March 5, 2014

Cover Story

CEO of the Year

Utah’s business landscape is rich with professionals who have le...Read More

Featured Articles

Did you go Skiing this winter?

Around Utah


Martin Plaehn

Karen Sendelback

Legal Briefs
Social Media and Employers: Friends or Enemies?

Money Talk
The Case for HSAs

Economic Insight
Time to Show Up

Lessons Learned
Make a Move

In the Lab

Rent to Own

Business Trends
Back from the Dead

Living Well
Artful Inspiration

A Breath of Fresh Air

Worst-Case Scenario

Regional Report
Northern Utah

Measure Up

Industry Outlook
Travel & Tourism



Air Quality Improvement Grants Available to Small Businesses

Press Release

March 5, 2014

Salt Lake City — Small businesses now have access to funding intended to improve air quality and protect jobs, thanks to a new grant from the State of Utah. The UCAIR Air Assist program offers grants to small businesses to purchase equipment upgrades to reduce emissions.

The program is a partnership between the Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR), Department of Workforce Services (DWS) and Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). DWS will provide $300,000 in funding for fiscal year 2013-2014, with possible additional funding in subsequent years. DEQ will help identify businesses that can benefit from the grant and UCAIR administers the funds.

"Less talk, more action. This is the purpose of UCAIR — to provide real resources to be a force of great change to improve our air," said Ted Wilson, UCAIR executive director. "The $1 million in Air Assist grants will empower small businesses to make direct and real changes in their operations that will have a significant impact on reducing emissions and improving air quality."

ACS Precision Finish, an auto body shop in Salt Lake City, is the first recipient of an Air Assist grant. The funds will be used to upgrade its painting system to decrease emissions. Some additional examples of emissions-reducing equipment that dry cleaners, restaurants, print shops and other small business could purchase with the grant are exhaust, ventilation or heating units, filtration systems or cleaner burning engines.

“Helping small businesses shoulder costs of upgrading to cleaner equipment protects jobs and supports Utah’s economic engine,” said Jon Pierpont, executive director of DWS. “We are happy to provide funding to bolster the backbone of our economy—small businesses.”

To apply, businesses must have fewer than 100 employees and must match the grant funds dollar for dollar. The current funding period ends June 30. Interested business owners should visit

Utah Business Social
UB Events View All
CEO of the YearUtah Business Event
Mar 20, 2015
Utah Business Magazine and Presenting Sponsors - Holland & Hart and Newmark Grubb ACRES - are pro...
Job Summit 2015Utah Business Event
Apr 10, 2015
Position your company as a Premier Employer in today's competitive job market! Utah Business maga...
30 Women to WatchUtah Business Event
May 21, 2015
Utah Business magazine and Snell and Wilmer are proud to announce the 18th annual 30 Women To Wat...
Community Events View All
Intermountain Sustainability Summit
Mar 5, 2015
The Intermountain Sustainability Summit aims to bring together civic leaders, sustainability prof...
CEH - Certified Ethical Hacker
Mar 5, 2015
Learn to hack like a pro, while pleasing the boss! The ethical hacker is usually a trusted employ...  |  90 South 400 West, Ste 650 Salt Lake City, Utah 84101   |  (801) 568-0114

Advertise with Utah Business

Submit an Event

* indicates required information
* Event Name:
Price (general):
Website (if applicable):
Coordinator's Name:
Coordinator's Email:
Coordinator's Phone:
Venue Name:
Venue Address:
Venue City:
Venue Zip:
Event Capacity:
* Event Description: