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Salt Lake County Awarded $600,000 by EPA to Further Property Cleanup, Redevelopment

May 11, 2021

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the selection of 151 communities to receive grants totaling $66.5 million in brownfields funding on Tuesday, May 11, with Salt Lake County one of just two applicants in Utah to receive funds.

The EPA approved Salt Lake County for $600,000 in new assessment funding. This will assist local efforts in planning, environmental assessments, and community outreach for brownfield cleanup and redevelopment.

“Salt Lake County and our coalition partners, Murray and Salt Lake City, are thrilled to receive another community-wide assessment grant,” said Jevon Gibb, Salt Lake County Economic Development Director. “Under previous grants, we have been able to assess key properties that have facilitated redevelopment and public health improvements throughout the county. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the EPA on this great program.”

Since its creation in 2019, the Salt Lake Brownfields Coalition — consisting of Salt Lake County, Murray, and Salt Lake City — has assessed 15 blighted properties for cleanup and redevelopment in Salt Lake County. According to the EPA, a study found that residential properties near brownfield sites increased in value by 5% to 15% because of cleanup activities. 

The grant will specifically used to conduct environmental site assessments at dozens of properties, including:

  • Locations at Camp Kearns,
  • Seven Peaks Waterpark site,
  • Murray City Central Business District and
  • Magna Main St. target areas.

“These assessment and cleanup grants will not only support economic growth and job creation, but they will also empower communities to address the environmental, public health, and social issues associated with contaminated land,” EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan said in a press release.

Brownfields are considered environmentally contaminated properties, often common sites of closed dry cleaners, auto shops, car washes, and gas stations; manufacturing and industrial properties; and even residential neighborhoods.

If you know a site in Salt Lake County that could benefit from cleanup, or are a developer seeking support, visit for information about loan programs and resources available.

Economic Inclusion Grants Awarded to 10 Salt Lake County Organizations to Address Economic Recovery Gaps

May 10, 2021

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Salt Lake County awarded grants from the Economic Inclusion Community Assistance Program (EICAP) to 10 organizations, as part of an effort to generate a more equitable and inclusive economic recovery from the pandemic.

The 10 organizations will help Salt Lake County achieve a more inclusive recovery by connecting businesses with available resources, sharing their boots-on-the-ground experience, and identifying additional resource needs and gaps not currently being filled in African American, Black, Hispanic, Latinx, Native American, Asian-Pacific, women, persons with disabilities, veteran communities, and geographic areas with lower economic opportunity.

The organizations leading these program efforts include:

  • Magna Chamber of Commerce: A chamber serving businesses in the township of Magna on the west side of Salt Lake County. Email:
  • Pacific Island Knowledge 2 Action Resources (PIK2AR): A nonprofit with a mission to help Utah’s Pacific Islander communities in relation to economic impact, violence prevention, and cultural preservation.
  • Salt Lake American: A multicultural nonprofit helping refugees survive and prosper by overcoming language and acculturation barriers.
  • Suazo Business Center: A business organization serving Latino/Hispanic and underserved entrepreneurs and business owners.
  • Utah Black Chamber: An organization serving the economic needs of Utah’s Black community.
  • Utah Cultural Alliance Foundation: An organization that amplifies the value and invests in the cultural industry, valuing representation and availability to all socioeconomic, racial, sexual orientation, gender, ability, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Utah LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce: An organization serving LGBTQ+ and allied businesses to grow and provide visibility, and advocate at various government levels.
  • Utah Muslim Civic League: An organization representing Utah’s Muslim population to make a difference in creating civic infrastructure for Utah’s Muslims.
  • West Jordan Chamber of Commerce: A chamber serving business members and promoting profitable business environment.
  • Women’s Business Center of Utah: An organization partnering with chambers of commerce across Utah to promote resources for women entrepreneurs.

This unique, pilot program — running from April through October 2021 — will allow Salt Lake County to work with organizations’ business facilitators to create a feedback loop so governments, funders, and policymakers can learn what diverse communities need and lack, and how we can help.

If you’re a business owner, or know a business who needs assistance but has struggled to connect with someone to provide help, contact one of these organizations, or Salt Lake County COVID-19 Economic Recovery Program Manager Samantha Mary Thermos at or (385) 468-4847.

Public Hearing Information for 2021-22 Federal Awards of Salt Lake Urban County CDBG, ESG, & SSBG funds, and the Salt Lake County HOME Investment Partnership Program

April 16, 2021

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On April 16, 2021, Salt Lake County will hold a Public Hearing for proposed projects and activities to be funded with 2021-2022 Federal Awards of Salt Lake Urban County

  • Community Development Block Grant,
  • Emergency Solutions Grant and
  • Social Services Block Grant funds, as well as the
  • Salt Lake County HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funds.

The virtual hearing will take place from 1:30-3:30 p.m. You can join the WebEx Public Hearing via computer or smartphone the following ways:

  1. WebEx:
    Meeting Number: 187 549 8654 | Meeting Password: 9pV8n3eHnGf
  2. Call in to the WebEx Meeting: 1-213-306-3065 | Access Code: 1875498654
  3. Watch via Facebook Live:

Questions about the WebEx meeting platform? Reference this WebEx Meetings Best Practices & FAQ fact sheet.

**If you would like to speak during the hearing, please register at this link.**

If you are encountering difficulties in joining or participating in the hearing, our staff are available to help. Call 385-468-4900.

Public Hearing Agenda

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I. Welcome & Introduction of Salt Lake County Urban County Mayors — Mayor Jenny Wilson

II. Overview of Process for Virtual Hearing — SLCo Housing & Community Development Staff

III. Public Comments

IV. Comments — Mayors of Urban County

V. Adjourn

Reference Materials

Recommendations for FY21 Funding

Urban County Mayor Roster

Public Hearing Agenda