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The Salt Lake Chamber has selected LDS Church Presiding Bishop H. David Burton as its 2011 Giant in Our City.
He is the executive responsible for overseeing development of the $1.5 billion City Creek Center under construction in downtown Salt Lake City. The retail, office and residential complex is set to open in early 2012.
Burton becomes the 32nd pick for the honor, which represents the chamber's highest business award, since it was established in 1970. In three different years 1977, 2003 and 2009 more than one individual was selected to share the distinction, and in some years since 1970 it has not been awarded. The 2010 recipient was Episcopal Bishop Carolyn Tanner Irish.
Burton will get his award March 16 during a ceremony at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City.
His role in getting the church involved in the downtown mall project was a significant factor in the selection, according to Lane Beattie, chamber president and CEO.
"As presiding bishop his impact on what goes on in [the church's] investment portfolio is very important," Beattie said. "Because it has a lot of investments in the Salt Lake area and is the state's largest employer, it does have a big impact. "
Beattie said downtown Salt Lake City has faced many challenges in recent years, from businesses that have closed their doors to the Great Recession. The church's decision to create the massive two-block City Creek Center where the ZCMI and Crossroad malls once stood was driven in part by Burton, he said.
"As a young business person [and before his church calling] he worked at Kennecott [Utah Copper] headquarters downtown in their finance department," Beattie said, adding to Burton's perspectives about what investments the church should make.
Giants in Our City*
1970 • Eric C. Aaberg
1972 • Clarence Bamberger
1974 • E.M. Naughton
1977 • John M. and Glenn Wallace
1978 • N. Eldon Tanner
1981 • John W. Gallivan
1982 • George S. Eccles
1984 • Richard A. Van Winkle
1985 • Wendell J. Ashton
1986 • Arch L. Madsen
1987 • B.Z. Kastler
1990 • S. Chris Johnson
1992 • Gov. Calvin R. Rampton
1994 • G. Frank Joklik
1995 • Fred S. Ball
1998 • Kenneth Y. Knight
1999 • Scott S. Parker
2000 • Verl Topham
2001 • Spencer Eccles
2002 • W. Mitt Romney
2003 • Don Cash-Nick Rose and Gordon B. Hinckley
2005 • Jon M. Huntsman Sr.
2006 • James LeVoy Sorenson
2007 • Larry H. Miller
2008 • William H. (Bill) Nelson
2009 • Roger Boyer, Ellis Ivory
2010 • Bishop Carolyn Tanner Irish
*Awards were not given in some years.
Salt Lake Chamber