Executive Chair - Governor Gary Herbert
Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert grew up, raised a family and worked in Orem, Utah. Governor Herbert has led Utah’s recovery from the Recession of 2008 to a position of national economic prominence. His unwavering focus on economic development includes attracting businesses and investments to the state while helping homegrown businesses flourish.
A successful realtor and businessman, the governor saw firsthand how decisions made by public officials can impact private enterprise. He decided to make a difference and serve as a Utah County Commissioner for 14 years, then Utah's Lieutenant Governor for four years, and then Utah Governor for 12 years. Herbert’s exceptional legislative and community experience to navigate the issues facing Utah Valley is unsurpassed.
Governor Herbert and his wife, Jeanette, are the proud parents of six children and 16 grandchildren.
Welcoming Governor Herbert to the Chamber
Watch as Utah Valley Leaders welcome governor Gary Herbert to the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce.
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About the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce
As the voice for Utah Valley business, we lead, convene, & influence to strengthen an already dynamic business climate that supports all sectors of our economy & delivers member value. The Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce's mission is to build relationships, advocate principle-based public policy, & promote business & community prosperity. We are established as a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization. Our governing body is the Board of Directors made up of volunteer business leaders from throughout Utah Valley.
The Vision for the Valley
By 2065, Utah County will add 1 million people to its population, 85% from internal growth. We are planning for healthy & meaningful places for our kids to have places to work, live, learn, & play. The Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce has six committees dedicated to bringing this vision to life through policy and community action:
Workforce and Education Development
Health Systems Reform
Principles of Prosperity
The Principles of Prosperity represent the timeless guiding principles that have brought Utah Valley to it's current state of economic prosperity. Utilizing these same principles, we can continue to improve the valley and ensure a future of even greater prosperity.
- Chop wood, Carry Water
- Spend less than you earn
- Measure twice, cut once
- Give more than you take
- Empowerment, not entitlement
- Pay it forward
- Give a hand up, not a handout
- Leave it better than you found it
- Welcome everyone
- Be a role model
History of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce
The Utah Valley drew settlers to its rich soils and plentiful agriculture throughout the second half of the 19th century. Wilson H. Dusenberry recognized the need to create an organization that would support and promote business in the area. In September of 1887, he joined with James Dunn and A.A. Noon to create the Provo Chamber of Commerce. Within the first year, the chamber united sixty members, and boasted of its unparalleled success in economic development and support.
Provo’s original Chamber members referred to the region as the “garden city” and basked in the revels of its abundant agriculture. At the time, the Chamber of Commerce excitedly pushed along projects like the building of the Provo Tabernacle and promoting the beautiful Provo Opera House. Members of the chamber made commitments to promote the growth, development, and success of its resident businesses. One of the first Chamber members commented that Provo and the surrounding area was “destined to be a great city, none who know her opportunities, or who appreciate the extent of her resources can doubt.”
The Provo Chamber of Commerce continued to grow as a member business network for nearly a century. In 1985, the Provo and Orem Chambers merged to form the Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce, which was led by Steve Densley for 30 years. Densley worked tirelessly to promote positive business relationships with local companies. In 2010, the Chamber transformed yet again; it became the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce, spreading to include 25 cities throughout the area.
Shortly after this change, Val Hale became the Chamber President/CEO for two years. He was followed by Rona Rahlf, who led the Chamber as President/CEO for six years, retiring in 2020. The new President will be selected in the coming months. Today, the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce still sits in Provo, the heart of the county, but it reaches to serve and support the entire Utah Valley area.
Today the Chamber is heavily involved in public policy, business, and community. The Chamber maintains also positive relationships with educational institutions in the area, including Utah Valley University, Brigham Young University, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, and Mountainland Technology College. The Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce provides resources and events for all groups within the community, from small businesses and startups to women in the professional workplace.
The Utah Valley area has undoubtedly evolved over the past 128 years and the Chamber has evolved with the needs of the community. Our mission is to build relationships, advocate principle-based public policy, and promote business and community prosperity. The Chamber welcomes all who are interested to help fulfill its vision of making Utah Valley a better place to live, play, and work.
Lewis K. Billings
Ironton Development Corp.
David L. Voegele
State Farm Insurance
John M. Aldrich
First Colony Mortgage Corp.
Mary V. Wheeler
Utah Technical College
Squire and Company
Joyce W. Johnson
Bill Fillmore, P.C.
Utah Power and Light
Smith Stratton Law, Cascade Fairways
Nu Skin International
Robinson, Seiler, Glazier
Utah Power & Light
Deseret Certified Development
The Daily Herald
Rocky Mountain Power
Brigham Young University
The Daily Herald
Utah Valley University
IM Flash Technologies
Utah Valley University