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Sarah Cutler

October 1, 2012

Salt Lake City - The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index confirmed Utah’s leading position as one of the nation’s best places to live. The forward-looking index ranked states on several metrics that indicate a positive lifestyle environment now and in the future. Utah’s No. 1 livability ranking was significantly ahead of the rest of the country.

“Results like these continue to prove that Utah really is the best state in the nation now, and Utah is well positioned for long-term success,” says Gov. Gary R. Herbert. “The state’s strong showing in economic factors mirrors Utah’s successful approach to building a positive environment where businesses thrive and grow. I am confident that Utah will maintain this ranking for years to come.”

The report was compiled from data that included 530,000 interviews with adults in the U.S. during 2011 and 2012. Utah ranked among the top 10 in 11 of 13 criteria, including economic confidence, job creation and an improving standard of living. In five metrics, Utah was ranked in the top two.

SLCC, Goldman Sachs Partner in Economic Development Project

Salt Lake City - SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE and GOLDMAN SACHS have partnered in the 10,000 Small Businesses initiative in Utah. Goldman Sachs has pledged $10 million in lending capital to Utah businesses and another $5 million over five years toward mentoring programs for business owners and classroom education taught at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC).

“Core to the mission of SLCC is economic and workforce development. To be chosen by Goldman Sachs as Utah’s national training partner for building 10,000 small businesses is affirmation that we are who we say we are, and now in an even bigger way,” says Dr. Cynthia Bioteau, president of the college. “Goldman Sachs’ award of $15 million over the next five years will greatly support our state’s small businesses and corresponding economic outlook.”

Created in 2009, the 10,000 Small Businesses initiative will help give Utah small business owners access to education, support services and capital needed to expand their companies and create new jobs. Salt Lake Community College’s School of Professional and Economic Development (SPED) will deliver the education portion of the program.

“This program complements the services SLCC currently offers small business owners,” said Karen Gunn, SPED dean. “As a result of this program, the college will be better able to meet our mission in providing small business owners with support, better able to leverage local partners and will have an enhanced ability to engage with national partners to support small business growth—which accounts for more than 80 percent of the state’s economic growth—in Utah.”

Utah Performing Arts Center Gets Makeover

By Sarah Cutler

Salt Lake City - Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City recently presented plans to revamp the PERFORMING ARTS CENTER. HKS ARCHITECTS and PELLI CLARKE PELLI ARCHITECTS were selected as the architectural design team and LAYTON CONSTRUCTION as the contractor. The three finalists were chosen out of a total of 14 proposals.

“This new theater, this 2,500-seat theater, right here in the heart of Salt Lake City, is going to give access to audiences and to new audiences that have never been able to experience some of the kind of performing arts that have had the ability to tour around the country, but have not had a venue of this type in Salt Lake City or in the state of Utah,” says Becker.

“If you hadn’t noticed, this community is in the midst of a renaissance, I think that’s been dubbed ‘Downtown Rising.’ This is a significant time in the history of this city. And I think it’s only fitting that the performing arts would not be left out of that renaissance,” says David Layton, president and CEO of Layton Construction. “Historically we’ve been known as the crossroads of the West and I believe the Utah Performing Arts Center will perpetuate the reason to come to this city and enjoy what’s going on here.”

Construction is expected to begin December 2013 with a grand opening in March 2016. It is projected to create more than 115 permanent jobs, as well as more than 1,650 construction jobs.

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Provo - VIVINT has packed almost 210,000 meals for Feed My Starving Children, a nonprofit organization that provides food for needy children around the world.

Orem - CLEAR HORIZONS ACADEMY held a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony. Clear Horizons Academy is a nonprofit school that educates children with autism.

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