Jenessa Young

The Pleasant Grove/Lindon Chamber of Commerce Board announced it has elected Jenessa Young as chair of the board on June 5, 2019. Young has served as a board member for the past two years. 

Provo ranks as one of the ‘best cities’ for business administration studies

In a study by College Factual, a site designed to help people find the best colleges for them based on factors like academics, sports, interests and more, Provo was ranked as one of the best cities in the country for people to study business administration. In the Rocky Mountains, which includes Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming, Brigham Young University was ranked as the best college to study business administration.

The study analyzed more than 3,000 U.S. schools. Less than 800 received rankings. Out of 747 colleges that were ranked, BYU was in the top 15% as the No. 44 best university for studying business administration with a score of 9.4 out of 10.

For Utah schools offering business administration and management degrees, University of Utah was ranked No. 2 in the state, followed by Utah State University and Westminster College.

The best university in the nation for studying business administration and management, according to the study, is the University of Pennsylvania, with a perfect score of 10, followed by the University of California Berkeley and Babson College.

Utah Stadler location wins contract to make eight trains for Texas

The Utah location of Swiss company Stadler, which manufactures regional trains and trams in addition to other railway rolling stock, won a contract to build eight trains for the Cotton Belt Project in Texas, part of Dallas Area Rapid Transit, according to a press release.

The trains, which will be self-propelled by a diesel multiple unit and each consist of four units plus a power pack in the middle, will be some of the FLIRT model. The Salt Lake City Stadler facility will assemble and build the trains, which will be around 267 feet long.

The contract is valued at approximately $119 million in U.S. currency, and the trains are anticipated to go into passenger service by the end of 2022. It is the fourth contract for Stadler in Texas to date.

The new vehicles will be able to transport 240 seated passengers and 225 standing passengers. They will be equipped with a CCTV system on each train, as well as an automatic passenger counting system, which will count the number of passengers boarding and alighting the train at each stop.

“It’s been a pleasure working with Stadler US, Inc. on the design and specifications of our new Cotton Belt regional rail project trains”, John Rhone, DART VP of Capital Design and Construction, said. “Their focus on technology innovation and design promises to provide our customers with the safe and enjoyable ride they’ve come to expect from DART.”

Chair elected for Pleasant Grove, Lindon Chamber of Commerce Board

The Pleasant Grove/Lindon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has elected Jenessa Young as chair of the board. She will oversee all chamber activities and act as liaison with city organizations and other area chambers.

Young currently manages in-house interior design and space planing efforts for the design department at St. John Properties, Utah region. She has done design work on more than 700,000 square feet of commercial, hospitality and multi-family buildings, according to a press release.

“We are delighted for Jenessa’s new role at the chamber,” Daniel Thomas, regional partner for St. John Properties. “Her drive and focus creates tremendous results everywhere she applies her ample skills.”

Young has served as an active board member for the chamber since 2017.

“We are so pleased with Jenessa’s abundant energy and strategic thinking on the board. Pleasant Grove/Lindon Chamber will benefit from her strong leadership,” Chamber President Eric Jensen said.