COVID-19 and Other Economic News Roundup for the Week of August 24
ICYMI - To help our investors keep track, we’ve compiled some of the top COVID-19 and other relevant economic news of the past week.
The airport expansion project is one of the most important economic development endeavors in our state’s history. On time and in budget, this six-year, $4.1 billion project on nearly 300 acres will bring many benefits in convenience, efficiency, and sense of place for travelers and residents. The New SLC Airport Unveiling Ceremony took place August 27. See it here: https://slcairport.com/blog/ad/ev/en/virtual/
And the Airport ceremony got us thinking…what’s it cost a company representative to fly into Salt Lake City and rent a car, have a meal, stay in a hotel etc? How do we stack up against competing markets? #44 out of 100 ranked metros it turns out – or more affordable that Denver, Phoenix, Austin, Nashville et al. Read Business Travel Executive’s Corporate Travel Index.
News from an EDCUtah investor – As part of Comcast NBCUniversal’s $100 million, multi-year plan to support social impact programs, the company is hosting in partnership with the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs, a virtual Social Justice Speakers’ Series. Login on September 3, 2020 at 5:30 pm for a keynote address from best-selling author, Austin Channing Brown, as she offers steps you can take to be an ally and anti-racist. Community members will be participating in a panel discussion directly after to talk about initiatives in Utah to advance social justice and equality.
· 5:30pm MST: Austin Channing Brown, Keynote & Q&A
· 6:15pm MST: Panel Discussion & Q&A
Chris Kirk of EDCUtah investor Colliers, who was on our virtual Town Hall panel August 28, shared some interesting information from a global “Work from Home” survey the company conducted. You can find a recap of survey results here.
To promote reshoring opportunities in rural Utah, Future in Design (FIND) and Tukatech are holding a virtual open house Sept. 1 from 10:00 to 11:00 am. A non-profit with a workforce development mission and based in Price, FIND has recently supported Utah’s PPE supply chain. The open house link is here.
GoHealth conducted groundbreaking ceremony in Lindon last week. We’re excited for the company’s continued growth in the state! GoHealth was a recent expansion project for us: https://edcutah.org/news/2020/05/14/project-bandaid-2-gohealth-bring-110...