation systems, reasonable health carecosts, access to secure and affordable energy, clean Rocky Mountain air, and a simple regulatory system prepareUtah businesses to compete in the global marketplace.Our business community has never been so engaged in public policy issues that affect our community. Thisyear we will be even more involved. This 2012 Public Policy Guide contains business leaders’ vision for a moreprosperous Utah. year after year, we work to strengthen business by collaborating with our elected officials. Thisyear will be no exception, and this publication will guide our efforts with federal, state and local policy makers.In 2012, the Chamber will introduce a legislative report card and will track and publish key business votes byour state and federal elected officials. In March, business leaders will participate in precinct caucus meetings atan unprecedented level to select candidates who understand the necessity of pro-economy policies. Delegateselection will have a profound impact on November elections. Utahns will vote for a president and elect agovernor, a U.S. senator, four U.S. congressmen, 16 state senators and 75 state representatives.The Salt Lake Chamber is proud to stand as the voice of business in Utah. History has taught us that whenbusiness thrives, communities prosper. It is critical that Utah’s elected officials understand this inseparableconnection between the success of our economy and the well-being of our state. We invite you to join us in“getting ready” for a future second to none.Lane Beattie David R. GoldenPresident and CEO Chair 2 0 1 2 P U B L I C P O L I C y G U I D E 1
  • Economic Development “Utah’s secret sauce is the S tat e m e n t o F P r i n C i P l e S collaboration between n Free enterprise – We support America’s free enterprise system as the best way to grow the economy, stimulate innovation and create jobs over the long term. business, education and n Ingredients for success – We believe low taxes, reasonable regulations, top-notch government. We continue infrastructure, a great workforce and well-managed and limited government create the environment for economic success. to do things no other state n Thriving community – We champion Utah’s enviable life quality and commitment to can do because of the the greater good, including support for Utah’s major arts organizations. shared economic n Strategic partnerships – We create and sustain model partnerships with the U.S. leadership between Chamber of Commerce, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Economic Development Corporation of Utah, other chambers of commerce and business associa- Gov. Herbert and the tions, World Trade Center Utah, the Downtown Alliance, and other like-minded entities. business community.” PoliCy PoSitionS Spencer P. eccles Executive Director, n Governor’s vision – We endorse Gov. Herbert’s vision that Utah will lead the nation Governor’s Office of Economic as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business Development destination. The Salt Lake Chamber will devote resources to and advocate on behalf of this aspiring vision. n Governor’s objectives – We support and commit our best efforts to help Gov. Herbert achieve his four core economic development objectives: • Strengthen and grow existing Utah businesses, both urban and rural • Increase innovation, entrepreneurship and investment • Increase national and international business • Prioritize education to develop the workforce of the future n Utah Jobs Agenda – We advance the Utah Jobs Agenda, a 10-point plan endorsed by our Board of Governors, to keep Utah prosperous for decades to come. 2012 PuBliC PoliCy PrioritieS n Jobs - The Salt Lake Chamber joins forces with Gov. Herbert to make job creation Scan here for a direct a top priority. We support the governor’s plan to facilitate the creation of 100,000 link to the Economic jobs in 1,000 days and also offer a complementary private sector job creation plan Development section of called the Utah Jobs Agenda. We exceeded our goal in year one of the Agenda and our website. will seek to create 27,000 jobs in the second year of our plan.2 S A L T L A k E C H A M B E R
  • n No general tax increase – We oppose increases in income, n Sustain USTAR – We support the Utah Science Technology sales or property taxes that are not voted on by the public. and Research initiative (USTAR) and will ask the Utah Legislature to restore $6 million of USTAR investmentn Utah debt and deficits – We support eliminating the cut over the past three years. We also support increasing structural budget deficit in Fy 2013 and gradually reducing USTAR’s ongoing research allocation by $10 million annually. Utah’s current level of bonded indebtedness. n Statewide non-discrimination ordinance – Discriminationn Improve regulatory environment – The federal, state and is not only wrong, it is bad for business. A patchwork of local government regulatory system must protect the non-discrimination ordinances currently exists in the state. health, safety and general welfare of Americans, while We support a standardized statewide non-discrimination being cost-effective, flexible and fair. We will actively ordinance, modeled after that passed in Salt Lake City and pursue opportunities to reduce the regulatory burden on 11 other local governments in Utah. business and improve the fairness and effectiveness of government regulations. n Fund life science tax credits – Utah’s life science industry— comprised of medical device, diagnostics, drug deliveryn Liquor law modernization – We support reforms of and biotech companies—employs 25,000 Utahns and Utah’s liquor laws that protect public safety, reinforce a contributes $15 billion in revenue to the state. We support welcoming and hospitable climate for tourism and business appropriating an additional $10 million in state funds this recruitment efforts, encourage free markets while retaining year to fund tax credit incentives for this important industry. state control of wholesale distribution, and improve efficiency and accountability. n Enhance Utah’s image – Perceptions of Utah are an impor- tant component of our economic development success. Wen Support high priority developments/activities – So long oppose unproductive “message bills” in the Utah Legislature as specific criteria are met, we support the proposed Utah that detract from our state’s image. We will look for purpose- Performing Arts Center, a convention-headquarters hotel, ful ways to improve Utah’s reputation in the world. the Sugarhouse street car development, expansion of the Salt Lake City International Airport, Salt Lake City’s new n Support ambassador program – We will coordinate with, public safety building and an effort to bid for another support and complement Gov. Herbert’s ambassador Olympic Winter Games. program to cultivate relationships with existing, expanding and targeted businesses across the state and throughoutn Taxes and fiscal flexibility – We recognize federal and state the world. tax reform as an emerging issue that must be addressed. In the coming year we will work actively with elected leaders n Cultivate entrepreneurship – We will leverage the to consider the best process, approach and options for significant public resources devoted to small business meaningful tax reform. We will also work with legislators to training and entrepreneurship with private sector preserve legislative flexibility for future appropriations and activities that do the same. support fair tax policies for Utah’s hospitality industry. 2 0 1 2 P U B L I C P O L I C y G U I D E 3
  • Utah Jobs Agenda A plan to create 150,000 Utah jobs in five years In January 2011, the Salt Lake Chamber announced a 10-point u ta h J o B S a g e n D a w i l l h e l P plan to create 150,000 jobs in five years. In the first eleven r e t u r n u ta h n S t o w o r k months, the Utah economy created 22,600 jobs, which utah job growth means we are on track to achieve our goal. Utah’s workforce, infrastructure and pro-business policies, combined with utah Jobs agenda purposeful and effective business leadership, have helped Utah become one of the fastest growing economies in America. here is our five-year plan: eDuCation – Ensure that 90 percent of third and sixth graders achieve reading and math proficiency, and that two- thirds of Utah adults have a certificate, degree or equivalent endorsement in an academic pursuit or skilled trade by 2020. tranSPortation – Invest $4 billion in infrastructure international – Double the value of international exports energy – Invest $1 billion in Utah’s energy economy BuSineSS CoStS – Secure a third or better ranking among states for the cost of doing business Source: Utah Department of Work Force Services and Salt Lake Chamber StatewiDe CorPorate reCruitment – Land three regional headquarters immigration – Create a federally-approved, air quality – Attain and maintain the national ambient air employer-sponsored work program quality standards tax PoliCy – Make incremental improvements in the efficiency, rural DeveloPment – Create a private-led business fairness and stability of the Utah tax structure partnership with representatives of rural Utahu ta h ’ S e C o n o m y i S o n t h e P at h t o F u l l r e C o v e r yutah job growth - monthly year-over percent changeSource: Utah Department of Work Force Services4 S A L T L A k E C H A M B E R
  • reCent aCComPliShmentSn Job growth – The Utah economy created an estimated The Chamber Supports 30,300 jobs during the past year (Nov. 2010–Nov. 2011), making it the second-fastest growing economy in the Small Business nation. Currently growing at 2.3 times the national average, Utah’s economy is on the move again. We fight to lower the cost of doing business,n Marquee expansions – Prominent companies are relocating expand the supply of labor and create to or expanding in Utah. Adobe, ATk, Black Diamond an environment for economic success. Equipment, EA, Edwards Life Sciences, Goldman, Sachs & Co., Harmons, ITT Corporation, Litehouse, Merit Medical, We support regulatory reform, small Overstock.com (O.co) and Pepperidge Farms are examples business training and support liquor law of marquee companies providing new jobs and careers to Utahns. modernization.n USTAR – Utah’s high-achieving science initiative has attracted 44 all-star researchers to Utah from around the world. USTAR currently accounts for $66 million in external research funding to the state, a 50 percent growth rate in the past six months.eConomiC DeveloPment le aDer SChair: Jake Boyer, The Boyer Company Governor’s Economic Council – Spencer Eccles (Chair, Governor’s Office of Economic Development), Patricia Richards (formerly Wells Fargo), Robert Behunin (Utah StateUtah on the Move – Chris Redgrave, Zions Bank University), Natalie Gochnour (Salt Lake Chamber), Randy Shumway (Cicero Group), ScottCOMMITTEE MEMBERS – Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors – As the primary advisory Anderson (Zions Bank), Richard Walje (Rocky Mountain Power), Will West (UCIC), Spencer board to the Salt Lake Chamber, each member of the Board serves as an ambassador for Cox (Rural Development Authority), Dinesh Patel (USTAR Governing Authority), Mel Lavitt economic development throughout the state. Peggy Larsen (Workers Compensation Fund) (Board of Business and Economic Development) and Ted McAleer (USTAR) also provide strategic support. 2 0 1 2 P U B L I C P O L I C y G U I D E 5
  • Prosperity 2020 Education “Utah’s best investment The Salt Lake Chamber has partnered with chambers of commerce and business associations from all over Utah in a movement—Prosperity 2020—to strengthen our in our future economy is economy by improving education. Businesses know an educated workforce creates education. We must the path to enduring prosperity. expect more of our o u r 2 0 2 0 g o a l S t o i m P r o v e u ta h ’ S e C o n o m y students and educators. n Ninety percent of third graders and sixth graders are proficient in reading and math. A rigorous education is n Two-thirds of Utahns have academic degrees or skilled trade certificates. the path to enduring n Salt Lake ranks in the top 20 metropolitan areas for concentration of science and engineering occupations. prosperity.” mark Bouchard Chair, Prosperity 2020 and Senior Managing Director, CBRE GUIDInG PrInCIPLES n We expect more from all of us. n We value teachers. n We keep a laser focus on n We show a bias toward innovation. measurable success. n We obtain the resources to n We collaborate and build trust. achieve our goals. n We follow business principles. n We stick together for long-term success. Scan here for a direct n We rely on research. link to the Prosperity n We embrace change. 2020 website. Source: Prosperity 2020 Founders’ council6 S A L T L A k E C H A M B E R
  • 2 0 1 2 l e g i S l at i v e P r i o r i t i e SProsperity 2020 is abusiness-led, multi-year Strategic education Funding recommendations estimate (in millions)movement to improve early Start to SuCCeSSeducation. In addition to Early intervention district funding $ 10.0funding public and highereducation enrollment all StuDentS College anD Career reaDygrowth, we have identified Common Core implementation and assessments 23.0four imperatives for ACT exams at the 8th, 10th and 11th grade levels 3.0improving educationin Utah: assessment, Revise and refine school report cards 0.0intervention, accountability Stem aCCeleration k-16and innovation. Our Increase the number of USTAR centers 3.52012 strategic fundingrecommendations address Higher education participation in USTAR research initiative centers 2.0these imperatives. Math for America—alternative route to licensure program 0.5 USTAR expansion (NOTE: Not part of higher education, nor public education budgets) 16.0 evaluation anD PerFormanCe Pay For teaCherS anD PrinCiPalS Revise orderly termination law and related statutes nominal Develop and validate improved evaluation methods 2.0 higher eDuCation anD eConomiC DeveloPment Program excellence (funding based on participation, retention, graduation $ 10.0 and economic development performance) Scholarship Funding New Century and Regents Scholarships 1.70 Computer Science and Engineering Scholarships 0.25 Success Stipends 3.0 On-line hybrid courses 1.5 Workforce cluster acceleration projects 1.5 Utah Futures (Online career planning and counseling) 0.5 Merit pay for retaining outstanding faculty/researchers 5.0 total StrategiC FunDing requeSt $ 83.45* * Includes $16 million for USTAR expansion, which will come from the Economic Development budget 2 0 1 2 P U B L I C P O L I C y G U I D E 7
  • u ta h l a g S P e e r S tat e S i n 4 t h g r a D e m at h a n D r e a D i n g 2009 overall demographic peer states and their performance on 4th grade math and reading tests math readingachievement levels achievement levelsNote: Math and reading score rank is based on 50 states plus Washington D.C., using 2009 assessments.Science scores are not available for 2009. The scale for the math and reading assessments is 0 to 500. national rankSource: NCES, NAEPreCent aCComPliShmentS liFetime e arningS By eDuC ational at tainmentn Collective action – Helped convene the largest business-led education movement in Utah history.n Awareness campaign – Launched a media campaign to announce and advance the Prosperity 202o movement.n Convening role – Hosted leading education experts including Georgetown Professor George Carnevale, Vice President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Cheryl A. Oldham and President Stan Jones of Complete College America.n School involvement – Adopted six schools to provide one-on-one mentoring. Source: Georgetown University, Center on Education and the Workforce, 2011 The Prosperity 2020 Founders’ Council acknowledges the important role of the arts in facilitating learning and recognizes the important interplay of the arts, math, science and technology in the development of new ideas, products and services that improve our economy and advance our life quality. The interplay of these disciplines and perspectives should be supported.8 S A L T L A k E C H A M B E R
  • h i g h e r e D u C at i o n e n r o l l m e n t h i g h e r e D u C at i o n a P P r o P r i at i o n S(budget related, Fte) from the general and education fund (in thousands) 21% increase 12.5% DecreaseSource: Utah System of Higher Education and Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget Source: Utah System of Higher Education and Governor’s Office of Planning and BudgetFounDerS’ CounCilCitizens for Educational ExcellenceEconomic Development Corporation Lehi Area Chamber of Commerce Murray Area Chamber of Commerce The Chamber Supports of UtahFriends of Utah Higher Education Ogden/Weber Chamber of Commerce Richfield Area Chamber Small BusinessGovernor’s Office of Economic Salt Lake Chamber DevelopmentJunior Achievement of Utah Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce South Jordan Chamber of Commerce We are dedicated to providing UtahUnited Way of Salt Lake South Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce businesses with a well-educated workforceUtah Foundation St. George Area Chamber of CommerceWorld Trade Center Utah Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce to increase productivity, decreasingBrigham City Area Chamber of Commerce training costs and producing higherCedar City Area Chamber of CommerceChamberWest concentrations of science, technology andEast Valley Chamber of Commerce engineering expertise.Davis Chamber of CommerceBuSineSS exeCutive leaDerShiP CounCilChair: Mark Bouchard, CBRE Wilford Clyde, Clyde Companies Richard Linder, Coherex MedicalRich kendell, Senior Education Policy Advisor Lew Cramer, World Trade Center Utah Thomas Love, Love CommunicationsVicki Varela, Senior Communication Consultant Jeff Edwards, Economic Development Corporation of Utah Brent Low, MediaOne of Utah Rick Folkerson, Ken Garff Automotive Group Bob Marquardt, Management & Training CorporationJeff Alexander, Alexander’s Print Advantage kem Gardner, The Gardner Company Rich Mckeown, Leavitt PartnersScott Anderson, Zions Bank David R. Golden, Wells Fargo Andrea Moss, American ExpressLane Beattie, Salt Lake Chamber Alan Hall, MarketStar Jeff Nelson, Nelson LaboratoriesBruce Bingham, Hamilton Partners Gordy Haycock, Grant Thornton Scott W. Parson, Staker Parson CompaniesMatt Bowman, Demand Generation Mary Ann Holladay, Holladay & Associates Ray Pickup, Workers Compensation FundJake Boyer, The Boyer Company Carol Hunter, Rocky Mountain Power Patricia Richards, SelectHealthRoger Boyer, The Boyer Company Clark D. Ivory, Ivory Homes kelly Sanders, Rio Tinto | Kennecott Utah CopperMona Burton, Holland & Hart Ron Jibson, Questar Corporation Randy Shumway, Cicero Groupkeith M. Buswell, Wadman Corporation David Jordan, Stoel RivesLori Chillingworth, Zions Bank David Layton, Layton Construction Company 2 0 1 2 P U B L I C P O L I C y G U I D E 9
  • Transportation “We must protect S tat e m e n t o F P r i n C i P l e S Utah’s substantial n Mobility is critical to economic prosperity – A safe and efficient transportation system creates the foundation for economic growth, personal prosperity and transportation improved life quality. investment by n Disciplined planning and investment – A long-term view and stable, adequate maintaining that which funding are necessary to build and maintain Utah’s highway, transit and air traffic systems. Demand on Utah’s mobility system is forecast to increase 80 percent we have built. To keep over the next 30 years. the wheels of commerce n Technological innovation – We embrace technological advances and design in motion, and to innovations that enhance the efficiency of our transportation systems, improve user satisfaction and protect Utah’s air quality. accommodate our growing population, PoliCy PoSitionS we must also continue n We endorse Utah’s Unified Transportation Plan: 2011–2040 – Developed to expand our collaboratively by Cache Metropolitan Planning Organization, Dixie Metropolitan Planning Organization, Mountainland Association of Governments, Utah transportation system.’’ Department of Transportation, Utah Transit Authority and Wasatch Front Regional Council, this plan forecasts statewide demands on Utah’s mobility system based lane Beattie on population and economic growth. It also comprehensively addresses capacity President and CEO, expansion, operation and maintenance of Utah’s transportation systems. Salt Lake Chamber n Users should pay – Transportation users should bear the primary responsibility for funding Utah’s mobility infrastructure. User fees should be increased in order to meet critical mobility needs, and should be adjusted over time to keep pace with inflation. Transportation funding should be streamlined and transparent. 2012 PuBliC PoliCy PrioritieS n Preserve and maintain – Utah must protect its substantial transportation investment by properly preserving and maintaining transportation assets already in place. It costs 10-times more to reconstruct a highway than to properly preserve Scan here for a direct and maintain it. State and local roads and transit systems will steadily deteriorate if link to the Transportation we do not make appropriate investments in preservation and maintenance. section of our website. n Transparent and streamlined funding – Current funding levels should be preserved and streamlined.1 0 S A L T L A k E C H A M B E R
  • n Raise transportation awareness – We support the Utah Mobility Coalition’s efforts to educate legislators and the public about the importance and value of mobility for The Chamber Supports economic prosperity and clean air. Small BusinessreCent aCComPliShmentS Improving and maintaining our mobilityn FrontLines 2015 – In 2011, the Mid-Jordan and West Valley City infrastructure is a top priority. Uncongested, TRAX lines began operating. Construction is nearly complete well-maintained roads lead to greater on the line linking downtown Salt Lake City with the Salt Lake efficiency in moving goods and people. City International Airport. The south FrontRunner line and the Draper TRAX line are nearing completion. Financial case for highway maintenancen I-15 CORE Project – The largest public works project in state Very Reconstruction history is now 65 percent complete. When it is complete it will add 10 freeway interchanges and replace or restore Poor $ 10 Maintenance Cost Rehabilitation Road Condition/ 55 aging bridges. $6n Mountain View Corridor – This freeway will connect the western sides of Salt Lake and Utah Counties, alleviating Preservation pressure on Utah’s primary north-south corridor, I-15. This $1 phased construction approach is nearly complete in Utah Very County and 40 percent complete in Salt Lake County. Good 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 Yearsta S k F o r C e m e m B e r S h i PChair: Abby Albrecht, Granite Construction Company Chris Gamvroulas, Ivory Homes Ted McAleer, USTAR Andrew Gemperline, Jacobs Engineering Group Jason Moyes, Certified Building MaintenanceMichael Allegra, Utah Transit Authority Jim Golding, Geneva Rock Products Brett Okland, Okland Construction CompanyErick E. Allen, Layton Construction Company Andrew Gruber, Wasatch Front Regional Council Scott W. Parson, Staker Parson CompaniesDavid Allred, CR England Darrin Guevara, Hunt Electric Matt Riffkin, InterPlanken Ashton, Altaview Concrete Dan Harbeke, Union Pacific Railroad Michael Seare, KiewitDesmond C. Barker, Rio Tinto | Kennecott Utah Copper Greg Hardy, Chevron Michael Smith, American Council of Engineering CompaniesWade R. Budge, Snell & Wilmer Matt Hirst, CRS Engineers Brad Sweet, Granite Construction Companykenneth Bullock, Utah League of Cities & Towns Tom N. Hori, REDCON Shelly Teuscher, Parsons Behle & LatimerRey Butcher, Questar Corporation Linda Hull, Utah Department of Transportation Richard Thorn, Associated General ContractorsRobert B. Campbell, Wheeler Machinery Andrew Jackson, Mountainland Association of Governments Andy Toolson, NetJetsDavid Clark, Terracon Michael king, Wilson & Company, Engineers & Architects Guy Wadsworth, Wadsworth Brothers Constructionkim Clark, VIA Consulting Sam klemm, Wasatch Front Regional Council kip Wadsworth, Ralph L. Wadsworth ConstructionDarrell Cook, Mountainland Association of Governments Steve kroes, Utah Foundation Thomas R. Warne, Tom Warne and AssociatesEd Cooper, Ash Grove Cement Company Todd Laker, Holcim US LaVarr Webb, The Exoro GroupDavid Creer, Utah Trucking Association David Layton, Layton Construction Company David W. Zimmerman, Holland & HartJerry Dewey, Associated Food Stores Michael Long, Holcim USChad England, CR England Alan Matheson, State of UtahDan England, CR England 2 0 1 2 P U B L I C P O L I C y G U I D E 1 1
  • Immigration “I was an early S tat e m e n t o F P r i n C i P l e S supporter of The The Salt Lake Chamber helped create and promote The Utah Compact. We continue to support these five principles as a guide for immigration reform. Utah Compact, and the Chamber’s efforts to push for civil, THE UTAH COMPACT constructive and A declaration of five principles to guide Utah’s immigration discussion compassionate reform. FeDeral SolutionS Immigration is a federal policy issue between the U.S. The principles in The government and other countries—not Utah and other countries. We urge Utah’s Utah Compact are the congressional delegation, and others, to lead efforts to strengthen federal laws and protect our national borders. We urge state leaders to adopt reasonable guidelines for practical, policies addressing immigrants in Utah. workable solutions that law enForCement We respect the rule of law and support law enforcement’s will help get America professional judgment and discretion. Local law enforcement resources should working again. I focus on criminal activities, not civil violations of federal code. encourage more business FamilieS Strong families are the foundation of successful communities. We leaders to get involved, oppose policies that unnecessarily separate families. We champion policies and our government that support families and improve the health, education and well-being of all Utah children. leaders to act, by adopting meaningful eConomy Utah is best served by a free-market philosophy that maximizes individual freedom and opportunity. We acknowledge the economic role immigration reform.” immigrants play as workers and taxpayers. Utah’s immigration policies must reaffirm our global reputation as a welcoming and business-friendly state. Jonathan Johnson President, Overstock.com (O.co) a Free SoCiety Immigrants are integrated into communities across Utah. We must adopt a humane approach to this reality, reflecting our unique culture, history and spirit of inclusion. The way we treat immigrants will say more about Scan here for a direct link to the Immigration us as a free society and less about our immigrant neighbors. Utah should section of our website. always be a place that welcomes people of goodwill.1 2 S A L T L A k E C H A M B E R
  • PoliCy PoSitionS n Improve and replace Utah Guest Worker law – Utah law provides a way for existing residents who pass a criminaln Mandatory electronic verification – We support a national background check and meet basic health and insurance electronic verification system for new employees that reduces requirements to work in our state legally. This statute can the existing regulatory burden on business. This less-onerous and should be improved, but it must not be repealed. We system should be implemented by all 50 states, merged with oppose new legislation that detracts from the Utah solution. the I-9 verification process to eliminate duplication and include Reasonable refinements such as implementation that is visa reform that ensures access to critical labor. We oppose re- contingent upon federal approval and protections for Utah’s vocation of business licenses as a penalty for non-compliance. citizen workforce merit further consideration. In the event the federal government grants Utah waivers to implement the Utah Guest Worker law, a mandatory state-level verification system would be workable. reCent aCComPliShmentSn In-state tuition – We support extending educational opportu- n The Utah Compact – Working with community leaders, law nities to all Utah residents. Children who have attended three enforcement officers, Utah’s religious communities and other or more years of high school in Utah should be eligible for business associations, the Chamber helped to develop The in-state tuition. Utah Compact. The Compact has been lauded nationally and adopted by other states and municipalities across the country, while bringing a more reasoned approach to the immigration2012 PuBliC PoliCy PrioritieS discussion.n Federal solutions – We call on our elected officials to advance n Utah solution – The Chamber advanced innovative state comprehensive immigration reform that is consistent with the immigration reform that strengthens enforcement and the principles of The Utah Compact. We ask for Utah’s congres- economy. sional delegation to unite in common purpose, and work as a team to reform America’s broken immigration system.ta S k F o r C e m e m B e r S h i PChair: Timothy Wheelwright, Durham Jones & Pinegar Clint W. Ensign, Sinclair Companies Jared Olsen, DWG & Associates Elizabeth Garbe, United Way of Salt Lake Roger Parsell, Sysco IntermountainJeff Adams, Sanmina - SCI Bryson Garbett, Garbett Homes Scott W. Parson, Staker Parson CompaniesCarlos Alegre, Granite Construction Company Sharon Garn, Office of Senator Orrin G. Hatch Mike Phillips, SME Steel IndustriesJeff Alexander, Alexander’s Print Advantage Tom Guinney, Gastronomy Stan Rasmussen, The Sutherland Institutekaren Andrews, Kassing Andrews Advertising John D. Hadfield, Hadco Construction Mike Reberg, Office of Congressman Jim MathesonBrian Bethers, 1-800-Contacts Chris Hipwell, Associated Builders and Contractors Alan Rindlisbacher, Layton Construction CompanyTodd R. Bingham, Utah Mining Association Tom N. Hori, REDCON Rebecca Sanchez, Salt Lake County Mayor’s OfficeTom Bingham, Utah Manufacturers Association Deneece Huftalin, Salt Lake Community College Jennifer Seelig, 1-800-ContactsPres. Cynthia Bioteau, Salt Lake Community College Clark D. Ivory, Ivory Homes Jennifer G. Somers, Office of Congressman Rob BishopMelanie H. Bowen, Office of Senator Orrin G. Hatch Sen. Scott k. Jenkins, Utah State Senate Alice Steiner, Utah Transit AuthorityJake Boyer, The Boyer Company Jonathan Johnson, Overstock.com (O.co) Jerry Stevenson, J & J Nursery & Garden CenterLonnie M. Bullard, Jacobsen Construction Company Bill Lee, Office of Senator Mike Lee Paul Torres, Manuel’s Fine FoodsPatrick Burt, Kipp & Christian Ted McAleer, USTAR Roger Tsai, Holland & HartWilford Clyde, Clyde Companies Lynn McMurray, Kirton & McConkie Steven E. Tyler, Holland & HartRick Day, Ivory Homes Barbara Melendez, Kirton & McConkie Vicki Varela, Vicki Varela Strategic CommunicationsJerry Dewey, Associated Food Stores Doug Moody, Solution Services Darin young, Ivory HomesSpencer P. Eccles, Eccles Foundation Brett Okland, Okland Construction Company Joe Zeidner, 1-800-Contacts 2 0 1 2 P U B L I C P O L I C y G U I D E 1 3
  • CleanAir “It is very easy to look S tat e m e n t o F P r i n C i P l e S Balance economic interests – We must carefully address air quality issues at our air quality and n while minimizing the cost to business. Without action we may lose federal say that it is someone highway funding, garner additional regulatory burdens and impair economic development and corporate recruitment. else’s problem. The business community n Private sector solutions – Clean air makes good business sense and the business community will be a significant part of the solution. The Chamber is needs to be involved leading a private sector initiative to promote and recognize voluntary clean air in formulating and practices for businesses. implementing the n Tragedy of the commons – As a shared public resource, our air quality is susceptible to the “tragedy” that occurs when rational choices by solution.” individuals—choosing to benefit from a community resource—damage the common resource. In the greater Salt Lake area, more than half the particles kelly Sanders in the air come from motor vehicles. We all have a role in keeping our air President and CEO, clean. Business, citizens and government share our roads and each should do kennecott Utah Copper its part to drive cleaner and smarter. PoliCy PoSitionS n Federal regulatory compliance – The Chamber supports efforts to comply with current federal air quality standards. Reaching compliance will limit regulatory burdens on business and help secure future federal highway funding. 2012 PuBliC PoliCy PrioritieS n Sulfur dioxide compliance – We oppose the EPA’s proposed regulatory change in sulfur dioxide (SO2) attainment designation from monitoring to modeling. Actual monitoring is more accurate than modeling. If adopted, Utah will fall into non-attainment, resulting in increased regulatory burdens on business and the state. n Natural Gas Act – We support the Natural Gas Act, which reinstates federal Scan here for a direct tax incentives on natural gas and the purchase or conversion of compressed link to the Clean Air natural gas (CNG) vehicles. section of our website. n Fleet conversion – We support Gov. Herbert’s commitment to convert a portion of the state’s fleet to natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in accordance with the1 4 S A L T L A k E C H A M B E R
  • Poor air quality hinders corporate relocation efforts, places additional regulatory burdens on business, increases health care costs and places Utah’s federal highway funding at risk. The business community can make a difference. The Clean Air Champions program is a business-led initiative to promote and recognize voluntarily implemented clean air practices. The program website, www.cleanairchampion.com, highlights best business practices for clean air that benefit an organization’s bottom line. Some highlighted practices include: n kennecott Utah Copper has installed an idling manage- n Waste Management is converting its garbage collection fleet ment system in its light and medium vehicles. The system to CNG. Additionally, it has converted its truck maintenance reports any vehicle idling more than two minutes. shop for lighter-than-air fuels and is installing a public CNG Bottom line: Fuel savings of $5.3 million over three years. fueling station. Bottom line: Expected annual fuel savings of approximately n Hale Centre Theatre converted its vehicle fleet to $16,000 per truck. compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, installed a CNG fueling station and provided CNG to employees n Architectural Nexus has installed and utilizes a video at no cost. conferencing system for many meetings that previously Bottom line: Annual fuel savings of $5,000 per fleet required travel by associates. vehicle. Bottom line: Annual travel savings of approximately $72,000. Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recently signed reCent aCComPliShmentS with the governors of Colorado, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania n Launched the Clean Air Champions program and Wyoming. This MOU encourages increased production (www.cleanairchampion.com) – Clean Air Champions is a of NGVs by U.S. automobile manufacturers, which will lead business-led initiative to encourage Utah companies to to cleaner air and reduce dependence on foreign oil. voluntarily implement clean air practices, recognize thosen Increase availability of natural gas – Utah has abundant that do and demonstrate the value of such practices. and inexpensive natural gas reserves. We support the n Convened clean air conference – The Business and Economic expansion of Utah’s natural gas infrastructure and Case for Clean Air Conference convened 100 business leaders encourage business, organizations and individuals to emphasize the economic importance of clean air. throughout the state to explore natural gas vehicle options. n Promoted Clear the Air Challenge – We partnered with Saltn Legislative Air Quality Task Force – We support the creation Lake City to promote business participation in the Clear the of a legislative air quality task force. Private sector solutions Air Challenge. More than 100 businesses participated and will drive change and will be more effective as efforts are the top three teams accounted for 60 percent of emissions supported, when appropriate, by the Legislature. reduction for the 2011 Clear the Air Challenge.ta S k F o r C e m e m B e r S h i PChair: Jonathan Johnson, Overstock.com (O.co) Mark Eggett, Sysco Intermountain E. Blaine Rawson, Ray Quinney & Nebeker Roger Gardiner, Goldman, Sachs & Co. Irene Rizza, Utah Clean Cities CoalitionStacee Adams, Department of Environmental Quality Andrew Gruber, Wasatch Front Regional Council Dave Robertson, CBREC. Lance Allen, Waste Management of Utah Greg Hardy, Chevron Stephen Sands, Rio Tinto | Kennecott Utah CopperAlan Anderson, ChamberWest Gary Harter, Governor’s Office of Economic Development Don Schulthies, Wal-Mart StoresVicki Bennett, Salt Lake City karen Hevel-Mingo, Breathe Utah Matt Sibul, Utah Transit AuthorityJerry R. Benson, Utah Transit Authority G.J. LaBonty, Utah Transit Authority Rob Simmons, USTARSteve Bergstrom, Intermountain Healthcare kate Lilja Lohnes, Salt Lake City Brett Slack, Comcast Cable CommunicationsJames Campbell, Rocky Mountain Power Mk Mortensen, Grant Thornton Robert Storey, Zions BankPaulette Cary, Cumulus Media Jon Osier, Rio Tinto | Kennecott Utah Copper Mike Tait, American ExpressJen Colby, University of Utah Angelo Papastamos, UDOT TravelWise Mike Zody, Parsons Behle & LatimerQuinn Dietlein, Hale Centre Theatre John Prince, SelectHealthJeff Edwards, Economic Development Corporation of Utah 2 0 1 2 P U B L I C P O L I C y G U I D E 1 5
  • Health System reform “More than ever, our S tat e m e n t o F P r i n C i P l e S health system requires n Reform based on market principles – We support reform that applies market principles to contain costs and improve health. Such reform includes increasing an injection of business transparency of cost and quality, as well as fostering competition and providing sense if we are to incentives for patients, doctors, hospitals and insurers to utilize resources in ways that lead to measurably better outcomes. control skyrocketing n Controlling costs – We support bold action to contain unsustainable health care costs. health care costs. We n Health of Utahns – A healthy workforce is necessary to a productive business need the Salt Lake community. We support reform that addresses the growing epidemic of obesity and Chamber’s expertise lifestyle-induced diseases, and results in better health for Utahns. to tackle this critical PoliCy PoSitionS business issue.” n The Health System Reform Business Bill of Rights Scan here Senator wayne niederhauser and Responsibilities summarizes the Chamber’s for a direct Majority Whip and Co-Chair of position on health system reform efforts. link the Health System Reform Task Force of the Utah Legislature 2012 PuBliC PoliCy PrioritieS n Repeal health insurance tax – To fund the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), a tax on health insurance providers will be levied in 2014. The Chamber opposes this tax, which will cost small businesses nearly $87 billion in the first 10 years of its existence. n Create an employer’s toolbox – The task force will focus its efforts on developing a comprehensive toolbox for employers that will highlight strategies for controlling health care costs. Each task force meeting will highlight a new strategy. In autumn 2012, the Chamber will host the Business Expo: Controlling Health Care Costs and will feature each strategy in the Chamber’s toolbox. Some of the strategies include the Utah Health Exchange, health savings accounts, the Clinical Health Information Exchange, on-sight health clinics, wellness programs and more. Scan here for a direct link to the Health System reCent aCComPliShmentS Reform section of our n Strengthening the partnership between business and policy makers – The Cham- website. ber partnered with the Utah Department of Health to present the Utah Promontory1 6 S A L T L A k E C H A M B E R
  • Health Information Exchange and Technology Connectivity Conference. The Chamber also played a critical role in the governor’s health summit—Health Innovations: Utah The Chamber Supports Solutions for a Healthy Economy and Community. Small Businessn Repeal of 1099 reporting requirement – PPACA originally contained a provision that required all businesses to file a We fight against onerous healthcare 1099 tax return for every business or independent contractor regulations including Section 1090 of with which over $600 worth of business was transacted. The Salt Lake Chamber worked with Utah’s federal delegation PPACA, imposing an annual fee on and the U.S. Chamber to repeal this onerous requirement. health insurance providers. America’sn Federal advocacy – The Chamber’s annual business small businesses will bear the burden of delegation visit to Washington, D.C. addressed federal this new tax. If not repealed, this will cost health reform issues. We will continue to work closely small businesses nearly $87 billion in the with the U.S. Chamber to advance federal reform where unreasonable regulations hamper the efforts of first 10 years alone. business to control health care costs.ta S k F o r C e m e m B e r S h i PChair: Rich Mckeown, Leavitt Partners John Hanshaw, MountainStar - HCA Mountain Division Chris Redgrave, Zions Bank R. kelly Harris, Harris Financial Patricia R. Richards, SelectHealthNancy Adams, LDS Hospital Earl Hurst, Moreton & Company Grant D. Rogers, 3M Health CareTed Adams, LDS Hospital Scott Hymas, RC Willey Janet Root, Utah Health Information NetworkHeather Austin, Utah Transit Authority Emily Jackson, Snell & Wilmer Marc Rueckert, Intermountain HealthcareBill Barnes, Intermountain Healthcare Lynda Jeppesen, Larry H. Miller Group of Companies Dean Sanpei, Intermountain HealthcareMarc Bennett, HealthInsight Patricia W. Jones, Dan Jones & Associates Michael Sonntag, Bear River Mutual InsuranceDoug Boudreaux, MountainStar - HCA Mountain Division Chet Loftis, PEHP Richard J. Sperry, University of UtahTerry H. Buckner, The Buckner Company Eddie Loomis, Prudential Insurance Mark P. Stimpson, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of UtahJennifer B. Cannaday-Danielson, Regence BlueCross Nancy Malecker, Utah Transit Authority Jill Taylor, KeyBank of Utah BlueShield of Utah Pete McCabe, GE Healthcare Surgery Juliette Tennert, Governor’s Office of Planning & BudgetDavid J. Castleton, Ray Quinney & Nebeker kaye Mickelson, Salt Lake City Shelly Teuscher, Parsons Behle & LatimerJudy W. Christensen, Pfizer Donna Milavetz, OnSite Care Norman Thurston, Utah Department of HealthMayor Peter M. Corroon, Salt Lake County Doug Moody, Solution Services Randal Topper, Prudential Financial ServicesBill D. Crim, United Way of Salt Lake William Moreton, Moreton & Company Steven E. Tyler, Holland & HartDavid Dangerfield, Avalon Health Care kathleen Murphy, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah David P. Vanderwarker, Regence BlueCrossChris DeLaMare, Gold Cross Services Donald Murray, UnitedHealthcare BlueShield of UtahTeresa M. Ellis, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah Steve Neeleman, HealthEquity Blake Watkins, Gallagher Benefit ServicesLynda England, HealthInsight Wayne Niederhauser, Utah State Senate Nathan Wickizer, Cache Valley Electric CompanyDavid Entwistle, University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics Byron Okutsu, University Health Care Gary Wight, Kipp & ChristianRaymond J. Etcheverry, Parsons Behle & Latimer Jared Olsen, DWG & Associates Trent Wignall, Parallel HR SolutionsRob Farnsworth, Megadyne Medical Products Scott W. Parson, Staker Parson Companies Roberta Williams, American ExpressChristian Gardner, The Gardner Company Scarlett Pate, Bonneville International Corporation Suzanne Winters, USTARPaul Glauser, Staker Parson Companies David Patton, Utah Department of Health kim Wirthlin, University of UtahPatricia Goede, VisualShare kevin R. Pinegar, Durham Jones & PinegarTerry Graft, Wal-Mart Stores Greg Poulsen, Intermountain HealthcareDan M. Hair, Workers Compensation Fund Russ Raddon, Humana 2 0 1 2 P U B L I C P O L I C y G U I D E 1 7
  • EnErGY “Sound energy policy S tat e m e n t o F P r i n C i P l e S creates jobs and n Maintain secure and affordable energy supplies – We support the development of Utah’s rich energy resources. Development and wise use of these essential strengthens Utah’s resources ensures access to reasonably priced energy, creates jobs and provides economy. The correlation a solid foundation for broader economic strength. is unmistakable. Forbes n Responsible stewardship – Utah’s spectacular natural environment is a legacy passed to us from preceding generations. We support conservation as well as ranked Utah as the Best innovative and environmentally responsible development of energy resources State For Business for the and infrastructure. second consecutive year, PoliCy PoSitionS citing our energy costs—a n Greenhouse gas – Global warming requires global solutions. Any proposed full 31 percent below the federal regulation of greenhouse gases must be designed to prevent the transfer national average—as a of economic wealth from Utah to other states or nations, minimize economic hardship on businesses and consumers, and allow for alternative means of contributing factor to compliance. Utah should not participate in regional greenhouse gas initiatives. that prestigious ranking.” n Nuclear – We support development of nuclear power if economically viable, including the assessment of economic risks and a policy for safely storing or utah gov. gary herbert reprocessing locally produced spent fuel. 2012 PuBliC PoliCy PrioritieS n Prudent regulation – We will advance regulatory reform that encourages capital investment, removes remaining utility disincentives for demand-side management, creates enablers for energy management and provides consumers with pricing signals that reflect the cost of providing energy. n Increase generation – A secure, clean, reliable and diverse mix of energy is essential to maintain Utah’s life quality and sustain economic development. The Chamber will support and advance policies that promote long-term, cost-effective energy development. Scan here for a direct link to the Energy section n Support U.S. Chamber energy initiatives – We will continue to work with the U.S. of our website. Chamber to maximize domestic energy resources, improve energy efficiency and make new and clean energy technologies more affordable, while removing unnecessary barriers that derail energy projects.1 8 S A L T L A k E C H A M B E R
  • n Natural gas corridor – Enhancements to the natural gas corridor are necessary to support cleaner vehicles in Utah. We support targeted state and federal initiatives to improve The Chamber Supports Utah’s natural gas infrastructure. Small Businessn Integration technology – For renewable power generation to serve as a secure, clean and reliable source of Economic development and energy energy, a technical solution must be found to address policy are inseparably connected. Utah’s the intermittent nature of resources. We support the development and use of cost-effective technologies needed low energy costs provide a competitive to integrate intermittent renewable generation with existing advantage for our small businesses. energy infrastructure.reCent aCComPliShmentSn Multi-state natural gas Memorandum of Understanding – Gov. Herbert recently committed Utah to work with several states throughout the country to identify and improve markets for natural gas vehicles. This commitment will help clear the air and bring Utah and the U.S. one step closer to energy independence.ta S k F o r C e m e m B e r S h i PChair: Val Christensen, EnergySolutions Ron Jibson, Questar Corporation Lincoln Shurtz, Utah League of Cities & Towns Julia Jones, University of Utah College of Engineering Ian T. Spencer, CBREkimberly Barnett, Salt Lake County John S. kirkham, Stoel Rives Shelly Teuscher, Parsons Behle & LatimerJohn Baza, Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining Dennis klaus, Salt Lake Community College Roger O. Tew, VanCottMayor Ralph Becker, Salt Lake City Steve kroes, Utah Foundation Brok Thayn, Hunt ElectricVicki Bennett, Salt Lake City Brett Lindsey, DWG & Associates Richard Walje, Rocky Mountain PowerTodd R. Bingham, Utah Mining Association Tammie Lucero, Uintah County Economic Development Al Walker, USTARTom Bingham, Utah Manufacturers Association Ron Mangone, Strong & Hanni Alan Westenskow, Zions BankBob Bonar, Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort Mike Mckee, Uintah County Economic Development Bud White, U.S. Energy Engineerskenneth Bullock, Utah League of Cities & Towns Dianne Nielson, Department of Environmental QualityRey Butcher, Questar Corporation Scott W. Parson, Staker Parson CompaniesBradley R. Cahoon, Snell & Wilmer Michael Petersen, University of Utah Media SolutionsSteven J. Christiansen, Parr Brown Gee & Loveless kathy Pizzello, Salt Lake Community CollegeMayor Peter M. Corroon, Salt Lake County Monica Rafferty, Coldwell Banker CommercialRyan Davies, REDCO Renewable Energy Development keith Rattie, Questar CorporationChristian Gardner, The Gardner Company Bob Reeder, Parsons Behle & LatimerJeff Hartley, Hartley & Associates Debra Rigby, Questar CorporationDennis V. Haslam, Snell & Wilmer Brendan Ryan, Rio Tinto | Kennecott Utah CopperCarol Hunter, Rocky Mountain Power Reed Searle, EnergySolutionsTiffany James, Magnum Energy Dan See, Microsoft CorporationDavid Jensen, Zions Securities Company 2 0 1 2 P U B L I C P O L I C y G U I D E 1 9
  • DOwntown october 2006—Property Reserve announces may 2007 Fidelity april 2008—UTA completes TRAX extensions to Salt Lake Central Summer 2008 Patrick Dry Goods Jan-Dec 2009 Over 30 December 2009—Salt Lake City Redevelopment Agency purchases the Utah Pantages Theater and plans for City Creek Investments Station and FrontRunner North Condominiums open. new small begins evaluating possible uses, including a future Center, the largest private consolidates begins service to Ogden. businesses Film and Media Center. mixed-use development regional offices The Metro open in the ever undertaken in the in new regional Condominiums downtown 222 South Main, the Gold LEED august 2007—Hamilton Partners open. Summer 2009 Certified Building, opens. heart of downtown headquarters at breaks ground on 222 Main. area. Salt Lake City. the Gateway. City Creek Food Court opens. 2006 2007 2008 2009 December 2006 march 2007—Downtown Rising august 2008 october 2008 September 2009—OC Tanner “America’s november 2009—Voters approve Construction begins vision released. The vision Construction Salt Lake City Coolest Jewelry Store” opens in a historic $125 million bond for the on City Creek Center. outlines eight signature projects begins on announces 135 renovation of the Salt Lake City Public construction of a new Public Safety including a regional rail network, FrontRunner S. Main as the Library/Hansen Planetarium. Building to be located downtown. may 31, 2006—Business a year-round public market, south-a key location for the and community leaders dynamic urban living, a global component of Performing Arts The Leonardo—a science, technology and 2009—Hyatt Place Hotel opens at launch Downtown Rising. exchange place and a UTA Front Center. art center—begins renovation in the old The Gateway. This is the first Hyatt performing arts center. Lines 2015. Salt Lake City Public Library building. hotel in Salt Lake City. “A strong and vibrant Salt S tat e m e n t o F P r i n C i P l e S Lake City is important to n Heart of our region – Downtown Salt Lake City is the regional center for culture, commerce and entertainment. A vibrant metropolitan center is an important eco- our future. For that reason, nomic engine for the entire region. Downtown is the historic hub for employment, we have made it a priority to transportation, finance, legal work and the creative class. It also stands as the seat lay a solid foundation for the of local and state governments and the headquarters of a world religion. future success of this city. The n Downtown development – We support projects and policies that leverage the un- unprecedented investment precedented investment that has been made downtown over the past three years, including the OC Tanner flagship store, 222 South Main, the Broadway Park Lofts, the in downtown, with the City Gallivan Plaza renovation, The Leonardo and the City Creek mixed-use development. Creek project, is a token of our commitment to the 2012 PuBliC PoliCy PrioritieS future of this great city and n Residential – We support public policies and investments designed to develop recognition of our role as downtown as a residential community. We oppose unnecessary government policies that discourage private investment in urban renewal. one of the stewards of this community.” n Cultural core – Downtown is well served by artists and cultural organizations that perform at downtown facilities. We encourage the development of additional Bishop h. David Burton performance venues including the Utah Performing Arts Center and the Presiding Bishop, The Church of Jesus renovation of the Utah Theater. We encourage thoughtful place-making that links Christ of Latter-day Saints performing venues and celebrates downtown as the region’s cultural core. n Downtown Rising Signature Projects – The Salt Lake Chamber continues to support the Downtown Rising vision for a great American city. We will advance Scan here for a direct link to the Downtown policies toward this vision. Rising section of our website.2 0 S A L T L A k E C H A M B E R
  • risingJan-Dec 2010—An additional 30 businessesopen in downtown Salt Lake City. July 2010 Harmons Spring 2011—Construction begins on Public Safety Complex. January 2012—Harmons opening as part of the City Creek Center shopping development. Harmons will be the first full-service City Creek grocery store in the Central Business District.march 2010—Goldman Sachs announces new breaks Completion of first phase ofoffices at 222 South Main and the addition of ground. Broadway Park Lofts. With 80 march 22, 2012—Scheduled opening 2013—Public Safety1,500 new jobs, making Salt Lake City the second residential units, Broadway Park of City Creek Center, one of the largest Building for police and firelargest Goldman Sachs office in the Americas. expands residential and retail mixed-use developments in the U.S. departments scheduled development in the Pioneer Park City Creek includes high-end retail, 700 for completion.Main Street pedestrian bridge placed. neighborhood. residential units and 5,000 parking stalls. 2010 2011 2012 2013may 2010 June 2010 Summer 2011—Gallivan Plaza august, 2011 Summer 2013—Frank E. Moss Summer 2013—Six Gateway,City Creek Richards Court EA moves opens. The new design includes Mid Jordan and Federal Courthouse scheduled Adjacent to the Hyatt PlaceCondominiums open along headquarters to more space for concerts, a West Valley for completion. This project will Hotel at The Gateway, scheduledwith Deseret Book Store and downtown Salt two-story meeting facility and TRAX lines fill a five-acre block on the south for completion. This project willthe Blue Lemon restaurant. Lake City. expanded ice rink. completed. side of downtown and includes include 105,000 square feet of nearly 370,000 square feet. Class-A office space. The Leonardo opens.January 2010 Construction begins on FederalCourthouse. Expected completion in 2013. october 2010—Renovation begins at the Gallivan Center Plaza. 2013—Airport TRAX Line scheduled to open.n Convention industry – The Salt Lake Chamber supports poli- n Retail development – Downtown is in the midst of a retail cies and projects that grow Salt Lake’s convention industry. renaissance with The Gateway, Main Street revitalization, We support a convention center hotel so long as the financ- the Broadway shopping district and City Creek Center. ing is privately-led. Public financial support should be de- The Chamber supports policies that enhance all of voted to a public purpose, be limited and consistent with downtown as a premiere retail destination. financing used for other significant privately-led projects in Salt Lake. We oppose using transient room taxes to help fi- reCent aCComPliShmentS nance a convention center hotel. State and local government should also support policies that maximize promotion funds; n Parking pay stations – Salt Lake City unveiled solar-powered enhance Utah’s reputation as a welcoming and hospitable pay stations that provide convenient payment options for state; create a lively arts, cultural and entertainment district consumers throughout downtown in 2011. downtown; and maintain a first-rate public transit system. n Public perceptions – Opinions about downtown continuen Parking and transportation – We support public policies to improve, as measured by an annual quantitative survey that encourage the use of mass transit and convenient, procured by the Downtown Alliance. inexpensive public parking options. We also encourage innovative transportation and parking solutions including n Utah Performing Arts Center – Salt Lake City started design work parking pay stations, car share, bike share and the on this new 2,500 seat performance venue in December 2011. development of a downtown streetcar. We support the n City Creek Center – The largest mixed use development of its development of a parking management entity to oversee kind in the world will open downtown on March 22, 2012. parking inventory and promotion.ta S k F o r C e m e m B e r S h i PLEADERS: kent Gibson, Chair, Downtown ALLiAncE BoARD of tRuStEES: Jim Divver, Zions Bank Ex officio BoARD MEMBERS: Downtown Alliance Chair: kent Gibson, Property Reserve, Inc. John Dahlstrom, Wasatch Properties Mayor Ralph Becker, Salt Lake City Board of Trustees incoming Chair: Peggy Lander, Richter7 David Golden, Wells Fargo Mayor Peter Corroon, Salt Lake CountyLane Beattie, President and CEO, Past Chair: Vasilios Priskos, InterNet Properties Molly Mazzolini, Infinite Scale Design Council Member Luke Garrott, Salt Lake Chamber / Downtown Bruce Bingham, Hamilton Partners Gary Porter, The Church of Jesus Salt Lake City Council Alliance Christina Alter, Goldman, Sachs & Co. Christ of Latter-day Saints Scott Beck, Visit Salt LakeJason Mathis, Executive Director, Lane Beattie, Salt Lake Chamber Randy Rigby, Utah Jazz D.J. Baxter, Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City Downtown Alliance Jake Boyer, The Boyer Company Curtis Bennett, Downtown Retail Merchants Association 2 0 1 2 P U B L I C P O L I C y G U I D E 2 1
  • International WOrLD TrADE CEnTEr UTAH “Utah was the only S tat e m e n t o F P r i n C i P l e S state in the nation to n Open markets – We support public policy that encourages open markets and the full participation of Utah businesses in the global marketplace. double merchandise n Global perspective – Public policy must take into account the global nature of exports over the past competition and empower Utah businesses to succeed in the world economy. five years! The World 2012 PuBliC PoliCy PrioritieS Trade Center Utah and n Ongoing funding for World Trade Center Utah – We support an ongoing the Salt Lake Chamber appropriation for World Trade Center Utah (WTCU) that will fund expanded play critical roles in training, educational opportunities and trade missions. increasing Utah exports n Create export incentives – Develop a comprehensive tax and investment policy to encourage exports by Utah businesses. to create Utah jobs.” n Favorable business climate – We must continue to reduce business costs in Scott anderson order to sustain global competitiveness of Utah businesses and foreign direct Chair, World Trade Center Utah investment in Utah. and CEO, Zions Bank reCent aCComPliShmentS utah is the only state to double utah exports create utah jobs international exports in the last five years $ 15 100 $13.81 Utah’s Merchandise Exports (in billions of U.S. dollars) 90,165 $12 80 75,721 $10.31 $10.34 70,357 Employment (FTE and PTE) 61,885 $9 60 54,995 $7.81 $6.80 $6 40 $3 20 Scan here for a direct link to the International section of our website. 0 0 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011* Source: World Trade Center Utah2 2 S A L T L A k E C H A M B E R
  • n World Bank – With support of WTCU, the Salt Lake Chamber formalized a relationship with the World Bank Group to act as the state’s Private Sector Liaison Officer. The Chamber Supports The relationship will help businesses throughout the Small Business western United States gain access to projects funded by the World Bank in developing countries. The Salt Lake Chamber and World Traden Forging connections with Asia – WTCU hosted the inaugural Center Utah support small businesses Utah-China Business Forum with participation of over 300 prominent Chinese business and government leaders. by preparing them to compete in a In conjunction with the National Governors Association global market. In 2011, assessment and annual conference, WTCU hosted governors of the Chinese consulting services were provided for over provinces Anhui, yunnan, Qinghai and the Party Secretary from Zhejiang Province, representing 178 million 500 small businesses and an additional Chinese citizens. 1,000 small business representatives WTCU and USTAR facilitated the U.S.– Korea Science and received export training. Technology Forum in Park City, with participation of over 800 korean technology specialists.n Welcoming foreign dignitaries – Ambassadors from China, U.S. Ambassadors to United Arab Emirates, kuwait and European Union, South korea, Afghanistan, Morocco, South korea Tunisia, Oman, Slovakia, Germany, Peru, Jordan, kenya, n Expanding Utah’s international influence – Secured official Laos, Brazil, Belgium, Ukraine and Israel agreements with Monterrey Chamber of Commerce (Mexico), Dignitaries from Uganda, Thailand, Spain, Indonesia, Shan’xi Bureau of Commerce (China), Wuhan Chamber of Morocco, France, Uzbekistan, kazakhstan, China, South korea, Commerce (China), Chinese Committee for Promotion of Japan, Peru, Senegal, the United kingdom, Greece, Canada, International Trade and Italy Utah Cooperation Center. Croatia and Hondurasw o r l D t r a D e C e n t e r u ta h B o a r D o F D i r e C t o r SChair: Scott Anderson, Zions Bank Mark Garfield, Zions Bank Ex-officio: Natalie Gochnour, Salt Lake Chamber Jeff Edwards, Economic Development Corporation of UtahLew Cramer, World Trade Center Utah Alan Hall, MarketStar Gary Harter, International Trade & Diplomacy OfficeLane Beattie, Salt Lake Chamber Dean Luikart, Wells FargoH. David Burton, The Church of Jesus Christ of Greg Miller, Larry H. Miller Group of Companies EMERituS: Latter-day Saints Richard Nelson, Utah Technology Council Jack Sunderlage, ContentWatchLadd Christensen, Global Bridge Dinesh Patel, vSpring CapitalDavid Clark, Zions Bank Paul Savage, kirton & McConkieGary Crittenden, Huntsman Gay Global Capital Pres. Michael G. Waddoups, Utah State SenateBryan Davis, XangoSpencer P. Eccles, Governor’s Office of Economic Development 2 0 1 2 P U B L I C P O L I C y G U I D E 2 3
  • CAPITOL Club The Salt Lake Chamber 2 0 1 1 C a Pi to l C lu B g u e StS Capitol Club is comprised of January: august: business leaders with a keen U.S. Senator Jake Garn, Ret. kirk Jowers, Director, Hinckley Institute of Politics/ interest in policy issues affecting February: LaVarr Webb, Partner, the business community. Bud Scruggs, president and CEO, The Exoro Group/ Huntsman Financial Corporation Members engage top policy and Utah Senator Pat Jones Salt Lake Chamber Legislative business leaders to gain insight Reception Dave Golden, Executive Vice President, on the most pressing issues Wells Fargo Commercial Banking march: Mountain Division impacting our community and Mark Willes, president and CEO, to share business expertise. September: Deseret Management Corporation Chris Hill, Director of Athletics, Rich Mckeown, president and CEO, University of Utah Leavitt Partners Washington D.C. Delegation Visit april: october: U.S. Senator Mike Lee Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker may: Scan here for a direct november: Gov. Gary Herbert at the link to the Capitol Club Utah Supreme Court Justice Tom Lee section of our website. Governor’s Mansion Utah Valley University President Clark Ivory, CEO Ivory Homes Matthew Holland C a Pi to l C lu B m e m B e r S h i P 2012 Chair: Aaron Call, G&A Partners Nichole Dunn, Salt Lake County Tyler Ploeger, Tanner 2012 vice Chair: Angie Welling, Love Communications Scott E. Eastmond, Bonneville International Alan Rindlisbacher, Layton Construction Company immediate Past Chair: Anne Marie Gunther, Vivint Michael D. Frandsen, eBay Jennifer Robinson, University of Utah Center for Public Jeffrey Gardner, EnergySolutions Policy and Administration Neil Abercrombie, Utah State University Jake Goodliffe, Staker Parson Companies Steve Sansom, Holme Roberts & Owen C. Lance Allen, Waste Management of Utah David Grauer, Intermountain Medical Center Jennifer Seelig, 1-800-Contacts kevin N. Anderson, Fabian Law Jeremy Hafen, Sunroc Building Materials Tim Sheehan, Salt Lake Community College Clay Ashdown, Intermountain Healthcare Dan Harbeke, Union Pacific Railroad Darren Shepherd, Questar Corporation ken Ashton, Snell & Wilmer Jeff Hartley, Hartley & Associates Paul Skeen, Hansen, Barnett & Maxwell Russell Banz, Deseret Management Corporation Lori Jackson, Strong & Hanni Matt Smith, LANDesk Software Brock Beattie, Zions Management Services Company Michael Johnson, FCS Community Management Steve Starks, Larry H. Miller Group of Companies Todd Brightwell, Economic Development korry kieffer, American Express Shaun Steel, VLCM Corporation of Utah John G. kimball, REAL Salt Lake / Rio Tinto Stadium Greg Summerhays, Workers Compensation Fund Patrick Burt, Kipp & Christian Garrett koerner, Ernst & Young Juliette Tennert, Governor’s Office of Planning & Budget Brandon Burton, Bonneville International Corporation Dean W. Luikart, Wells Fargo Michael Todd, Deseret News Jed Call, MediaOne of Utah Sen. Ben McAdams, Utah State Senate Justin Toth, Ray Quinney & Nebeker Maura Carabello, The Exoro Group Ted McAleer, USTAR Peter Watkins, Watkins Global Strategies Gary Coker, CBRE Brad Mortensen, Weber State University Mike Winder, West Valley City Sheryl Cox, America First Credit Union Brennan Moss, Pia Anderson Dorius Reynard Moss Andrew Croshaw, Leavitt Partners Andrea Packer, Utah Transit Authority Tracy Crowell, Crowell Advertising, Marketing, PR Jared Perry, University Hospital Foundation katina Curtis, Grant Thornton2 4 S A L T L A k E C H A M B E R
  • DemoCratiC Party CauCuS night march 13, 2012 rePuBliCan PartyCivic CauCuS night march 15, 2012 Engagement “Politics ought to be the B u S i n e S S P a r t i C i P at i o n Business leaders are concerned about declining civic engagement. Utah’s voter part-time profession of participation has fallen from 78 percent in 1960 to 51 percent in 2011. We now rank every citizen who would 47th in the nation. A variety of factors contribute to this, including redistricting, closed primaries and busy lifestyles. It is a priority of the Board of Governors to protect the rights and actively participate in this year’s caucuses.privileges of free people and who would preserve what u ta h ’ S u n i q u e C o n v e n t i o n S y S t e m is good and fruitful in our Utah is one of only seven states to utilize a convention system to elect candidates for primary and general elections, and one of only three states that do not have a tool national heritage.” for candidates to bypass the convention. Utah is the only state that allows political parties to preclude a primary election for statewide or congressional offices if -Dwight D. eisenhower candidates receive a sufficient proportion of delegate votes. PreParing Part iCiPantS The Salt Lake Chamber is committed to preparing business leaders to participate in Scan here for a direct neighborhood precinct caucus meetings in March. Visit www.slchamber.com/vote for link to the Vote section of resources including Precinct Caucus Meeting 101, precinct caucus locations and tips our website. to becoming a delegate. oFFiCeS uP For eleCtion in 2012 Up for election Not up for election S tat e o F u ta h n at i o n a l executive Branch legislature u.S. Congress Governor and Lt. Governor Attorney General house Senate house Senate State Treasurer State Auditor All four 1 Seat Utah seats (Orrin Hatch) School Board Districts 1, 6, 7, 8, 10, 13, Districts 4, 7, 8, 10, 14, 16, 19, 20, 23, executive Branch 11, 12, 13 and 15 24, 25, 27, 28 President & Vice President All 75 seats and 29 2 0 1 2 P U B L I C P O L I C y G U I D E 2 5
  • S a lt l a k e C h a m B e r 2 0 1 1 - 2 0 1 2 e x e C u t i v e B o a r D Chair: David R. Golden, Wells Fargo kent Gibson, Property Reserve, Inc. Brett Okland, Okland Construction Company viCe Chair: Ray Pickup, Workers Gordy Haycock, Grant Thornton Scott W. Parson, Staker Parson Companies Compensation Fund Carol Hunter, Rocky Mountain Power Vasilios Priskos, InterNet Properties Clark D. Ivory, Ivory Homes kelly Sanders, Rio Tinto | Kennecott Utah Copper Bruce Bingham, Hamilton Partners Ron Jibson, Questar Corporation Bert R. Zimmerli, Intermountain Healthcare Mark H. Bouchard, CBRE Peggy Lander, Richter7 Jake Boyer, The Boyer Company Brent Low, MediaOne of Utah Lori Chillingworth, Zions Bank Molly Mazzolini, Infinite Scale Design Group Spencer P. Eccles, Governor’s Office of Economic Andrea Moss, American Express DevelopmentS a lt l a k e C h a m B e r 2 0 1 1 - 2 0 1 2 B o a r D o F g o v e r n o r S Don H. Adams, Bear River Mutual Insurance Chad England, CR England Rich Mckeown, Leavitt Partners John A. Adams, Ray Quinney & Nebeker Gary England, Headwaters Pres. Ann Millner, Weber State University Abby Albrecht, Granite Construction Company Clint Ensign, Sinclair Companies Mike Moffit, Gold Cross Services Pres. Stan L. Albrecht, Utah State University David Entwistle, University of Utah Hospitals Richard R. Nelson, Utah Technology Council Jeff Alexander, Alexander’s Print Advantage and Clinics Sterling W. Nielsen, Mountain America Credit Christy Alter, Goldman, Sachs & Co. kC Ericksen, Orbit Irrigation Products Union Corporate Lisa Arnett, Prescott Muir Architects Raymond J. Etcheverry, Parsons Behle & Latimer Troy Olson, Les Olson Company D. J. Baxter, Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake Rick Folkerson, Ken Garff Automotive Group Gary B. Porter, The Church of Jesus Christ of Scott Beck, Visit Salt Lake Rob S. Fox, Brahma Group Latter-day Saints Mayor Ralph Becker, Salt Lake City Chris Gamvroulas, Ivory Homes Greg Randall, KPMG Curtis Bennett, O.C. Tanner Jewelers Bryson Garbett, Garbett Homes Taylor Randall, David Eccles School of Business Brian Bethers, 1-800-Contacts Christian Gardner, The Gardner Company Chris Redgrave, Zions Bank Pres. A. Lorris Betz, University of Utah Luke Garrott, Salt Lake City Council Jill Remington Love, Salt Lake City Council Pres. Cynthia Bioteau, Salt Lake Community College Lisa Gough, Sysco Intermountain Patricia Richards, SelectHealth Scott Bishop, Woodbury Corporation Tom Guinney, Gastronomy Randy Rigby, Utah Jazz Craig Broussard, Magnum Energy Bill Haberstock, Million Air - Salt Lake City Rhett Roberts, Redmond, Incorporated Bryce Buchanan, PricewaterhouseCoopers Jonathan Hafen, Parr Brown Gee & Loveless Robin Rockwood, Federal Reserve Bank of Terry H. Buckner, The Buckner Company John Hanshaw, MountainStar - HCA Mountain San Francisco / Salt Lake City Branch Lonnie M. Bullard, Jacobsen Construction Division Don Schulthies, Wal-Mart Stores Bishop H. David Burton, The Church of Jesus Christ Dan Harbeke, Union Pacific Railroad Daniel Shapiro, eBay of Latter-day Saints R. kelly Harris, Harris Financial Randy Shumway, Cicero Group keith M. Buswell, Wadman Corporation Pres. Matthew Holland, Utah Valley University Jerry Stevenson, J & J Nursery & Garden Center Sheila Camarella, KeyBank of Utah Gary Hoogeveen, Kern River Gas Transmission Joe Tomon, Proctor & Gamble Dale Campbell, R&O Construction Company Paul Torres, Manuel’s Fine Foods Jennifer B. Cannaday-Danielson, Regence Greg Hopkins, Bennett Consulting Group Vicki Varela, Vicki Varela Strategic Communications BlueCross BlueShield of Utah Tom N. Hori, REDCON kip Wadsworth, Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Lee Carter, UBS Bank USA Curt Howell, Humana Jin Wang, Westminster College Val Christensen, EnergySolutions Mark Howell, AmericanWest Bank John W. Ward, Harmons Sam W. Clark Jr., Dale Barton Agency kirk Huffaker, Utah Heritage Foundation Mike L. Washburn, Thanksgiving Point Wilford Clyde, Clyde Companies Earl Hurst, Moreton & Company Glen Watkins, Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough Mayor Peter M. Corroon, Salt Lake County Scott Hymas, RC Willey Michael Weinholtz, CHG Healthcare Services Dean Cottle, Robert W. Baird & Co. John M. Inglish, Utah Transit Authority Grant S. Whitaker, Utah Housing Corporation Lew Cramer, World Trade Center Utah Graden P. Jackson, Strong & Hanni W. Don Whyte, Rio Tinto | Kennecott Utah Copper Tracy Crowell, Crowell Advertising, Marketing, PR Jonathan Johnson, Overstock.com (O.co) Nathan Wickizer, Cache Valley Electric Company John Dahlstrom, Wasatch Commercial Management Richard H. Johnson II, Stoel Rives Jody L. Williams, Holland & Hart Michael Dale, New Media Strategists Patricia Jones, Dan Jones & Associates Superintendent Mckell Withers, Salt Lake City Bob Dalley, Deseret Power Steve kroes, Utah Foundation School District Ingolf de Jong, General Communications Jennifer Lange, GE Healthcare Surgery Andrea P. Wolcott (Ret.), Federal Reserve Bank of Rob Despain, Petersen Incorporated Charlie Lansche, Fidelity Investments San Francisco / Salt Lake City Branch Quinn Dietlein, Hale Centre Theatre Todd Larsen, Cumulus Media Todd Wolfenbarger, The Summit Group Jim Divver, Zions Bank Richard Linder, Coherex Medical Edgar Wright, Pepsi Beverages Company Alex Dunn, Vivint Daniel C. Lofgren, Cowboy Partners Craig Zollinger, Chase Rebecca Dutson, United Way of Salt Lake Steve Lundgren, Marriott Hotels Jeff Edwards, Economic Development Al Manbeian, GPS Corporate Foreign Exchange Corporation of Utah Bill Manning, Real Salt Lake / Rio Tinto Stadium The Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors recognizes and appreciates the Chamber staff for its dedication and professionalism in serving Utah and growing Utah businesses and the economy. 175 E. University Blvd. (400 S.) Suite 600 Salt Lake City, Utah 84111 801.364.3631 slchamber.com