The Best Renting Apartments Salt Lake City Has To Offer

The Best Renting Apartments Salt Lake City Has to Offer

Does anyone know where I can find the best Renting Apartments Salt Lake City has to offer? I plan to move to the City in two months’ time, so I’m searching for some great rental properties in the city. I understand that buying is better than renting, but I not in a position to invest in the real estate market at this time. Hopefully in a few years times I will have saved up enough cash to afford a deposit on a good property. For the moment, however, I am just looking to rent a high-quality apartment.

One of the most important factors when searching for a property in Salt Lake City is that the property is in a low crime area. I understand that the monthly rent will be higher for apartments in safe neighborhoods, but I am willing to pay a bit extra since I will be living alone. Another important factor is access to some communal outdoor space, or ideally a private outdoor area, such as an extended balcony or access to a rooftop garden. In addition, I would prefer to rent an apartment that is on the second floor or higher. I have lived in a basement property before and it is not something I want to do again.

I do not have a lot of knowledge about the Utah real estate market, so I do plan to contact some professional property agents in the area. I will give the agents my budget and some specifications about the type of rental property I am looking for. I hope they will then be able to find a suitable letting in the city. Basically, I want them to find me the best Renting Apartments Salt Lake City has to offer.

Woman out for morning run in Utah, fights off groper with knife

A woman who was jogging Friday in Utah turned the tables on a man who attempted to grope her after she pulled out a small knife and repeatedly stabbed the attacker, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

The unidentified woman, who was in her 40s, had been carrying a knife in her hand when the man attempted to grab her.

She repeatedly stabbed the man before he turned and fled to a nearby bus stop. The woman chased him for a while before stopping to report the incident to the police.

The incident took place early Friday morning in Salt Lake City, the report said.

The attacker was reportedly white, 5’9”, approximately 150 pounds, physically fit and somewhere between 15-30 years of age with puncture wounds on his arms, legs or chest.

The police are still searching for the attacker.

Source Article

John Curtis pulls out to huge lead in 3rd District congressional race

FILE – In this Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, file photo, Provo Mayor John Curtis speaks during town hall meeting, in Lehi, Utah. Utah voters are set to choose a replacement for U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz during a special election Tuesday made necessary after the Republican’s surprise resignation earlier this year. Curtis, the Republican mayor of the Mormon stronghold of Provo, is expected to sail to victory in a congressional district where Republicans outnumber Democrats 5-to-1. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

With the first batch of votes counted after the polls closed Tuesday night, Provo Mayor John Curtis, the Republican contender, has taken a commanding lead in the race to fill Utah’s vacant congressional seat.

He holds a roughly 34 percentage point lead over his nearest competitor, Democrat Kathie Allen, in the earliest count with Curtis collecting nearly 60 percent. The new United Utah Party’s Jim Bennett came in third at 9 percent.

Even in Salt Lake County, where Democrats are expected to do their best, Curtis slightly edged out Allen. And he’s so far picked up more than five times the votes in Utah County, which includes about 60 percent of the registered Republicans in the 3rd Congressional District.

DISTRICT 3 SPECIAL ELECTION RESULTSJoe Buchman, Libertarian • 2.20% popular vote • 2064 votesJason Christensen, Independent American • 1.49% popular vote • 1394 votesJim Bennett, United Utah • 9.05% popular vote • 8,482 votesJohn Curtis, Republican • 59.06% popular vote • 55,330 votesSean Whalen, unaffiliated • 2.59% popular vote • 2,424 votesKathie Allen, Democratic • 25.60% popular vote • 23,986 votes

The winner will serve the final year of former Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s term after the congressman surprisingly stepped down on June 30 and has since joined Fox News as a contributor. His early departure turned what would have been a municipal election only into a complicated congressional special election — the first in Utah in 90 years.

The race has been largely consumed by discussion of President Donald Trump, who has overwhelmed all political topics for the past year including dominating every debate for the open 3rd District seat.

Although he wrote in a “good friend’s name” instead of voting for Trump last year, Curtis wants the president to be successful and intends to work with the administration when he agrees with it. The mayor has maintained that he supports the Trump agenda on economics, taxes and defense while he ignores the president’s “distractions.”

Now well-positioned to be the Utah’s newest congressman, Curtis ran a shooting range business in Provo before serving two terms as mayor of the state’s third largest city and one of the most conservative in the nation.

After winning a gritty three-way Republican primary in August where he was criticized for not being conservative enough (and for once being a Democrat some 20 years ago), Curtis faced pushback during the general election for using the president’s slogans, such as “drain the swamp,” in campaign advertising and removing a post on Facebook exhorting Congress to “build the wall” between the United States and Mexico.

Mary Swenson, of Cottonwood Heights, did not vote for Trump last year but cast her ballot for Curtis on Tuesday calling him the “more middle of the road” choice.

Both Allen and Bennett have built their campaigns on standing against Trump, distancing themselves from most of his policies and rhetoric. “The best way to defeat the Trump agenda,” read, in part, a mailer sent out by Allen, “is to vote for a commonsense Democrat.”

Allen, a longtime physician and first-time candidate, has run an astonishingly well-funded campaign, raking in more than $800,000 in the strongly GOP-tilted district. She jumped into the race after Chaffetz’s rowdy town hall in February.

Sue Villani, a Cottonwood Heights resident the same as Allen, voted for the doctor while suggesting “this is a god-awful place for progressives.” Ahren Exeter also cast her ballot for Allen, saying Trump played a big part in the decision.

Bennett, son of the late three-term Sen. Bob Bennett, was a Republican but left when Trump was nominated in the 2016 presidential race. He’s billed himself as an “honest broker” between the two major parties.

The 3rd Congressional District, where registered Republican voters outnumber Democrats nearly six to one, stretches from central Salt Lake County to the southernmost border of San Juan County. Utah County makes up the biggest share of its population. Just two of the seven counties it encompasses, Emery and Carbon, have opted for traditional polling instead of mail-in ballots.

Source Article

Salt Lake City robotics company says goodbye to military jobs to focus on helping workers and ‘saving lives’

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Sarcos Robotics senior mechanical engineer Chris Hirschi demonstrates the dexterity of the Sarcos’ Guardian GT, that can cut, grind, clean and join as well as turn valves, push buttons and reposition objects. The Sarcos Guardian GT can be powered by batteries, diesel, or natural gas to lift and manipulate payloads up to 1,000 pounds. It can be tele-operated from miles away.

A mechanical engineer at Salt Lake City-based Sarcos Robotics, he slid his arms into its girded sleeves until his index fingers reached triggers that manipulated “thumbs” on hands at the end of two 7-foot-long arms of an industrial-strength robot, the Guardian GT. It was mounted on tanklike tracks about 10 yards in front of him.

Hirschi donned some opaque goggles that let him see the view from a camera mounted on the robot’s front frame, much like eyes in a head. He slowly, steadily moved his arms in the sleeves. The Guardian GT’s lengthy arms mirrored his movements.

With one hand, Hirschi grabbed hold of a band saw. With the other, he pushed a button powering up the saw to cut a piece of pipe off of what looked like a bank vault. Hirschi then methodically wiggled his arms in ways that allowed the robot’s elongated arms to open a standard circuit-breaker box, the kind found at most houses with the little tab that has to be depressed slightly to release the front door.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Sarcos Robotics senior mechanical engineer Chris Hirschi demonstrates the dexterity of the Sarcos’ Guardian GT, that can like cut, grind, clean and join as well as turn valves, push buttons, reposition objects. The Sarcos Guardian GT can be powered by batteries, diesel, or natural gas to lift and manipulate payloads up to 1,000 pounds. It can be tele-operated from miles away.

“Instead of showing you how strong it is — it can lift 1,000 pounds — we wanted you to see its dextrous movements,” said Ben Wolff, chairman and CEO of Sarcos Robotics.

He was speaking last week to a selected group of market analysts and writers from trade publications that focus on robotics and other high-tech topics, describing several new products that the company is marketing to commercial and industrial customers now that it has reduced contractual ties with the U.S. military.

“We have made a commitment, as a team, not to weaponize the robots we make,” Wolff told the writers from PC Magazine, ZDNet, Popular Mechanics, Oil & Gas Engineering, The Robot Report, research firms ABI and IDC, and The Salt Lake Tribune. “Saving lives is what we want to do.”

The company’s pitch also reflected the softer side of its products’ attributes, emphasizing their maneuverability and nimbleness over their physical power.

“Chris was able to push down the tab to get the door to open, and press small buttons, so it isn’t just capable of brute force,” Wolff observed as Hirschi tapped buttons, turned a steering-wheel-shaped valve opener and adjusted levers.

“Those are things you need in case of, say, a nuclear power plant accident. You want freedom of movement, flexibility, responsiveness to the operator’s commands,” Wolff said. “There’s been lots of interest from the construction and manufacturing industries. We’re close to selling one to the nuclear-power industry.”

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) "Our mission is saving lives and increasing production," said Sarcos Robotics Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Director, Ben Wolff, front right, introducing the company’s latest technologies in the robotics industry to reporters in the business and robotics industry Sarcos Robotics develops and manufactures robotics, micro-systems and sensor technologies for use in public safety, security, disaster recovery, infrastructure inspection, aerospace, maritime, oil and gas, and mining.

There also was a snakelike robot that can climb steps, roll over on command like a dog, right itself if it tips on its side, slide up metal walls and hang upside down from ceilings, Hirschi said.

This $60,000 unit can be useful for public safety officials trying to get an up-close look at what’s happening in a hostage situation, for instance. “A SWAT team can get a look into a [gunman’s] room without putting themselves in harm’s way,” noted Eric Gahagan, a 23-year Boston Police Department veteran who responded to the 2013 marathon bombing and now is a Sarcos consultant.

With its climbing capabilities, the Guardian S snake also can be used by safety inspectors checking for corrosion high on metal bridges or giant oil storage tanks.

The lightweight units are designed to allow the workers who wear them to lift much greater loads than they could normally, without putting any stress on their backs or shoulders. Powered by batteries capable of holding a charge for four hours to eight hours, Wolff said, the exoskeletal framework will be light enough to allow fluid natural movements so workers can perform tasks in spaces that might be too confined for forklifts.

“The problem we’re focusing on is back injuries in the workplace,” he said, citing statistics showing that the total cost of back injuries in the United States is $100 billion a year, with 25.9 million Americans losing an average of 7.2 days of work due to back pain. Those worker compensation claims usually range from $40,000 to $80,000.

Sarcos’s Guardian XO MAX, the larger of the two exoskeleton suits at about 135 pounds, will lift 200 pounds easily and repeatedly. A smaller, 50-pound version — the Guardian XO — will lift 80 pounds and can be put on or taken off in less than a minute, Wolff said.

(Photo courtesy of Sarcos Robotics) Sarcos Robotics Guardian XO robots, available in 2019, are the only full-body, untethered,fully powered exoskeletons that metabolically enhance the productivity of the wearer, increasing both stamina and strength in applications where heavy objects get lifted, manipulated and transported. Sarcos Robotics develops and manufactures robotics, micro-systems and sensor technologies for use in public safety, security, disaster recovery, infrastructure inspection, aerospace, maritime, oil and gas, and mining.

“One person wearing a full-bodied exoskeleton can do the work of three to five people crowding around a heavy object and trying to manipulate it,” he said.

“Most skilled workers have to come out of the workforce because their bodies start to break down. They can’t lift as much. Their endurance is down,” Wolff added. “But if you put these aging workers in an exoskeleton, it will extend their useful, productive lives. It will also equalize employment opportunities for people of smaller stature who can’t lift as much.”

Scientists at Sarcos Robotics have been developing exoskeletons for 17 years now, company President Fraser Smith said, and are still analyzing joint movements and making tweaks here and there.

“Exoskeletons are not something you can attack quickly or lightly,” Wolff noted. “They’ve been a long time coming and a lot of lessons have been learned.”

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Sarcos Robotics senior mechanical engineer Chris Hirschi demonstrates the all-terrain Sarcos Guardian S during a media open house at Sarcos Robotics, October 25, 2017. The Guardian S weighs 13lbs., can traverse stairs, culverts, pipes, tanks, vertical surfaces and confined spaces while facilitating two-way real-time video, voice and data communication. It is a surveillance and inspection robot that is applicable in industries ranging from defense, public safety, security, disaster recovery, aerospace, maritime and mining.

Founded in the 1980s as a spinoff from research at the University of Utah, Sarcos Robotics worked closely for decades with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to do research and provide robotic products for the military. This was particularly true from 2007 to 2014, when it was part of Raytheon, a large defense contractor based in Massachusetts.

But, in 2014, the Sarcos Robotics operation at the U.’s Research Park was bought by Smith; Marc Olivier, vice president of technology; and Wolff, a technology and telecom entrepreneur. The company’s focus shifted.

“What we’re about today is taking DARPA technology and making it relevant for commercialization,” Wolff said, pointing to numerous products that already are visible in the public realm — from robotic dinosaurs and pirates at theme parks and the fountain at the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas to prosthetic limbs and the miniature sensors that line the interior of the exoskeleton and make it responsive to the wearer’s movements.

Developing robots that can act independently through artificial intelligence is not part of the Sarcos vision, Wolff said. Human controllers are always integral to its products.

“When we’re talking about dangerous and difficult tasks and environments, for many years to come it will be incredibly important to rely on human judgment to direct the robot and not to rely on robots to do things that require human problem solving — Do I apply a saw here or there? Do I deal with an explosive environment in a certain way?” he said. “We want humans to make those decisions.”

Source Article

Utah newspaper urges Romney to run for Senate, calls him ‘savior for Republicans’

An influential newspaper in Utah on Sunday called on former presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s to run for Senate to replace Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and be a "savior for Republicans exhausted by President Trump."

“Mitt Romney should run for Senate,” read The Salt Lake Tribune’s editorial, claiming the former candidate has a real shot to win, should he run.

“His notoriety as a well-mannered foe would help him work across the aisle in the contentious Senate. And his reputation for statesmanship would launch him into leadership roles most freshmen congressmen only dream of,” it added.

The Tribune editorial mentioned his well-known animosity toward the president.

In 2016, Romney launched an open attack on then-candidate Trump, saying he is a “phony” and a “fraud” who played Americans for “suckers.”

“I understand the anger Americans feel today,” Romney said during a speech at the University of Utah last year in March. “Here’s what I know. Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He’s playing … the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat.”

Romney also criticized Trump in August over his response to the violence in Charlottesville. In a Facebook post, he said the president’s comments “caused racists to rejoice, minorities to weep, and the vast heart of America to mourn."

The editorial cites a poll showing 75 percent of voters in Utah oppose another Senate run by Hatch in 2018, who was elected 41 years ago and promised during the last campaign that this term will be his last one.

Polls also show that Romney would beat all opposition – including Hatch – if he chooses to run. Hatch, meanwhile, would struggle to win the state, with surveys showing Democrat Jenny Wilson winning against him if the elections were held today in what is one of the most conservative states in the country.

Romney reportedly explored his options to run for Senate in 2018, according to the Atlantic back in April, but he insisted that he will run only if the current senator retires as promised. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly urged Romney to run if Hatch steps down.

Hatch told the National Journal in March that although he has not “made that final determination” whether he will run again, he said he would consider retiring from politics if Romney be his replacement.

Source Article

Salt Lake City mayor proposes 5 sites for affordable housing apartments

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – Mayor Jackie Biskupski has proposed five locations for affordable housing apartments in Salt Lake City.

The draft plan was submitted to Salt Lake City’s Redevelopment Agency consisted of the city council. The mayor said the plan would make it possible for those living below the poverty line to move into a unit.

The 5 locations include:

The Overniter Motel Redevelopment, 1500 W. North Temple. Capitol Motel Redevelopment, 1749 S. State. A Permanent Supportive Housing, 525 S. 500 West. The Sugarmont Redevelopment, 2234 Highland Drive. The Exchange, 300 East 400 South.

The mayor met with affordable housing advocates Monday morning outside her office. The group is urging the mayor to get the plan rolling and the mayor said they are all on the same page. She told advocates the city council needs to vote on the plan.

"Hopefully (we can) break ground in the spring and and start building some of this housing that we need to make sure that when we close the road home that everybody has a place to live," said Mayor Biskupski.

Some of the businesses are already planning to move out. The manager of the Penske storage facility at 500 West said the city already purchased the building and plans to tear it down. The owner of the Capitol Motel on State Street said someone already bought the property and they plan to close down the place. And the store manager of the Bicycle Center along Highland drive said the city already owns the building and they will soon be moving to their new location.

A spokesman for the mayor said the 1,000 housing units could rent out for $600 or less.
The mayor said if the housing units aren’t built when the Road Home closes in 2019 then the city and housing advocates need to urge the legislature to extend the closure date.

Source Article

Three Of The Top Restaurants In Salt Lake City UT

Salt Lake City is the destination in Utah if you have never been. There are plenty of other great cities, but Salt Lake City is #1 and the capital city after all. There are many great things to do there, and there are also many great places to eat. It’s about time we looked at three of the best restaurants in the city of Salt Lake City UT.

Cafe Zupas is located on East 300 South, and the sandwiches they serve look do delicious in the pictures. Cafe Zupas is known for much more than sandwiches though. Reviews mention soups, lobster bisque, chocolate covered strawberries and much more. One other part of the review highlights that stands out is the fact that this cafe has plenty of healthy food options.

Vertical Diner is up next, and this establishment is located on West 900 South. The streets for these two restaurants make you think about places in the rural county areas and not city areas. That is interesting because it is very rural and laid back in many areas of Utah, but of course Salt Lake City is the capital city as mentioned. Vertical Diner is said to be great for Vegans, and the picture of the Vegan burger and fries looks really delicious.

Lamb’s Grill is the third Salt Lake City UT restaurant that I want to mention. Lamb’s Grill is on South Main Street, and you can order up lamb shanks, salmon, ham and eggs and a lot more. One reviewer claims that this establishment is the oldest restaurant in Utah. That is very interesting, and it makes you think you at least have to try it out, right? I would say that out of these three Salt Lake City UT restaurants, Lamb’s Grill would get my vote for the first visit.

Utah cop fired after arresting nurse who wouldn’t draw blood

Police body camera video shows a nurse in Salt Lake City being taken out of a hospital and handcuffed for refusing to draw blood from an unconcious patient. Police officials have apologized and say the incident is under investigation. (Sept. 1)


(Photo: Salt Lake City Police)

A Utah police detective who was filmed forcefully handcuffing a nurse who refused to draw a patient’s blood has been fired, a Salt Lake City Police spokesman said Tuesday.

Detective Jeff Payne arrested Alex Wubbels after she refused to allow police to take blood from an unconscious patient who had been injured in a car accident. Body-cam footage of the July 26 incident went viral after it became public in September, sparking outrage across social media.

In the video, Wubbels explains to the officers that they needed a warrant because the patient couldn’t consent. Payne appears to grow tired of listening to Wubbels objections, saying, "We’re done here. We’re done," before shoving her out the door and handcuffing her.

Wubbels was held in a police car, but later was freed without charges.

More: Hospital CEO on nurse arrest video: ‘This will not happen again’

Gordon Crabtree, CEO of University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, later said hospital security should have intervened and changed hospital policy so that police officer can only speak to senior nurse supervisors.

"To our nurses and staff — this will not happen again," Crabtree said. "Nurse Wubbels was placed in an unfair and unwarranted position (and) her actions were nothing less than exemplary."

"I just feel betrayed, I feel angry, I feel a lot of things," Wubbels said during a news conference after the video’s release. "I am still confused. I’m a health care worker. The only job I have is to keep my patients safe."

Payne’s lawyer, Greg Skordas, said he plans to appeal the decision. Skordas said Tuesday that Payne would still have a job if the video of the arrest hadn’t gone viral.

He said Payne would agree to punishment but that termination was going too far.

Payne’s supervisor, Lt. James Tracy, was demoted to officer, the Associated Press reported. His lawyer, Ed Brass, couldn’t immediately be reached.

Tracy made an impulsive decision in ordering Payne to arrest Wubbels without first taking time to understand the facts of the situation and the law, Brown wrote in his disciplinary letter.

He said the order created chaos and unnecessarily escalated the situation.

“Your lack of judgment and leadership in this matter is unacceptable, and as a result, I no longer believe that you can retain a leadership position in the department,” Brown said.

The letter said Wubbels told investigators that Tracy minimized her concerns, intimidated and lectured her, and made her feel like she was to blame for the events.

The Associated Press obtained the disciplinary letters for Payne and Tracy through a public records request.

Source Article

Real Salt Lake DP scouted by England, Germany, Scotland

Albert Rusnak‘s outstanding season in Major League Soccer has scouts abroad wondering if he’s made a breakthrough.

With intense weeks ahead in World Cup qualifying and MLS, he may not have much time to notice the extra eyes.

[ MORE: Top talents at U-17 World Cup ]

Rusnak, 23, has seven goals and 12 assists for Real Salt Lake this season, and the DP attacking midfielder is in focus Thursday at Hampden Park in Scotland.

The Slovakian star won’t be worried about scouts, largely, as his side looks to clinch at least second place in UEFA World Cup qualifying Group F, but the BBC’s Simon Stone says he’s not likely to MLS for long thanks to interest in England, Germany, and Scotland (at the very least).

Scouts from clubs in all three countries will watch the 23-year-old in Glasgow before what is likely to be a move away from current Major League Soccer outfit Real Salt Lake in January.

Rusnak was with Manchester City from 2010-15, where his father was a scout. He took loans at Oldham Athletic, Birmingham City, and SC Cambuur before moving to Groningen and then RSL.

He has five caps for Slovakia, which sits five points back of England and a point ahead of Slovenia and Scotland. His RSL side has surged into the Top Six and looks to maintain playoff positioning over the final two matches.

Source Article

Issues aside, United States has Winter Olympic bid options

PARK CITY, Utah — Even before the IOC formally selected Los Angeles to host the 2028 Summer Olympics two weeks ago in Lima, there was talk about the United States hosting the 2026 or 2030 Winter Olympics. Denver, Salt Lake City and Reno/Tahoe are all reportedly exploring the possibility of a winter bid. But would such bid steal some of the thunder away from L.A. 2028, perhaps hindering its ability to market those Games? That was the question posed to L.A. 2028 chairman Casey Wasserman on Tuesday at the Team USA media summit. No country has hosted back-to-back Olympics since before World War II.

4x gold medalist @janetevans sill can’t wipe the �� off her face weeks after LA was awarded the #LA2028 Games!

"There are a myriad of issues — most of them commercial," Wasserman admitted. "But our approach has always been the Olympic Games, whether they be summer or winter are good for American athletes. We will take an open mind and listen and let that process develop, and when it’s time to engage be ready. We’d love for the Winter Games to come back to the U.S. whether it’s 2026, 2030 or beyond."

–Wayne Drehs

Four years ago, freekier Devin Logan went into the first Olympic qualifying season in her sport’s history with the goal of qualifying in slopestyle and halfpipe. A double threat since she was 12, Logan, 24, came up short of her goal, qualifying for the Sochi Games only in slopestyle, but she left Sochi with a silver medal.

This time around, Logan said she is as determined as ever to qualify in both events, which means competing in twice as many contests as her competitors. To that end, she skipped early season on-snow training in New Zealand in favor of gym time to increase her strength and stamina for what she now knows will be a long, exhausting season.

So what’s keeping her motivated for all those early morning workouts and airbag sessions?

"There’s a 15-year-old girl who’s better than me," Logan said of Estonian wunderkind Kelly Sildaru, the 2016 and 2017 X Games Aspen slopestyle gold medalist who has begun training in halfpipe, as well. "That’s what gets me up in the morning. She lights a fire under me."

–Alyssa Roenigk

A few hours after Los Angeles officially became the host city for the 2028 Summer Games, Wasserman and L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti jumped into their hotel pool — suits and all — to celebrate.

"Thankfully there were no pictures of the mayor," Wasserman said Tuesday.

Welcome to the #NFL President Bach! Excited to celebrate the Games returning to the one & only @lacoliseum ����

IOC president Thomas Bach visited L.A. for two days after the announcement. But now it’s time to get down to business. Los Angeles has an unprecedented 11 years to prepare for the Games, but Wasserman knows when the calendar turns to 2028 he’s going to wish he had more time. So he’s trying not to waste it now.

"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity," Wasserman said. "A big obligation. A big opportunity. And it requires us to get it right. While we have lots of time, that’s the one thing you can’t get more of. Everyday we work towards that goal of producing the best Olympics in history."

What that might look like no one knows. Eleven years ago, for example, the iPhone didn’t exist. Wasserman said he had lunch with technological inventor Elon Musk during the bid process and even Musk struggled to imagine the possibilities.

"That struck me since he’s the one who spends his time imagining what the world will be like then," Wasserman said.

–Wayne Drehs

‘Powerful’ statement

Four years ago in Sochi, the U.S. women’s hockey team lost the gold medal match to rival Canada in overtime. On Wednesday, Hilary Knight didn’t exactly mince words about the growth in the team since then. "Not taking anything away from that team but it is scary where we are going to be in February in terms of talent, offense, chemistry," Knight said. "It’s powerful. I wouldn’t want to be suited up against us."

The U.S. women’s Olympic team won the first-ever women’s ice hockey tournament in 1998 and captured gold in Nagano, Japan, in a gold-medal game thriller over the Canadians. Since 1998, the U.S. has won three silver medals (2002, 2010, 2014) and one bronze medal (2006). This group is ranked No. 1 by the IIHF.

–Wayne Drehs

The USA Bobsled team will have added motivation for Pyeongchang — the memory of late, lamented pilot Steve Holcomb. As Evan Weinstock, a member of the four-man sled piloted by Justin Olsen, says, "We’re not only racing for our country, but for Steve, as well. I’m sure there will be tangible tributes, like his initials on our sleds, but more important is our desire to honor his legacy. His death hit us hard, but it also gave us motivation to do what he loved the most, and that is to win medals. We want to put a smile on his face."

–Steve Wulf

Upcoming test for Nyman

Seven months removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL, MCL and PCL, American downhiller Steve Nyman said he is leaving for Europe on Wednesday to test his surgically repaired left knee for the first time. His biggest concern? Leaving his wife behind with their three-and-a-half-month-old daughter.

"But she’s going to her mom’s house," he said. "So she’ll be fine."

Nyman said he’s been told by other skiers who have gone through a similar procedure that it typically takes a year before skiers can compete at a world class level pain free. There is extra motivation with it being an Olympic year and knowing the fast, jump-riddled Pyeongchang downhill course is well suited for his talents. He finished third in a test even there last year before his injury. Needless to say he has lofty goals for the upcoming year no matter how much he tries to downplay them.

"I really have high expectations for this year," he said. "But gotta keep the expectations low and focus on the task at hand."

–Wayne Drehs

Three reasons to care

The Pyeongchang Games are set for Feb. 9-25, 2018. More than 2,800 athletes from 95 nations are expected to participate in 15 sport disciplines.

The Olympic summit has one full day left, as it concludes Wednesday.

Source Article

Is Salt Lake City the New Austin?

As Silicon Valley continues to become expensive to the point of unaffordability, it’s become a common guessing game as to which metro area is poised to become the next “it” market for startups to flourish, find investors and win over consumers.

Naturally, major locales like Seattle, New York, San Diego and Los Angeles are considered major tech hubs as well. Austin, Texas, has emerged in recent years as the go-to area for major tech companies looking for a more affordable alternative for employees, bringing startups and investors along with it.

Called "Silicon Slopes" by many in the industry, Utah has seen steady growth in the analytic data industry in particular since the 1990s, and in more recent years the state has made significant progress in attracting startups and venture capitalists.

“The real explosion in venture capital in Utah has really been in the last 10 years,” says Mark Gorenberg, managing director of Zetta Venture Partners, who has invested in numerous Utah-based companies throughout his career, including data analytics company Omniture, before it was purchased by Adobe.

In commercial real estate company CBRE’s annual report of key markets for tech momentum released in July, Salt Lake City showed more than 22 percent growth in tech talent in the last two years and is one of the most concentrated millennial markets in the U.S., with 21.8 percent of the urban population made up of millennials.

For workplace productivity firm Teem, a company that lists Gorenberg’s Zetta Venture Partners and Google Ventures as investors, Salt Lake City has always been the ideal location to grow and attract the right talent. Plus, it’s just a short plane ride to Silicon Valley, where many companies are benefiting from Teem’s designs for a more productive, happier workplace.

“There were several specific moments in time where we said, ‘Hey, should we move to San Francisco? Should we move to the Bay Area?’” says Shaun Ritchie, CEO of Teem. But in the end, the pros for Salt Lake City outweighed the cons of being outside California. “We felt like we could build a world-class technology company not having to be down there [in Silicon Valley] all the time,” Ritchie adds.

As will happen, the effects of business growth are having a direct effect on Salt Lake City’s real estate industry. The average home price in Salt Lake City is currently $285,000, according to real estate information company Zillow, which is a 9.9 percent increase over the past year. Paul Benson, a real estate agent and CEO of Engel & Volkers Park City in Park City, Utah, says he has watched the luxury home market transform as more investments, startups and expansions occur throughout Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas.

“It used to be in Utah we were looking for just a random [relocation] or we were looking for a ski-home buyer – somebody that was coming here primarily to ski,” Benson says. “That has now switched to marketing a lot more in Northern California and places like Austin, Texas, for our buyers in the real estate world.”

In March, technology executive network TechNet released an analysis of the parts of the country experiencing the most growth in startup job opportunities and tech business. The report ranks what it identifies as the 10 existing tech hubs, based on each area’s startup economy. It’s no surprise that the list begins with San Francisco; San Jose, California; Seattle; New York City; Boston and Austin, Texas.

The report then goes on to list the next 25 metro areas for their startup economies, considering them as emerging in the tech industry. Salt Lake City comes in at No. 14 overall, fourth among the emerging tech hubs.

While Salt Lake City takes a prime spot on the emerging markets list, that doesn’t necessarily indicate it as the runaway for new tech growth. However, Provo, Utah, a smaller neighbor to southwest of Salt Lake City, is already noted by the report as an existing tech hub – No. 7 on the list.

“It moved to creating a larger ecosystem around the area, so it was not just Provo,” Gorenberg says. “Now companies were starting to move north. Sort of, again, in the same way I think you saw in Silicon Valley, where companies moved toward Palo Alto and then further north in the 1990s.”

Silicon Slopes’ proximity to Silicon Valley, extended role in the tech industry with Provo, a climate that appeals to ski lovers and those who prefer sunshine alike, an adventurous location and a welcoming culture draws more parallels not to Austin, but instead to the Mecca of tech itself.

In fact, Gorenberg points out, the growth of the analytic data industry in Utah in many ways mimics the growth of software in Silicon Valley in the 1980s – beginning further south and expanding northward to encompass more of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Beyond business and job opportunities themselves, Salt Lake City serves as a draw for many entrepreneurs and recent grads looking to get into the startup game. Not only is it significantly less expensive than the likes of San Jose and San Francisco, but Salt Lake City is also situated with access to an international airport, ski resorts and major highways so that ground travel is rarely more than a half-hour heading anywhere.

While Utah is widely recognized for its mountainous landscape and relatively small population at just over 3 million people, Salt Lake City is still a large city, and residents get all the benefits of living in a major metropolitan area.

Because many relocating from out of state find that urban setting appealing, Ritchie says he expects to see more companies placing their headquarters within city limits. “They’re going to realize it’s difficult to recruit from out of state when you live 20, 30 miles south in bedroom communities,” Ritchie says.

As far as the real estate market is concerned, there’s certainly room to grow. Benson notes that Salt Lake City, like many other markets in the country, is seeing record low numbers of homes on the market and record high sale prices – but relative to San Francisco, San Jose and even Austin, the area is still more than affordable. Salt Lake city residents spend just 25.78 percent of their household income on housing expenses, based on information from the U.S. Census Bureau to calculate blended annual household income and the cost of living.

“They’re well-positioned for where the puck is going with information technology. … If anything, you’re going to see more explosive growth there,” Gorenberg says.

Source Article