What ties do the Utah Symphony, Ballet West and the Pioneer Theatre Company have with business?
Jack Mark, new PTC managing director, believes that the presence of strong cultural resources in Utah will prompt businesses to look favorably on the state when considering building a new plant.But in order for cultural organizations to succeed, they need help from the business community, Mark told the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors Tuesday. He suggested that business have a sponsorship program with tickets given to employees or guests.
Mark said PTC is the only professional theater company in Utah and operates at Pioneer Memorial Theatre at the University of Utah. Coupled with the ballet and symphony, it gives the state some assets to expound to business executives thinking of expanding their operations.
In other action, the board heard from the three-member State Industrial Commission; Chairman Stephen M. Hadley and Commissioners John Florez and Thomas R. Carlson.
Hadley said the commission and its division affect every employer and employee in Utah through the Job Service, safety regulations, workmen's compensation and anti-discrimination offices.
Last year, Hadley said, Job Service placed 66,700 people in jobs and paid out $93.3 million in unemployment benefits. Rather than considering unemployment as a cost, Hadley said those benefits turn over between three and seven times and that gives the economy a $273 million boost, a sum larger than the budget of the largest school district in the state.
Hadley invited the chamber to co-sponsor a seminar to acquaint businessmen with the commission's activities.
Board chairman Wm. James Mortimer reported on a recent meeting of the Salt Palace Expansion Task Force and said that after a study paid for by the Utah Jazz to determine if it's feasible to remodel the Salt Palace rather than build a new arena, most people now feel a new facility is the only way to go.
Mortimer said the Salt Palace would have to be closed for two years while the remodeling is completed and that would cause a revenue loss that probably is the difference between the remodeling cost and the cost of a new arena.
Now that the remodeling issue has been put to rest, Mortimer said the task force is concentrating on the feasibility of paying for and constructing a new arena.