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No end in sight for Utah's economic run

Mar 09, 2020
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Utah’s economy is on a roll, with no signs of slowing down. While the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development is unsurprisingly pleased with the state’s performance, it’s also optimistic that the momentum will continue for many years to come.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert

“We were named the No. 1 state for entrepreneurship by Forbes magazine, which said we are the best place to start a business. We also have the strongest middle class in America. We continue to receive tremendous accolades as our economy advances at an incredible rate,” said Val Hale, executive director of the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

When asked what contributes most to Utah’s economic upswing, Hale said: “First and foremost, Utah is a very business-friendly state. We have a relatively low tax rate, and we are easier to navigate when it comes to regulations,” also highlighting the governor’s policy of minimal intervention.

“Our governor’s slogan is, ‘I want to keep the government off your back and out of your wallet.’ And businesses love that type of attitude. So, that has been the foundation of it,” Hale added.

Moreover, Utah has an abundant supply of top talent regularly entering the workforce.

“Our colleges and universities turn out exceptional graduates. Some international companies don’t look farther than the West and East U.S. coasts, so they’re missing out on a tremendous opportunity in Utah. We still have a relatively low cost of living and a skilled bilingual workforce,” he said.


SLC Airport: Off to greater heights

Mar 09, 2020
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Located just 5 miles east of downtown Salt Lake City, the Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) is ensuring its status as a global aviation hub by constructing a modern airport that will serve and grow with the region for decades to come.

SLC CEO Bill Wyatt

The airport currently serves more than 26 million passengers a year with facilities that were designed half a century ago. Management is now building an entirely new airport.

“The airport really has grown faster than originally expected, its design was intended to serve half the passengers that we annually get. The SLC Airport’s existing structures have served its patrons well, but we think it’s about time for a new age of airport design,” SLC Airport CEO Bill Wyatt said.

Salt Lake City Airport is undergoing a multibillion dollar expansion and is due to open a new terminal later this year.

The $4 billion renovation project will yield a state-of-the-art facility with one large, central terminal and two linear concourses joined by a passenger tunnel, with more space and conveniences to give passengers a world-class airport experience. 

The new airport also emphasizes sustainability with a lot of intentionality on green energy use.

“Building a new terminal complex is a massive undertaking, but the result will be well worth the effort,” Wyatt said.

The facility is being built in two phases, with the first expected to be unveiled by September 2020 and the second in 2024.

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Rezzimax Pain Tuner Pro: Simple relief for a million aches

Mar 09, 2020
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Having suffered chronic neck problems and other health issues for several years, licensed physical therapist Sharik Peck and his wife Cheryl were on a mission to find an effective and natural cure for chronic pain.

Sharik Peck

“We could not find the perfect device that could help us and other people feel better. We knew what it needed to do. We just could not find one in existence already. Because of that, approximately six years ago, we began creating our own,” Sharik recalled.

After much research, the couple developed Rezzimax Pain Tuner Pro, a handy device that uses resonance to alleviate chronic bodily pain and even stress, anxiety and depression.  It incorporates ancient Eastern Asian medicine principles for acupressure sites, meridians, chakras and gua sha fascia techniques with Western modern scientific frequencies.

The Rezzimax Pain Tuner Pro

“I came to realize that carefully calibrated vibrations applied to specific areas of the nervous system that enhance vagus nerve tone helps heal individuals from stress, encourages improved recovery and pain disappears,” Sharik said.

This year, the couple wants to market the Rezzimax Pain Tuner Pro around the world, starting with Japan, where they hope it will become popular because of its shared principles with East Asian and Western medicine.

“We would love to find the right group to work with that recognizes the potential of our simple device to help millions of people, as well as help improve their quality of life as they age,” Cheryl said.


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