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July 1, 2011

Salt Lake City - SIMPLY MAC, a Utah-based Apple specialist and retailer, recently challenged Utah businesses to recycle their electronic waste during its first e-Waste Recycle Event. The event took place in Salt Lake and Utah counties, and Utah’s businesses and consumers recycled more than 500,000 pounds of electronic waste.

Simply Mac partnered with Apple to host the e-waste recycling event, which allowed businesses and consumers to recycle their electronic waste at no cost. “There is typically a charge when recycling electronic waste, but all recycling costs were provided courtesy of Apple, and we made sure the electronic items were recycled in an environmentally responsible manner,” says Steve Bain, Simply Mac president.

C7 Data Centers Signs Agreement with Level 3 Communications

Salt Lake City - Co-location data center and bandwidth provider C7 DATA CENTERS (C7) announced the addition of LEVEL 3 COMMUNICATIONS (Level 3) to its portfolio of tier-1 carriers. Level 3 is recognized as a leading provider of global, fiber-based communications, operating a tier-1 carrier network.

“Enterprises are increasingly reliant upon digital systems to accomplish their critical business objectives, and, as such, data security, redundancy and recovery are vital components to an organization’s ability to remain competitive within the marketplace,” says Peter Reiss, Level 3’s general manager. “C7 Data Centers excels in providing these solutions, and we are excited that the addition of our network services to their communications portfolio helps position C7 as one of the best connected data center providers in the region.”

With the addition of Level 3’s global network services to C7’s existing carrier pool, C7 will be able to provide better routes, greater diversity, and lower costs to its clients. “Working with Level 3 is a goal we have had for several years. We know our customers will appreciate the unsurpassed reliability and breadth of Level 3’s services,” says Nathan Hatch, CEO, C7 Data Centers. “C7 is now able to offer more connectivity to the internet and to tier-1 network carriers than any other data center company in Utah.”

Governor Unveils 10-Year Strategic Energy Plan

Salt Lake City - Gov. Gary R. Herbert unveiled his 10-year strategic energy plan, “Energy Initiatives and Imperatives.”

“If I were to reduce the 42 pages of Utah’s Energy Plan into one simple equation, it would be this: Innovation plus initiative equals energy independence,” says Herbert. “No other state can offer what Utah can. We are uniquely positioned in the Western Energy Corridor, which stretches from Canada on the north to New Mexico on the south,” he adds. “Utah has a rich abundance of diverse natural resources, both in terms of traditional fuels, and renewable and alternative energies.”

The plan represents months of collaboration and planning among an array of stakeholders in the energy arena. Those stakeholders officially comprised the governor’s taskforce, which included industry, academic, environmental and government leaders, who gathered public input statewide.

Ted Wilson, former Salt Lake City mayor and environmental activist, chaired the group. Department of Environmental Quality and Energy Advisor Amanda Smith helped finalize plan content. For months, the taskforce met with subcommittees and focused on issues such as energy development, the environment, transportation, workforce development, transmission, infrastructure and science.

The plan is intended to serve as a framework for a meaningful public conversation about the future of energy in Utah. It includes guiding principles, goals, models and real-world examples.

Utah Valley

Utah County - ENTREPRENEUR LAUNCH PAD (ELP), a free meeting for entrepreneurs and small business owners, launched a new group in Utah County. The group will meet weekly and focus on giving entrepreneurs and small business owners an opportunity to network and discuss ideas that will move their businesses forward. The Utah County meeting is the fifth ELP meeting in the state, which includes groups in Brigham City, Ogden, Kaysville and Sandy.

Orem - LIV INTERNATIONAL was granted a trademark for its proprietary product, Green2o. Green2o is made from a base of chlorophyllins and enhanced with fulvic minerals that help to shift the pH level of the body from an acidic state to an alkaline state. Liv International products aim to help balance the pH level of the body, reduce weight, improve energy, and overcome addictive behaviors related to foods, alcohol, drugs and tobacco.

Springville - LITTLE GIANT LADDER SYSTEMS unveiled the newest smartphone technology to increase ladder safety in the hardware industry. Little Giant Ladder QR, or quick response, codes are now included on product packaging and ladder labels so consumers can easily view safety, instructional and product demo videos in-store or in the comfort of their home.

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