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Sarah Cutler

February 19, 2013

“We are very excited to have this opportunity to improve the school readiness of all the children in South Salt Lake through the creation of an integrated, high-quality early childhood system,” says Janis Dubno, South Salt Lake Early Learning chair, Voices for Utah Children Early Childhood and Education senior policy analyst. “Expanding our advocacy efforts regarding investments in and innovative financing for early education for at-risk children will bolster the sustainability of high-quality early interventions, student outcomes and ultimately children’s long-term health.”

“Roadmaps to Health grantees are impressive examples of leaders from multiple sectors—including public health, healthcare, education, faith and family organizations—working together to improve health,” adds James S. Marks, MD, MPH, director of RWJF’s Health Group. “We hope to see more communities learning from these Roadmaps collaborations and using the county health rankings to create a healthier, better life for families.”

Utah County

UDOT Completes the I-15 CORE Project

American Fork – The UTAH DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION completed the Utah County I-15 corridor expansion (I-15 CORE). Construction on the project was finished in 35 months, making it the fastest billion-dollar public highway project ever built in the United States.

“We worked closely with Provo River Constructors to employ innovation at an unprecedented level to ensure we delivered this project in record-breaking time and under budget,” says Todd Jensen, I-15 CORE project director. “We used the same innovative techniques to minimize the usual delays associated with construction projects.”

I-15 CORE reconstructed 24 miles of freeway from Lehi to Spanish Fork. The project widened the freeway by two lanes in each direction, replaced the original asphalt with new 40-year concrete pavement, extended the express lane from Lehi Main Street to Spanish Fork, and rebuilt or replaced 63 bridges and 10 freeway interchanges.

I-15 CORE was built by PROVO RIVER CONSTRUCTORS, a consortium headed by Fluor Corporation, with Ames Construction Company, Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Company and Wadsworth Brothers Construction Company. The consortium includes more than 30 subcontractors.

Provo – ANCESTRY.COM stockholders approved the previously announced merger agreement pursuant to which a company owned by Permira funds and co-investors will acquire the company.

Ancestry.com also launched Newspapers.com, a new website designed to offer a historically rich collection of more than 800 U.S. newspapers dating from the late 1700s into the early 2000s.

Provo – QUALTRICS partnered with Bonobos to execute customer surveys and gather valuable consumer intelligence to improve and expand the Bonobos product lines and better serve its customer.

Provo – INFOBYTES launched its newly redesigned website, www.infobytes.com. The site is designed in HTML5, which allows it to rapidly scale to mobile interfaces.

Highland – THE FOUR FOODS GROUP recently received Inc. magazine’s 2012 Hire Power Award. The Four Foods Group was named the No. 1 job creator in Utah and No. 54 in the nation.

Northern Utah

Kaysville – RAGNAR EVENTS has partnered with SALOMON to expand the Ragnar brand and its 200-mile overnight trail relay series. The two organizations have formed a new trail relay concept that will combine dynamic terrain at some of the most majestic destinations across the United States.  The event will feature a two-day outdoor adventure where teams of eight or four people will run three loops at national parks and resort venues throughout the country.

Ogden – CAMPUSBOOKRENTALS rolled out an advanced point-of-sale system for college bookstores. CampusBookRentals has partnered with more than 100 bookstores nationwide.

The company also launched RentBack, a platform that allows students to retain ownership of their textbooks and subsequently rent them out to other students.

Ogden – ADVANCED BRAIN TECHNOLOGIES released its newest headphone system, Waves, which was custom-designed especially for The Listening Program, a practice of listening to evidence-based, acoustically modified music that improves brain function.

Ogden – JAMES & CO. BUSINESS ADVISORS/CPAS established a small business accounting services division to help small and emerging organizations be more successful. The firm also provides QuickBooks consulting and training to maximize the efficiency of small business in-house staff.

Roy – The “Intermittent Fault Detection & Isolation System (IFDIS) – Expanding Role within the DoD Maintenance Enterprise” from UNIVERSAL SYNAPTICS CORP was selected as the Great Ideas Competition Winner at the 2012 Department of Defense Maintenance Symposium and Exhibition.

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