Monthly Archives: March 2017

Orrin Hatch: I Can Be a Bridge for H-1B Visa Reforms

Last November’s election brought significant changes to Washington, DC. President Trump is not your typical politician. Some of his actions have generated controversy, particularly in the Bay Area. But one thing is beyond dispute: he is focused like a laser on creating and keeping jobs here in the United States. The Bay Area—and Silicon Valley in particular—has been an engine of American job growth for decades. This has been due in large part to the incredible talent companies have been able to attract from across the country and across the world. Unfortunately, employers today often face a shortage of qualified [...]

By |2018-11-13T22:05:37-06:00March 31st, 2017|

Utahns gain confidence in economy as income and employment expectations rise

The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index increased in March, jumping 8.8 points to 123.5. The increase primarily resulted from high expectations for the economy over the next six months. The overall CAI currently sits 8.1 points higher than its level 12 months ago. In comparison, the national Consumer Confidence Index® increased 9.5 points from February to March and currently sits at 125.6. “Consumer attitudes in Utah have reached an all-time high,” said Scott Anderson, president and CEO of Zions Bank. “Low unemployment coupled with expectations for even more jobs in the coming months contribute to an overall positive cycle [...]

By |2017-03-28T10:00:01-06:00March 28th, 2017|

Google Fiber releases impact report; Utah ranks No. 8 on innovation study

Google Fiber releases report detailing community impact Google Fiber shared Thursday a first look at some of the findings from its Community Impact Report. This report looks at how cities in America and Google Fiber collaborates with local partners and nonprofits to ensure that more people — especially the most digitally divided — have access to the Internet and opportunities to thrive in an increasingly digital world. According to a Google Fiber press release, through a variety of efforts, including community programs focused on science, math, engineering and digital literacy, Google Fiber has seen positive results. This year, together with its [...]

By |2017-03-27T10:01:05-06:00March 27th, 2017|

Restore Utah increases its multifamily acquisition fund with investment from Goldman Sachs and Acquires The 500 Apartment community

Since its inception in 2012, Restore Utah and Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group have revitalized low- and moderate-income neighborhoods by transforming vacant or neglected properties hard hit by the financial crisis into quality affordable rental homes for low-income families. On February 17, 2017, Goldman Sachs increased its equity commitment to Restore Utah, LLC's Multifamily Acquisition Fund to $24 million, enabling Restore Utah to significantly increase its acquisitions and improve affordable housing throughout the Wasatch Front.  Restore Utah has also recently acquired The 500, a 109-unit apartment community in South Salt Lake. Over the past five years, Restore Utah and Goldman Sachs [...]

By |2018-11-13T22:05:58-06:00March 27th, 2017|

Laura Butler joins Workfront as SVP of People and Culture

Workfront announced that Laura Butler has joined the company as its new senior vice president of people and culture and a member of the executive leadership team. As Workfront's SVP of People and Culture, Laura is responsible for creating and reinforcing a culture that the most passionate, innovative, and customer-focused talent wants to join. Laura has spent the last two decades shaping global talent management strategies for Fortune 500 corporations. Prior to Workfront, Laura was the Vice President of Talent Management and Chief Diversity Officer for Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E). During her tenure at PG&E, Butler championed growing leaders from [...]

By |2018-11-13T22:05:36-06:00March 27th, 2017|

Local businesses learn how to counter cybercrime

SALT LAKE CITY — It may come as a surprise that a former top administrator from the Department of Homeland Security, the 240,000-employee agency tasked with keeping the country safe from outside threats, said the biggest cyberthreat to U.S. businesses is likely not from some intricate plotting by a rogue nation-state intent on toppling the largest economy in the world. It's email. "One might expect me to answer that the very complicated threat from abroad is the greatest danger," said Alejandro Mayorkas, former deputy secretary at DHS. "But in fact, that’s not necessarily the case. "It's the simple stuff." Mayorkas, [...]

By |2017-03-23T10:01:58-06:00March 23rd, 2017|

Utah-based Qualtrics rolls out four applications to manage key business experiences

Experienced management helps organizations measure, prioritize, and optimize the experiences they provide across the four foundational experiences of business: Customer experience is more than tracking promoters or satisfaction scoring. You have to know how your customers are changing, which ones matter most, and, essentially, how to attract them to your brand. Qualtrics CX helps you monitor, respond, and improve every touchpoint along the customer journey. Employee experience. Keeping your finger on the company pulse and staying connected to employees is hard. HR leaders must flag training gaps, nurture top performers, and engage the front line. Simultaneously. Qualtrics EX helps improve engagement, reduce [...]

By |2018-11-13T22:06:18-06:00March 22nd, 2017|

Griffiths Named to National CPA Board

(SALT LAKE CITY, UT – March 21, 2017)– Dan Griffiths, Director of Strategy & Leadership at Tanner LLC, has been named to the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). The AICPA is the world’s largest member association, representing the accounting profession with 412,000 members in 144 countries. The association sets the ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for audits of private companies, nonprofit organizations, federal, state and local governments. Dan has served in a variety of capacities within the AICPA, including most recently as a member of the AICPA governing council.  [...]

By |2018-11-13T22:03:54-06:00March 21st, 2017|
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