I had the opportunity this week to participate
in two great public events in Utah that I thought
you might be interested in.
Draper Trax Line
It was a great pleasure to join U. S.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and
Governor Gary Herbert at the grand opening of the
Draper TRAX Line â€“ a 3.8 mile extension of
the existing Sandy/Salt Lake TRAX blue line that
will provide service to Utahns living in southern
Salt Lake County.
(Greeting Transportation Secretary Foxx with
Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan Looking On)
This extension runs from 10000 South in Sandy
to 12400 South in Draper and will have three
stations. This is the final link in the
FrontLines 2015 rail program that includes five
lines: West Valley, Mid-Jordan, Airport and
Draper TRAX lines, and the FrontRunner South
commuter rail from Salt Lake City to Provo. One
exciting aspect of this program is that it was
completed two years ahead of schedule and $300
million under budget.
The Draper TRAX line opened for service on
August 18, 2013 and is projected to have 2,250
passengers per day by 2015.
I had the opportunity to participate in a
roundtable discussion on high-skilled immigration
that was sponsored by FWD.us, an interest group
that advocates for solutions to the need for more
high-skilled technology workers in our country
and immigration reform efforts, and was held at
Property Solutions in Lehi, Utah.
As the Chairman of the Senate Republican
High-Tech Task Force, I have a keen interest in
ensuring the success of Americaâ€™s high-tech
industry, and I especially want Utahâ€™s
high-tech sector to flourish.
Through my work on the task force I try to
develop legislation that will: promote
innovation, foster an attractive business
environment, spur investments in high-tech
industries, and enhance the competitiveness of
Americaâ€™s high-tech workforce.
To this end, I have been pushing to reform the
immigration system as it relates to high-tech
workers, especially H-1B and L-1 visa
Utah has become an epicenter of job growth.
Many call our state â€śSilicon Slopesâ€ť
because it is home to countless tech companies
which employ thousands of people in high-paying
We need to enact
policies and laws that help entrepreneurs and
high-tech companies to thrive, and this
Roundtable was a good opportunity for me and
leaders of many of Utahâ€™s high-tech
companies to get together and discuss ideas to
fill the need for high-tech skilled workers and
current efforts on immigration reform to help
ensure the continued success of this
(Hatch Flanked byÂ Joe Green, President of
FWD.us on Left,Â and Dave Bateman, CEO of
Property Solutions on Right)
included: Todd Stevens â€“ Co-Founder of
Renewable Tech Ventures, Rob Clyde, CEO of
Adaptive Computing; Dave Bateman, CEO of Property
Solutions; Aseem Chandra, Vice-President of
Adobe; Amy Rees Anderson, Managing Partner at
Rees Capital, and the Roundtable was moderated by
Joe Green , President of FWD.us.