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Around Utah

Sarah Cutler

December 1, 2012

Salt Lake City - UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY awarded the GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (GOED) the Regional Campuses and Distance Education Partnership Award. The partnership between GOED and Utah institutions of higher education aligns the state’s educational attainment goals with the current and future needs of businesses in Utah’s economic sectors.

Salt Lake City - The official website of the state of Utah, UTAH.GOV, has been awarded 105 awards since 2001, 17 in this year alone. Awards received by Utah.Gov in 2012 include the Best in Class Interactive Media Award from the Interactive Media Council and Best State Website by Design Shack.

Salt Lake City - EQUINOX OWNER-OPERATOR SOLUTIONS launched Equinox Mailbox, an online solution for truck drivers to review and respond to mail received at home while drivers are on the road. Mail received at home is scanned and uploaded into a secure, private online portal that drivers can access from any computer, laptop or mobile device.

Salt Lake City - NAI WEST recently represented FLSMIDTH in the lease of 40,000 square feet of office space. The location is a temporary space while FLSmidth awaits construction of its new, permanent location. The temporary office is located at the Bridge Building at 5295 S. Commerce Drive in Salt Lake City.

Bluffdale - GOAL ZERO was named to Outside magazine’s fifth annual Best Places to Work list. The company was selected for enabling employees to pursue an active work-life balance, while fostering an environment of innovation and collaboration.

Salt Lake City - VOONAMI implemented a cooling system that uses 20 percent of the cooling energy of a typical data center. The low humidity in Utah and technology advancements combined to make the system efficient and scalable.

Salt Lake City - WEST ELM opened a new retail store in the City Creek Center. Through a partnership with Etsy, the store also features a collection of decorative accessories and art made by artists from the Salt Lake City area.

Hotel Monaco Gets Sophisticated Renovation
By Di Lewis
Salt Lake City - The HOTEL MONACO didn’t need a renovation, Kelly Elggren says. Yet, two years ago in the midst of a recession, the hotel started a full-building remodel.

“We wanted a more grown-up feel,” says Elggren, director of sales and marketing at Hotel Monaco. She says the design wasn’t tired, but when describing the hotel they were using words like “hip and trendy” when they wanted to feel like the hotel was more sophisticated.

“I feel like if we’re going to go out and tell people we’re the best, we need to be the best,” Elggren says.

The hotel spent $5 million during the last two years replacing everything in the rooms, lobby and meeting spaces, as well as giving the restaurant BAMBARA a facelift. Hotel Monaco’s parent company, Kimpton, has a theme for every hotel it owns and Monaco’s is “guilty pleasure,” Elggren says. What she likes about the theme is it can mean something different to everyone and touches on different emotions.

The total overhaul of the hotel’s interior is designed to feel sophisticated and luxurious. With touches like ivory faux crocodile leather headboards, richly colored deep blue walls and a goldfish in every room, the hotel is meant to be a guilty pleasure for anyone.

Attractions like a managers’ social hour in the evening with massage available and the hotel’s “Live Like a Local” program are a part of what Elggren says is “just making sure people are having not just a hotel stay, but an experience.”

Utah Valley
Provo - MARKETECTURE unveiled its full platform launch of the Marketecture Business Center 3.0, its turnkey website solution for micro and small businesses.

Provo - PROVO DENTAL CARE merged with SPANISH FORK DENTAL to form PROVO & SPANISH FORK DENTAL, with two locations at 1355 N. University Avenue in Provo and at 826 N. 100 East, Ste. 1, in Spanish Fork.

Orem - MITY-LITE INC. launched the Reveal Flip, a mobile flip-top table design that flips and nests for easy storage. Reveal Flip is ideal for training, boardroom, classroom, conference and other flexible learning environments.

Provo - ORABRUSH, INC. launched the Orapup, a tongue cleaner to help cure dogs’ bad breath. The Orapup combines ultra-soft pointed bristles with four in-line scrapers, which collect and remove bacteria from the dog’s tongue.

Provo - ANCESTRY.COM acquired 1000memories Inc., a San Francisco-based startup that helps people digitize and share an estimated 1.7 trillion paper photos stored in their albums, attics and shoeboxes. The acquisition brought with it the ShoeBox app that turns mobile phones into photo scanners.

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