Utah’s Business Community Honors 2019 Business Champions

The Salt Lake Chamber presents awards to pro-business Legislators

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (May 15, 2019) – Today the Salt Lake Chamber presented the Business Champion Awards to legislators who stood for the interests of Utah businesses during the 2019 General Legislative Session. The Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors recognized the efforts of these lawmakers this morning at a breakfast in their honor.

77 lawmakers received the Business Champion Award for voting for the interests of the business community at least 80% of the time. The designation of Business Champion is directly tied to a legislator’s voting record on the Salt Lake Chamber’s “Priority Votes.” During the legislative session, the Chamber’s Board of Directors designates the top priorities of the business community as Priority Votes.

“Thanks to the legislature’s commitment to our state and the engagement of our business community, the Chamber was successful in advancing numerous pro-business policies this past session. We made significant strides to enhance the funding necessary to build a talented workforce, bring computer science to every classroom and address our looming housing affordability crisis,” said Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber. “We greatly appreciate our Business Champions for their involvement, collaboration and fortitude.”

In addition to the Business Champion Awards, the Salt Lake Chamber honored Rep. Carl Albrecht as the 2019 Legislator of the Year. As a former CEO of a rural energy company and a long-time public servant, sitting on various boards and commissions from education to natural resources, Rep. Albrecht has a keen understanding of policy issues and their impact on rural Utah. During the 2019 Legislative Session, he passed a number of bills to improve economic development opportunities for rural communities and address the unique workforce challenges facing rural Utahns.

“I am honored to receive this award and appreciate the attention to rural issues from my fellow legislators and the Salt Lake Chamber. I look forward to continuing our work to improve economic development in Utah’s rural communities,” said Rep. Carl Albrecht.

To learn more about the Salt Lake Chamber’s 2019 Legislative Session Recap visit: slchamber.com/2019-legislative-recap

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About the Chamber

The Salt Lake Chamber is Utah’s largest and longest-standing business association. A statewide chamber of commerce with members in all 29 Utah counties, the Chamber represents the broad interests of the state’s 63,000-plus employers, which employ more than 1.4 million Utahns. This includes thousands of Chamber members and their employees. With roots that date back to 1887, the Chamber stands as the voice of business, supports its members’ success and champions community prosperity.