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About The Chamber

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.

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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

Housing Gap

Transportation

Health Systems Reform

Natural Resources

Business Environment

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.

  1. Chop wood, Carry Water
  2. Spend less than you earn
  3. Measure twice, cut once
  4. Give more than you take
  5. Empowerment, not entitlement
  6. Pay it forward
  7. Give a hand up, not a handout
  8. Leave it better than you found it
  9. Welcome everyone
  10. Be a role model

Community Partners

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Government Organizations

Business, Policy and Trade Partners

Educational Institutions

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.

Past Chairs

1985
Ron Tiffany
Best Stores

1985
Duane Herbert
Crown Development

1986
Lewis K. Billings
Ironton Development Corp.

1987
David L. Voegele
State Farm Insurance

1988
Joe Nelson
J.C. Penny

1989
John M. Aldrich
First Colony Mortgage Corp.

1990
Mary V. Wheeler
Coldwell Bank

1991
Dick Chappell
Utah Technical College

1992
Ron King
Squire and Company

1993
Joyce W. Johnson
ZCMI Corporation

1994
Bill Fillmore
Bill Fillmore, P.C.

1995
Brad Whittaker
Utah Power and Light

1996
Wilford Clyde
Geneva Rick

1997
Keven Stratton
Smith Stratton Law, Cascade Fairways

1998
John Petersen
Nu Skin International

1999
Daril Magleby
Pizza Factory

2000
Mark Robinson
Robinson, Seiler, Glazier

2001
Larry Ellertson
Utah Power & Light

2002
Murphy Winfield
Intermountain Healthcare

2003
Mike Vanchiere
Deseret Certified Development

2004
Al Manzi
The Daily Herald

2005
Delynn Rodeback
Rocky Mountain Power

2006
Dave Cutler
Novell

2007
Kim Nielsen
Intermountain Healthcare

2008
Mike Mann
Select Health

2009
Jon Anderson
Commerce CRG

2010
John Lewis
Brigham Young University

2011
Rona Rahlf
The Daily Herald

2012
Val Hale
Utah Valley University

2013
Steve Smoot
Intermountain Healthcare

2014
Nathan Hyde
IM Flash Technologies

2015
Arthur Newell
Banner Bank

2016
Tim Larsen
Squire

2017
Scott Barlow
Revere Health

2018
Cameron Martin
Utah Valley University

2019
Jeremy Hafen
Sunroc

2020
Chris Yadon
Younique Foundation

 

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