The UMCA will host it’s Annual Golf Tournament next month on June 28, 2013 at the Park City Golf Club. The tournament will begin at 8:00am with a shotgun start and then lunch and an awards ceremony will be held after the tournament at Hotel Park City. The cost to participate is $125 per person for members and $175 per person for non-members. The UMCA is also offering hole sponsorships for $200 per hole for members and $250 per hole for non-members. The deadline to register to participate in the tournament is Tuesday, June 18, 2013. Registration can be done online or you can download the paper registration form here and the paper sponsorship form here.
On November 30, 2013 all Contractor Licenses will expire with DOPL and will be up for renewal. As part of the renewal process, each contractor must have obtained 3 hours of core continuing education credit and 3 additional hours of either core or professional continuing education credit within the past two years. The UMCA, an approved course provider through DOPL, has offered numerous education courses to members over the past two years, and will have three additional courses available this fall to help any of our members who still need to complete their continuing education requirement. If you are unsure of how many hours you have earned you can go to www.utah.gov/ce-public and enter in your contractor license number for a summary of education credit you have earned. If when entering your license number you see the message “No Results Found” that indicates that no credit has been earned through your license number over the past two years._READ_MORE
The Mechanical Contractors Association of America has recently created an app for android and apple smart phones and tablet devices where MCAA Safety Training Videos can be viewed. To download the app, search the Apple App Store or the Android Play Store for “MCAA Video.” Then use your MCAA Members-Only password to view more than 35 valuable safety training videos - 22 of which are now also presented in Spanish at no cost. If you don’t remember your MCAA password, go to http://www.mcaa.org/password/forget to retrieve it._READ_MORE
The Wasatch Front and Wasatch Back will undergo some major changes in the next 27 years, and Robert Grow wants people to help make the transition as smooth as possible. Speaking at the Salt Lake Rotary luncheon last week, the president and CEO of Envision Utah noted that Utah will add 2 million residents by 2050 but cited several other projections expected to become reality by 2040.
Two-thirds of the buildings in 2040 have not yet been built. Total investment in new development will approach $700 billion. About 900,000 new housing units will be constructed, and 180,000 existing dwellings will be replaced or renovated. A total of 1.9 billion square feet in new and rebuilt space will be needed.
“Some of us will be leaving,” Grow told the audience, whose average age is a bit higher than the overall Salt Lake City demographic. “Some of us will be leaving, but, frankly, how many of you want your children and grandchildren to leave? How many of you would like most of your children and grandchildren to stay?...To do that, we’ve got to meet a whole bunch of challenges.”
Envision Utah was established in the late 1990s as a non-profit, nonpartisan, voluntary partnership of business, government, and community members to plot growth strategies for the burgeoning 10-county area. The goals spelled out at the time were enhancing air quality, increasing transportation choices, preserving critical lands, conserving water, providing more housing opportunities and spending wisely on infrastructure.
“Those challenges we listed in 1997, have they gone away? No, they haven’t gone away,” Grow said. “Lots of them remain and lots of them have changed.” Grow noted that air quality issues remain and that the region’s demographics are changing, with Salt Lake County’s population getting older and county likely becoming a “majority minority” county by 2050. What’s more, the area is “building an international economic engine,” with the resulting challenge being the need to produce more skilled workers for the future.
For those and other reasons, Envision Utah is talking with the governor’s office and the legislature about doing a statewide update on its quality growth strategy “about how to accommodate those next 2 million people.”
“We would invite you, as leaders of the business community to be involved in that process,” he said, adding that Envision Utah is currently forming task forces to study certain topics. As for the organization’s past, Grow and Envision Utah had plenty of influence on the development of light rail, commuter rail, City Creek Center, and Daybreak, among others. But he stressed, everything had to occur in a particular order.
“Could City Creek Center have been built if we had not built the transit system first, to keep downtown Salt Lake the center from a transportation standpoint in these valleys? Unlikely,” Grow said. “So all of these things, step by step, are continuing to make major changes that allow us to grow so Salt Lake can be a world center, a world city. It can be a great regional center. It can be a place full of great neighborhoods.”
Other communities in the U.S. have looked to mimic Envision Utah’s success, which Grow said has focused on local government and local decision-making but with an understanding that those also influence a larger region. “You could say there are still a lot of problems, and that’s true,” he said, “but they are a lot smaller than they would have been had we not started 17 years ago.”
-The Enterprise, Volume 42, Number 31