Utah Isn’t Done with Its Lake Powell Pipeline Application — but Wants Trump to Speed up Federal Approval

The letter to the White House was dated March 23; a copy was stamped as received by FERC on June 12.

Con Carroll, a spokesman for Lee, said the delegation felt it was necessary to request expedited treatment to limit the length of the review period once Utah’s application is complete.

Environmental reviews, he said, can be “a lengthy process and often stretch out years, so even though the application is not finished, it was still deemed necessary to put it on the radar of the Trump administration.”

He said he was not aware of any response from the White House. And, he said, he was not sure how the letter to the White House got to FERC.

According to the letter, the pipeline will cost about $1.4 billion to construct, but will generate an economic return of $1.5 billion and $19 billion in sales tax. The delegation also asserts that the pipeline will provide water for about 250,000 current and future residents in a region where demand for water will outstrip supply by 2030.

“The environmental review process has taken 10 years and cost $32 million,” they wrote, an apparent reference to work done by the state of Utah to prepare its submission to FERC.

“It is imperative that the review process be completed by 2018, which will require permitting and completed environmental review from FERC, the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Bureau of Reclamation,” the letter said.

Carroll said the delegation asked for the 2018 deadline because one year for an environmental review seemed like a reasonable amount of time.

Zach Frankel, executive director of the Utah Rivers Council and a vocal opponent of the pipeline, was quick to point out the irony of the request.

“Left out of the letter is the fact that the Utah agency proposing the pipeline has requested three extensions of time from FERC to delay permitting because of concerns about whether the project is needed,” he said in a statement.

Utah’s Division of Water Resources submitted a project application to FERC in May 2016. However, shortly after filing it, the division said the 6,000-page document contained numerous errors and would require revision.

The state has filed supplementary material revising the application in the year since it was initially submitted and that process is not yet complete, it said Wednesday.

Josh Palmer, a spokesman for the division, said there is as of yet no projected date for the pipeline’s groundbreaking because it’s not clear how much longer it will take to finish the application paperwork.

“While there has been progress, the division is focused on ensuring all of the required paperwork and processes are carried out according to federal statute,” he said in a statement. “We will continue to work with Federal and project partners, as well as the public and interested stakeholders, as the process moves forward.”

A hydroelectric generation component of the pipeline proposal brings the project under FERC purview. Should the commission approve the project, it is anticipated that FERC would use the Lake Powell Pipeline License Application to generate the paperwork necessary to request other environmental permits.

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The Division of Water resources has proposed using the Lake Powell Pipeline to pump 86,249 acre-feet of water 140 miles from Lake Powell to St. George. According to the state delegation’s letter, this will “allow the State of Utah to use its legally-allocated portion of the Colorado River.”

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Salt Lake City, UT

West Valley City/Kearns/Taylorsville/Magna sits 9 miles to the west of Salt Lake City. The suburban area consists of large patches of residential developments that contain both single-family homes and apartment complexes. Featuring a suburban feel and designed with drivers in mind, the area attracts families who want an affordable cost of living, a family-friendly lifestyle and a convenient commute into the city.

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Living in Kearns
Restaurants Restaurants sit along the busy roads of the West Valley City/Kearns/Taylorsville/Magna area. Predominately cheap to mid-price options include Thai, Vietnamese, Latin American and a range of other ethnic restaurants alongside burger joints, pizza parlors and steakhouses. For breakfast, check out Utah’s favorite scones at the Sconecutter. This eatery sells sweet breakfast scones such as the raspberry butter scone, but it also has sandwiches on homemade bread, pita wraps and Navajo tacos. Slurp a thick ice cream or yogurt smoothie with your meal. For dinner, locals enjoy Rincon Salvadoreno. Located next to an apartment complex, this restaurant serves Salvadorian food. If you’ve never tried it before, taste test your way through the combo plate featuring pupusa, tamal empanada, fried plantain and a milk and banana dessert. For evening entertainment, locals head to the Fox Hole, Copper Creek Pub and Grub or one of the other sports bars or brew pubs in the area. Fox Hole sits in a strip mall and has a neon sign in the window declaring “No kids This ain’t Chili’s ” This dive bar has a small crowd of regulars, burgers some rave about while others complain, and cheap drinks. For craft beers in an upscale atmosphere, head to the Copper Creek Pub and Grub. This brew pub welcomes families, has a long list of high quality beers and features a hearty menu of pub grub. For more exciting nightlife options, revelers must leave the suburban area and head to central Salt Lake City for clubs such as Area 51 and The Hotel / Club Elevate. History On July 24, 1847, Brigham Young and his company arrived in Salt Lake City and established the Mormon Church in the area. They named the river running through the area the Jordan River after the Biblical river of the same name. Initially, only a few farms existed west of the river, but Young proposed the west valley would eventually house millions of inhabitants. Although the West Valley City/Kearns/Taylorsville/Magna areas still have yet to reach that number, the area became increasing populated over the years. It experienced booms in the 1920s when paved roads linked the area to SLC and again after WWII as suburban developments emerged in the area. Designed quickly, the area became home to many multifamily developments. For arts and culture, locals head to the Leonardo in Salt Lake City. This museum hosts art and science exhibits, including traveling displays such as Body Worlds and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Transportation West Valley City/Kearns/Taylorsville/Magna residents enjoy free parking spots throughout residential and commercial areas. Highway-201 and Interstate-215 run through the area, providing drivers with convenient access to I-15 into downtown. Buses connect the area to downtown Salt Lake City. Riders can take buses the entire journey, or they can jump on the train from Redwood Junction Station to Temple Square Station. Walkers enjoy safety in the area, but it isn’t a walkable community. For bicyclists, the area has safe streets and dedicated biking paths, and maintaining a 10 mph pace, bicyclists can even commute into the city in less than an hour via the Jordan River Parkway. Cabs and Uber cars serve the area. Rather than trying to hail a ride in the street, call in advance to arrange a ride.
In the Kearns area, residents find a slightly lower cost of living than the metro area average. In this neighborhood, one-bedroom apartments rent for $710 per month, $41 less than the metro average. Taking the bus from the area to Salt Lake City costs less than $3, and riders can buy a daily pass for $6. Area gas stations price their gas at 8 percent less than the national average, and you can pick up a pint in a local pub for $3 to $5. Shoppers in and around Kearns have access to numerous shops at the Valley Fair Mall. The mall has a diverse crowd, and nearly half its stores are independently owned. Many national chain stores line Interstate-15, the most popular shopping corridor in the area, but a few specially shops and boutiques exist throughout the area as well. All the Rage Boutique sells fashion-forward clothing. Its hip space features pink walls, trendy jeans hung with matching shirts and a great selection of jewelry. For upscale furnishings and decor, shoppers head to The Black Goose Design. This shop carries everything from furniture and rugs to chandeliers, and it has decorators, designers and personal shoppers on staff to help patrons find the perfect items for their living spaces. For groceries, locals shop at one of the large chain grocery stores in the area, such as Harmon’s or the Walmart Supercenter, or they head to specialty shops such as the Vientiane Oriental Market. In the summer and winter, you can visit the Wasatch Front Farmer’s Market to check out local produce and artisan fare. The West Valley City/Kearns/Taylorsville/Magna area contains many parks and spaces for outdoor recreation. One of the largest in the area, Oquirrh Park features baseball diamonds, soccer fields, a skate park and a BMX track. Next door to the park, the Kearns Oquirrh Park Fitness Center offers indoor workout opportunities, including swimming. The fitness center charges daily admission of $3 to $4 per person and has membership plans available. Neighborhood parks in Taylorsville including Azure Meadows and Bennion have playgrounds with swings and slides. Also in Taylorsville, Millrace Park hosts a fenced-in off-leash area for dogs, and the park also has a playground and paths for jogging or walking. For outside entertainment, locals head to Pioneer Park in central Salt Lake City for the twilight concert series. Held annually in July and August, this city-hosted event features free music from a range of bands.

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Housing Market is HOT

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) It’s home buying and home building season, and demand is up right now.

The Salt Lake Home Builders Association joined Fresh Living today to talk about how demand is much higher than supply in Utah right now.

“If we stopped building homes right now, in 24 days we’d be out of homes to sell,” explained Jaren Davis, of the Salt Lake Home Builders Association.

Salt Lake Home Builders Association is also announcing a brand new show on KUTV coming up.

Watch the segment for more information, or visit their website SLHBA.com

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New Utah Gop Chairman Rob Anderson Already Devising Ways to End Party’s sb54 Fight

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Just a few days after his surprise win in the race for Utah Republican Party chairman, Rob Anderson was already devising a strategy for ending the legal fight over a controversial state law that’s driven the party into debt.

Anderson, an airline pilot, told the Deseret News he’d been advised he legally has the power to halt the GOP’s lawsuit against the state over the law known as SB54 that allows candidates to bypass the party’s caucus and convention system.

“Unilaterally, I could end the lawsuit in my position, by myself,” Anderson said, but would risk being removed by the GOP’s governing State Central Committee. “There’s a lot of political capital to think about that. But no, I’m not inclined to do that.”

Seated in the state Republican Party headquarters’ small conference room during a recent two-day break in his flight schedule, the former Davis County GOP chairman said he’s looking for a solution that’s “not me, but we.”

Anderson said he wants to bring together a small group of party leaders to meet with Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, as well as lawmakers in the GOP-controlled Legislature, to see if there’s a deal to be made.

While those negotiations are underway, Anderson said the party will “stay the course” with the 2014 lawsuit, now pending before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals after a federal judge in Utah upheld much of SB54.

By the next time the central committee holds its first meeting with him as chairman in September, Anderson said he’ll be ready “to paint a picture of exactly where we stand and what our options are for the future, and then the vote is up to them.”

Whether he can be successful in stopping the lawsuit remains to be seen. Anderson signed the Count My Vote initiative seeking more of a voice for himself and other voters, something he said he wouldn’t do now.

“You can be Republican and not support the caucus-convention system,” Anderson said. “But do I think it works? Yes, I do. And that system is diluted by SB54 because people can bypass the caucus-convention system.”

Anderson said it’s his “fiduciary duty in this position to encourage people to go the caucus-convention route,” and he would caution GOP candidates against taking the alternate path to the primary ballot, gathering voter signatures, as allowed under SB54.


One of the most vocal opponents of SB54 on the State Central Committee, Chris Herrod, a candidate for Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s soon-to-be-vacant seat in Congress, said “important constitutional principles are at stake.”

“The decision will eventually be made by the State Central Committee. I’m still a member of that,” Herrod said. “Rob says he wants to protect the caucus (system). You can only hope he does what he says.”

Utahns, however, overwhelmingly support keeping SB54, according to a new poll for UtahPolicy.com that found 70 percent in favor of the law that created a dual candidate nominating process.

Rich McKeown, a leader of the Count My Vote initiative to create a direct primary that prompted the original SB54 compromise, has warned the petition drive could be relaunched if there’s a threat to the alternative ballot route.

Still, McKeown, a Republican who has worked closely for years with another Count My Vote leader, former GOP Gov. Mike Leavitt, said he was encouraged by Anderson’s election by delegates to the state GOP’s annual convention on May 20.

“There are lots of people who have felt disenfranchised by the Republican Party, so I think there is a real opportunity for improvement here,” McKeown said. “A lot of what is being said sounds hopeful.”

Anderson defeated both James Evans, who was seeking a third term as GOP chairman, and Phill Wright, the party’s vice chairman, at the convention after telling delegates the Republican Party had lost its way.

The fight over SB54 has resulted in “a shrinking membership, escalating debt and a tainted Republican republication. We are a house divided,” Anderson said in his speech, calling for an audit of party finances.

A closer look at the books, Anderson said, has shown the Utah GOP is in even more debt than he feared and finances are in a “shambles.” He said the party owes more than $450,000, including $300,000 in legal bills.

“It doesn’t surprise me, but it’s disheartening that it got this far,” Anderson said, noting that the $4,000 rent on the Eagle Gate offices hadn’t been paid yet for the month and that it’s going to be different to make payroll.

Anderson said he’s seen the worry on the face of the party’s treasurer, Abram Young, who told him, “You don’t understand how many sleepless nights I’ve had over finances.” Anderson said he assured Young he’ll have the resources he needs to do his job.

B.J. Griffin, a curriculum and multimedia designer who produced campaign materials for Anderson’s race for chairman, including a series of videos, is now the party’s part-time executive director — for now a volunteer position.

Griffin said Anderson marks “a dramatic change” for the GOP. He said he sees his job as “making sure the normal, average member of the Republican Party can be happy and excited about the messages and stand proudly as a Republican.”

Utah Democratic Party Chairman Peter Corroon said he’s not so sure Anderson represents that much of a shift for the GOP.

“I did see one of his videos online about how socialists are taking over the state of Utah and the minds of our young children,” Corroon said. “I hear from the press that he’s more moderate, but my first experience … didn’t lead me to believe so.”

The video is aimed at getting Republicans to recognize that the popularity in Utah of self-described Democratic socialist 2016 presidential candidate, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, is causing the state to lose “our next generation of conservatives.”

Anderson describes himself as a moderate politically, at least by Utah standards.

Although his first run for office was his successful bid for Davis County GOP chairman two years ago, Anderson said he learned plenty about politics during his years of service as an F-15 fighter jet pilot in the Air Force and Air National Guard.

It wasn’t until he divorced soon after moving to Utah in 2006 and began dating the woman he married just over five years ago, Utah Federation of Republican Women President Kathleen Anderson, that he got his first exposure to party politics.

Back in 2011, Rob Anderson said the couple went on a date to a Salt Lake County GOP dinner, and he suddenly realized they weren’t there to enjoy a meal with friends as candidates pulled him aside to talk about their races.

“I didn’t have any interest in getting involved,” Anderson said.

That changed when his wife, who had resigned as secretary of the Davis County GOP over friction with then-Chairman Wright, talked him into challenging Wright’s bid for a second term.

Despite limited campaigning and zero political experience, he won that race by three votes and said the job turned out to be pretty straightforward once he got the finances in order.

“As far as leadership goes, I’ve led men into the combat theater,” said Anderson, who noted on his campaign website that he is a veteran of four tours of duty in the Middle East. “I know how to run an organization.”

Kathleen Anderson said there were political skills her husband has had to learn.

She said he “stammered through” his speech to Davis County delegates when he was running for chairman.

“None of that came naturally to him,” she said. “He’s not a politician. It’s not his background. But he’s very smart.”

Rob Anderson got behind Donald Trump in the early days of the 2016 presidential campaign, even though many Utah Republicans backed other candidates, because he believed “Trump had the most realistic chance” of winning.

Anderson said he and Kathleen, who served as Trump’s Utah communications director, stuck with him even after a 2005 recording of Trump talking about making sexual advances on women surfaced late in the campaign.

During his own race for chairman, Anderson said he downplayed his support for Trump.

“It wasn’t going to help me. I didn’t hurt me. I just didn’t discuss it,” he said. “I love the guy. … He’s doing the right things.”

Chris Karpowitz, co-director of BYU’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy, said concern over the Utah GOP’s growing debt probably played the biggest role in Anderson’s election.

“Republicans in Utah are still trying to figure out what it means to be a Republican in the Trump era,” Karpowitz said, but “financial issues are key as well, especially for a party that prides itself on its fiscal conservatism.”

Contributing: Ladd Egan

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Salt Lake City Ut Real Estate

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Salt Lake City Real Estate FactsTotal Homes for Sale:280Median Home Values Estimate:$253,900Home Value Forecast:4.3%

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Firefighters battle blaze on Salt Lake City’s near westside

Firefighters responded Monday afternoon to the scene of a blaze on Salt Lake City’s near westside. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Patrick Benedict

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, May 15, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Firefighters are responding to a two-residence blaze on Salt Lake City’s near westside on Monday afternoon.

The homes, in the area of 151 S. 900 West, are fully involved.

It’s a four-alarm fire, and firefighters are taking a defensive strategy after at least one structure’s roof began caving in.

No injuries were immediately reported.

Gephardt Daily has a crew on the scene, and will have more information as it becomes available.

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Salt Lake City

Utah’s capital has spent most of two centuries watching the rest of the country’s big cities grow up. It’s been learning, editing, building. Salt Lake City is laid back like Seattle but it’s sunny here five days a week. It’s folksy like Boston without a weird accent. (Well…) Salt Lake has theaters, theatres and restaurants like New York but rent for a Brooklyn studio will get you 3,000 square feet here. It’s got mountains like… where? Geneva? but without all the equivocating. Four pro sports teams, four ski resorts, three freeways and twelve apostles. Everything you need; nothing you don’t. Read more…

Utah Tourism Officials Jab Warriors with Playful Video After Team Complained That There’s Nothing to Do in Salt Lake City

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Salt Lake City tourism officials had some fun with the Golden State Warriors after the team complained about the lack of nightlife in Salt Lake City, Utah, in preparation for their series against the Jazz.

On Wednesday, the tourism agency launched a website and video called “There’s nothing to do in Salt Lake.”

The video shows a montage of breweries, bars, restaurants, and events in Salt Lake as phrases like “No drinking” and “No dining” flash across the screen.

Prior to the second-round series, ESPN’s Chris Haynes reported the Warriors were disappointed they wouldn’t play the Los Angeles Clippers because there’s more to do in Los Angeles in their off-time.

“There’s no nightlife in Utah,” Matt Barnes said. “Obviously, as players, you want to be able to have a little bit of a nightlife, but the main focus is winning games. … You sit in your room. I think there’s an Olive Garden out there and then a Benihana.”

Andre Iguodala said, “The problem with Utah is that you’re just sitting there and your mind is, like, dead, because in L.A., you still got energy for the game. Because you’re in L.A., you’re like, ‘Man, this is just the vibe in L.A.’ but in Utah, it can kind of lull you to sleep.”

According to the Associated Press, Scott Beck, president of Visit Salt Lake wrote a letter to the Warriors, saying, “In case you do stumble across something to do while here in Salt Lake, all of our bartenders and servers are on notice to keep you up late!”

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Salt Lake City Supercross – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

250 Class
The Good: Justin Hill | 3rd Place

Justin Hill is your 2017 250 West Coast Champion! I really didn’t expect for him to be crowned as the champ a week early, but a crash from Aaron Plessinger gave him the points he needed to go ahead and claim the number one plate. It’s been a long time coming for Justin, that’s for sure. He’s been in the class for five years, and while he’s periodically shown that he’s fast and capable of winning, he’s also struggled to stay consistent and healthy. This year, though, things were very different. Yes, he was a little off the pace at the first few rounds as he recovered from a shoulder injury, but he started to really turn things up at round three in Anaheim and clicked off four straight wins. Combine those wins with Shane McElrath’s unfortunate mechanical issue in Arlington, and he had a pretty nice points gap with three rounds left. He managed that points gap in Seattle, and then he was able to wrap it all up in Salt Lake City.

No doubt a well-deserved championship for both Justin Hill and Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki. This is, after all, Mitch’s first Supercross championship since 2011. That’s a very rare drought for Mitch and company, but luckily it’s over now. Now, could we see Pro Circuit claim the East Coast Championship as well? We’ll have to wait and see.

The Good Bonus: Troy Lee Designs KTM

Man, Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM has had a breakout year. All four of the team’s riders have podiumed, and two have won. That’s a big step up for KTM’s somewhat new factory 250 effort, which has seen improvement in race results every year since taking over the program.

Anyway, Shane McElrath rode one heck of a race to claim the victory, while Mitchell Oldenburg came through the pack to grab second. We can only wonder what may have happened if Oldenburg hadn’t been injured during practice in San Diego. In his two races back, he’s been on the podium both times and has had the pace to challenge for the win. His starts haven’t been that great, but that’s what makes these rides even more impressive. It’ll be interesting to see what he (and Shane) can do in 2018. For now, though, the team’s focus will shift over to the 250 East Coast Championship, where Jordon Smith is still in the hunt for the title.

The Bad: The Championship is Over

Like I said, it’s awesome that Justin Hill won the title, but I prefer to watch the championships go down to the wire in Las Vegas. I mean, that’s what every fan wants, right? A close title fight all that way down to the end. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. Oh well, at least Justin has nothing to lose in Vegas. Maybe he’ll hang it out and claim the East/West Shootout win like he did in 2014.

The Ugly: Aaron Plessinger | 22nd Place

It was going so well for Plessinger… running at the front until he went down hard in the whoops. Just like that, he was done for the night, and so were his championship hopes. He had an outside shot at the championship, but I’m sure he wanted to take it to Vegas and put the pressure on Justin to make a mistake. He did show that he has the speed to absolutely dominate this class over the past two weeks, but it just wasn’t mean to happen this year. I’d bet some serious dough that he’s going to be a heavy title favorite no matter which coast he’s on next year, though.

450 Class
The Good: Eli Tomac | 1st Place

Salt Lake City provided us with the best main event of the 2017 Supercross season, and it’s all thanks to Eli Tomac. He was around 18th going into the first corner. Yes, 18th! He then sliced through the field pretty well on the first lap, crossing the line in around tenth place. From there, we witnessed one of the best charges in quite a while. He was around one second a lap faster than everyone else, every lap. That kind of pace got him up into second pretty quickly, and then right onto the back of Ryan Dungey. It wasn’t a long battle, by any means, but it was the battle that we’ve been wanting to see for weeks now. After doing a bit of dicing back and forth, Tomac was able to make the pass stick in the corner after the whoops (which is where he made the majority of his passes) and opened up a four-second gap within about two laps. At that point he looked like he was out for a Sunday cruise and went on to win his ninth race of the season, and take sole control of the red plate…which he’ll be looking to hold onto until Las Vegas.

This main event reminded me a lot of a couple of older races. First up is Toronto 2014, where James Stewart came from way back to take the win. As far as Tomac’s career goes, though, his ride in Salt Lake City reminded me of his Las Vegas ride in 2013. He took a couple of laps to get going, but once he was rolling there was no way he was going to be denied the win. Watch ’em. They’re well worth it.

The sad truth is that races like the one we got in Salt Lake don’t happen all that often, but it’ll be one that we’ll remember for a long, long time.

The Bad: Ryan Dungey | 2nd Place

Hey, remember a while back when I said it wasn’t time to press the panic button yet? Well, I think it’s time to press the panic button, or maybe even smash it with a hammer. The start of the main event was perfect for Dungey. He got a good start and moved his way into the lead on the first lap, and Eli Tomac was buried. But that’s about as good as it got for him, as Tomac ripped through the field, passed him, and then dropped him. This race had to put a dent in Dungey’s confidence, and you gotta wonder how much he’s willing to hang it out in these last two races to try and claim his third straight title. He’s been the hunted all season, but now he is the hunter. Could that change his mentality some? We’ll see.

The Ugly: Justin Bogle | 21st Place

Another rough weekend for Justin. It seems like I’ve been saying (or at least thinking) that phrase a lot this season. It hasn’t gone anything like Justin was probably envisioning before the season started. Crashes, mediocre finishes, and a few minor injuries pretty much sum up the year for him. He has had a few semi wins which is nice, but that’s probably not all what he wants to accomplish in the 450 class. The most frustrating part about this season for Justin has to be that he’s been pretty dang fast. Speed is not the problem here. But the random crashes and occasional bad starts have really made it look rather disappointing on paper. I’m not sure if Justin will be back at RCH Suzuki next year, but I definitely think that he deserves at least one more season on a full factory bike. There’s a lot of potential in him, he just hasn’t fully unlocked it yet.

New Book from UT Austin Professor Explains How To Manage Culture Solutions in a Global Workplace

The Culture Solution: How to Achieve Cultural Synergy and Get Results in the Global Workplace

AUSTIN, Texas – Marketing and Management Professor Deirdre Mendez at The University of Texas at Austin has released a new book titled “The Culture Solution: How to Achieve Cultural Synergy and Get Results in the Global Workplace,” which aims to help readers adapt to new cultural environments and collaborate successfully with people from different cultural backgrounds.

“I think the book’s greatest accomplishment is to help people make sense of cultural difference and offer a systematic way to manage it,” Mendez said. “I’m also pleased to be able to point out the advantages of cultural diversity and help people use it to achieve their goals.”

Mendez’s book introduces a system for working professionals that applies straightforward techniques to real-life situations in international business, travel, project and team management, conflict resolution, and more.

Readers begin by creating a personal profile for eight cultural dimensions to identify their own cultural orientation. They then develop a profile for an international contact. Comparing the two profiles enables readers to identify the dimensions for which they and their contact may have different preferences and expectations.

The book shows readers how to identify the cultural tendencies likely to cause confusion and frustration in a specific relationship. Mendez then helps readers develop strategies to manage problems, explain their own cultural orientations, and communicate persuasively. This approach can help a reader from any country working with an individual, group, or organization anywhere in the world.

As a professor who has taught cultural analysis to students and executives for many years, Mendez also explains ways to leverage the talents of a team of culturally diverse people to get the best of all approaches.

Mendez is the associate director for cultural programs of the Center for Global Business at the McCombs School. In that role, she develops programs that increase international experience and expertise in the U.S. business community. Mendez worked as a corporate strategist for U.S. companies doing business in foreign markets for twenty years prior to coming to UT Austin in 2005. As a faculty member in the marketing and management departments, she teaches international business and intercultural management to undergraduates and executives.