SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Aug. 24, 2017)
— The Grand America
, Salt Lake City’s largest convention hotel, is saving 2.6 million kilowatt-hours of energy a year, thanks to a recently-completed project aimed at cutting back on energy demand.
The hotel invested $550,000, of which Rocky Mountain Power provided $251,596 in wattsmart Business incentives, resulting in annual savings equivalent to the energy needed to power nearly 300 average-size homes.
“Our engineering team replaced more than 24,000 light bulbs throughout the hotel - 3,830 bulbs in The Grand’s signature chandeliers, including The Grand Ballroom’s six 12’ bronze and crystal Moscatelli chandeliers,” said Clayton Roop, Grand America Hotels & Resorts’ Director of Engineering.
“The project made good business sense and is a win for us as well as our guests,” said Chris Erickson, The Grand America’s Hotel Manager. “We reduced our power usage per guest room and meeting room, and the light is warm and brighter which enhances the guest experience.”
For more than a decade The Grand America has been partners with Rocky Mountain Power’s wattsmart Business Program, which offers technical expertise and cash incentives for improving the energy efficiency of businesses. The partnership has helped the hotel to become approximately 90 percent LED.
“When businesses move toward being more energy efficient it helps them stand out as a company and shows they are taking an active role in doing their part to save energy while being mindful of the environment,” said Bill Comeau, Rocky Mountain Power customer solutions director.
SALT LAKE CITY (August 21, 2017)
– To ensure the long-term vitality and success of Salt Lake’s visitor economy, Visit Salt Lake is launching Blueprint Salt Lake
, a collaborative action plan that explores how the destination and its quality of life narrative can evolve into a catalyst for innovation, investment and economic growth.
Inspired by the vision of community leadership and innovation, the Blueprint will recommend core strategies to introduce a narrative for the greater Salt Lake region focused on key objectives and the assignment of ideal community partners with accountability for collaborative success. The Blueprint will include recommendations on community-based business models to ensure strategies can be activated and sustained throughout the plan, with economic sustainability an essential element of all action plan recommendations.
“We believe the future of a strong and robust visitor economy will be inspired by Salt Lake’s unique and authentic quality of urban life,” said Mary Crafts-Homer, board chair of Visit Salt Lake. “The Blueprint is a community-led action initiative built on locally-generated ideas as well as the ideas of our customers and investors, all focused on ensuring the relevancy and authenticity of our story.”
The initial launch of Blueprint Salt Lake includes a survey
to ascertain current perceptions of Salt Lake as a leisure and convention destination as well as a location for business investment. The survey will be sent to an extensive list of stakeholders (community leaders, state and local government officials, tourism industry and economic development professionals, hospitality members, etc.), as well as Visit Salt Lake’s customers, clients and investors. Results of the survey will act as the base of the Blueprint, a transparent living, breathing platform that Visit Salt Lake will develop into an activation roadmap providing specific and measurable objectives, designated accountability and the identification of required resources.