The Salt Lake Chamber, Gov. Gary R. Herbert and the Utah League of Cities and Towns recently honored Cottonwood Heights with the “2016 Utah Governor’s Business Friendly Community Award” for its efforts to reduce burdensome regulations at the local level and strengthen Utah’s pro-business climate. The cities of Clearfield, Lindon, South Jordan and Park City were also honored.
The awards were presented by Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox at the Utah League of Cities and Towns Annual Meeting in conjunction with the Utah Business Friendly Cities Initiative. To be eligible for the award, each city reviewed business regulations and made critical changes to help cultivate an environment where businesses can thrive.
The Utah Business Friendly Cities Initiative tasks local elected officials with the survey of business leaders in their community, review of city regulations, and to collaborate to revise and repeal unnecessary ordinances, regulations, and procedures currently in place. Cities then summarize their efforts in a report.
Among many qualities noted by the Salt Lake Chamber and Business Friendly Initiative were fast business license approval, creation of the Cottonwood Heights Business Association, free ribbon cuttings with Mayor and City Council in attendance, free quarterly luncheons with Mayor and free monthly luncheons for new businesses. Cottonwood Heights was also recognized for creation of the CHBusiness.org site, which offers free business listings. Additionally, the city has offered free educational workshops and other social media services to help businesses grow.
“We highly value our business community in Cottonwood Heights. This recognition is evidence of our efforts as a city to limit regulation of business and make Cottonwood Heights a desirable place for business to locate,” said Cottonwood Heights Mayor Kelyvn Cullimore. “Our business community is vibrant and one of the key reasons our citizen love living here. Many are able to work close to home and all are able to benefit from the goods and services offered by the businesses operating in Cottonwood Heights.”
“The conscientious examination of regulations on our businesses will always lead to increased opportunities for Utahns. Our state shines when businesses can thrive, innovate, and improve Utah’s quality of life,” Gov. Herbert said. “I applaud the communities that have undertaken this effort and hope that others will follow their lead.”
A report on Cottonwood Heights’ business success can be found at: at www.slchamber.com/businessfriendlycities.