Subcommittee on Economic Opportunities
Staff Lead: Brooke Shankland
Chair: Danyelle White
Identify and address various obstacles that threaten the economic
opportunity for diverse and underserved communities in Salt Lake County. Develop BIPOC individuals into leadership and management roles.
COVID Recovery Assistance
Increase access to business resources and assistance for communities experiencing economic opportunity gaps (Opportunity Communities).
Share small business resources with subcommittee members so that we all can share with our professional and social networks. Conduct specific outreach to community groups or business associations. Provide feedback on resource gaps or opportunities to improve existing resources.
Small Business Impact Grants (SBIG): Provide SBIG grant for small business impacted by Covid -19 and advertise widely in multiple languages and media platforms. Continue translating SBIG materials and offering hotline times for non-English speakers.
Economic Inclusion Community Assistance Program (EICAP): Fund additional capacity for Community Partners assisting Opportunity Communities to provide Facilitators that connect businesses with available resources.
Partner with community based organizations and local chambers such as the Suazo Center, PIK2AR, Utah Black Chamber, Utah Asian Chamber, and other minority chambers to conduct outreach to businesses impacted by COVID to help them get grants and other financial aid.
Long-term Business Assistance
Learn from activities in Action Item 1 to create long-term business assistance programs that connect Opportunity Communities with existing resources and identify resource gaps.
Continue providing updates and feedback on existing resources and resource gaps. Maintain connection between diverse communities and County staff so that we can work together to achieve economic opportunity for all.
To be determined based upon lessons learned from SBIG and EIPAC.
Partner with leadership from diverse and Opportunity Communities to actively identify issues and needs related to economic, financial, and business issues in Salt Lake County.
Actively engage with the committee and work with staff to involve additional organizations and leaders that will maximize the inclusiveness of committee representation.
Actively work with members to maximize inclusiveness of
Plan and coordinate meetings and events to convene this group.
Ensure that the committee provides value to members by working
toward clear impact and deliverables.
Respond to issues and initiatives raised by the committee that involve activities outside the portfolios or programs of the Economic Development Department by convening and working with the relevant stakeholders.
Help County staff identify and connect with relevant stakeholders, work with those stakeholders to create more activities more inclusive for Opportunity Communities, and provide feedback on those activities to improve them in the future.
Digital Divide and Broadband Initiative: Work with public and private entities to ensure that all Salt Lake County communities have high-speed internet access.
Workforce Development: Work with stakeholders such as the Utah Department of Workforce Services, Salt Lake Community College, and others to improve workforce training for Opportunity Communities and connect Opportunity Communities with higher paying jobs.
Other issues as they arise.