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A Night on the Town

Business Entertaining with a Twist

By Alex Koritz

November 1, 2009

So you have some clients coming into town, and your mind is racing about the best way to entertain them while also keeping the precious time your have together productive. Since the state is an outdoorsman’s paradise, the obvious entertainment choice might involve skiing the famous snowy slopes, practicing swings on a golf course or enjoying a Jazz game—all great choices, but also predictable. From one end of the state to the other, there are a variety of experiences that you may not realize are in your own backyard—cultural experiences. Something New “Salt Lake City has an arts and entertainment district that rivals the country’s major cities,” says Danica Farley, public relations manager for the Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce. “The city has numerous award-winning venues, including a world-class ballet, a nationally acclaimed farmers market that recently won third place in the national contest, and cutting-edge art galleries, to name a few.” Salt Lake City’s vast array of artistic offerings is sure to surprise and delight your out-of-town guests. In 1861, city leaders built the Salt Lake Theatre on the northwest corner of State Street and First South. Though the theatre only lasted until 1928, it established downtown Salt Lake City as a center for arts and culture. Decades later, in 1899, the Utah Legislature created the first state arts agency in the country. And during the last 110 years, numerous top-notch cultural venues have emerged: the Capitol Theatre, Abravanel Hall, the Salt Lake Arts Center, the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Discovery Gateway, the Clark Planetarium, the LDS Conference Center and the Museum of Utah Art and History. Each of these venues, which are within walking distance of each other, offer a variety of exhibits and events sure to impress. Salt Lake’s combination of arts venues, fine hotels, restaurants, museums and easy public transportation makes downtown a perfect place to entertain business associates. “A lot of businesses are moving downtown because of everything it has to offer,” says Farley. “Salt Lake has earned its place as the cultural and economic center of the Intermountain West.” Take a Stroll The Salt Lake City Gallery Stroll is another great way to entertain your business clients. While walking throughout the city, participants are privy to not only the local art scene and galleries, but also to the city’s distinctive ambiance. The Gallery Stroll, which is a non-profit entity made up of a collection of Salt Lake’s finest art galleries and visual arts-related businesses, offers a unique setting to entertain your clients while also providing an atmosphere that allows you to get down to business. It is held on the third Friday of each month during the evening. A Bit of History Downtown Salt Lake City also offers many historical sites known world-wide, including Temple Square, Utah's most-visited tourist destination. The site covers three city blocks and contains 20 historical sites related to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including the Salt Lake Temple, the Tabernacle and the Family History Library. And because these sites are located closely together, it’s another walkable activity that will allow you to show a bit of Utah’s history coupled while leaving room for business talk. Find a Cause If team-building is your goal, finding a cause to participate in will leave you and your clients inspired. Utah has several prominent non-profit organizations, including Choice Humanitarian, Project: GIVE and TIFIE Humanitarian. In September, TIFIE unveiled the TIFIE Ranch. Located in Morgan, the ranch includes a 14,000-square-foot lodge, three independent cabins and two pavilions all powered using solar, hydro and wind technologies. At the TIFIE Ranch, businesses can participate in local projects, such as clearing trails and laying down bark, cutting down weeds and dead trees, and other mountain restoration projects. The entire ranch’s proceeds go to support the initiatives of TIFIE Humanitarian. “There’s nothing like this ranch anywhere in the world,” says Robert Workman, CEO of TIFIE Humanitarian. “It runs the gambit of alternative energy solutions. It’s the perfect venue for companies wanting to learn more about natural energy sources, contribute to a local or global humanitarian project and hold meetings in an inspiring setting.” These activities are just a sample of the numerous activities to do in Utah to build your company’s brand equity and enhance the image of the state you’ve chosen to make your headquarters.
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