Hatch Dispatch

Senator Orrin Hatch
2013-08-16 17:45:58
Hatch Dispatch Dear Friend: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 LineIt 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 – 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.High-Skilled Immigration RoundtableI 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 America’s high-tech industry, and I especially want Utah’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 America’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 workers.Utah has become an epicenter of job growth. Many call our state “Silicon Slopes” because it is home to countless tech companies which employ thousands of people in high-paying jobs.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 Utah’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 industry.(Hatch Flanked by Joe Green, President of FWD.us on Left, and Dave Bateman, CEO of Property Solutions on Right)Panel participants included: Todd Stevens – 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.Sincerely,Orrin Hatch
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Hatch Dispatch 

Dear Friend:

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 – 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 Secretary Foxx with Sandy Mayor Dolan Looking On

(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.

High-Skilled Immigration Roundtable

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 America’s high-tech industry, and I especially want Utah’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 America’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 workers.

Utah has become an epicenter of job growth. Many call our state “Silicon Slopes” because it is home to countless tech companies which employ thousands of people in high-paying jobs.

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 Utah’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 industry.

Hatch Flanked by Joe Green, President of FWD.us on let and Dave Bateman, CEO of Property Solutions on Right

(Hatch Flanked by Joe Green, President of FWD.us on Left, and Dave Bateman, CEO of Property Solutions on Right)

Panel participants included: Todd Stevens – 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.

Sincerely,

Orrin Hatch

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