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Monday, December 31, 2018

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Utah's ski chief to Newsmaker meet: 'We want Olympics back'
By Brice Wallace Salt Lake City is the U.S. hope to host the 2030 Olympic Winter Games, but that's no surprise to Nathan Rafferty.Speaking before the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) selected Salt Lake City for a possible 2030 bid, Rafferty, the president and CEO of Ski Utah, t...

Housing costs just keep rising in northern Utah
The cost of having a place to live in Utah just continues to grow. In November, the Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded the largest month-to-month increase in housing costs since the bank began tracking consumer prices in 2010. The 0.7 percent housing cos...

Collective Health to establish SLC operational hub
Collective Health, a healthcare technology company, will expand into Utah and add hundreds of jobs through the creation of an operational hub in Salt Lake City. The San Francisco-based company, which also has an engineering hub in Chicago, said it will confirm the location of the...

New airport vendors represent mix of local, regional and national brands
The Salt Lake City International Airport has selected the retail, news and gift stores for the first phase of its redevelopment program opening in the fall of 2020. Hudson Group, Paradies Lagardre, Sweet Ventures, Inc. and XpresSpa - representing 29 stores - have been selected. T...

Big-D Construction acquires large Boise-based contractor
Big-D Construction, a major general contractor and construction management firm headquartered in Salt Lake City, has acquired McAlvain Cos. Inc. of Boise. McAlvain is a third-generation general contractor providing general construction services, design/build and construction mana...

Conabee is port's interim director
The Utah Inland Port Authority Board took a major step earlier this month in getting its planned project off the ground. The board voted unanimously to hire Chris Conabee to be its interim executive director for the next six months at a salary of $100,000. The board's contract wi...

Galbraith to head Orem's Mity Inc.
Mity Inc., an Orem-based manufacturer of highly durable banquet, meeting, event and dining furniture, including its flagship MityLite brand, has named Christopher Galbraith as president. For the past three years, Galbraith has been the chief operating officer at Mity."Christopher...

Merit buys Massachusetts firm
Merit Medical Systems Inc. of South Jordan, a manufacturer and marketer of primarily disposable medical devices, has acquired Vascular Insights LLC, based in Quincy, Massachusetts. Vascular Insights develops and markets catheter systems for the treatment of venous diseases.{mpres...

IT hiring outlook rosy
It's a good time to be looking for an information technology job in Utah, according to the 2019 Tech Hiring Report from Robert Half Technology. In its survey of IT hiring managers, Robert Half found that 94 percent of local IT executives plan to hire during the first half of 2019...

CCIM tabs Hansen for its 2019 Excellence Awards Hall of Fame
The Utah Chapter of CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) has announced that Dell Loy Hansen has been named its 2019 Excellence Awards Hall of Fame recipient. Held annually, the Excellence Awards program honors professionals within Utah's commercial real estate indus...

Career website Comparably cites Utah companies on annual lists
Several Utah companies are ranked or listed on various workplace-related lists released recently by compensation, culture and career monitoring website Comparably. The rankings were derived from sentiment ratings provided by employees who anonymously rated their employers on Comp...

GOED board approves three incentives for film productions
Three film productions - a documentary, a stop-motion animation picture and a thriller - will shoot in Utah in the next few months. The productions were approved for cash rebate incentives awarded during the December meeting of the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED)...

U.S. investors optimistic overall but don't want rate hikes from Fed
U.S. investors are not supportive of further interest rate hikes, with a majority surveyed by Wells Fargo - 61 percent - saying the Federal Reserve should not continue to raise rates, up from 46 percent surveyed in May. Nearly half of those investors - 48 percent - say that raisi...

HR Mattters: Will artificial intelligence rule our world?
By Ron Zarbock There is lots of talk about artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning and its potential to transform life (and work) as we know it. That transformation is all a bit cloudy, though. What does "the rise of the robots" really mean to the workforce and employer...

Calendar Highlights

Calendar listings are provided as a free service to our readers. Information about upcoming events may be sent to brice@slenterprise.com. The submission deadline is one week before publication. See the full calendar.

State of the Economy for 2019 - January 9
A Utah Department of Workforce Services (DWS) event. Speaker is Carrie Mayne, chief economist and director of workforce research and analysis at DWS. Location is the DWS South County Employment Center, 5735 S. Redwood Road, Room 114, Taylorsville. Free. RSVPs can be completed by emailing Jenny Jones at jenjones@utah.gov.

UTC Public Policy Forum - January 9
A Utah Technology Council event. UTC members gather once a quarter outside of the state legislative session, and once weekly during the session, to discuss issues of priority to the community. Location is the Utah State Capitol, Capitol Board Room, 350 State St., Salt Lake City. Registration can be completed at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/utc-public-policy-forum-tickets-52419699733.

St. George Area Economic Summit 2019 - January 10
A St. George Area Economic Development event also known as "What's Up Down South?" Location is Dixie Convention Center, 1835 S. Convention Center Drive, St. George. Registration can be completed at http://www.Eventbrite.com.

Year In Review: Top Media Stories of 2018 - January 11
A Salt Lake Chamber event featuring a panel of journalists discussing the year's top stories and their impact on Utah communities. Location is 50 West Club & Caf, 50 W. Broadway, Salt Lake City. Cost is $20. Details are at http://www.slchamber.com.

Utah Economic Outlook & Public Policy Summit 2019 - January 18
Presented by the Salt Lake Chamber and Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah. Keynote speaker is Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines. Other activities include a 2019 economic outlook from economists, release of the Salt Lake Chamber CEOutlook Confidence Index, presentation of the 2019 Economic Report to the Governor, Gov. Gary Herbert's economic vision for 2019, a 2019 legislative session preview from legislative leadership, and release of the Salt Lake Chamber's 2019 legislative agenda. Location is Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown at City Creek, 75 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City. Cost is $85 ($65 for chamber members before Dec. 15). Details are at http://www.slchamber.com.


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