SPICE Kitchen Incubator Helps Refugees Succeed In Business
Hundreds of refugees call Salt Lake County home. Many arrive in
Utah with few resources, but come with valuable knowledge of farming and
cooking learned in their home countries. Salt Lake
County teamed up with the International Rescue Committee on the SPICE (Supporting
the Pursuit of Innovative Culinary Entrepreneurs) Kitchen Incubator. This
program supports and trains refugees to provide for themselves using culinary skills
they already possess.
We recently unveiled a brand new facility
that will give SPICE’s refugee entrepreneurs the space they need to
prepare food and develop new skills. Thanks to the support of
the private and non-profit sectors, the new kitchen is well on its way to
having all the equipment needed to be fully functional.
There are currently ten people enrolled in
the SPICE Kitchen Incubator program, and the new kitchen space is enabling us
to expand. Next year, 28 participants will be a part of the program, ready to
SPICE Kitchen Incubator is a stepping stone,
once the participants gain a working knowledge of what it takes to run a food
business, they can set off on their own and be totally self-sufficient.
I’m excited to see the
different businesses that will evolve from this program, and even more excited
to taste new flavors and foods. Visit the SPICE Kitchen
Incubator website to see how you can help.
Park Projects Improving Quality of Life In Salt Lake County
are exciting park projects in the works all over Salt Lake County. This week we
broke ground for the construction of Lodestone Regional Park in what will be a
beautiful spot of Kearns Township.
park includes an open lawn area, two playgrounds, an athletic field, a large
pavilion, tennis courts, pickle ball courts, a basketball court sponsored by
the Utah Jazz and a giant truck tire donated by Kennecott. It will be quite a
park! When it’s finished, families and friends will have a place to break away
from work, school, chores and television and get outdoors.
project and others like it are thanks to the Park Bond that Salt Lake County
residents voted for in 2012. Through it we were able to issue $47 million in
bonds to put directly into community parks and trails. Our county is growing
rapidly, and if we want a future where our kids and grandkids have green space
and places that aren’t just paved over, these new parks and spaces are
essential in our community.
Canine Mayor of Salt Lake County Elections
Salt Lake County is going to the dogs – literally. Last week I was excited to announce the first-ever race for Canine Mayor of Salt Lake County! Does your dog have what it takes to be a leader?
Your dog must be spayed or neutered, licensed, fully vaccinated and well-behaved. As representatives for dogs throughout the county, they must earn the trust of dogs and their humans. The winner will serve a two year term and will be my sidekick at ribbon-cuttings, park ground-breakings, and so
Filing for the race closes September 15th. Then, get ready to cast your vote for the dog of your choice on October 1st. Each vote costs a $1 donation to the Animal Shelter’s Injured Animal Fund and all funds will directly help meet the needs
of animals who come into the care of Salt Lake County Animal Services with injuries. Voters can live anywhere and may vote online or in person at the shelter. Visit
Salt Lake County Animal Services to find an application for your canine candidate.
Expanded Bike Transportation Routes To Connect The County
This week I announced plans to expand bike routes throughout the county to create a connected, safe network. This is an exciting time for everyone in Salt Lake County who cares about improving air quality, getting more exercise and having more choices on how
to get to work. Bike commuting is better for the air, cheaper for the taxpayer and contributes to a healthier, more active community.
We are a thriving metropolitan area that should absolutely be at the forefront of providing transportation choices for the one million people who live and work here. We’re making progress, one bike route at a time.
Find more information and see the
full list of projects and a project map here.
New Solar Panel Project In Kearns
This week I participated in the groundbreaking of a new solar panel project at the Olympic Oval in Kearns Township. Instead of talking about the future of clean energy, we’re actually seeing it take shape right here in Kearns.
My family and I have enjoyed so many national and international events here, and look forward to many more. As the local government for the Kearns Township, we’re always looking for ways to enhance the quality of life for the residents and families of Kearns. This exciting new project is one of
The project will help save $100,000 in energy costs, promotes clean air, and will make the Olympic Oval even more of a community asset.
I’m very pleased that our
Office of Township Services committed $200,000 to this project and am grateful to the Salt Lake County Council for their support and leadership. I’d also like to thank Rocky Mountain Power for putting up what is their largest solar incentive program grant to date -
$564,000. I’m excited to return in a few months to actually see the solar array power up.