Republican Rep. Carl Albrecht

Rep. Carl Albrecht [Moab Sun News file photo]

The Salt Lake Chamber, Utah’s largest business association, presented the 2019 Legislator of the Year Award to Republican Rep. Carl Albrecht on May 15.

As a former CEO of a rural energy company and a longtime public servant, Rep. Albrecht has “a keen understanding of policy issues and their impact on rural Utah,” the Salt Lake Chamber said in a press release.

The Salt Lake Chamber press release said that during the 2019 Legislative Session, Albrecht passed “a number of bills to improve economic development opportunities for rural communities and address the unique workforce challenges facing rural Utahns.”

“I am honored to receive this award and appreciate the attention to rural issues from my fellow legislators and the Salt Lake Chamber. I look forward to continuing our work to improve economic development in Utah’s rural communities,” Albrecht said.

The Salt Lake Chamber worked closely with Albrecht to accomplish these shared priorities as he incorporated a business perspective into his legislation, the press release said. The outcomes of his efforts will “move the needle for economic development in rural Utah for years to come.”

Albrecht lives in Richfield and is a former Richfield City Council member. He represents District 70, encompassing the City of Moab and the southwestern portion of Grand County. The district extends north to Interstate 70, covers most of Emery County and all of Sevier County, as well as a portion of southern Sanpete County.

Albrecht sits on the Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment committee and serves as the chair of the Public Utilities, Energy and Technology committee.

The Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors also recognized the efforts of 77 lawmakers who received a Business Champion Award for voting for the interests of the business community “at least 80% of the time.”

The designation of “Business Champion” is directly tied to a legislator’s voting record on the Salt Lake Chamber’s “Priority Votes,” the press release said. During the legislative session, the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Directors designates the top priorities of the business community as Priority Votes.

“Thanks to the legislature’s commitment to our state and the engagement of our business community, the chamber was successful in advancing numerous pro-business policies this past session,” said Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber.