Think Pro Business Growth When Voting in Utah County

 

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Dear Citizens of Utah County:

The 2017 primary election ballots are in the mail. The election is held when more than two candidates have filed for the various city council and mayoral seats and the open Congressional seat Chaffetz vacated recently. With so many candidates to choose from, who should get your vote?  The Utah Valley Chamber would like to provide you with additional standards to consider while making your voting decisions.

Utah Valley is frequently identified as being among the best places in the country to do business.  These rankings do not come by accident.  In fact, a primary reason for these accolades is the business-friendly laws passed by our local, state and federal lawmakers.

The Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce is committed to promoting legislation at all levels of government that strengthens and facilitates business growth.  We believe a strong economy results in a broader and deeper tax base, which helps fund our critical community needs such as economic development, education, transportation and public safety.

Multiple levels of the business community have been engaged in the development of our legislative priorities for 2017 and beyond.  They were developed initially by the Chamber’s Public Policy Committee and were ratified by the Board of Directors.

During this election cycle, we encourage Utah Valley citizens to vote for those candidates who support these business growth priorities.

Here are the principle-based legislative priorities:

Priorities for Economic Development

  1. Support measures to expedite the availability and sale of Tier-3 gasoline in Utah and the Wasatch Front as soon as possible.
  2. Refine the modeling for Division of Air Quality and EPA emissions standards that are currently inhibiting manufacturing companies from locating along the Wasatch Front.
  3. Encourage efforts intended to reduce diesel and gas emissions from mobile sources.
  4. Encourage education of energy-efficient solutions to be gained in homes, cars and commercial sites that are economically sound.
  5. Support the state-led visioning and strategic planning process to establish the Point of the Mountain area as an internationally acclaimed job center.
  6. Continued commitment for funding for carp removal from Utah Lake.
  7. Support the Utah Compact.

Priorities for Education

  1. Partner with industry to promote and fund STEM initiatives.
  2. Fully fund growth and Weighted Pupil Unit and invest in targeted educational needs.
  3. Support compensation increases for education employees.

Priorities for Transportation

  1. Preserve existing sources of transportation funding.
  2. 1-15 upgrades in Utah County; SR-92 interchange fast tracked/funded with bonding and Orem 8th South interchange
  3. Support local and county transportation funding efforts.

Priorities for Federal Land

  1. Pursue a Declaratory Judgment requiring the Federal Government to fulfill its obligation of the Utah Enabling Act of 1894.

Priorities for Water and Related Infrastructure

  1. Urge water conservation to meet Governor’s goal of a 25% drop in current use by 2025.
  2. Protect water-funding sources necessary to meet expected growth.
  3. Allow accrual of reserve funds to pay for replacement of aging water delivery systems.
  4. Keep the State Engineer as the general administrator and superior of the state’s water supply and adequately fund water law administration.

The Utah Valley Chamber is proud to be the voice of business in Utah Valley.  We are actively engaged in policy issues to represent the thousands of businesses located in our growing and prosperous region.  With the help of lawmakers of all government levels, we hope to continue to be the best place in the country to live, learn, work and play.

Note:   Ballots will be mailed to all active registered voters on July 25. Registered voters that have not received a ballot or have misplaced the ballot should contact the Utah County Election Office at 801-851-8123. To ensure their ballot was received, voters will be able to track their returned ballot online at vote.utah.gov.  Voters are encouraged to visit vote.utah.gov to verify that they are registered to vote and that their mailing address is listed correctly.

To view the Chamber’s Public Policy Guide in its entirety, click here.

Free IRS Webinars

Free IRS Webinars

https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/webinars-for-small-businesses-1

Understanding Payment Options – Part II

This free web conference will provide an overview of Payment Options. The presentation will focus on Installment agreements, Online Payment Agreement application, Offers in Compromise and OIC Pre-qualifier tool.

April 20, 2017 – 8:00 a.m. Pacific
Register & Attend: https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1148/20319 April 20, 2017 – 11:00 a.m. Pacific (closed captioning offered)
Register & Attend: https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1148/20320

Understanding Form 8300

(Report of Cash Payments Over $10,000 Received in a Trade or Business)

June 15, 2017 – 8:00 a.m. Pacific
Register & Attend: https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1148/20341 June 15, 2017 – 11:00 a.m. Pacific (closed captioning offered)
Register & Attend: https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1148/20342

 

Utah Small Business Workshop Program

Sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service, Utah Small Business Development Centers and The Utah State Tax Commission

Employment Tax Workshops – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Room: MCPC 333 May 18, 2017 – September 21, 2017 – November 16, 2017

This workshop discusses all aspects of employment issues associated with your business. Tax, Unemployment, Worker Compensation, Insurance and other topics.

Tax Workshop – Pay Only What You Owe – 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Room: MCPC 110 May 23, 2017 – Sep t8ember 24, 2017 – November 26, 2017

This workshop discusses ways to lower your tax liability within the rules of the tax code. It explains deductions to assist in paying the correct amount of tax.

Tax Implications – LLC and S-Corporations Workshop – 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Room: MCPC 110 May 25, 2017 – September 28, 2017 – November 2, 2017

This workshop discusses the tax and practical implications between an LLC and an S-Corporation.

 

All Workshops are held at the Salt Lake Community College, Miller Campus. 9690 S 300 W. Sandy, UT 84070.

Registration: (801) 957-5441. Online at www.utahsbdc.org For more information visit: www.slcc.edu/slsbdc

Utah State Tax Commission Sales Tax Workshops – 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Room 1026

This workshop helps new business owners understand the basics of Utah’s sales and use tax, including: •Licensing requirements

•Tax rates
•Filing returns
•Remitting tax
•The basics of what is taxable versus what is exempt

All workshops are held at the Utah State Tax Commission. 240 N 1950 W Salt Lake City, UT 84134

Registration: (801) 297-6225 or Email: taxtraining@utah.gov

 

Bring your Appetite! It’s the Eggs and Issues 2017 Breakfast

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Provo, UTAH (February 8, 2017) – The Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce is happy to host the 2017 Eggs and Issues Breakfast on Saturdays February 11 and March 3.

The Eggs and Issues Breakfast is dedicated to giving community members and state legislators a chance to discuss how certain issues affect businesses in Utah Valley. This year’s breakfast will focus on issues pertaining to economic development, education, transportation, federal land and water.

“The best part about the Eggs and Issues Breakfasts, is that everyone is invited and encouraged to participate” said Utah Valley Chamber President, Rona Rahlf. “More importantly, it opens honest and transparent conversation between community and state.” “Concerns are discussed, suggestions are heard, and solutions are made.”

The breakfasts will held Saturday mornings at the Utah Valley Hospital in the Clark Auditorium. Breakfast is served at 7:15 a.m. Q&A with legislators from 7:30-9:00 a.m. Breakfast and entry are free.

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About the Utah Valley Chamber:

The Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization member-driven organization whose mission is to build relationships, advocate principle-based public policy, and promote business and community prosperity.

 

Former Provo City Councilwoman Sherrie Hall Everett Announces Candidacy for Provo Mayor

Sherrie Hall Everett, former Provo City Councilwoman (2008-2012), Vice-Chair of the Provo Municipal Council and former Chair of the Redevelopment Agency of Provo, will announce her candidacy for Provo Mayor at a campaign kick-off event at 6:30pm Monday, January 23 at Oregano Italian Kitchen, at 223 W Center Street in Provo.

“In my public and board service I’ve benefitted from observing many different in leadership styles. – I especially am a fan of Mayor Curtis’s empowering and inviting style,” said Hall Everett. “I intend to lead Provo with that same kind of focus and contribute my experience to help create good outcomes for the city. We need to lean into our challenges as a city and find solutions that allow us to grow gracefully, while maintaining economic momentum and our wonderful quality of life.”

Hall Everett served on the Provo Municipal Council for four years, with responsibilities ranging from Vice-Chair of the Council, Chair of the Redevelopment Agency, Chair of the Budget and Appropriations Committee, and a member of the Economic Development Committee. She is currently one of two appointees from Utah County serving on the UTA Board of Trustees and is serving as the Co-Vice Chair of the Board. She has been instrumental in shaping and forming better Board governance practices, particularly enhancing transparency and communication.

“Transparency and communication are hugely important in governance. I can point to multiple times over the last 12 years that I’ve pushed for and improved government transparency. Are we done yet? I don’t think so. I still think I have some great ideas to help Provo City take the next steps to help citizens have greater information and context so that they can participate in shaping our community even more,” said Hall Everett.

Hall Everett also serves on Mountainland Association of Governments with the County Commissioners and Mayors within Utah County. This regional planning organization is responsible for prioritizing transportation projects including roads, transit, biking trails and pedestrian ways throughout the region. With the high projected growth coming to the area, how we grow is essential to maintaining and enhancing our city.

“I consider Sherrie to be one of the few people who will diligently act in Provo’s best interest and then gets out of the way,” said Bryant Livingston, Provo resident. “In my experience, she always takes the time to diligently seek out the information under the fluff and headline. She always fills me in on the complicated questions without bias or slant.”

“I have witnessed Sherrie make difficult decisions with clarity of purpose. Most importantly, she is always sincere and open, resulting in trust and respect from colleagues and the public with whom she works,” said Ben Markham, former Chairman of the Provo City Transportation and Mobility Advisory Committee (TMAC) “When needed, she is willing to make difficult decisions for the benefit of Provo citizens’ majority while maintaining cordial relations with a sometimes vocal minority.”

Cynthia Dayton, former Provo Council Chair served with Hall Everett on her leadership team. She states, “Sherrie utilizes her listening skills to incorporate and include a diversity of voices for an end result of the whole being better than the one. She is a team builder. She’s leads with effortless ability and allows others equal momentum. She will make an exceptional mayor.”

Professionally, Hall Everett is the founder of Creative Stream, Inc., a full-service marketing agency that began as a “Mom with a Mac” in 1998. She now designs and executes highly effective marketing programs for clients in the healthcare, media, technology, homebuilding, political and issues marketing worlds, including Mia Love’s historic and victorious 2014 election to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Learn more about Sherrie Hall Everett, her history of service to Provo City, and her vision for Provo at sherriehalleverett.com and follow @SherrieHallEverettProvo on Facebook.

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Sherrie Hall Everett

1428 North 2630 West

Provo, UT 84601

801-358-4147

sherrie.provo@gmail.com

sherriehalleverett.com

Utah Small Business Workshop Program

Utah Small Business Workshop Program

Sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service, Utah Small Business Development Centers and The Utah State Tax Commission

Employment Tax Workshops  –  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Room: MCPC 333, November 17, 2016

This workshop discusses all aspects of employment issues associated with your business.  Tax, Unemployment, Worker Compensation, Insurance and other topics.

Choosing A Business Entity Workshop – 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Room: MCPC 11, November 10, 2016

This workshop discusses the different business types that a new business can choose from.  It also discusses legal ramifications of each.

Tax Implications – LLC and S-Corporations Workshop  –  8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Room: MCPC 110, November 3, 2016

This workshop discusses the tax and practical implications between an LLC and an S-Corporation.

All Workshops are held at the Salt Lake Community College, Miller Campus.  9690 S 300 W.  Sandy, UT 84070.  

Registration: (801) 957-5200. Online at www.spedregistration.com or www.utahsbdc.org

For more information visit: www.slcc.edu/slsbdc

Utah State Tax Commission Sales Tax Workshops – 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Room 1026

This workshop helps new business owners understand the basics of Utah’s sales and use tax, including:

  • Licensing requirements
  • Tax rates
  • Filing returns
  • Remitting tax
  • The basics of what is taxable versus what is exempt

All workshops are held at the Utah State Tax Commission.  240 N 1950 W Salt Lake City, UT  84134

Registration: (801) 297-6225 or Email: taxtraining@utah.gov

IRS Updates & News Releases:

Did you know? One of the best ways to get information is by visiting the IRS Small Business Tax Center where you can learn everything from how to get an Employer Identification Number (EIN) online to how to best navigate an audit.

Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC) Issues Annual Report for 2016

https://www.irs.gov/uac/newsroom/information-reporting-program-advisory-committee-irpac-issues-annual-report-for-2016

The Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC) issued its annual report for 2016 to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on new and continuing issues in tax administration. The report includes recommendations involving the penalty abatement process, the Form W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification, and the use of Frequently Asked Questions on the IRS website.

IRS and Security Summit Partners Warn of Fake Tax Bills

https://www.irs.gov/uac/irs-and-security-summit-partners-warn-of-fake-tax-bill-emails

The IRS and its Security Summit partners issued an alert to taxpayers and tax professionals to be on guard against fake emails purporting to contain an IRS tax bill related to the Affordable Care Act. The IRS has received numerous reports around the country of scammers sending a fraudulent version of CP2000 notices for tax year 2015. Generally, the scam involves an email that includes the fake CP2000 as an attachment.

Note: See also SETT-2016-13, Beware of Fake IRS Tax Bill Notices

New Private Debt Collection Program to Begin Next Spring; IRS to Contract with Four Agencies; Taxpayer Rights Protected

https://www.irs.gov/uac/newsroom/new-private-debt-collection-program-to-begin-next-spring-irs-to-contract-with-four-agencies-taxpayer-rights-protected

The Internal Revenue Service announced that it plans to begin private collection of certain overdue federal tax debts next spring and has selected four contractors to implement the new program. The new program, authorized under a federal law enacted by Congress last December, enables these designated contractors to collect, on the government’s behalf, outstanding inactive tax receivables. As a condition of receiving a contract, these agencies must respect taxpayer rights including, among other things, abiding by the consumer protection provisions of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

IRS Now Accepting ITIN Renewal Applications; Taxpayers Encouraged to Act Soon to Avoid Processing Delays in 2017

https://www.irs.gov/uac/newsroom/irs-now-accepting-itin-renewal-applications-taxpayers-encouraged-to-act-soon-to-avoid-processing-delays-in-2017

The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers affected by recent changes involving the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) program that they can now begin submitting their ITIN renewal applications to the IRS.

Under the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 passed by Congress and signed into law last year, any ITIN not used on a federal tax return at least once in the last three years will no longer be valid for use on a tax return as of Jan. 1, 2017. If a taxpayer has an ITIN that is scheduled to expire and needs to file a tax return, it’s important not to delay. By submitting the application package in the next few weeks ITIN taxpayers may avoid unnecessary delays and allow for smoother and faster processing. As part of this effort, the IRS has embarked on a wider education effort to share information with ITIN holders. To help taxpayers, the IRS has prepared a variety of informational materials, including flyers and fact sheets, available in several languages on IRS.gov. In addition to English and Spanish, materials are available in Chinese, Korean, Haitian Creole, Russian and Vietnamese.

In 2017, Some Tax Benefits Increase Slightly Due to Inflation Adjustments, Others Are Unchanged

https://www.irs.gov/uac/newsroom/in-2017-some-tax-benefits-increase-slightly-due-to-inflation-adjustments-others-are-unchanged

The Internal Revenue Service announced the tax year 2017 annual inflation adjustments for more than 50 tax provisions, including the tax rate schedules, and other tax changes. Revenue Procedure 2016-55 provides details about these annual adjustments. The tax year 2017 adjustments generally are used on tax returns filed in 2018.

IRS Advises Taxpayers to Prepare for Hurricanes, Floods and Other Natural Disasters

https://www.irs.gov/uac/newsroom/irs-advises-taxpayers-to-prepare-for-hurricanes-floods-and-other-natural-disasters

The Internal Revenue Service offers advice to taxpayers who may be affected by storms or other natural disasters. The IRS also reminded taxpayers that the agency is here to help including offering a special toll-free number to taxpayers in federally-declared disaster areas, staffed with IRS specialists trained to handle disaster-related issues.

IRS YouTube Videos – Preparing for Disasters: English | Spanish | ASL

Tax Tips

https://www.irs.gov/uac/irs-tax-tips

Beware of Fake IRS Tax Bill Notices

IRS Grants Tax Relief Extension to Drought-Stricken Farmers, Ranchers; 37 States and Puerto Rico Affected

Health Care Tax Tips

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Health-Care-Tax-Tips2

ACA and Employers: Terms to Know about Offers of Health Coverage

IRS.gov has Information You Need to Understand the Health Care Law’s Effect on Your Taxes

Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace

https://www.healthcare.gov/small-businesses/

The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace helps small businesses provide health coverage to their employees. The SHOP Marketplace is open to employers with 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees (FTEs). This includes non-profit organizations. You can enroll in SHOP any time of year – there’s no restricted enrollment period. For more information, visit HealthCare.gov.

The Affordable Care Act and Employers
Information on Key Tax Provisions Affecting Employers

Provo named 2016’s 3rd Best-Run City in America by WalletHub.com

Provo was named 2016’s 3rd Best-Run City in America in a recent study from the leading personal finance outlet WalletHub.com. You can find the full study here: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-run-cities/22869/.

To identify the cities that are managed well by their leaders, WalletHub’s analysts compared 150 of the largest U.S. cities across six key dimensions, including financial stability, education, health, safety, economy as well as infrastructure and pollution. We then combined these categories to construct an “Overall City Services” ranking against which we measured the cities’ total per-capita budgets in order to reveal their budgeting efficiency.

Management of Provo (1=Best-Run; 75=Avg.)

  • 10th– Financial Stability
  • 10th – Education
  • 65th – Health
  • 10th – Safety
  • 53rd – Economy
  • 3rd– Total Budget per Capita

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Contact:

Diana Popa

Communications Manager, WalletHub

(202) 684-6386

 

Office of Outdoor Recreation Opens Grant Program

The Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation is accepting applications for the Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant, formerly the Utah Waypoint Grant. Nonprofits, youth programs, and local or tribal government agencies may apply to receive up to a 50/50 matching grant of no more than $75,000 to put toward programs that directly benefit the public.

“Each year we see increased participation in outdoor activities within our local communities,” said Tom Adams, director of the Office of Outdoor Recreation. “It is important to provide these communities and other invested groups the necessary resources to sustainably plan, prepare and participate in outdoor recreation.”

An important change in this year’s grant is the addition of youth programs to the list of eligible projects. Eligible infrastructure development projects include but are not limited to youth programs, trails, trail infrastructure, and trail facilities; restroom facilities near recreational areas; ramps and launch sites that would improve water access; whitewater parks; yurts; and infrastructure for wildlife viewing areas. The project areas must be accessible by the public to qualify.

The inaugural round of submissions during 2015 yielded a number of success stories including the opening of the Moab Boulder Park and Highland Bike Park.

Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant applications will be accepted until August 11, 2016. Please note that this grant program has limited funding. The program will close once all funds have been distributed.

Applications and detailed eligibility requirements are included in the downloadable grant packet at business.utah.gov/outdoor.

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About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)
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The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Gov. Gary R. Herbert’s commitment to statewide economic development. The state’s economic vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business environment and tourist destination. GOED provides extensive resources and support for business creation, growth and recruitment statewide, as well as programs to increase tourism and film production for the benefit of Utah residents. All administered programs are based upon strategic industry clusters to develop a diverse, sustainable economy. GOED accomplishes its mission through unprecedented partnerships. For more information please contact: Aimee Edwards, (801) 538-8811 oredwards@utah.gov.

Gov. Herbert Flips Pancakes with Utah Tech CEOs

What: Gov. Gary R. Herbert will flip pancakes with tech CEOs and meet with tech employees to discuss the future of technology in Utah. The governor will join Beehive Startups, tech CEOs and the tech community for a pancake breakfast to benefit technology in Utah schools. Following the breakfast, the governor will participate in a forum discussing timely topics and the future of technology in the state.

Where: Salt Mine productive workspace
7984 South 1300 East, Sandy

When: Monday, June 20, 2016 at 8:30 a.m.
8:30 a.m.      B-roll opportunity – Gov. Herbert and Utah tech CEOs flipping pancakes
9:00 a.m.      Forum with Gov. Herbert

Who: 
Gov. Gary R. Herbert
Clint Betts, founder, CEO and executive editor, Beehive Startups
Aaron Skonnard, co-founder and CEO, Pluralsight
Tom Stockham, CEO, Experticity
Davis Smith, CEO, Cotopaxi
Lindsey Kneuven, CIO, Cotopaxi
Susan Petersen, CEO, Freshly Picked
Blake Moderitzki, managing director, Pelion Ventures
Rachael Herrscher, CEO, TodaysMama
Ryan Westwood, CEO, Simplus
Ryan Caldwell, CEO, MX

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About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)
business.utah.gov

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Gov. Gary R. Herbert’s commitment to statewide economic development. The state’s economic vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business environment and tourist destination. GOED provides extensive resources and support for business creation, growth and recruitment statewide, as well as programs to increase tourism and film production for the benefit of Utah residents. All administered programs are based upon strategic industry clusters to develop a diverse, sustainable economy. GOED accomplishes its mission through unprecedented partnerships. For more information please contact: Aimee Edwards, (801) 538-8811 oredwards@utah.gov.

Point of the Mountain Commission Hold First Meeting: Emphasis on Public Process and Engagement

The Point of the Mountain Commission held its first public meeting today commencing a public engagement and visioning process for the area known as the Point of the Mountain, where Salt Lake and Utah counties adjoin.

The commission was created during the 2016 Legislative Session by H.B. 318, sponsored by Rep. Brad Wilson and Sen. Jerry Stevenson. It is a unique entity comprised of local officials, private sector representatives, and state level officials from both the legislative and executive branches. It is tasked with providing recommendations on infrastructure planning and financing tools.

The commission received an informative overview of the area from three experts in different fields.: Natalie Gochnour, associate dean of the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business and chief economist for the Salt Lake Chamber, provided economic insight; Mark Bouchard, senior managing director at CBRE, provided real estate expertise; and Andrew Gruber, executive director of Wasatch Front Regional Council, advised the commission about transportation.

“Our goal is to ensure the state takes every advantage of this unique opportunity and that every voice is heard,” said Christopher M. Conabee, commission co-chair and member of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) Board of Directors. “We need thought leaders’ best planning for this area to reach its economic potential and for our state to remain globally competitive.”

Commission Co-Chair Rep. Brad Wilson provided an overview of the process and timeline, which will include contracting a national or local organization to help manage the project and process.

“This area has the potential to be an international employment and innovation center, attracting the world’s best and brightest and developing a place where our homegrown companies and people can continue to thrive,” Rep. Wilson said. “Partnering with the right group to help guide this process will be critical in executing on that objective.”

At the conclusion of the meeting, the commission created a subcommittee to draft a request for proposal (RFP), the official bidding process. The commission will reconvene for selection of a contracted firm in the coming months. The Point of the Mountain Commission is expected to deliver a report to the legislature and Gov. Gary R. Herbert before the end of the year.

Governor announces fifth annual Utah Energy Development Summit

Five years ago, Gov. Gary R. Herbert had a vision to make Utah a leader among states in the provision of affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for decades to come.  Utah has led the way on numerous regional and national energy fronts and continues to advance dialogue and innovation at the fifth annual Governor’s Utah Energy Development Summit, May 24-25, 2016.

“Responsible energy production is integral to our economic and environmental success,” Gov. Herbert said. “This annual event continues to provide a collaborative platform for industry and government, while Utahns become more educated on development in the innovative energy sector.”

The two day conference and trade show, to be held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, features more than 75 speakers, a dozen breakout sessions and an exhibit area filled with energy equipment and alternative transportation vehicles. Once again, the Summit is expected to draw 1,200 attendees, making it the largest event of its kind in the Intermountain West.

The conference will kick off with a keynote address by Eileen Robertson, chairwoman of the Brian D. Robertson Memorial Solar Schools Fund. She will honor the legacy of her late husband, the co-founder of SunEdison.  A special panel follows – Leading Through Energy Transitions – exploring how five successful women leaders have galvanized their teams to effectively navigate periods of low commodity prices and regulatory challenges.

Wednesday begins with remarks by Crystal C. Maggalet, chairman and CEO of FJ Management, Inc., whose entrepreneurial spirit has led a diversified family business that includes Maverik, Big West Oil, and TAB, an industrial loan bank.

Following Maggalet, Crescent Point Energy president and CEO Scott Saxberg will join Gov. Herbert to discuss the company’s investment activities in Utah, including their recent announcement of 4,000 proposed new wells in the Uinta Basin. They will offer insights into what may lie ahead for the oil and gas industry, and address their respective approaches to providing leadership through challenging times.

Energy delivery policies are becoming increasingly important to providing growing populations with a reliable and resilient electric system. In the afternoon, senior vice president of Edison Electric Institute, Philip D. Moeller, will examine how companies are focused on identifying innovative solutions and business opportunities to better serve customers.

Multiple breakout sessions will take place throughout the day, covering a range of energy and minerals issues, including:

•    Innovations for safety & efficiency in extractive industries
•    D.C.’s escalating flow of environmental regulations
•    Next generation energy management technologies
•    …and more

“Utah continues to be a national leader in responsible energy and minerals production due to the foresight of Gov. Herbert half a decade ago,” said Dr. Laura Nelson, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Energy Development.  “We’re proud to once again host a Summit dedicated to engaging with a range of stakeholders in order to advance wise policy options and innovative market solutions for these key industries.”

2016 also marks the fifth anniversary of the Governor’s Office of Energy Development, charged with overseeing the responsible advancement of Utah’s diverse energy and minerals economy through industry assistance, education and outreach, and policy development.

For more information or to register, visit governorsenergysummit.com.

About Governor’s Office of Energy Development (OED)
Web: energy.utah.gov
Governor Gary R. Herbert recognizes energy as one of the four cornerstones of Utah’s strength, along with education, job creation, and self-determination. In recognition of this priority, the Governor’s Office of Energy Development (OED) was created in 2011 to advance Utah’s diverse energy and minerals economy through policy, planning and direct engagement.