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Sarah Cutler

June 1, 2012

Draper - EMC held a grand opening event for its first Utah customer support center, located at 11747 Lone Peak Parkway in Draper. EMC enables businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service.

Salt Lake City - POCAHY FAMILY CREDIT UNION merged with MOUNTAIN AMERICA CREDIT UNION. Pocahy Family Federal Credit Union is a $15.3 million institution with 2,250 members.

Taylorsville - NELSON LABORATORIES acquired a new building adjacent to its current facilities that will accommodate immediate and future requirements for capacity and new capabilities.

Salt Lake City - Alan E. Hall and community partners ZIONS BANK, COMCAST BUSINESS CLASS, COMCAST SPOTLIGHT, KUTV2, UTAH JAZZ and KJZZ-TV launched GROW AMERICA, an organization that supports, encourages and strengthens entrepreneurship.

Murray - FASHION PLACE opened international beauty delicatessen LUSH in a 1,050-square-foot store and fashion boutique FRANCESCA’S COLLECTIONS in 1,444-square-foot store. Fashion Place opened 16 new stores and restaurants in 2011, and relocated and remodeled six existing stores. LUSH and Francesca’s Collections are the first new store announcements for 2012.

Salt Lake City - Construction is underway at the LOTUS APARTMENTS, an 84-unit apartment complex located at 338 E. South Temple. Developed by LOTUS EQUITIES, the modern apartment facility will be comprised of 4.5 levels of 1-2 bedroom units above a two-story parking structure. Completion is scheduled for May 2013.

Utah Business Board Approves Film Incentives

Salt Lake City - Members of the GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (GOED) board of directors approved film incentives from the Motion Picture Incentive Program (MPIP) for eight films that will be shot in Utah, the most projects the board has ever approved in a single meeting.       

The MPIP offers film companies up to 25 percent of the dollars left in the state in the form of a post-performance tax credit or cash rebate.   

“The quantity and quality of these projects directly correlate to the clarity and stability of the Utah Motion Picture Incentive Program, in addition to the support of the Utah Legislature and Governor Gary Herbert,” says Marshall Moore, director of the Utah Film Commission. “The projects, including in-state and out-of-state companies, demonstrate the depth of film talent in the state.”

Since the MPIP was created in 2004, 95 film projects have received funding, creating more than 5,000 production jobs and 2,000 production days. The projects are responsible for leaving nearly $178 million in the state.                      

Recent films include John Carter, all three High School Musical movies and the Oscar-nominated 127 Hours.

The film projects receiving an incentive from the MPIP include:
Back Door to Heaven, Back Door to Heaven, LLC
Breaking Pointe, BBC Worldwide Reality Productions, LLC
Forks in the Road, EPH Film, LLC
K-9 Christmas, Dewi LLC
Nightlight, Local Creative, LLC
The Lone Ranger, Silver Bullet Productions, Inc.
3 Days in Vegas, Red Tie Films, LLC
White Grizzly, White Grizzly Productions, LLC

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Lindon - C7 DATA CENTERS signed an agreement to provide extensive data center services to DATATREE. This multi-year colocation service contract includes office space, cabinets, power and bandwidth in C7’s new Bluffdale facility.

Orem - PERFECT SEARCH CORPORATION and FUJITSU FRONTECH NORTH AMERICA INC. released the CodeGuru powered by Fujitsu’s private cloud appliance. CodeGuru combines the simplicity of web search technology; best-of-breed speed, scale and ranking in the Perfect Search engine; and the semantic sophistication of development IDEs (integrated development environments).

Springville - STEVENS-HENAGER COLLEGE donated 20 HP620 laptops to Springville High School to replace the school’s laptops that were destroyed in a fire. The high school will use the computers for a new mobile computer lab to serve multiple classrooms.

Provo - The PROVO POLICE DEPARTMENT has joined a shared software system from SPILLMAN TECHNOLOGIES, allowing them to exchange law records, images and other data with 20 Utah County agencies. Sharing data between jurisdictions will allow the Provo Police Department to pinpoint crime trends and identify criminals as they move from city to city.

Orem - ARIBEX, INC.’s NOMAD Pro handheld x-ray system was selected as a finalist in the 2012 Medical Design Excellence Awards competition. The NOMAD Pro is lightweight, rechargeable and can go anywhere.

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