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  1. 1. 2015 SLCHAMBER.COM Quality Living The Utah Way WORK LEARN LIVE PLAY Utah’s Premier Lifestyle and Relocation Guide
  2. 2. • 97% College Bound • All Faiths Welcome • Diverse Community • Infant - 12th Grade Where Knowledge and Faith Meet NOW ENROLLINGTours available at 16 schools along the Wasatch Front (Ogden to Draper) www.UtahCatholicSchools.org Visit us online
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  4. 4. Luxury at every level. ® 8 0 1 . 2 7 0 . 6 4 0 0 O A K W O O D H O M E S U TA H . C O M COME IN TODAY & EXPLORE OUR NEW HOME CENTER 2 0 6 E a s t W i n c h e s t e r, M u r r a y, U T ( S o u t h o f F a s h i o n P l a c e M a l l ) MORE THAN 25 COMMUNITIES... IN 6 COUNTIES GROTTO KITCHENS DESIGN YOUR DREAM HOME
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  6. 6. ©2014Ernst&YoungLLP.AllRightsReserved.ED0515. Bridge and conquer. With good advice and long-term planning, you can take the most direct route to where you want to go. We help your company get there faster. ey.com
  7. 7. CenturyLink’s powerful portfolio of services covers all corners of business in Utah. In the state ranked best for business*, CenturyLink’s top-tier technology helps many businesses achieve their goals. Utah businesses count on CenturyLink to provide tailored solutions, the connectivity of a Tier-1 national network and industry-leading Service Level Agreements. And as more companies migrate to the cloud, they’re taking advantage of our top-tier cloud services. CenturyLink provides the solutions, technology and support that helps businesses keep growing. To find out more about CenturyLink call 855.320.0469 or visit centurylink.com *Forbes rated Utah the Best State for Business and Careers two years in a row. http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2011/11/22/the-best-states-for-business/ © 2012 CenturyLink, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The name and the pathway logos are trademarks of CenturyLink, Inc.
  8. 8. 8 LIFE IN UTAH 2015 | SLCHAMBER.com welcome Welcome to Utah! As Governor of the great state of Utah, it is my pleasure to recommend Life in Utah. I am pleased the successes of our vibrant economy, excellent education system, and principles of good government have sparked your interest. What is more, I am proud of our most valuable asset—the friendly and hospitable residents of Utah. This year’s publication focuses on the theme, “The Utah way of doing business.” We are a state of collaboration. We find solutions and take action. And, we are always looking for ways to improve. From tourism and transportation to energy development, water, and education, Utah comes together to lead the way and get things done. Utah’s spectacular natural environment, lively arts and culture, and thriving business truly offer what we call “Life Elevated.” Our wonderful state has something for everyone, and I invite you to come and discover the many reasons for you to love Utah. I am confident your experiences will increase your desire not only to return time and again, but perhaps to relocate to Utah as well. Sincerely, Gary R. Herbert Governor
  9. 9. When you come to Utah, be sure to visit in the heart of Salt Lake City Tours are available in more than 30 languages • Many venues to choose from, and all are free Discoveryour roots in the FamilySearch Center, where helpful volunteers can assist in retrieving family history information from the world’s largest repository of genealogical records. Your tour group can: Meander through two upscale visitors’ centers that include the Christus statue by Danish sculptor Thorvaldsen. Visit the interactive map of ancient Jerusalem (kids love it!) and much more. For information on these and many other fascinating venues on Temple Square, go to visittemplesquare.com, lds.org/placestovisit, or call 800-453-3860. Step into the past,where the story of family life of yesteryear will unfold room by room in the Beehive House, the seat of government in early Utah. Listento the glorious music of the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir, rehearsing and performing in the Tabernacle on Temple Square.They also perform in the 21,000-seat Conference Center. See visittemplesquare.com for details. TEMPLE SQUARE © IRI. PD50020206 MarkCannon,©1989IRI©Busath.com
  10. 10. 10 LIFE IN UTAH 2015 | SLCHAMBER.com welcome table of contents 16 work Building on Utah’s thriving economy and business 38 learn Gaining an education is the foundation for Utah’s prosperity 44 live Highlighting a few of Utah’s favorite places to live 64 play Discovering adventure in an all-season playground Image courtesy of Utah Office of Tourism ON THE COVER: Sunrise Arch, Canyonlands National Park by Charlie M. Lansche Western Landscape & Wildlife Photography www.CharlieLansche.com
  11. 11. Call 866.223.8822 or visit peopletrail.com to chat live or schedule your own complimentary consultation today. Like all of our Utah based clients, Peopletrail feels fortunate to have our roots established in this great state. We have benefited from all the wonderful opportunities it provides for both business and pleasure. Over the years we’ve enjoyed growing along side many of our clients, providing them the actionable insight they need to make the right business decisions, keeping them secure and compliant with all local, state, and federal screening requirements. Peopletrail is well positioned for significant growth. Our clients’ needs continue to grow, and more and more companies are realizing the importance of working with an accredited provider of reliable, convenient, and accurate information. Discover the Peopletrail difference and get the information you need, and the personal care you deserve. © Copyright 2014 Peopletrail, LLC. Peopletrail and the Peopletrail logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Peopletrail, LLC. All rights reserved. Employment Screening – ATS Integration Drug Screening – Criminal Background Checks Tenant Screening – Corporate Security Solutions
  12. 12. 12 LIFE IN UTAH 2015 | SLCHAMBER.com12 LIFE IN UTAH 2015 | SLCHAMBER.com welcome VOLUME XXX ISSUE 2015 175 E. University Blvd. (400 S.), Suite 600 Salt Lake City, UT 84111 801-364-3631 | slchamber.com EDITORS Mikael Short, Sky Nuttall, Maria Loftis CONTENT PROVIDED BY CBRE, Inc., Downtown Alliance, Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Intermountain Relocation Council, Kane County Tourism, Salt Lake Chamber, Ski Utah, Utah State Parks, Sundance Institute, Uintah County Tourism, Utah Association of Realtors, Utah Department of Transportation, Utah Media Group, Utah Office of Tourism, Utah Transit Authority PUBLISHED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH 90 S. 400 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84121 801-839-1404 | utahbusiness.com ADVERTISING SALES REPRESENTATIVE Lynette Cloward EDITORIAL/CREATIVE TEAM Jed Call, VP of Business Development Megan Donio, Content Manager Jeni Fitzgibbon, Content Coordinator Michelle Bridges, Project Designer Brian Hugo, Graphics Lead COVER PHOTO Charlie M. Lansche Sunrise Arch, Canyonlands National Park CONTRIBUTORS Letitia Campbell, Mark DeYoung, Melissa Fields, Sarah Ryther Francom, Julie Johnsson, Thomas Whitaker, Justin Jones Life in Utah is an official and yearly publication of the Salt Lake Chamber and is distributed throughout Utah. Copyright ©2015 by the Salt Lake Chamber. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any format without consent of the Salt Lake Chamber. We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication, the Salt Lake Chamber, Utah Media Group and Utah Business magazine assume no liability for errors, inaccuracies or omissions. All critical information should be independently verified. Utah Media Group and Utah Business are proud to produce the Salt Lake Chamber’s official relocation magazine with a title that reflects its extended scope: Life in Utah. PRESIDENT & CEO Brent Low PUBLISHER Sam Urie Welcome to Utah Whether you are here for a quick visit or considering Utah as your new home, it won’t take long for you to realize that our state is unlike any other. The Life in Utah magazine is designed to give you a taste of what makes Utah so special. You may already know we’re the home of the “Greatest Snow on Earth© ” and some of the very best skiing, but don’t forget about playing in the mountains and lakes in the summer, visiting the “Mighty Five®” spectacular national parks and our vibrant capital city. We have something for everyone within our state borders. No matter how long you plan to be here, we want to make you feel welcome. The Salt Lake Chamber is working to make Utah the strongest economy in the nation and we are committed to being a welcoming, inclusive and caring community. We would love nothing more than for you to join us. We hope you’ll enjoy your time in our great state! Lane Beattie, President and CEO Salt Lake Chamber Lane Beattie, Salt Lake Chamber, President and CEO. Image courtesy of Busath Photography© PRESIDENT & CEO Lane Beattie BOARD CHAIR Terry Buckner
  13. 13. Visit our website ESPOKES.COM to learn which ebike is right for you. Electric assist bicycles, or “ebikes,” are the latest technology in bicycles. An eBike allows riders of all fitness levels to enjoy riding a bike. While pedaling, a discrete, quiet, electric motor assists you depending on the assist level you need or desire. Who is eSpokes? We are electric bikes. We are the largest electric bike dealer in Utah, with stores in St. George and Daybreak in South Jordan. We offer the largest selection of high-quality, industry-leading electric bikes. We take pride in our knowledgeable employees, outstanding service, and our certified ebike technicians. A BETTERBETTER WAY TO COMMUTECOMMUTE
  14. 14. LAKE HOMES THAT ARE SO NOW … AND THEN DESIGN FOR ALL TIME “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” Famed 19th Century designer William Morris was, to put it mildly, a stickler for the details. We’ve taken this older, more meticulous approach to form and function, and combined it with a fresh, almost whimsical sense of light and lifestyle to create the new homes of Daybreak’s Lake Village. LAKE HOMES THAT ARE SO NOW … AND THEN DESIGN FOR ALL TIME “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” Famed 19th Century designer William Morris was, to put it mildly, a stickler for the details. We’ve taken this older, more meticulous approach to form and function, and combined it with a fresh, almost whimsical sense of light and lifestyle to create the new homes of Daybreak’s Lake Village.
  15. 15. AT 10 YEARS OLD, DAYBREAK IS A MODEL OF COMMUNITY DESIGN. A place where the homes are a short walk or bike ride from parks. Community gardens. A fresh-baked pastry. Even a light rail station. And Lake Village is the pinnacle of Daybreak design, a fitting tenth anniversary celebration. THESE HOMES EMBODY LAKESIDE LIVING. They welcome sunlight and cross breezes into every room. With an ingenious use of glass and space, they blur the barrier between indoors and outdoors. And every detail, from a metal roof above a wrap-around porch to a “kayak garage,” is a reminder that you’re among the privileged few who get to live steps from a big, freshwater lake. TOUR THE MODEL HOMES OF LAKE VILLAGE. Start your tour at the Lake Cottage. From I-15 go west on 10600 S., cross Bangerter Hwy and follow the signs to the Lake Cottage. (801) 446-9022 A RIO TINTO/KENNECOTT COMMUNITY DAYBREAKUTAH.COM
  16. 16. Our Mission: We stand as the voice of business, we support our members’ success and we champion community prosperity. Utah’s Voice for Business of interest: chamber fast facts MEMBER BUSINESSES 8,000+ MEMBER SPAN All 29 Utah counties, 14 states, 2 countries LENGTH OF MEMBERSHIP 220 businesses have been members for 25+ years INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER AGREEMENTS 10 SMALL BUSINESS MEMBERS 79 percent HOSTED EVENTS / WORKSHOPS 150+ per year STRATEGIC PARTNERS Downtown Alliance, World Trade Center Utah Member benefits: Discover the advantages of belonging to the Chamber at slchamber.com As the state’s largest and longest- serving business association, the Salt Lake Chamber provides a new kind of business leadership on a statewide level through a blend of collaboration, advocacy and service. We aim to create an environment built for economic success, now and in the future. We continue to enhance business- strengthening programs to make membership in the Chamber more valuable and to help us achieve our mission. As the “Voice of Business” in Utah, we support policies that help businesses thrive. We fight for a greater investment in Utah’s future workforce through the Prosperity 2020 movement. We help to strengthen Utah’s health system, sustain investment in transportation and enhance community prosperity through innovation. The Chamber will continue to provide leadership in the issues facing our state—to serve the business community as well as Utah citizens. Thanks to the Chamber and its partners’ work in securing good business policy, Utah is one of the best states to start a business, expand a business or simply to do business. Salt Lake Chamber is the largest and longest-running business association in Utah. Images courtesy of Salt Lake Chamber 16 LIFE IN UTAH 2015 | SLCHAMBER.com work
  17. 17. ” “Thankyou, ZionsBank, for35yearsofa greatrelationship. Gail Miller — OWNER, LARRY H. MILLER GROUP OF COMPANIES Gail Miller has trusted Zions Bank for over three decades — and for good reason. “What makes a banking relationship work is knowing you can count on each other. Zions Bank helps us do business in a way that perhaps we couldn’t without their support.” To hear the rest of Gail’s story, visit zionsbank.com/thankyou.
  18. 18. Innovate. Invest. Grow. You’ve probably heard comments that Utah is the place to be for business. We’re happy to report that the talk is true. With a business-minded governor leading a business- friendly community, the Beehive State is continually growing and gaining recognition both nationally and internationally. Exceeding Expectations Part of Utah’s major industries—energy, agriculture, IT/software. Images courtesy of Utah Office of Tourism, University of Utah Tech Ventures   18 LIFE IN UTAH 2015 | SLCHAMBER.com work
  19. 19. 19LIFE IN UTAH 2015 | SLCHAMBER.com work Utah’s capital, Salt Lake City, is a hive of activity. Multiple national corporations are locating headquarter operations, and other major business units are opening in the newly rebuilt city center. The arts are flourishing with a new ballet training facility and multiple stage performance centers being filled nightly, plus a nationally ranked symphony and our own summer jazz festival—all helping to add to the full sense of community in Salt Lake City. On the economic front, the city is home to the state’s largest chamber of commerce and provides a center place for the business community to gather. Utah’s statewide economy is thriving, as evidenced by an unemployment rate of 3.6 percent and 3.3 percent job growth as of December 2014. A state long-identified with mining and agriculture, Utah has steadily diversified its industry mix through economic ups and downs. All of this is underpinned by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development’s (GOED) commitment of resources to target and stimulate economic clusters around strategic industries that have sufficient critical mass to drive major economic expansion. Aerospace and Defense, Finance, IT/Software, Energy, Life Sciences, Agriculture, High Tech Manufacturing, and Outdoor Products and Recreation round out the key industries that drive the state. The Hachman Index, which measures the similarity and diversity of different regions and the nation as a whole, has found Utah to be the fourth most diverse economy in the country. Working with GOED, a wide range of companies have expanded and relocated operations in the state this year. To mention a few: Goldman Sachs, ATK, Varian Medical Systems, Young Living, Jive Communications, Oracle, Vista Outdoor and others have expanded, thanks in part to the state’s sensible business regulatory environment and competitive incentive programs. The state consistently encourages new businesses to relocate to Utah, and we also promote existing businesses through specialized in-state programs. For example, the GOED Business Resource Centers in conjunction with its local educational and business sector partners offer convenient one-stop shop business services for addressing the needs of new or growing firms. The Procurement Technical Assistance Centers provide assistance to small and mid-sized Utah companies to help them obtain government and military contracts. Utah also offers an online health insurance marketplace, Avenue H, geared toward helping small businesses control costs and give employees access to health care coverage. GOED also propels rural economic development, offering grants and incentives to companies that locate their business in small communities. The agency proactively helps rural communities, placing staff directly in rural regions to assist them in accomplishing economic development projects. In addition to all of this, GOED’s Office of Tourism, Outdoor Recreation Office and Utah Film Commission work to bring visitors and film projects to all corners of our state. of interest: look who’s growing UTAH’S EXPANDING BUSINESSES Goldman Sachs: Salt Lake City, 350 jobs Overstock: Midvale, 333 jobs Viracon: St. George, 300 jobs Vista Outdoors HQ: Salt Lake County, 90 jobs SyberJet: Cedar City, 1,000 jobs Young Living: Utah County, 445 jobs ATK: Clearfield, 1,002 jobs OOCL: Salt Lake City, 300 jobs Allstate Corporation: Ogden, 700 jobs Varian Medical Systems: Salt Lake City, 1,000 jobs Houseling Nurseries Oxnard, Inc.: Juab County, 282 jobs Oracle: Lehi, 351 jobs Utah’s economic mission is to excel in job creation, innovation, entrepreneurship, global business, a quality workforce and also have a stable and sustainable business- friendly environment. Learn more about GOED at utah.business.gov While maintaining Utah’s current economy, we also look to the future. Utah continues to provide for its 665,000 strong K-12 future workforce to ensure our long-term competitiveness. One example is the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Action Center, a program that drives research and implementation of STEM education and best practices for K-12 students. The STEM Action Center supports the governor’s education plan and the Chamber’s Prosperity 2020 initiative. Utah No. 1 for 2011-2013, 2015 “Best State for Business and Careers” –  Utah No. 1 Best State for Business, 2014 —  Utah the only state to rank in Top 10 for all categories (e.g.: Exports, Business Climate) —..   ,   Utah No. 1 Economic Dynamism —   ,  Utah No. 1 for Economic Outlook —   , 
  20. 20. 20 LIFE IN UTAH 2015 | SLCHAMBER.com work Competing in a global economy has become a necessity not only for businesses, but also for states. Utah is certainly one of the brightest stars on the flag when it comes to export growth. The mission of World Trade Center Utah is to help Utah companies think, act and succeed globally. Going Global Utah continues to emerge as a premier global business destination despite being a landlocked state. Small business owners are encouraged to build their customer base, not just within the state or country, but outside of the United States. From 2008 to 2013, Utah’s exports grew by 36 percent, which is double the U.S. average of 18 percent. In 2013, Utah businesses exported $16.1 billion dollars to more than 200 countries. World Trade Center Utah (WTC Utah) is a voice for international business in the state. It supports Utah businesses in international expansion efforts by offering training seminars, regional forums and newsletters focused on international business development, trade issues and export opportunities. WTC Utah is a strategic partner with the Salt Lake Chamber in helping Utah of interest: wtc utah facts UTAH’S TOP FIVE EXPORT MARKETS Hong Kong: $5,529 million China: $1,412 million Canada: $1,324 million United Kingdom: $1,293 million Thailand: $835 million FEDERAL TRADE AGREEMENT PARTNERS In the past 10 years, Utah exports to Federal Trade Agreement partners grew by 127 percent WTC Utah helps Utah companies think, act and succeed globally. Learn more at wtcutah.com businesses enter into profitable global markets. Not only do international exports bring revenue to Utah businesses, they also create and support Utah and American jobs. In 2013, more than 60,000 jobs were supported by Utah exports. WTC Utah partners with the state to bring businesses to Utah and take Utah businesses to new countries. This past fiscal year, Utah’s International Trade and Diplomacy Office, housed in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), led seven trade missions to various countries. The success of last year’s Utah Global Forum, returning August 2015, is evidence of the collaborative nature of these three organizations that all work toward the common goal of supporting Utah businesses. World Trade Center Utah offices at City Creek Center. Images courtesy of Utah Office of Tourism
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  22. 22. HOW TO GET AROUND You can ride the TRAX light rail system straight from the airport into downtown Salt Lake City in just 20 minutes, and beyond as well. The Free Fare Zone of TRAX is centered in downtown and can get you to anything you need at absolutely no charge within the area. Then, once downtown, with GREENbike, SLC’s fast-growing bike share program, you can hop a bike and get from point A to point B in a fun and active way—no activewear required. WHERE TO STAY A handful of hotels are within short walking distance of the Salt Palace Convention Center and even more call downtown home. With more than 7,000 rooms available, there’s no shortage of space for visitors, whether for business or leisure, from motels, bed and breakfasts, and even the fanciest of hotels. Hotels that come highly recommended include Hilton Hotel Salt Lake City Center, Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek, Hotel Monaco, the Grand America and Little America Hotel. WHERE TO EAT Salt Lake City is expanding its palate one restaurant at a time, and so can you on your trip. From the seafood delights at Market Street Grill and Oyster Bar, sushi at Naked Fish, Bambara’s American cuisine to Copper Onion’s locally sourced contemporary goodness and beyond, you’re bound to find a restaurant close by to close your business deal—all over a delicious lunch. HAPPY HOUR AND BREWS Wind down after a busy day with some locally made brews at the likes of Squatters and Red Rock Brewery. If Utah is securing its place as a hot spot for national and international conventions thanks to events such as the Outdoor Retailer Winter / Summer Markets, Salt Lake Comic Con and Fan Xperience, the Sundance Film Festival, and more putting up shop in the heart of Salt Lake City at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Coming to Salt Lake City on a Business Trip? RIDE FREE If you enter and exit the bus or TRAX within the boundaries o f t h e F R E E FA R E Z O N E Free Fare Zone 500 N North Temple South Temple 1st Ave 100 S 200 S 300 S 400 S StateSt MainSt WTemple 200W 200E State Capitol 300W 500 S 400W 500W 600W DOWNTOWN SLC Arena Station Planetarium Station OldGreekTown Station SaltLake CentralStation Temple Square Station City Center Station Gallivan Center Station Courthouse Station Library Station you want more spirit-based drinks, Bar X provides a relaxed speakeasy ambience with wonderful mixologists behind the counter. Of course, being downtown also puts you in the most central location for anything and everything. If you forgot something at home or want some groceries, Harmons is right next to City Creek Center (closed Sundays), where you could spend an afternoon window shopping. If you need a shopping fix on a Sunday, The Gateway is Utah’s premier outdoor shopping destination just west of downtown. And, with a new year- round market system downtown, you could hit up the local farmers and crafts markets on weekends. The possibilities are endless! Make your business trip an enjoyable one in Salt Lake City, and just explore! You never know what you might find. P.S. Keep an eye out for the alleyway featuring a larger-than-life line of favorite classic novels. Plan ahead for your next business or leisure trip at visitutah.com of interest: four seasons SALT LAKE AREA CLIMATE AVERAGE ANNUAL TEMPERATURE 52˚F JANUARY TEMPERATURE Avg High: 36.4˚F / Avg. Low: 19.3˚F JULY TEMPERATURE Avg High: 92.2˚F / Avg. Low: 63.7˚F AVERAGE ANNUAL PRECIPITATION 16.2 inches AVERAGE ANNUAL SNOW FALL 58.6 inches SOURCE: National Weather Service Forecast Office climate-zion.com Images courtesy of Red Butte Garden, Mischelly Media 22 LIFE IN UTAH 2015 | SLCHAMBER.com work
  23. 23. HarmonsGrocery.com at shelf just look for this just look When local produce is at its peak, you’ll find it here. DELICIOUS UTAH PEACHES
  24. 24. 24 LIFE IN UTAH 2015 | SLCHAMBER.com work Bringing the World Outside profile vista outdoor hq Vista Outdoor’s customers expect rugged and dependable—and invest in products they can trust. Our company is committed to leveraging our capabilities, experience and passion for outdoor sports and recreation into products that help outdoor enthusiasts achieve independence and success in the outdoor activity of their choice. We’ve chosen to locate our corporate headquarters in Utah to help facilitate that mission. Utah is a great place to do business, with Forbes magazine naming Utah as the best state for business in 2014. From skiing to hunting to camping to mountain biking and golfing, Utah is an epicenter for individual outdoor recreation. I was born and raised in Utah, and love the outdoor lifestyle the state has to offer. Utah has a talented and well- educated workforce and a great quality of life. These qualities, along with the state’s appeal to outdoor enthusiasts and recreation companies, support our decision to establish the headquarters for this new and exciting company in the Beehive State. Vista Outdoor is a $2.3 billion global designer, manufacturer and marketer in the growing outdoor sports and recreation markets. Our company is a leader in outdoor recreation and owns 30 widely known and respected outdoor brands, including Federal Premium, CCI, Bushnell, Primos, Weaver Optics, BLACKHAWK!, Bollé and Savage Arms. The headquarters in Utah will house Vista Outdoor executives, including the CEO, CFO, General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Human Resources, and corporate employees in the legal, finance, human resources, IT, sales, marketing and communications departments. Our intent is to establish new high-paying corporate jobs in Utah over the next several years as we expand and grow. In addition, the Vista Outdoor brand Gold Tip currently employs approximately 50 skilled people in Orem, manufacturing archery products. The company employs approximately 5,800 skilled Mark DeYoung, CEO of Vista Outdoor. Image courtesy of Vista Outdoor workers worldwide with facilities in the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico and Asia. Outdoor sports and recreation is a $63 billion industry with a passionate and devoted customer base. We’re passionate too, because we use the products we make. We know our customers expect products that are rugged and dependable—they invest in products they can trust. Vista Outdoor is proud to partner with the State of Utah as we establish a new, global headquarters for this publicly traded company (VSTO on the NYSE). We’re committed to bringing the world outside—and that mission starts in Utah.
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  26. 26. 26 LIFE IN UTAH 2015 | SLCHAMBER.com work Investing in People profile the buckner company Terry Buckner is the CEO of The Buckner Company, an insurance brokerage founded in 1936 by Buckner’s grandfather. When Buckner got involved, the company had eight employees; now the company has 125 employees with offices in Utah, Idaho and Colorado. The Buckner Company is a strong, diverse business that champions creativity, integrity and community service. When Buckner came into the business in 1979, he had investigated the nature of joining a family business and instead negotiated to become the sole purchaser of the company in the future. He was aware that not many family businesses survived into their fourth generation and he wanted to make sure that The Buckner Company lasted and did well. Now Buckner is the only member of his family in this thriving business. Early in his career, Buckner had a pivotal experience that shaped the way that he did business. He had a specific client that was as much as 38 percent of the company’s revenue, but unfortunately they lost the client. Buckner reflected on how such an event makes you step back and look at yourself. This lost client forced the company to test their mettle, make sure they were committed to what they were doing and diversify so that not one client has as big of a stake in their firm. He says, “Now we don’t have one client that has more than 2 percent of our revenue. The year this happened we saw a dip in our revenue, so we responded by diversifying and strengthening our portfolio to redefine ourselves.” At The Buckner Company, they are always striving for excellence and recruiting top talent. They work hard to be in tune with new trends in the marketplace and to deal with security threats facing clients’ identities; they work hard to craft technology that will address those needs. Buckner says, “We are always thinking about the future, trying to stay abreast of trends in our field, which is challenging. What we really sell is our knowledge. We are a people company and work meticulously to provide our clients with excellent information to make the best decisions.” Service is an essential component of The Buckner Company. Buckner believes that service in the community is the rent that we pay for the privileges that come our way. He states, “Serving the community not only helps the community, but our business because it allows others to get to know us. People will do business with people they know and trust. Service helps build a great community and a strong business.” Buckner enjoys doing business in Utah. “Leadership in Utah is approachable. Our economy is stable. People want to do business here and Utah is family friendly.” As a business professional interested in millennials, Buckner says, “I am passionate about attracting young talent to my company. The insurance industry is not always perceived as a dynamic environment, but truth be told, there is a tremendous amount of opportunity for young people looking to build a career for themselves. We have focused our outreach and recruitment efforts on reaching out to bright young students. I am looking to grow the next group of leadership and talent based on the culture we have built in this firm, specifically related to ethics, community service and integrity.” As a successful CEO, Buckner’s advice for someone beginning their career is to focus on people. “Business is about people. It is about relationships with people and doing the right thing for people.” Buckner encourages young professionals to be creative and passionate about the field that they pursue. “It is about passion! Find something you feel passion for when you get out of bed. Find that passion and enjoy the people that you work with. This is what makes a career successful and gratifying.” The Buckner Company is a strong, diverse business that champions creativity, integrity and community service. Terry Buckner, CEO of The Buckner Company. Image courtesy of The Buckner Company
  27. 27. 27LIFE IN UTAH 2015 | SLCHAMBER.com Each member’s story is part of ours. Every claim, form, or phone call represents a person, and that’s why we offer superior service and access to high-quality healthcare. It’s not about deductibles or copays—it’s about people. Your inspiration is unique. Our inspiration is you. © 2014 SelectHealth. All rights reserved. 3709 01/15
  28. 28.    Over the last several years, Utah has outperformed a sluggish national economy. Consequently, the state’s commercial real estate market has maintained above- average performance in most areas. Looking ahead, Utah’s stable, business-friendly environment will attract new companies and foster the expansion of those businesses already in Utah. Commercial Offerings Aerial view from the Key Bank Tower of downtown Salt Lake City and the Salt Lake Valley. Image courtesy of Utah Office of Tourism 28 LIFE IN UTAH 2015 | SLCHAMBER.com work
  29. 29. 29LIFE IN UTAH 2015 | SLCHAMBER.com work office positive demands While job creation remains positive as the year continues to unfold, office- using sectors trending toward efficiency will continue to influence office markets. Healthy demand for office space is allowing the Salt Lake market’s office vacancy rate to fall. Limited amounts of space were completed during 2014, which allow vacancy to decline further. However, declines will slow as new office space is completed in 2015. Overall, Salt Lake City’s office market is expected to remain healthy with particular strength in Sandy and Draper due to the area’s strategic location and growth in the tech sector. retail healthy growth Salt Lake’s retail market is influenced by a range of factors, from employment and wage growth to housing and sentiment. Overall, the commercial real estate demand is healthy. Currently, high-quality space with good accessibility is in high demand by retailers to ensure their focus on a quality shopping experience. This trend is expected to continue and developers are moving to meet the needs of the market demand. Completed retail construction during the first three quarters of 2014 surpassed the total for all 2013 and is expected to continue rising through year-end. Current commercial projections indicating healthy growth Leasing and construction across all property types continue to increase in Utah’s commercial real estate markets. Of note is the amount of new space that is under construction. Learn more at slchamber.com Utah Receives “A” Grade in Government Technology Survey —    Utah No. 2 in Business Facilities / Climate —  ,  Utah Ranks High “2013 Manufacturing and Logistics National Report” —,   will continue during the coming year. Such being the case, retailers will continue to find opportunity in Utah. industrial strong development Salt Lake’s strategic regional location continues to support strong levels of demand for warehousing and distribution space. The rise of e-commerce, driven by advances in technology, has further enhanced this demand. Professionals are noting an increase in activity from manufacturers, which is significant due to the fact that it represents a greater concentration of jobs created relative to warehousing or distribution centers. Additionally, such facilities often require a significant investment in the local economy. Strong demand is spurring development. A high level of construction is expected to continue through at least mid-2015. Availability was favorably low at 8.4 percent at the end of the third quarter of 2014, but large amounts of new supply entering the market will put upward pressure on that figure in the near-term. The demand is expected to maintain a healthy relationship with supply, ensuring vacancy and availability will remain below national averages for the foreseeable future. investment good fortune The same type of optimism that is motivating developers to commit capital to new local projects is motivating investors in a broader sense. Utah’s strong economy is supporting demand for commercial real estate properties and providing new opportunities. Investors are attracted to the area due to bright long-term outlook for the local economy and a resilient commercial real estate market. A business-friendly climate, favorable demographics and geographical constraints are all factors contributing to this positive outlook. Moving forward, investor activity is expected to remain strong with higher levels of market activity through the end of 2015. confidence looking forward Constructive growth indicators for all major commercial real estate property types continue to affirm a positive view of the local economy. Furthermore, the amount of construction activity in the market represents confidence in the long-term outlook for Salt Lake’s economy because commercial structures typically have a long life, and new construction can be viewed as a bet on long-term demand. As these trends develop, changes in composition of growth are likely, but commercial real estate is expected to continue to reflect a healthy local economy. SOURCE: Excerpts from the 2014 Fall Economic Outlook were used for this article. Produced by CBRE in partnership with the Salt Lake Chamber
  30. 30. 30 LIFE IN UTAH 2015 | SLCHAMBER.com work USTAR is a long-term, state-funded investment to strengthen Utah’s tech economy through three investment areas of research infrastructure, recruited researchers and regional technology development all aimed at commercialization. Driving Technology Since its inception in 2006, more than 50 researchers at the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) have begun the work of filling the research pipeline with new technologies. These new inventions will support the existing industry and are the seeds for new tech start-ups. One example of a research invention commercializing and establishing a new Utah business is the launch of Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification (WAVE). WAVE, a USTAR spin-out company from Utah State University (USU), launched their first commercial wirelessly powered electric bus on the University of Utah (U of U) campus in October 2014. “We are excited to see a project USTAR played a role in become a viable spin-out company,” says Greg Bell, chairman of the USTAR governing authority board. “It is a reminder of the entrepreneurial spirit here in Utah, and the ability our universities have to take an amazing idea and develop something that will truly change the lives of those living in our cities.” The WAVE technology operates by transferring energy wirelessly to stationary vehicles using infrastructure embedded in the roadway. This wireless charging capability allows for continuous use of the electric vehicle without requiring it to plug in. The service route that crosses the University of Utah campus is the first to feature WAVE’s state-of-the-art Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) technology and includes a 50 kW wirelessly powered electric bus. Using wireless power transfer technology developed at USTAR’s Advanced Transportation Institute at USU, researcher Hunter Wu and his team have eliminated the need for heavy and expensive electric vehicle batteries. By using inductive power to magnetically transfer electricity between the vehicle and the roadway without wires or cables while the vehicle is stopped, the WAVE system represents the most powerful and efficient single pad wireless charging system developed for use in public transit. “The development of the Aggie Bus marked a historic achievement in the science of electric vehicles,” says Ivy Estabrooke, Ph.D., USTAR executive director. “And now with the launch of the first commercial project, WAVE is a demonstration of the potential USTAR- funded research has in the future of technology development in the state.” WAVE is just one example of the potential impact that USTAR can have on the State of Utah. USTAR works with innovators and entrepreneurs around the state. Learn to maximize your innovative business potential by collaborating with USTAR. Learn more at innovationutah.com visitdavisareautah.com University of Utah and Utah State University “WAVE” buses. Images courtesy of USTAR
  31. 31. cbre.com/slc MARKET LEADERSHIP REDEFINED With a passion for everything that makes our city so special, CBRE is the unrivaled leader in commercial real estate services in Salt Lake City. Strategic, forward-thinking and results-driven, our professionals are committed to delivering the best of Utah to our clients and the communities we serve. For more information on how CBRE can assist you with your real estate needs please contact: Mark Bouchard +1 801 869 8000
  32. 32. Utahns love living in Utah and enjoy a tremendous quality of life, and as a result our population continues to grow. Envision Utah believes that if we make the right choices, life in Utah can get even better as our population gets bigger. BIG DECISIONS AHEAD As Utah adds another 2.5 million people by 2050, ask yourself: • Will we have clean air to breathe? • Enough water for our needs? • Transportation choices that promote a high quality of life? • An affordable cost of living, with good housing options for everyone? • Open space, including natural lands, agriculture and recreational options? • Quality jobs for all of us? An educated population? • Affordable energy supplies that don’t damage our air and environment? The answers will depend on the choices we make and Envision Utah is bringing these questions to every Utahn to answer. HISTORY OF PLANNING Utah has a long history of planning for and preparing for the future dating back to early pioneer settlers planning the layout of cities before arriving in the valley. Fast forward to 1997 when Envision Utah hosted a historic series of workshops and surveys that ended up laying the groundwork for actions including TRAX, FrontRunner, Daybreak, City Creek, water conservation and more. Planning for the future has worked for Utah in the past and will work in the future. PLANNING FOR OUR FUTURE NOW Envision Utah is making history again with the “Your Utah, Your Future” Envision Utah engages people to create and sustain communities that are beautiful, prosperous, healthy and neighborly for current and future residents. Utah is growing and how our state grows matters. Quality of Life? of interest: growth spurt BE PART OF THE FUTURE Envision Utah needs 50,000 Utahns like you to help make history and participate in the “Your Utah, Your Future” project. Your input is essential to helping create a collective vision for our future, because no vision will succeed unless it is a shared vision. Show your support for Utah’s future by going to envisionutah.org to build your own Utah. You can also sign up to add your voice to the “Your Utah, Your Future” survey, which will take place this spring to determine how Utah should address the challenging growth questions ahead. You’ll be able to make decisions about how Utah grows and then watch them come to life. Your choices will be used to develop Utah’s future. Utah is growing. Get involved and see how you can help shape the state’s future by going to envisionutah.org project, a statewide process that invites the public to get involved and decide how Utah will grow. Throughout 2015, Envision Utah will be asking Utahns to help create a voice for the future that’s strong enough to drive positive action. To facilitate the planning process, Envision Utah invites you to explore several issues and voice your opinion about how we should grow. These issues include: • Agriculture • Air Quality • Disaster Resilience • Education • Energy • Housing and Cost of Living • Jobs and Economy • Public Lands • Recreation • Transportation and Communities • Water Envision Utah believes that through good information and transparent, collaborative problem solving, people in Utah can plan for a prosperous future. Given the significant and complex challenges we’re all facing today, we can only be successful by pulling together toward common goals. Energy and air quality are objectives for Envision Utah. Current projects in Utah are Milford Wind Farm, Beaver / TRAX and GREENbike, downtown Salt Lake City. Images courtesy of Mischelly Media and Utah Office of Tourism 32 LIFE IN UTAH 2015 | SLCHAMBER.com work
  33. 33. Each member’s story is part of ours. Every claim, form, or phone call represents a person, and that’s why we offer superior service and access to high-quality healthcare. It’s not about deductibles or copays—it’s about people. Your inspiration is unique. Our inspiration is you. © 2014 SelectHealth. All rights reserved. 3709 01/15
  34. 34. Though it’s impossible to pinpoint exactly why Utahns are healthier than their neighbors, it is evident that Utah’s comprehensive health care system plays a vital role in keeping Utah families healthy. Utah is home to a robust and innovative health care system that is among the nation’s best. Feeling Good Utah’s health care options are many and varied, but all rank nationally high in quality and affordability, including Primary’s Childrens Hospital (top), Huntsman Cancer Institute (left), Shriners Hospital for Kids (center) and Intermountain Healthcare (right. Images courtesy of individual healthcare facilities ’ - WRITTEN BY: Sarah Ryther Francom 34 LIFE IN UTAH 2015 | SLCHAMBER.com work
  35. 35. 35LIFE IN UTAH 2015 | SLCHAMBER.com work The state’s diverse health care system offers services that are both high in quality and affordable; in fact, Utahns enjoy the lowest health care costs of any state, according to the Wall Street Journal. Utahns also claim some of the nation’s lowest rates of cancer deaths, heart disease, infant mortality and obesity, according to the United Health Foundation. high quality low cost Utah has been named one of the nation’s healthiest states by the United Health Foundation. Integral to this success are Utah’s major health care systems, three of which are Intermountain Healthcare, MountainStar Healthcare and University of Utah Health Care. Each offer highly specialized services, participate in ground-breaking research and have received national acclaim. Intermountain Healthcare is one of Utah’s most celebrated health care systems. A not-for-profit organization, Intermountain is the West’s largest health care provider. It includes 22 hospitals and more than 185 clinics, as well as a health insurance division, SelectHealth. “The combination of services helps us achieve our mission, which is helping people live the healthiest lives possible,” says Greg Poulsen, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Intermountain. “We also try to offer care in the most affordable fashion possible. We believe that by putting the components together, we’re able to help people maintain their health in a cost- effective manner.” Utah No. 1 as Happiest State in America —,   Utah No. 9 Nationally “Percentage of Commuters who Bicycle to Work” — ,  Utah No. 11 “Fittest State in the Union” —    ,   Intermountain’s unique services attract individuals from all over the western region. One such example is The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital (TOSH), which is one of the country’s premier facilities for orthopedic care. From professional athletes to veterans, TOSH provides quality care in orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, athletic training and more, participates in research with partnering organizations. Intermountain’s impact extends beyond providing care to conducting ground-breaking research. Because Intermountain is a not-for-profit, it is able to cycle generated profits back into research and services. The organization has received national awards for its innovative processes and research that have directly led to better care and lower costs. Poulsen points to the organization’s renowned pneumonia research as an example. After recognizing that there were 135 pneumonia treatments across the nation, Intermountain clinicians collaborated and researched to determine which treatment was best. The results were extraordinary. “Cost of pneumonia treatment dropped 40 percent over three years in Utah, and the mortality rate lowered,” Poulsen says. care where you need it No matter your health care needs, you will find some of the nation’s best and most innovative providers and services in Utah. MountainStar Healthcare is another nationally acclaimed system in the state. Part of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), one of the nation’s leading health care providers, MountainStar focuses on, “increasing access to quality health care—where it’s needed and in a variety of settings and locations,” says Gregory R. Angle, president at MountainStar Healthcare. Providing quality care that is easily accessible is a key part of MountainStar’s mission. “We know our patients deserve excellent care, and that increasingly patients are concerned about the complexity, availability and cost of that care,” says Angle. “At MountainStar, we are committed to continuing to identify innovative ways to increase value to patients.” According to Angle, MountainStar hospitals were the first in Utah to be designated as Accredited Chest Pain Centers, an initiative that continues to improve cardiac care throughout the state. The system was also first to establish a satellite emergency department in an area where that level of care was not available locally. Another award-winning health care organization is the University of Utah Health Care system, which is the Intermountain West’s only academic medical research and teaching organization. Consistently ranked among US News & World Report’s Best Hospitals, the University of Utah Health Care system is renowned for its highly specialized treatment in several areas, including stroke and cardiology, genetic-related diseases, and organ transplantation. The system also offers several specialty centers, including the John A. Moran Eye Center, the Cardiovascular Center, the Clinical Neurosciences Center and the Utah Diabetes Center. The Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), which is part of the University of Utah Health Care system, is one of
  36. 36. the nation’s premier cancer care and research centers. Individuals with cancer travel from all over the United States to seek cancer treatment from HCI. Beyond world-class cancer care and treatment, HCI has conducted ground-breaking research that has helped to identify genetic mutations responsible for several cancers. HCI is also a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-Designated Cancer Center, which means it meets the highest standards for cancer care and research. the heart of the matter Having a seriously sick or injured child is among every parent’s worst fears. In Utah, parents rest a little easier knowing that they are near some of the nation’s best child health care organizations, two of which include Primary Children’s Hospital and Shriners Hospital for Children. These renowned institutions offer child health care that is unmatched in the Intermountain West, healing children for life and giving their families a greater peace of mind. Primary Children’s is part of the Intermountain Healthcare system and is affiliated with the University of Utah School of Medicine. Primary Children’s is the only full-service children’s hospital in the five-state Intermountain area. “Many of our services for children, such as heart surgery, cancer treatment, transplants and many others, are not available in adult hospitals,” says Katy Welkie, CEO of Primary Children’s. “We are also the only Pediatric Trauma I Center in the Intermountain West. As a result, we see some of the sickest and most seriously injured children from Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada and beyond.” Primary Children’s is nationally ranked in eight specialties, including cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes, and neurosurgery, according to the U.S. News World Best Hospitals Report. Primary Children’s also participates in nearly 700 research projects, many of them in collaboration with other children’s hospitals, to further improve health care practices. Though the hospital has received several accolades, Welkie says the real reward goes beyond the statistics. “I have watched as doctors, nurses and others have stepped up to provide not just the medical care for a child, but the emotional support the parents need to cope with the child’s illness,” she says. “It’s difficult to quantify that kind of service. It’s about healing, supporting and caring, and we partner with patients and families.” Kevin Martin, administrator at Shriners Hospitals for Children, agrees with Welkie, adding that patients are considered family. “Once you become a patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children, you will have follow-up visits and interventions as needed until you are as old as 21,” he says. “This could span 10 to 15 years.” Celebrating its 90th year in Utah during 2015, Shriners Hospital services children in Utah and six surrounding states, including parts of northern Mexico. “We deliver care to children regardless of their ability to pay. We are a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that is not interested in making money, only caring for the children that need our services,” says Martin. “If someone needs financial assistance, they can qualify for help if they are within 400 percent of poverty level, which far exceeds any other charity care policy in the Intermountain region.” Martin says Shriners Hospital is proud to play a role in Utah’s robust health care system. “We have high quality health care services in this state for which we should be truly grateful.” of interest: avenue H—utah’s innovative health exchange Before the Affordable Care Act was passed, Utah innovatively launched one of the nation’s first health exchanges known as Avenue H. Avenue H is an online health insurance marketplace that is designed to help Utah’s small businesses control the escalating costs of health coverage. It uses a defined-contribution model, which means employers give their employees a set dollar amount to use toward an insurance plan. Three major providers— UnitedHealthcare, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah and SelectHealth— participate in Avenue H and together offer more than 100 insurance plans. Today nearly 4,000 employers are participating in Avenue H. Patricia Conner, director of Avenue H, describes the exchange as a cost- and time-saver for small businesses. “You could have 10 employees on 10 different plans, and the employer would get one invoice. Employers can give their employees whatever they can afford, and they don’t have worry about premiums going up,” says Conner, adding that it takes the tricky task of selecting health insurance plans out of the employer’s hands. It’s also a win for employees, who now have the opportunity to select a plan that works for their personal needs. “Because [employees] have a choice in their plan, they become accountable for their own selection and many start monitoring their own health,” says Conner. “It benefits everyone.” Healthy markets for Utah small businesses. 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  37. 37. 37LIFE IN UTAH 2015 | SLCHAMBER.com happy to us! th 1925-2015 At Shriners Hospital for Children our mission is simple: deliver world-class care to children who need it most — whether their families can afford it or not. For 90 years we’ve helped tens of thousands of children affected by various orthopaedic conditions. While expertise, dedication and generosity make it possible, we believe our hospital is fueled by love. Thanks to the generous support of the community we serve, we’re helping children make the journey from patients back to kids. 801.536.3500 | shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/saltlakecity facebook.com/shrinershospitalsforchildren Salt Lake City
  38. 38. Utah boasts a healthy system of higher education that offers a wide variety of programs for students in many fields. Through both private and public schools, Utah higher education is both affordable and crucial for job growth in the state. Class is in Session Utah’s higher education covers every region of the state with public and private universities: University of Utah (Salt Lake City), Brigham Young University (Provo), Utah State University (Logan), Utah Valley University (Provo), Salt Lake Community College (Salt Lake City), Southern Utah University (Cedar City), Weber State University (Ogden), Dixie State University (St. George). Images courtesy of Utah Office of Tourism and University of Utah Media Relations   38 LIFE IN UTAH 2015 | SLCHAMBER.com learn
  39. 39. 39LIFE IN UTAH 2015 | SLCHAMBER.com learn of interest: utah’s higher ed STUDENTS IN THE UTAH SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION • Eight public colleges and universities • 167,317 students enrolled in Fall 2014 (more than 75 percent of all college students in Utah) • 32,491 credentials awarded in spring 2014 (about 75 percent of all credentials) • Enrollment projected to increase by 51,000 students in the next 10 years TUITION AND STUDENT DEBT IN UTAH • Third lowest four-year tuition in the nation • Third lowest student debt as percent of the cost of living • Second in number of degrees awarded per $100,000 spent • Of those who borrow, average student debt ($22,418) is lower than national average ($29,400) • In 2014, the Utah Educational Savings Plan received Morningstar Analyst Rating of Gold for the fourth consecutive year IMPORTANCE OF A COLLEGE EDUCATION • College grads earn $830,000 more over a lifetime than those with only a high school diploma • College grads are three times less likely to be unemployed and four times less likely to live in poverty than those with only a high school diploma • In 2013, the unemployment rate of a Utahn with only a high school diploma was 12 percent, while for a Utahn with a bachelor’s degree, it was 2 percent SOURCE: Utah System of Higher Education Utah’s comprehensive system of higher education includes the eight public, nonprofit colleges and universities in the state: two research universities, the University of Utah and Utah State University; four regional universities: Weber State University, Southern Utah University, Dixie State University and Utah Valley University; and two community colleges: Salt Lake Community College and Snow College. “We are focused on increasing participation and completion in the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE),” says Utah Commissioner of Higher Education David L. Buhler. “As more and more of today’s jobs demand a certificate or college degree, we are working to ensure that all Utahns have access to a high quality and affordable postsecondary education.” USHE is working on multiple initiatives to increase college success and graduation rates, and also work with K-12 partners to improve college preparation for Utah. utah college application week An example of this is Utah College Application Week. More than 20,000 Utah high school seniors in 49 high schools throughout Utah are given the opportunity to apply for college during the school day, with a special emphasis placed on low-income and first-generation students. Utah College Application Week will continue expanding each year to provide statewide support for students. Pam Jacobsen, a counselor at Roy High School, says, “Utah College Application Week has provided seniors with the support and structure they need to begin and complete the college application process. Attending college is now an attainable dream for many seniors who never dared to dream big!” regents’ scholarship USHE also administers the Regents’ Scholarship, a statewide merit-based scholarship that encourages a college- prep course of study. The Regents’ Scholarship has seen 54 percent average year-over-year growth since its inception in 2008. As a sister program to the Regents’ Scholarship, Utah Scholars delivers the college-prep message to classrooms via business volunteers to more than 29,000 eighth graders in 133 junior high schools. concurrent enrollment One key program that continues to grow is concurrent enrollment. Last year, more than 27,000 Utah high school juniors and seniors earned college credit from USHE institutions. By taking concurrent enrollment courses while in high school, these students saved $27 million in college tuition they would have paid as traditional college students. fifteen to finish campaign A recent effort to increase affordability and degree completion is the Fifteen to Finish campaign. In order for students to finish an undergraduate degree in four years, they must take at least 15 credit hours a semester, one more class than the 12 credits defined as “full- time.” By taking the full load, students not only graduate on time, but often save money on tuition since seven of the eight Utah public institutions charge the same tuition for 15 credits as they do for 12.
  40. 40. 40 LIFE IN UTAH 2015 | SLCHAMBER.com learn Did you know that Utah boasts the largest population of young people in the United States? As a percentage of our total population, the population of young people here is greater than that of any other state. There are 2.9 million people in the state, and about 32 percent are under age 18. For comparison, in the U.S. as a whole, 24 percent are under age 18. Providing our children with opportunities is a big deal in Utah. Education is highly valued here. From the first years of school through college, Utah recognizes the importance of education in our students’ lives. Currently, there are about 620,000 students enrolled in Utah’s public K-12 education system and another 170,000 in Utah’s higher education system. The headcount at the applied technology colleges is approaching 35,000. These students are Utah’s future. And their successes will be the state’s successes. Business and education leaders want our communities to flourish—they want individuals to have greater opportunities in their lives, and they want to strengthen Utah’s economy with an educated, skilled and adaptable workforce. That’s why the Salt Lake Chamber brought together business leaders from across the state to form Prosperity 2020. WHAT IS PROSPERITY 2020? Prosperity 2020 is an unprecedented partnership to enhance education and place Utah on the path to enduring prosperity. Prosperity 2020 is the largest movement ever assembled in Utah to address the importance of education to the future of the state of Utah. Working together, educators, business executives and community leaders are developing the next generation into a highly educated workforce. This continuous flow of well-qualified people will be prepared to meet the needs of businesses in the future. GOALS OF PROSPERITY 2020 Prosperity 2020 has established goals to make Utah’s education system a top performer in the nation. Utah will be working to see improved student performance year-to-year and improved rankings for Utah compared to other states in reading assessments, math assessments, high school graduation rates and completion of postsecondary certificate/degree programs. Building for the future: Learn more about the movement, the plan, the vision, the goals and how you can get involved at prosperity2020.com Quality education is crucial for Utah’s economic growth as well as the state’s present and future quality of life. Prosperity 2020 goals strive to build supportive partnerships for successful students with needed support. Creating Successful Students To keep students’ learning up to date, districts are utilizing programs like iSchools and STEM (science, techology, engineering and math). Images courtesy of Utah Office of Tourism
  41. 41. Residential construction is on the rise in Utah, not only in valley neighborhoods, but in mountain getaways and urban apartments. Images courtesy of Utah Office of Tourism and Downtown Alliance The past three years have marked a return to normalcy in Utah’s housing markets as buyers have re-emerged and owners have regained equity. The year 2014 was no exception. In fact, as of October, Utah Realtors® were on track to exceed the number of homes sold in 2013—making 2014 the strongest year for state real estate activity since 2006. Fair Housing    44 LIFE IN UTAH 2015 | SLCHAMBER.com live
  42. 42. 45LIFE IN UTAH 2015 | SLCHAMBER.com live increasing home sales and construction starts An improving employment forecast bodes well for the state’s housing market. The department of Utah Demographic and Economic Analysis is predicting a slight drop in the Beehive State’s unemployment rate for 2015 combined with growth in wages. This momentum will likely translate into higher home sales and construction. Demographic and Economic Analysis economists are expecting a 17-percent rise in the value of state residential permits. For the United States, the National Association of Home Builders is projecting a 17-percent increase in total residential building and a 26-percent gain in single-family home construction. Along with increases in new sales, the National Association of Realtors® is also forecasting a 7-percent rise in the number of existing homes sold nationally. “The improving job market has consumers feeling more confident, and the rebound in home prices is building household wealth for homeowners and giving them the ability to sell after waiting the last few years,” says Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors®. The increased flexibility is evident among data that tracks the amount of homeowner equity. In the past year, nearly 10,000 Utahns have gone from owing more than their homes were worth to having equity, according to CoreLogic. “With more and more borrowers regaining equity, we expect Utah consumers can learn more about the housing trends in their own neighborhoods by contacting a local Realtor®. A searchable index of Utah Realtors® is available at utahrealtors.com homeownership to become an increasingly attractive option for many who have remained on the sidelines in the aftermath of the great recession,” says Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic. “This should provide more opportunities for people to sell their homes, purchase a different home or refinance an existing mortgage.” Home sales will also receive a boost from greater credit availability. The National Association of Realtors® is forecasting that tight lending standards will be transitioning to normal during 2015. That is already beginning to happen with the announcement from mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that qualifying first-time buyers may be eligible for a loan with a 3 percent down payment. This is significant because it may promote purchases among first-timers. Additionally, Yun, of the Realtors® Association, says Fair Isaac Corp.’s new FICO score calculation could help first- time buyers. rising interest rates and home prices As consumers keep buying, real estate values will keep rising. The National Association of Realtors® is forecasting a 4-percent increase in existing home prices for 2015 and 2016. Similarly, Utah Realtors® expect home prices will increase between 3 and 5 percent in the next 12 months in Utah, according to an NAR survey. At the same time, the cost of borrowing money will likely increase as the Federal Reserve deals with inflationary pressures. Both Freddie Mac and the National Association of Realtors® are predicting the average rate on a 30-year mortgage will be close to 5 percent in 2015, up from around 4 percent in 2014. Neither group, however, believes the inevitable rise in rates will hinder the market recovery. “The impact of rising interest rates on affordability will be minimal as long as job creation keeps pace,” Yun says. “Furthermore, if the credit box slowly begins to open up, that will also mitigate the impact of rising rates.” Frank Nothaft, chief economist of Freddie Mac, agrees rising interest rates will likely not damage the housing market momentum. “While higher interest rates generally detract from housing activity, when they occur with strong job and income growth, the net result can be increases in household formations, construction and home sales,” Nothaft says in a market outlook commentary. “Our view for 2015 is exactly that, namely, income and job growth offset the negative effect of higher interest rates and translate into gains for the nation’s housing market.” In Utah, homeowners who bought just five years ago are already benefitting from those gains. The Federal Housing Finance Agency reported that in five years, home prices in the Beehive State have gone up 12 percent. Since 1991, house prices statewide have increased 197 percent. “The typical homeowner today has a household net worth of around $200,000,” Yun says. “Meanwhile, renters aren’t benefitting from the rise in prices and are facing annual increases of their own in the form of higher rents.” SOURCE: Utah Association of Realtors®
  43. 43. The Intermountain Relocation Council (IRC) has helped thousands of people move to Utah, and just like anywhere, relocators should plan ahead and do some research before they go. Here are some guidelines customers have found to be helpful in the transition. Movers need to keep in mind everything they are leaving behind, including their doctors, dentists, specialists and other professional services. It is important to find these services in your new area, and current contacts may be able to provide recommendations. Just as it is important to find new doctors and medical professionals, it is also important to ensure that your health insurance covers your new area. Check in with your homeowners or renters insurance to inquire whether moving is covered and arrange any changes that need to be made. Notify your utility companies about a month ahead of time that you are moving and choose a shut off date. Also make sure to do a change of address for the following businesses: • Post Office • Credit Cards • Banks • Drivers License • Car Insurance PREPARE FOR THE SEASONS Utah has all four seasons, so be prepared for the hottest temperatures and the coldest. Prepare your home and vehicles for these seasons with tires that can handle well in the snow. Insulation in your home can cut heating and cooling costs as well. EASY NAVIGATION Utah streets are laid out on a grid system with the major streets running north-to- south and east-to-west. In Salt Lake City, the Salt Lake Temple Square is the center of this grid. It is easy to tell what direction you’re facing by looking to the mountains. Relocating to Utah can provide new and exciting opportunities. Like any other state or country, there are culture differences that many relocators find to be the most difficult part of their transition. Here’s some help: Thinking of Moving? of interest: moving resources SOCIAL CONNECT Intermountain Relocation Council ircouncil.net Enjoy Utah enjoyutah.org RELOCATION AGENCY Odyssey Relocation odysseyrelo.com TEMPORARY HOUSING Paragon paragon.com SuiteAmerica suiteamerica.com Oakwood oakwood.com REAL ESTATE Influence Real Estate influencerealestate.com GLOBAL MOVE SERVICES Global Mobility Tax glomotax.com Wilner & O’Reilly wilneroreilly.com TravelGuard travelguard.com MOVING COMPANY United - Mesa Moving mesamoving.com UniGroup - Mesa International unigrouprelocation.com MOVE REPAIR Specialized Repair Co. specializedrepairco.com HEALTH CARE Intermountain Healthcare intermountainhealthcare.org ADDRESS / DRIVERS LICENSE CHANGE Department of Motor Vehicles dmv.org The large Wasatch Mountain Range is to the east and the smaller Oquirrh Mountains are to the west. PLAN AHEAD FOR DINING OUT Be aware of the time and day. One thing people new to Utah need to know is to plan ahead for food and drinks. Utah’s hours of operation vary from other states; many restaurants close at 9 or 10 p.m. on the weekdays and 10 or 11 p.m. on the weekends. If you are having company over for drinks, prepare ahead of time. The only place to buy liquor besides a bar is at a state-operated liquor store, which opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. and is closed on Sunday. Last but not least, last call is 1 a.m. everywhere in Utah. A WELCOMING PLACE Utah and its surrounding communities are known for their friendly and helpful people, so be sure to get to know your neighbors and community. Adjusting to a new move can be difficult when you’ve moved away from the familiar, especially friends and family. Groups and organizations are designed as places to meet new people and make friends. Whether it is a sport, hobby, social club, charity group or religious organization, there are many ways to get involved with the community. The Intermountain Relocation Council has a social connect group that holds events once a month with the sole purpose of helping new people to Utah meet others who are new to the area, while also exploring some of the best that Utah has to offer. You can request to be added to the IRC events list and request more information on the group at ircouncil@ rocketmail.com SOURCE: Letitia Campbell, United Van Lines / Thomas Whitaker, IRCImage courtesy of United Van Lines and IRC 46 LIFE IN UTAH 2015 | SLCHAMBER.com live
  44. 44. For most of its history, Utah has been an important stop on the trail for travelers, earning the title “Crossroads of the West.” The transcontinental railroad, Pony Express, stagecoach and Lincoln Highway all crossed through the Salt Lake area in their time. Today the region benefits from the intersection of two major interstate freeways—Interstate 80 and Interstate 15—a major railroad hub and an international airport. Utah is also undergoing major changes in commuter transportation. Infrastructure is a big deal for Salt Lake Valley as it is a crucial piece of a prosperous economy. FrontRunner, high-speed commuter rails, run from northern Utah to Provo, and the TRAX light rail system has extended its reach by heading further west and even connecting the Salt Lake International Airport with downtown Salt Lake City. Both light rail and commuter rail feed into Salt Lake Central Station, just west of Salt Lake City near The Gateway shopping center. Salt Lake Central Station serves as the junction for bus, train, light rail and commuter rail traffic. MASS TRANSIT Public transit has become a way of life in Utah and more Utahns than ever are using it to get to work, school, special events and other daily activities. More than 44 million trips are taken annually in the 1,600-square-mile service area Utah Transit Authority (UTA) covers. 2014 was the first full year running the recently finished TRAX and FrontRunner expansion project, which has helped boost to UTA’s rail system’s to record- breaking ridership levels. Through great collaboration with municipalities, chambers of commerce and the public, UTA built more than 70 miles of rail in a five-year period. UTA provides public transit to the 80 percent of the state’s population that lives along the Wasatch Front. Services provided include buses, paratransit, TRAX light rail, FrontRunner Because of Utah’s commitment to improving available transportation to residents and visitors, major improvements are moving forward on the state’s highway and transit systems. Getting Around commuter rail and streetcar in addition to vanpool and carpooling services. FrontRunner provides high-speed rail service from Pleasant View in the north to Provo in the south with key connections to bus and TRAX routes throughout the service area. TRAX provides connections across the Salt Lake Valley to places such as the Salt Lake International Airport, University of Utah, Draper, South Jordan, West Valley and many points in between. AIR TRAVEL The Salt Lake City International Airport is situated just west of Salt Lake City and about 10 minutes from downtown. The airport is within 2.5 hours from most of the state’s population. In 2013, 20.2 million passengers flew through Salt Lake City, representing a .41 percent increase from 2012. It also has a strong record of having on-time flights and a low percentage of cancellations. As of April 2013, there were more than 645 scheduled airline departures and arrivals per day to 89 nonstop cities in the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as a daily nonstop to Paris. There are about 318 scheduled daily departures from the facilities, serving around 91 cities with nonstop flights. INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS Utah’s transportation infrastructure includes 45,120 miles of federal, state and local highways and roads. Interstate 80 (east to New York City/west to San Francisco), Interstate 15 (north to Canada/ south to Mexico), and Interstate 70 (east to Denver) are vital to the efficient movement of goods and materials throughout the region. Both I-80 and I-15 converge in Salt Lake, allowing convenient access to the Wasatch Front and points beyond. The I-215 belt route offers expanded access along the eastern and western perimeters of the valley. of interest: commuterlink Utah’s CommuterLink website, one of the most advanced and intelligent transportation systems in the country, uses the latest technologies and professional expertise to reduce traffic congestion and increase efficiency by alerting commuters to potential trouble on the road. The result is a more efficient transportation network that saves taxpayers more than $100 million annually and reduces carbon monoxide emissions by an estimated 5.1 million kilograms per year. On the move: As Utah’s population increases, the state is working to reduce traffic congestion. To keep ahead of driving conditions, plan your route with commuterlink.utah.gov 48 LIFE IN UTAH 2015 | SLCHAMBER.com live
  45. 45. 49LIFE IN UTAH 2015 | SLCHAMBER.com live $ 0money down 1-844-95-SOLAR Powercosolar.com TODAY. CALL FOR CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Quit renting power. Own it. Never pay a power bill again. Never pay rate-hikes again. Improve the quality of your home. Save thousands of dollars. Help clean Utah’s air quality. 12 months of FREE power!* Call today and schedule your RISK-FREE ENERGY CONSULTATION 844-95-SOLAR We can show you how easy it is to switch to solar. It’s an easy decision and we make it easy to accomplish. “Utah’s Most Trusted Solar Professionals” www.PowercoSolar.com Powerco Solar is a locally owned and operated company based in Utah. $ 0money down TODAY. CALL FOR CAREER OPPORTUNITIES *For buyers who qualify for up to 12 months of no interest, no payments. RAILWAYS Amtrak provides daily passenger service on the California Zephyr to and from points throughout the nation. Experienced travelers say the California Zephyr is one of the most beautiful train trips in the country. The Zephyr runs daily between Chicago and San Francisco, coursing through the plains of Nebraska to Denver, across the Rockies to Salt Lake City, and then through Reno and Sacramento into Emeryville/San Francisco. Amtrak trains arrive at and depart from the Salt Lake Central Station intermodal hub. They accommodate passengers transferring among local bus service, automobile, bicycle, Amtrak and Greyhound. THE FUTURE With the steady and robust population growth of the Salt Lake Valley, reliable and eco-friendly transportation is becoming ever more important. Public transportation continues to play a critical role in combating poor air quality and congestion that plague the Wasatch Front. The Salt Lake Chamber’s Transportation Committee continues to advocate for adequate funding of transportation initiatives that focus on environmental quality as well as roadway efficiency and expansion. While the Utah Legislature has done much already to increase funding for clean air initiatives, more must be done to maintain and improve our transportation infrastructure. To keep things growing, we must keep things flowing. Plan your trip: Prepare for your Utah vacation or perhaps prepare for a Utah way of life, go to visitutah.com Utah’s transportation infrastructure takes into account all modes of movement with a focus on environmental quality and roadway efficiency. Images courtesy of Utah Office of Tourism (left) and Utah Transit Authority
  46. 46. Surrounded by the stunning Wasatch and Oquirrh Mountains, Salt Lake City is known for its diverse blend of people. Anyone who has ever been to the Salt Lake Valley has probably noticed its friendly and helpful people as well as the lively and vibrant culture found in every aspect of life in and around the area. Faces of the Valley Whether your neighborhood is near the university, part of a historic district or a planned development, many residents value trails, open space, safety and convenience to amenities when looking for a home to buy. Images courtesy of Images courtesy of Utah Office of Tourism and Daybreak Community   50 LIFE IN UTAH 2015 | SLCHAMBER.com live
  47. 47. 51LIFE IN UTAH 2015 | SLCHAMBER.com live From quiet, family-friendly bedroom communities, to vibrant, walkable neighborhoods, Salt Lake has its share of locales that have made it one of the best places to live. the avenues & federal heights The Avenues and Federal Heights neighborhoods perch on a hilltop directly above Salt Lake City and lie on the northeast bench of the Wasatch Mountains. The neighborhood to the east of the lower Avenues is known as Federal Heights. The “lower Avenues” (between 6th Avenue and South Temple) is a neighborhood of mostly charming Victorian-era houses. Avenues/ Federal Heights are two of the oldest neighborhoods and contain some of the first homes to be built in the valley. The Avenues/Federal Heights is also especially popular due to its proximity to downtown, the large and remote Memory Grove and City Creek Canyon recreation area to the west, and the University of Utah to the east/southeast. 9th and 9th & 15th and 15th The hip 9th and 9th district has some of the most unique restaurants and outdoor art in Salt Lake. Located in the eastern portion of Salt Lake City at the intersection of 900 East and 900 South, 9th and 9th is home to locally Utah No. 1 for Volunteerism —      ,  Salt Lake City No. 1 “Best Cities for Kids” —   Utah No. 3 in “Best Places to Live” —,   Utah No. 3 “10 Best States for Retirement” —.,   Utah ranks No. 3 in household income growth —   ,   owned stores that are both family friendly and unique. In May 2014, the First Annual Art Walk Weekend kicked off with patrons enjoying great artwork and local businesses. 15th and 15th stretches from Emerson Street to Kensington Street along 1500 East and is also home to unique locally owned stores and businesses, including Caputo’s 15th & 15th, 15th Street Gallery and King’s English Bookshop. The proximity to downtown and the picturesque tree-lined streets make these two neighborhoods desirable for working professionals and families. sugar house Sugar House is known to be one of the best old-home neighborhoods in the United States, according to This Old House magazine. It runs from 700 East to 2000 East and from about 1300 South to 300 South. Sugar House is not only a convenient place to live, located just minutes from downtown Salt Lake, the University of Utah and Westminster College, but also has unique architecture and natural beauty. Most neighborhoods in Sugar House are just a short walk from many of Salt Lake’s most popular restaurants and boutiques. It is also a great place for cycling enthusiasts as it is located just minutes from great trails, such as Millcreek Canyon and Bonneville Shoreline Trail. In the summer, Sugar House is also the home of annual arts festivals, and one of the most popular Fourth of July fireworks shows in the city. sandy & draper Sandy and Draper, located in the southern part of the Salt Lake Valley, have attracted businesses such as the South Towne Center shopping mall, the Jordan Commons entertainment and dining complex, Southtowne Exposition Center, Rio Tinto Stadium and the Draper Amphitheater. Draper was ranked No. 25 in Time’s “50 best places to live in America”. The cities offer miles of biking and hiking trails along with easy access to four of Utah’s most popular ski resorts. daybreak Located in the city of South Jordan, Daybreak is currently celebrating 10 years of family-friendly living and a community that enjoys year-round, family-friendly events. The homes in Daybreak are some of the valley’s most sustainable homes. They are more energy-efficient than other new homes saving residents anywhere from $200 to nearly $1,500 annually on energy costs. Daybreak is designed on the “five- minute rule,” meaning that every home is within a five-minute walk of restaurants, shopping, transit line, schools and more.
  48. 48. 52 LIFE IN UTAH 2015 | SLCHAMBER.com live Several of the cities in Utah Valley, such as Orem, Lehi and Provo, are known for their rich heritage and unique festivals. In the winter, locals enjoy skiing and snowboarding at Robert Redford’s Sundance Resort, which also screens internationally acclaimed films during the Sundance Film Festival. In the spring, patrons enjoy more than 100 varieties of tulips at the Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point, which is also home to Cornbelly’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Fest in the fall. Summer includes Fourth of July celebrations such as America’s Freedom Festival Stadium of Fire, one of the biggest Fourth of July firework celebrations in the state, which also features popular musical performances. Utah Valley is racing to the forefront of the national economy, in part, thanks to innovation, hard work, entrepreneurial spirit and a fantastic business environment. Business is Booming Utah Valley is also home to Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University, totalling more than 60,000 students between them. Situated on the border of Orem/Provo, the UVU campus is easily accessible for the community it serves. UVU hosts the largest student body in the state with more than 32,000 students studying everything from aviation science to zoology. BYU’s campus is at the base of the Wasatch Mountains. It provides higher education to more than 30,000 full-time and part-time students. The “Y” mountain can be seen by visitors and locals entering the Utah Valley and acts as a sign guiding them to the Provo campus. Technology companies are capitializing on the area’s entrepreneurial spirit and are springing up all across the valley. Josh James, founder of DOMO, coined the phrase “Silicon Slopes” to describe the technology cluster that has blossomed in Utah Valley and along the Wasatch Front, which includes businesses like Adobe Systems, AtTask, IMFlash, Property Solutions International and Boostibility. Utah Valley is home to hundreds of thriving businesses, comprising an economy that is being recognized as both diverse and robust. A host of organizations have pointed to Utah Valley as among the best places to work, play and retire. Entrepreneurial spirit: Looking for family-friendly fun, livable communities or innovative ways to do business? Check out utahvalley.com Rainbow over Brigham Young University, Provo / Tulips at the gardens at Thanksgiving Point, Lehi / Riding bikes by Bridal Veil Falls, Provo Canyon. Images courtesy of Utah Office of Tourism
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  50. 50. 54 LIFE IN UTAH 2015 | SLCHAMBER.com live Kayaking the Great Salt Lake near Antelope Island State Park, Layton / Nighttime off 25th Street, Ogden. Images courtesy of Utah Office of Tourism Known locally as “the other Utah,” this land corridor offers all the benefits of urban life along with incredible access to the outdoors. Its diverse commerce base ranges from aerospace dynamics to outdoor innovations, from transportation crossroads to academic institutions. Connecting Communities davis county Davis County, just north of Salt Lake County, is home to some of the greatest activities and recreation in Utah. Lagoon Amusement Park, located in Farmington, is the one of the largest amusement parks in the West. Currently under construction is Lagoon’s newest ride Cannibal, which is expected for the 2015 season. Antelope Island State Park is the largest island on the Great Salt Lake, and is accessed by a 7-mile causeway. The park takes up 28,000 acres, stretching 15 miles long and nearly five miles wide. As for nightlife, Farmington Station is a premier outdoor shopping area with fine dining, excellent shopping and frequent live performances on the weekends. Those who like the arts do not have to go far. Farmington City Arts has a variety of plays and concerts sure to please. Davis County is one of Utah’s most exciting destinations, whether vacationing or doing business. Find out more at visitdavisareautah.com weber county In the last decade, Ogden of Weber County has gained momentum as an outdoor sports destination for being the center for skiing and adventure sports. Ogden is the gateway to three Utah ski resorts: Snowbasin, Powder Mountain and Wolf Mountain. It is also home to the Salomon Center, one of the world’s top 10 man-made adventures, offering most notably iFLY, a vertical wind tunnel; FLOWRIDER, an indoor river that provides wakeboarding, surfing and boogie boarding; as well as other adventure activities. Probably the most dramatic changes have been the influx of nationally-known outdoor companies and the gradual redevelopment of downtown Ogden. Historic 25th Street has been given a major facelift in recent years, while neighboring blocks have been leveled to make room for movie theaters, high-rise condos, restaurants and more. Weber State University also calls Ogden home. Ogden and Weber County have great access to a wide variety of activities for the outdoor enthusiast. Learn more at visitogden.com
  51. 51. 0 2000 4000 6000 8000 10000 12000 14000 #1 12,609 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 Larry Mitchell, honored recently as Ivory’s leading Sales Consultant, has closed over $90,000,000 in the past 11 years he’s been with Ivory Homes. A significant factor in his success is his passion to truly listen to homebuyers and offer professional, experienced advice regarding what options best meet their needs. Larry also attributes his remarkable success to the entire Ivory team and their commitment to excellence in all areas. For over two decades, Ivory Homes has been Utah’s number one homebuilder*. A record like that requires a constant focus on improvement. Ivory continually finds ways to maintain high levels of quality and design while simplifying the home buying process. Ivory also leads the way in location and design with 65 beautiful communities across the Wasatch Front and over 100 floor plans to choose from. In addition, they’ve achieved a customer satisfaction rating of over 90% for the past 15 years. Number of homes built by Ivory Homes vs other homebuilders For all your home buying needs contact Larry Mitchell at 801-918-7240 or larrym@ivoryhomes.com “It takes a team effort to produce such remarkable results...and there is not a better team out there than Ivory Homes.” * Based on number of homes built from 1990-2014. Source: Wasatch Front Construction Monitor MEET THE NUMBER ONE SALES CONSULTANT AT UTAH’S NUMBER ONE HOMEBUILDER.
  52. 52. 56 LIFE IN UTAH 2015 | SLCHAMBER.com live Home of five-star hotels and world-class skiing, Park City offers small-town charm with international renown. Only a 35-minute drive from Salt Lake International Airport, Park City offers a relaxing getaway close to the Salt Lake City, or a perfect vacation home in the mountains. Its appeal isn’t just for outdoor enthusiasts, but also art buyers and appreciators. Take a walk down the historic Main Street, and find fine and contemporary art on every corner created by talented local artists. Or enjoy the monthly gallery stroll and yearly Kimball Arts Festival to get in the yearly creative fix. With more than 100 restaurants and bars, galleries aren’t the only way to appreciate art in Park City. The art of As a hot spot for year-round outdoor activites, Park City attracts people from all walks of life. Whether looking for great ski resorts, a fall hike with the family or a summer music scene, this mountain town can accomodate. Just Warming Up food through gastronomy puts this small town on the map for exquisite food and dining you would typically find only in a big-city scene. Experience fine dining at the Glitretind, a four-star restaurant located at the Stein Eriksen Lodge, or keep your spirits up at the local High West Distillery, which offers a variety local whiskey sure to warm you up on cold winter days. As if that isn’t enough incentive to visit Park City, its many activities should. Spend time skiing at the resorts including Deer Valley Resort, Canyons Resort and Park City Mountain Resort. Those who are not skiers can experience a wide range of family- friendly activities for winter from fly-fishing trips to snowmobiling, sleigh rides and snow tubing. In the summer, enjoy a variety of music series and summer festivals that keep this small town booming all year long. Locals and visitors alike enjoy shopping at boutiques on historic Main Street, or discounted Tanger Outlet stores. Another way to appreciate Park City lies in its extraneous outdoor activities, such as the Alpine slide, zip lines, horseback riding and hiking trails—all of which sure to create lasting memories. Exploring Park City: For summer or winter, enhance your resort experience by visiting visitparkcity.com Park City hosts mountain biking, family-friendly activities and celebrations on historic Main Street. Images courtesy of Utah Office of Tourism
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  54. 54. 58 LIFE IN UTAH 2015 | SLCHAMBER.com live Utah’s Dinosaurland is located in the northeastern corner of Utah in the heart of Uintah County. Dinosaur National Monument is located 15 miles east of Vernal and is home of the world-famous Wall of Bones, which showcases more than 1,500 dinosaur bones that can be viewed from the new Quarry Exhibit Hall. The dinosaur remains don’t stop at the national monument; track over to Red Fleet State Park located 11 miles out of town and hike the Dinosaur Trackway. Here you will find hundreds of dinosaur tracks embedded in hard sandstone. Another Dinosaurland gem is the Utah Field House of Natural There’s more to Dinosaurland than dinosaurs. What’s your pleasure? Slick rock? Alpine forests? Desert canyons? Northeastern Utah has it all. The Uintah Basin is packed with lakes, rivers and reservoirs perfect for a long, lazy boat trip. Learn and experience the area’s rich history from ancestry to prehistoric times. Tracking Traditions History where you can experience life as a paleontologist—take a walk though time and explore the dinosaur gardens (home to several full-size replicas of Jurassic period dinosaurs). The Ashley National Forest and Uinta Mountains offer year-round recreation. Enjoy camping, hiking and four-wheeling during the summer and snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. If you enjoy mountain biking, peddle over for some of the best trails. A whitewater rafting trip down the Green River for one-day or multi-day trips is an experience you will not soon forget. If spending time on the lake is something you enjoy, your boat can be launched and in the water within 15 minutes from town. Steinaker State Park is only five miles out of town. Also enjoy water sports at Red Fleet State Park and Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. World class fishing, ancient Native American petroglyphs, scenic drives, hunting, wildlife viewing and much more await you in beautiful Uintah County. Want to know more about recreating and living in the Uintah Basin? Visit us at visitdinosaurland.com Kayaking on Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area / Visiting Cobble Rock Park, Vernal / Visiting the Quarry Exhibit Hall at Dinosaur National Monument, Vernal. Images courtesy of Utah Office of Tourism and Uintah County Travel and Tourism
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