Welcoming Week kicks off Welcoming Salt Lake initiative
Earlier this year, Salt Lake County and Salt Lake Chamber launched the Welcoming Salt Lake initiative, to recognize the economic and cultural value that New Americans bring to our community. We gathered leaders to brainstorm how our community can be more welcoming to refugees and immigrants, resulting in an action plan.
Today, we are kicking off Welcoming Week in which we will share immigrant stories and hope the entire community joins in by posting stories of your own using the hashtag #WelcomingSaltLake. Also during Welcoming Week, tell us what you think about our Welcoming Salt Lake action plan. We'll take your feedback and incorporate it into our final plan.
Salt Lake County is a strong supporter of and vigorous partner in economic development projects that result in good-paying jobs and an expanding economy. Unfortunately, the plan to bring a Facebook data center to West Jordan did not fit that bill. The proposal would have cost county taxpayers up to $3 million per job, including $94 million that the Jordan School District's taxing entity would have given up, diverting money from school building needs.
I stand by my decision to make public what would have been a bad deal for taxpayers. As a careful steward of tax dollars, it is my job to ensure every penny is spent in a way that promotes public safety and service delivery as well as supporting economic growth.
We look forward to promoting true and lasting economic development activities throughout the county that represent a fair deal to taxpayers, good paying jobs and sustainable economic growth.
It’s time for action to reduce and prevent homelessness
I am ready to begin making changes that will result in
minimizing and preventing homelessness and moving individuals and families away
from crisis in their lives toward stability and self-reliance. Our action plan
follows two years of hard work by many groups who care deeply about the
complicated, long-running challenge presented by people experiencing
homelessness in our community.
We identified two issues. First, the main door to access
Utah’s homelessness services system turns out to literally be the door of the
emergency shelter, when a crisis occurs in a person’s life. Second, our large
“one-size-fits-all” emergency services model does not serve people well,
especially families, children, youth, domestic violence victims, individuals
with disabilities and working single adults.
Learn more about our Collective Impact on Homelessness efforts
Swim supplies needed for kids at the Midvale family shelter
The kids at the now year-round Midvale family shelter are feeling the heat just like the rest of us. And, like all kids, they want to go to the pool. That's why I, along with Midvale City Mayor Seghini are asking for donations so the kids can go swimming. Needs include: swim suits for kids 0-16 years old, baby and toddler swim diapers, hats, sunscreen, flip flops, and towels. We are accepting donations until July 22nd.
Thanks to our ongoing work to minimize homelessness in the county, the Midvale shelter is open in the summer for the first time this year. As part of the
collective impact on homelessness work, the state legislature allocated $9.2 million this year with the requirement that a portion of the funding go towards a year-round Midvale family shelter. Organizations involved in the effort rallied around the need for the year-round shelter and agreed on improvements to keep the shelter safe and operating in the summer months.
Mayor Seghini and I are accepting donations in our offices:
Salt Lake County Government Center - 2001 South State Street, North Building, 2nd Floor, Mayor's Office
Midvale City Hall - 7505 South Holden St.
Together we can help kids experiencing homelessness also experience the simple joys of being a kid - like jumping in a pool.
Sunnyvale Park is now a fun, safe community gathering place
Thanks to Salt Lake County and local community groups coming together, a once graffiti-ridden and neglected park is now a safe and fun gathering space for a
neighborhood with many refugee and immigrant families. As kids played on the new and improved playground, I joined community partners to celebrate the reopening of Sunnyvale Park in Millcreek. Sunnyvale will be a gathering place for a farmers market, after-school programming, and of course lots of play. With a little bit of planning and
cooperation, the Sunnyvale Community has reclaimed this space for that purpose.
It’s a great example of building a healthy community together.
Theresa Drulard, Sunnyvale Neighborhood Center and Mayor McAdams speaking at a ribbon cutting to reopen Sunnyvale Park