What spurred the Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce to change its name to the Utah Valley Chamber? Undoubtedly, there were plenty of reasons, but I think the main one was to include a larger portion of Utah business and thereby make the Chamber more productive and meaningful for its members. Since the name change, Chamber President, Steve Densley reported that membership outside of the Prove/Orem area grew by 20-25 percent, according a news release issued on the Daily Herald website at the end of last month “People on the Move.”
Because of the Chamber’s growth, it also became necessary to add fresh faces to the board of directors, and of the selected few is NetHosting’s own CFO Lee Livingston, who was named in the news release along with Utah Valley University’s President Matt Holland, Provo Mayor John Curtis, and several others.
I believe the Chamber’s growth indicates a great deal about Utah’s economic atmosphere. While the states surrounding us seem to be struggling, Utah’s economy remains strong and optimistic. That isn’t to say, of course, that Utah Valley hasn’t experienced its share of the recession, but it’s an encouraging prospect to see such growth and activity in the local business community.
John Pilmer, the newly appointed chairman of the 2010 Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum Board, couldn’t have phrased it better when he was quoted to say in the same news release, “This is an exciting place and time to be an entrepreneur. Organizations like Forbes and Inc. recognize Utah as a leader in aspiring businesses.”
What a compliment to Utah business and NetHosting is proud to be a part of it! Check out the full article here!