Two new Pay for Success projects to launch
Today I announced the launch of two new Pay for Success projects in Salt Lake County. We are focusing on two long-running county challenges –
persistent homelessness, and adult males at high risk for repeat stays in the
county jail. To tackle these challenges, the county is partnering with the Road Home for the "Homes Not Jail" program, and First Step House for the REACH (Recovery, Engagement, Assessment, Career, Housing) program.
Pay for Success is an innovative and exciting funding model
that allows us to get moving on these programs with private dollars, but that’s
not the main reason I am so committed to it. Through this model, private
funders assume up front responsibility for these programs and Salt Lake County only repays them if the outcomes we’ve
identified are achieved.
The consequences of failing to measure the impact of our
policies and programs go well beyond wasting scarce tax dollars, or simply
running programs on auto pilot.
Every time a homeless person, or a repeat offender
participates in a program that doesn’t
work, that has a human cost for them and for our community.
Both programs will kick-off in the first months of 2017, serving about 550 people.
Register to attend the Utah Citizen Summit
particularly contentious presidential campaign is drawing to a close. The tone
and tenor has made many of us very uncomfortable, if not outright shocked. I’m
confident our country will survive but it may be an excellent time to remind
ourselves of a better way to have civic dialog.
space for meaningful dialog is the basis of the Utah Citizen Summit on
Saturday, November 12, 2016. The Summit will kick off with a conversation,
followed by two panel discussions, and wrap up with a Utah Citizen Summit
Celebration. The celebration will feature an awards ceremony to highlight
leaders of a national effort to promote respectful, productive discussions.
to be involved in the event, particularly in the panel discussion that focuses
on Utah’s political environment and how we can focus on positive values that
bring us together, instead of negative and divisive attacks.
panelists at the Summit are Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, because
the first step towards an agreement is to have all sides represented in our
2017 Salt Lake County budget proposal
Earlier this week I presented my 2017 Salt Lake County budget proposal. The $1.175 net billion budget is fiscally conservative with no tax increase. When I work with my finance team to prepare the budget, we go over every line item to see how to best use tax dollars to benefit the people we serve. Behind every budgeting decision are residents who benefit from the excellent services Salt Lake County provides.
Read my budget speech and see the 2017 proposed budget here. Now that the proposal is in, the County Council will review before making their final decisions and adapt the budget in December.
Mayor McAdams giving his budget speech to a packed room at the Salt Lake County government center
Westside economic development plan
Together with elected and local officials from the County Council and westside communities, I announced a new proposal to work together to grow the economy for all county residents. By forming the Mountain View Economic Development Commission, we can strategize together on how to best develop this land and bring economic diversity and growth for west-side residents, and all county residents.
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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.