Utah Valley Business and Education Forum; Utah Sierra Club earns award


Business and Education Forum set for Oct. 6

The Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its annual Business and Education Forum at 8 a.m. Oct. 6 at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo, where they will recognize and award local school and business partnerships that have positively impacted the youth in Utah Valley.

“The Business and Education Partnership Forum is an exciting event for the chamber,” said Rona Rahlf, Utah Valley Chamber president. “Year after year, we get the pleasure of hearing the stories of these great business and education partnerships. It is great to see how local businesses have provided children with opportunities that they wouldn’t have otherwise had and vice versa. It never ceases to amaze me.”

In years past, the forum has focused primarily on highlighting relationships built between businesses and educational institutions, but this year, Arthur Newell, the business education chairman and Banner Bank senior vice president, is asking attendees to come to the event ready to discuss two questions.

“Businesses should be asking, what can we do to help out with education?” said Newell. “And educators should be asking, what can we do to help prepare the youth for the workforce? We have this event so we can celebrate business and education, but we also have this event to open up conversations about involvement and finding solutions to help build each other up.”

To register for the event visit www.thechamber.org.

Utah Sierra Club honored with national award

The Utah Chapter of the Sierra Club recently received the Environmental Alliance Award from the National Sierra Club for their work with the coalition of groups that continue to protect the boundaries of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.

In response to the federal national monuments review, the Utah Chapter of the Sierra Club and partners helped mobilize nearly 3 million comments for submission, which, according to a press release, were 99 percent supportive of retaining the monuments as they are now.

The Environmental Alliance Award honors Sierra Club members who have helped further environmental goals through collaboration with other, non-Sierra Club constituencies.

“Bears Ears is recognized as a place of healing; we want that message to permeate throughout the state,” said Marc Thomas, chair of the Utah Chapter of the Sierra Club. “We are incredibly humbled by this award and will continue our efforts for a sustainable economic future for the people of Utah and preservation of unique environments.”

Karissa Neely reports on Business and North County events, and can be reached at 801-344-2537 or kneely@heraldextra.com. Follow her on Twitter: @DHKarissaNeely



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