Competition for Chinese money is getting tighter as the nation grows economically, and Utah is pushing for a closer relationship with the burgeoning power.

"We've been very aggressive in our outreach with China to let them know that Utah has something to offer and that we're a great place to do business," Salt Lake Chamber spokesman Marty Carpenter said. "We have some advantages, like the fact that so many people here in Utah speak a foreign language and we have a high number of Mandarin speakers."

Carpenter also mentioned a few business connections which Utah can expoloit, such as former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman's position as ambassador to China and the Salt Lake-Beijing Olympic connection.