To strengthen the voice of business and promote economic opportunity for individuals and families throughout the state, chambers of commerce across Utah have formed the Utah Chamber Policy Coalition, a statewide coalition to advocate for unified policy interests and policies that will promote business success, jobs, opportunity, and prosperity.
The coalition, which was announced today, will work closely with state, local, and federal leaders to coordinate on policies related to economic issues including, taxation, regulation, education, housing, the environment, and transportation.
“One of the most important things we have learned through the pandemic and ensuing economic crisis, is that we are better together,” said Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance. “As chambers of commerce across the state, we can accomplish more when we speak as a unified voice on behalf of our members and the broader business community.”
According to leaders of the coalition member organizations, the timing of the announcement could not be more appropriate and important than it is now, as Utah works to rebound from the effects of COVID-19. “Utah’s economy has been the envy of the nation,” said Don Willie, president of the St. George Area Chamber. “The pandemic has been a setback, though we are better off than other states and have a firm foundation on which to bounce back. The Utah Chamber Policy Coalition will be essential to that process, allowing us to innovate together, speak with clarity and authority on areas of mutual interest, and make decisions over the next few months that will strengthen our state for years to come.”
Areas of common interest will be identified, discussed and determined by the coalition, and all members will maintain their own voices and independence on issues unique to each local chamber. According to Aaron Quarnberg, board chair of the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, “We expect that there will be much to unite us and that on those issues our voice will resonate with government, business and community leaders. In this way, we will even more effectively serve those individuals and businesses with whom we have stewardship.”
Founding members of the Utah Chamber Policy Coalition include the:
Salt Lake Chamber
St. George Area Chamber of Commerce
Cedar City Chamber of Commerce
Utah Black Chamber
Utah Hispanic Chamber
Davis Chamber of Commerce
Cache Valley Chamber of Commerce
Kanab Area Chamber of Commerce
Point of the Mountain Chamber
Those interested in joining the coalition or receiving related information can contact Kaitlyn Pieper at [email protected]