Municipal economic development means working collaboratively with Salt Lake County’s metro townships and cities to meet their respective needs. Our partners receive assistance in formulating and executing economic plans that play to our client’s strengths. Our team also works to attract jobs and cultivate resilient
communities through financing redevelopment activities.
Governor Herbert signed Senate Bill (“S.B.”) 199, the Community Preservation
bill, into law. S.B. 199 was developed by a committee of township and
unincorporated county residents to allow for greater autonomy in governance in
townships and unincorporated parts of the county. The bill allowed for
townships residents to vote in November 2015 on whether to incorporate as metro
townships. This change gave new metro townships increased autonomy by creating
a five-member metro township council elected by the residents and providing a
seat on the Municipal Services District Board of Trustees for each metro township. The change also provided boundary protection, meaning that land could not
simply be annexed away from metro townships as it had been in the past.
Salt Lake County
Regional Development Announces Blake H. Thomas as Municipal Economic
Salt Lake County Division of Regional Economic Development announced that it has hired Blake H. Thomas as the County’s Municipal Economic Development Director, a new position that was created this year to help serve the economic development needs of the newly formed Metro Townships and other
municipalities in the county. Thomas previously served as the Regional Economic Development Manager for the County, where he oversaw the review process of all tax increment financing proposals.
“Salt Lake County is growing at an exponential rate and it is important that municipalities and the regional government work together to ensure that economic growth is done in ways that improve the lives of our County residents,” said Stuart Clason, Associate Director in the Department of
Regional Transportation, Housing and Economic Development. “Blake has done an exceptional job in managing his current responsibilities, and I’m confident he will be a successful liaison between the county government and our municipal partners.”
Prior to his time at the County, Thomas worked at the Governor’s Office of Energy Development, where he was the expert on renewable energy and alternative transportation. Thomas holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Utah State University, where he was awarded Graduate Researcher of
the Year honors.
“I’m excited to move into this new role within the Division of Regional Economic Development and I look forward to working with municipal partners to ensure that Salt Lake County continues to be a thriving metropolitan region for businesses, for residents, and for quality of life,”
Thomas started his new role on October 25, 2017.