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Around Utah

Sarah Cutler

January 1, 2012

Salt Lake City - The UTAH JAZZ entered into a multi-year partnership with EXERGY DEVELOPMENT GROUP, an independent renewable energy developer. As part of the agreement, Exergy will join the “Jazz Green Team,” an energy conservation program comprised of local companies.

Salt Lake City - The UTAH OFFICE OF ENERGY DEVELOPMENT added $200,000 to the Utah Renewable Energy Rebate Program (URER). The URER program is funded through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and aims to stimulate employment in grid-tied renewable energy construction and increase distributed renewable energy capacity.

Salt Lake City - SELECTHEALTH was ranked Utah’s top HMO health plan, according to NCQA’s Private Health Insurance Plan Rankings, 2011–2012. NCQA, the National Committee for Quality Assurance, evaluated nearly 500 private health plans and ranked them based on clinical performance, member satisfaction and NCQA accreditation.

Salt Lake City - FORETELLIGENT partnered with I-BEHAVIOR, INC, enabling Foretelligent to deliver additional insight into the category purchase history of prospective customers and help clients measure the expected returns on sales and marketing investments.

South Jordan - INNOVATIVE STAFFING, INC. (ISI) and TRUHEARING joined forces to provide hearing benefits to employees. TruHearing developed a discount hearing services program called MemberPlus.

Sandy - TURNING POINT CENTERS opened a new facility at 10658 S. Dimple Dell Road in Sandy. The 14,000-square-foot facility sits on five-and-a-half acres and has 12 beds, four of which are in private rooms.

 

Utah Ranked Fourth in the Nation for Internet Speed

Salt Lake City - In its most recent “State of the Internet” report, Akamai Technologies ranked Utah at No. 4 in the nation, above coastal neighbors California (No. 6) and Washington (No. 9). The report is a quarterly comparison of average internet speeds of states across the country.

Internet speed and infrastructure are crucial components of Utah’s position in economic development, technology and education climates. Several studies even suggest a correlation between broadband access and lower unemployment rates.

“Utah was the only inland Western state to be highly ranked,” says Tara Thue, manager of the Utah Broadband Project at the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). “Given Utah’s large concentration of rural land, this ranking says something significant about our progress in distributing high-speed access throughout the entire state.”

Launched in 2010, the Utah Broadband Project aims to map available broadband services in the state. The mapping data is used to identify gaps in service and will be used by policymakers and leaders to develop a statewide plan to make broadband access available to all Utahns. More than 45 broadband service providers have willingly partnered with the project to supply data and information for the map.

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Lindon - ACCESSDATA GROUP launched a mobile forensics product replacement program that allows current users of other mobile forensics solutions to replace their tools with AccessData’s Mobile Phone Examiner Plus (MPE+) software. MPE+ is a stand-alone cell phone forensics software solution that also integrates seamlessly with the industry-standard computer forensics technology.

Provo - ANDERSON CRG opened an office in Provo to serve commercial real estate clients in Utah County and throughout Utah.

Orem - MITY-LITE, INC. launched its new line of Reveal Linen-less tables. Made in the USA and GREENGUARD Certified, Reveal multi-function tables qualify for credits through LEED and other sustainable building programs, helping facilities achieve their conservation objectives. Additionally, the Utah Manufacturers Association (UMA) recognized Mity-Lite as the 2011 Manufacturer of the Year for its contribution to Utah’s economy, exceptional operational performance, workplace safety, community and state involvement, and commitment to the principles of America’s free enterprise system.

Lehi - SMILE REMINDER recognized its evolution from patient-to-practice communication to a comprehensive engagement platform with a new brand identity: SOLUTIONREACH.

American Fork - BANK OF AMERICAN FORK was recognized as one of the first banks in the country to offer a suite of product features to help protect seniors against becoming victims of financial abuse. The package is called AccountSmart Tools for Seniors.

BYU Begins Construction of New LifeSciencesBuilding

Provo - The BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY board of trustees approved the construction of a new Life Sciences Building to be built on the south end of campus. The Life Sciences Building will include 265,000 square feet of teaching and research space for the College of Life Sciences and will be constructed on the hillside directly south of the John A. Widtsoe Building.

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