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Around Utah

Sarah Cutler

July 1, 2012

Salt Lake City - BOHME BOUTIQUES opened three new boutiques in Red Cliffs Mall in St. George, Utah; Cache Valley Mall in Logan, Utah; and Magic Valley Mall in Twin Falls, Idaho. Bohme finished 2011 with 12 stores and will have 20 stores open by the end of 2012.

Sandy - SOMA INTIMATES opened a new boutique at South Towne Center. The new store is located at 10450 S. State Street and features a stylist to help customers.

Salt Lake City - WEST PUBLIC RELATIONS recently opened in Salt Lake City. The PR firm’s client list includes MOORE HAIR DESIGN, REALTY EXPERTS and the OQUIRRH MOUNTAIN SYMPHONY.

Westminster College Unveils Its Third Solar Installation

Salt Lake City - WESTMINSTER COLLEGE unveiled its third installed solar photovoltaic (PV) system, sized at 20kW. Westminster joined with ROCKY MOUNTAIN POWER’s Blue Sky Funding Program to install the system, which sits atop the roof of the Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory Building.

The solar PV system was designed by SPECTRUM ENGINEERS and VCBO ARCHITECTURE with design support from HUNT ELECTRIC. The panel installations were also performed by Hunt Electric.

Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges, a publication that is partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council, recently recognized Westminster College for its commitment to sustainability and environmentally related policies.

The college derives up to 10 percent of its annual power usage from renewable sources—the equivalent emissions savings of taking 200 cars off the road each year and powering more than 40 typical Utah homes (more than 1,160 tons of carbon dioxide avoided). Westminster’s goal is to become carbon neutral by 2030. 

Bluffdale - GOAL ZERO hosted a ribbon cutting and open house for its new corporate offices and distribution warehouse at 675 W. 14600 South in Bluffdale. The 55,000-square-foot building brings together product development, marketing, domestic and international sales, administration, and product distribution all under one roof. The expansion resulted in the hiring of 15 additional employees, bringing total employment to 70.

Provo - ANCESTRY.COM, INC. entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Archives.com, a family history website, for approximately $100 million in cash and assumed liabilities. This will enable Ancestry.com to add a differentiated service targeted to a complementary segment of the growing family history category.

Provo - ORABRUSH was recognized for its achievements in social media marketing with the selection of the YouTube video “Orabrush the Movie – Official Trailer” as an Official Honoree of the 2012 Webby Awards, an international award honoring excellence on the internet.

Provo - MORINDA BIOACTIVES (formally Tahitian Noni International) released a new line of products called Thrive Adaptogenics at its 2012 International Leadership Conference. The Thrive Adaptogenics products, previously known as Tahitian Noni Bioactive Beverages, now includes the Thrive Adaptogenics Max and Max Concentrate.

Provo - FIRST DATA CORPORATION signed an agreement with MONEYDESKTOP, INC. to integrate the company’s personal financial management (PFM) tool into the First Data Online Banking offering. The solution offers consumers the latest PFM technology and enables them to make better-informed decisions through a simple, intuitive navigation integrated into First Data’s online banking solution.

Provo - VIVINT was selected as the 2012 Corporate Volunteer Program of the Year by the Utah Commission on Volunteers. The company received the recognition based on its various charitable campaigns anchored by the highly successful Vivint Gives Back project.

Utah Valley Convention Center Holds Grand Opening

Provo - Downtown Provo has a new tenant to complement the economic growth of the city: the UTAH VALLEY CONVENTION CENTER, located at 220 W. Center Street

in Provo. The new convention center is the first of its kind in the area, and the UTAH VALLEY CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU projects its total economic impact will be approximately $18 million, generated by events and activities.

The building is LEED Silver certified for its green design, construction, operation and maintenance. It is 143,000 square feet in total, with 83,578 square feet of combined meeting, pre-function and garden space, as well as a full-service kitchen. The facility provides complete in-house services including food and beverage, audio visual, internet, electrical, and tradeshow decorating services.           

“We’ll be able to host events that normally wouldn’t have thought of coming to Utah County because now we have a center that can hold true convention groups,” says Tennille Wanner, director of sales and marketing for GLOBAL SPECTRUM, the building’s manager. “It will bring more out-of-town guests to the area, which will bring more shopping. It creates an economic impact that has to do with tourism and dining and entertainment.”

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