Strategic Changes Made to Business Outreach Efforts

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) has realigned a number of business outreach services to better meet the needs of the private sector and to continue to be one of the nation’s best performing economies.

Utah is becoming a bigger player on the international stage, so it is important to have a team in place that can help facilitate that growth. To this end, Brett Heimburger, formerly the director of the Asia-Pacific region for GOED’s International Trade and Diplomacy Office (ITDO), has been promoted to director.

Nuclear Power Plant to be Built in Utah

A firm seeking to bring nuclear power to Utah has reached an agreement with Westinghouse Electric Co. to design and build a 1,500- megawatt plant in Emery County.
Blue Castle Holdings announced Wednesday it has signed a memorandum of understanding that commits the company to Westinghouse’s AP1000, a pressurized water reactor the company is constructing at four other sites around the world, including two U.S. plant expansions. This model is known for its “passive” safety systems, designed to shut down the plant in the event of a mishap.

Utah's Job Growth Continues to Grow

The number of working Utahns increased significantly last month compared with the same period last year.

Utah’s nonfarm payroll employment for July grew by an estimated 3.6 percent, adding 45,900 jobs to the economy since July 2013. The state’s current employment level registered at a little more than 1.3 million.

Rocky Mountain First in Safety

Rocky Mnt Power StaffRocky Mountain Power is the number one utility in the country when it comes to safety. The 2013 Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI) Safety Survey ranked the company first for lowest OSHA recordable rate and lowest number of incidents which restricted employees from performing fully duty in their job classification.

“This is a remarkable achievement that truly shows Rocky Mountain Power employees are looking out for their own safety and the well-being of their co-workers,” said Michael Felice, Rocky Mountain Power Director of Safety and Labor Relations.