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Salt Lake County Regional Development News

Salt Lake County to Hold Online Community Engagement Meetings for West General Plan

March 04, 2021

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Salt Lake County is preparing the West General Plan which focuses on unincorporated areas in the western portion of the County. When completed, this General Plan will provide a big picture guide for officials and residents to use to prepare for growth and conservation efforts over the next 20-50 years.

Residents are invited to attend an upcoming community engagement meeting to learn more about this process and share your feedback to help make our community a beautiful, safe, sustainable, and thriving place to live and work.

Online Community Engagement Meetings

Community members are encouraged to attend the meeting for the areas in which they have interest. Each meeting will provide a brief overview of the entire plan area and a little more information on the focus area (see below).

Great Salt Lake Shoreline (Salt Lake City, Magna, and North Salt Lake) 

Monday, March 15, 2021 at 5:30 - 7 p.m. 
Zoom Meeting Registration:

Central Oquirrhs (West Jordan, Copperton, South Jordan, Herriman)

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 5:30 - 7 p.m. 
Zoom Meeting Registration:

North Oquirrhs (Magna, West Valley, Kearns)

Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 5:30 - 7 p.m. 
Zoom Meeting Registration:

Southwest Oquirrhs & Traverse Mountains (Herriman, Riverton, Bluffdale, High Country, Camp Williams)

Monday, March 22, 2021 at 5:30 - 7 p.m. 
Zoom Meeting Registration:
To learn more about the West General Plan and opportunities to engage, visit

What Pandemic Trends the Restaurant Industry is Seeing in Salt Lake County

March 03, 2021

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Today we had three wonderful guest panelists join us at a Salt Lake County Economic Impact & Recovery meeting to speak on the current state of the restaurant industry in Salt Lake County; how owners and employees are faring; and what trends they see now and in the future due to the pandemic.

  • Melva Sine, CEO/President of Utah Restaurant Association
  • Michele T. Corigliano, Executive Director at Salt Lake Area Restaurant Association
  • Tim Ryan, Owner of Bout Time Pub


Planning & Takeout

Utahns are getting used to and desire takeout now, but accessibility to get to restaurants, park, run in, and leave, has been hampered and difficult.

Those in the industry believe building new restaurants and their blueprints will change the way our cities are planned. City planning and parking will need to be a consideration when it comes to takeout and delivery -- even for third party delivery services, Michele said.


Consider the development of new complexes, retail, and strip malls, Tim urged. Developers are going in and taking a parcel that can hold six food-related concepts but built with drive-thrus that wrap around the building to allow for vehicle stacking. However, plans aren't considering sit-down dining locations with outdoor patio space without idling cars next to them.

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Sit-down Isn't Going Away

When the pandemic is behind us, these industry experts don't believe dine-in experiences will go too. 

"We're going to remain the social experience. We provide meals. But part of what we do is provide a social experience, friends gather, people meet. I don't believe that will go away," Tim said. "There are trends in the industry running very strong even five years before the pandemic of delivery and takeaway, but we're seeing our customers are clamoring to get back through the doors."

Third-Party Delivery is a Sticky Situation

According to Melva, 30% of sales can go to a third-party delivery service; a cut she says is keeping restaurants from recovering from the pandemic. "Thirty percent means loss." Restaurants don't want to do anything to harm their availability with customers and want to stay relevant, she said, so they've been forced to use the third parties. 

But, Melva insists delivery companies need to be trained how to handle food, have contracts, and provide restaurants access to all third-party data related to their business.

Finding Employees Is Competitive

Another trend all the industry experts expounded on was the inability to find enough staff. Changing lifestyles and mindsets among employees -- where they only want to work three days a week so they can ski the other ones, or have Saturdays off, etc -- means the need for employees has doubled. 

Some labor force is going to other industries, like construction, and pulling away food industry employees. 

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Women's History Month/International Women's Day 2021 Events for Salt Lake County Residents

March 02, 2021

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The past year was a brutal one for women; we know the pandemic has disproportionately impacted women, especially single moms and women of color. In 2021, however, the pandemic isn't putting a damper on Women's History Month and International Women's Day (March 8) celebrations and opportunities.

Here are 16 opportunities for Salt Lake County residents to learn, grow, and support women from the past, present, and future.

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March 5

“Picture a Scientist” Screening Panel and Discussion by Utah State University 

When: March 5-7

Cost: Free

“Picture a Scientist” offers a sobering portrait of the struggles women face in science. The film challenges audiences of all backgrounds and genders to question their own implicit biases and commit to change. In conjunction with the screening, USU will host an online panel discussion Monday, March 8 (International Women’s Day) at noon on Zoom, with the film’s director and producer Sharon Shattuck, along with USU faculty members Dr. Sojung Lim, Dr. Claudia Radel and Dr. Katherine Vela. All are welcome.

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2021 WEC Pitching Workshop by Women’s Entrepreneurial Conference

When: 11:30 a.m. March 5

Cost: Free

Are you a female entrepreneur wanting to work on your pitching skills? This Virtual Pitch Workshop will focus on the art of “Pitching and Presenting,” with an emphasis on what judges will be looking for in the 2021 WEC Grant Competition. 

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Get the Girls Out Virtual Scavenger Hunt – Celebrate International Women’s Day by SheJumps

When: 6 a.m. March 5- 7 p.m. March 7

Cost: Free

The virtual event encourages participants to get outside through fun challenges that can be accomplished anywhere, as an initiative to encourage outdoor play.

More Info:

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March 6

International Women’s Day Virtual Conference + Utah Women’s Voter Registration Day by VoteRise

When: 8 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. March 6

Cost: $20

Celebrate with a virtual conference featuring speakers and discussion series on Utah Women: Past, Present, and Future! Speakers and moderators include Tyler Boyd, Jennifer Napier-Pearce, Director of Communications to Gov. Cox; Patricia Jones, Women’s Leadership Institute; Kate Rubalcava, Utah Nonprofits Association; Geralyn Dreyfous, Utah Film Center; Dr. Susan Madsen, Utah Women & Leadership Project; and Beth Armstrong, People’s Health Clinic.

More Info:

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March 8

International Women’s Day Celebration by World Trade Center Utah, Maven Create and Salt Lake Chamber

When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. March 8

Cost: Free

Celebrating extraordinary women business owners

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University of Utah Women’s Week: Inspiring a Movement Keynote Speaker Amber Ruffin

When: Noon-1 p.m. March 8

Cost: Free

Amber Ruffin is the head writer for “Late Night” with Seth Meyers and host of the “Amber Ruffin Show” and has appeared in shows from “Drunk History” to “Key & Peele.”  Be inspired by Amber Ruffin who has used her platform as a writer, comedian, and actress to speak to hard-hitting issues of racism, sexism, and politics.

For more events from University of Utah’s Women’s Week, visit:

More Info:

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March 9

Professional Growth Series: Reframing Leadership by ChamberWest

When: Noon, March 9

Cost: $10

Deneece G. Hufalin, President of Salt Lake Community College, will talk about what gets in the way of women stepping into leadership roles and her three decades of experiences in higher education and community.

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Women of the World’s 11th Annual Fashion Show & Cultural Gala by Women of the World

When: 5-7 p.m. March 10

Cost: Free, but donations welcomed

The Fashion Show and Cultural Gala will feature messages from First Lady of the State of Utah Abby Cox and Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall. The Show highlights the beauty of cultures and successful stories of forcibly displaced women.

More Info:

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March 10

Wake Up with the Woman’s Exponent Panel Discussion and Q&A by University of Utah Women’s Week

When: 9 a.m. March 10

Cost: Free

Women in Salt Lake City created a newspaper of their own called the “Woman’s Exponent” published  from 1872-1914. This event will show a glimpse of women’s history through the pages of this unique newspaper.

Watch live:

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March 12

“When Women Don’t Speak: What It Takes for Women to be Heard” by Utah Women & Leadership Project

When: Noon-1:15 p.m. March 12

Cost: Free

Featuring Dr. Jessica Preece and Dr. Chris Karpowitz, join a presentation on research on what it takes for women to be heard.

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WTC Summit: First Female Recession Impact by Women Tech Council & Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development

When: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 12

Cost: $15-$35

“This summit is focused on elevating the conversation around how this [pandemic] is impacting women in tech, how they are looking at jobs, what they expect from companies and how they are managing it all.

More Info:

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March 16

She Started It for All of Us: Looking to the Past to Inspire Our Future by SL Chamber/Better Days/Business Women’s Forum

When: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. March 16

Cost: $20

Kristen Edwards, from Better Days 2020, will share history about Utah’s women in politics, suffrage, business, and our community, and participants will discuss how these stories can inspire women to be more actively engaged in their sphere of influence today.

More Info:

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March 18

Women’s History Month Celebration – “Started It For All of Us”  by Better Days 2020

When: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. March 18

Cost: Free

Join Better Days 2020 for this celebration of Women’s History Month featuring Aundrea Demille, Emma Houston, Katie Nelson, and others. The virtual event will include prizes and trivia.

More Info:

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March 23

Women in Business Luncheon Featuring Patricia Jones by South Valley Chamber

When: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. March 23

Cost: $20

Where: Gail Miller Conference Center SLCC Miller Campus

The luncheon will feature speaker Patricia Jones, CEO of Women’s Leadership Institute.

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Virtual Adult Lecture: From Unwanted to Indispensable/The Real Nurses of the Civil War by Salt Lake County Library

When: 7-8:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Author and historian Pamela Toler will share the story of thousands of women that volunteered to be nurses during the Civil War and created a profession that didn’t exist before the war. 

More Info:; attendees must register in advance to receive the link to attend

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March 30

Women’s Symposium by University of Utah Executive Education Elevate U

When: 9:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. March 30

Cost: $99 for digital ticket

Speakers and panelists include Katharine Garff, Garff Enterprises; Missy Larsen, Vice President of Philanthropy and Community Impact at doTERRA; Heidi Herrick Ph.D., Professor at David Eccles School of Business; Laura Butler, SVP People and Culture at WorkFront; Lianna Kinard, VP of Marketing at Buckner Company; and Rebecca Dutson, CEO of The Children’s Center.

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New Research: Single-Family Homes Close to Apartments in Suburban Salt Lake County Have Had Higher Price Appreciation

February 22, 2021

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The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute released a study today showing apartments built between 2010 and 2018 have not reduced single-family home values in suburban Salt Lake County.

According to the research, commissioned by Salt Lake County's Office of Regional Development, single-family homes located within 1/2 mile of a newly constructed apartment building experienced higher overall price appreciation than those homes farther away.

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“This analysis sheds light on an important topic – the proximity of apartments to single-family homes does not decrease value, but increases value, all while providing more housing choices for residents,” said Dejan Eskic, senior research fellow at the Gardner Institute and lead author of the report. “In Salt Lake County, from the year an apartment was constructed to 2019, single-family homes located within 1/2 mile of new apartment construction realized 1.4% more in annual price appreciation than single-family homes located farther away.”

New, dense housing continues to be a point of conflict in growing communities as concerns over negative impacts to home values dominate the discussion. This study quantifies how new apartment construction has impacted single-family home price acceleration over the last decade.

"This research by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute on housing in our community will help leaders make better data-based decisions as we work towards strategic and sustainable growth for all residents," said Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson. “Salt Lake County will continue to invest in housing affordability solutions, both as a regional convener and funder of housing services.”

"We didn't know what the outcome of this study would be," said Michael Gallegos, director of Housing & Community Development, "but with this research we now know we can eliminate one anecdotal concern and focus efforts on other issues that are real."

Highlights from report include the following:

New Apartments Have Not Reduced Single-Family Home Values

Between 2010 and 2019, homes located within ½ mile of a newly constructed apartment building experienced a 10% average annual increase in median value, while the value of those farther away increased by 8.6%.

Only in the Southeast part of the county did homes more than 1/2 mile away from new apartment construction experience higher average price appreciation than those located ≤1/2 mile.

Homes Near Apartments Have Higher Value per Square Foot

Between 2010 and 2019, homes that are located ≤1/2 mile of new apartments averaged an 8.8% higher median value per square foot compared with those farther away. However, the total median market value of single-family homes averaged 4.7% greater for those that are located more than 1/2 mile away from new apartments.

Homes Near Apartments Are Smaller and Older

In suburban Salt Lake County overall, homes located within 1/2 mile of new apartments are approximately 11.1%, smaller than those farther away. Homes that are located ≤1/2 mile of new apartments are seven years older on average than those located farther away.

Negative Impacts

The only occurrence where negative price trends followed apartment construction was for homes near apartments built in 2010 and 2011. This resulted from the negative economic impacts brought on by the housing crash of the prior decade.

Read the full report released by Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.

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