Economic Development Director Lara Fritts appointed to the International Economic Development Council Board

On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, the International Economic Development Council Board appointed Salt Lake City Department of Economic Development Director, Lara Fritts, to their board. Fritts will serve a two year term which will begin on January 1, 2018 and end on December 31, 2019. Fritts will represent Salt Lake City alongside 55 voting members from public and non-profit economic development organizations across the country. 

Wasatch Front transit expert chosen to lead Salt Lake City’s Transportation Division

Today, Mayor Jackie Biskupski announced Jon Larsen as her choice for the Transportation Division Director of Salt Lake City. Jon has extensive experience with transportation across the Wasatch Front. Serving as the director of modeling and data for the Wasatch Front Regional Council for the past six years, Jon led a team of engineers and planners in providing technical analysis for all modes of travel. 

Update on status of investigations into July 26 police incident at University of Utah Medical Center

Today, Mayor Jackie Biskupski briefed reporters on the status of the Internal Affairs (IA) and Police Civilian Review Board (CRB) investigations regarding the actions of two Salt Lake City Police Department officers at the University of Utah Medical Center on July 26.  The IA investigation began July 27 and the CRB investigation began September 1.

After public engagement, Mayor Biskupski signs lease agreement to temporarily close portion of Rio Grande Street

Today, Mayor Jackie Biskupski signed a lease agreement between Salt Lake City and the State of Utah, allowing for the closure of a portion of Rio Grande Street to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The agreement allows the state to close Rio Grande Street between 200 South and the property boundaries of The Road Home and Catholic Community Services, in order to create a space benefitting individuals experiencing homelessness.

Salt Lake City supports independent criminal investigation into actions of Salt Lake City Police Department at University of Utah Medical Center

In conversation with the District Attorney Sim Gill and Sheriff Rosie Rivera, the Unified Police Department has agreed to do an investigation into any criminal acts that may have taken place during the incident with police at the University of Utah Medical Center. As a result of this criminal investigation, the Salt Lake City Police Department officer involved will be placed on full administrative leave.

Statements from Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Salt Lake City Police Department Chief Mike Brown on incident at University of Utah Medical Center

Like many of you, I watched the video of police officers interacting with University of Utah Medical Center nurse Alex Wubbles for the first time through the media late yesterday. What I saw is completely unacceptable to the values of my Administration and of the values of the Salt Lake City Police Department.

Mayor Biskupski announces Project Homeless Connect and volunteer drive

Today, Mayor Jackie Biskupski along with service providers and community partners, announced the first annual Project Homeless Connect in Salt Lake City to be held October 6th at the Salt Palace Convention Center.A volunteer driven event, Project Homeless Connect is a one-day, one-stop event in Salt Lake City that brings together community volunteers to provide services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. The national movement has taken place in San Francisco, Denver, Washington D.C., and other cities.

Salt Lake City and Urban Food Connections Announce Awardees of the Local Food Microgrant Program and Launch Second Round of Funding

With farmers markets across the area in full swing, Salt Lake City is pleased to announce that a second round of funding is open for local farmers through the Local Food Microgrant Program.The program, first announced in February, is in partnership with Urban Food Connections of Utah and offers support to area farmers who want to expand their operations with sustainability in mind. The grants will help them access technology, education, tools, and equipment to grow more produce and do so more sustainably.

Developers named for Salt Lake City’s Barnes Bank 400 South Project with plans for a split of affordable and market-rate housing, retail, and co-working space

Mayor Jackie Biskupski is pleased to announce Downtown SLC Partners LLC as the winner of the request for proposal (RFP) for the Barnes Bank 400 South Project in downtown Salt Lake City. Downtown SLC Partners is a joint venture between locally based Giv Development and Domain Companies, a New York City-based firm pursuing its first project in Utah.

Salt Lake City Public Utilities teams working on damage, information is available for victims of flooding in wake of unprecedented summer storm

Salt Lake City Public Utilities crews were working through the day on Wednesday to assess and repair citywide flooding damage wrought by a historic and intense early-morning rain storm. Information is available from the Department of Public Utilities for residents and businesses dealing with storm damage in Salt Lake City. That number is: 801-483-6700 (press option 1)

Mayor Jackie Biskupski announces transit rider advocate Alex Cragun for UTA Board

Today, Mayor Jackie Biskupski announced Alex Cragun as her choice to represent Salt Lake City on the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) Board of Trustees, subject to the advice and consent of the Salt Lake City Council.Alex has been a lifelong user of public transit and helped found the Utah Transit Riders Union, which has advocated for late night, weekend, and holiday service improvements. Alex also helped develop the Community Advisory Committee at UTA.

Mayor Biskupski recognizes business leadership in enhancing energy efficiency in Salt Lake City buildings

Today, Mayor Jackie Biskupski honored select Salt Lake City businesses, building owners, and managers with the 2017 Mayor’s Skyline Challenge Awards – an annual public recognition of organizations that have taken robust action in enhancing the energy performance of their buildings and contributing to the City’s air quality and general sustainability.

Urban Greens Mobile Market returns for a second year with fresh produce for Glendale and Poplar Grove neighborhoods

It’s year two for the Urban Greens Market, which means regular availability of fresh, locally grown, and affordable produce to residents in Salt Lake City’s Glendale and Poplar Grove areas.The project is a collaboration among the City’s Sustainability Department, The Green Urban Lunchbox, Utah Community Action Program’s Real Food Rising, and Utahns Against Hunger.