Salt Lake County Regional Development News
March 02, 2021
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.
“Picture a Scientist” Screening Panel and Discussion by Utah State University
When: March 5-7
“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.
2021 WEC Pitching Workshop by Women’s Entrepreneurial Conference
When: 11:30 a.m. March 5
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.
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
The virtual event encourages participants to get outside through fun challenges that can be accomplished anywhere, as an initiative to encourage outdoor play.
International Women’s Day Virtual Conference + Utah Women’s Voter Registration Day by VoteRise
When: 8 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. March 6
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: https://www.voterise.org/uwvrd2021
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
Celebrating extraordinary women business owners
University of Utah Women’s Week: Inspiring a Movement Keynote Speaker Amber Ruffin
When: Noon-1 p.m. March 8
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: https://diversity.utah.edu/ww/
Professional Growth Series: Reframing Leadership by ChamberWest
When: Noon, March 9
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.
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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-of-the-worlds-11th-annual-fashion-show-cultural-gala-virtual-tickets-137178876713?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR1IWU4-hggsMwnd59rsVg4p7wzBfOhDZDH3u-Ubc_0ptr035v8Rgj950Ws
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
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: https://www.facebook.com/marriottlibrary/live
“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
Featuring Dr. Jessica Preece and Dr. Chris Karpowitz, join a presentation on research on what it takes for women to be heard.
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
“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.
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
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.
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
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.
Women in Business Luncheon Featuring Patricia Jones by South Valley Chamber
When: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. March 23
Where: Gail Miller Conference Center SLCC Miller Campus
The luncheon will feature speaker Patricia Jones, CEO of Women’s Leadership Institute.
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.
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: https://events.slcolibrary.org/event/4818880; attendees must register in advance to receive the link to attend
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.
New Research: Single-Family Homes Close to Apartments in Suburban Salt Lake County Have Had Higher Price Appreciation
February 22, 2021
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.
“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.
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.
February 19, 2021
Are you a working parent in Salt Lake County who needs a little extra support during the pandemic?
You're not alone. Here are a variety of services available to residents, from housing assistance, food, health care, and more.
FOOD, HOUSING, HEALTH CARE ASSISTANCE
United Way of Salt Lake operates a 24-hour help line that connects callers to local food programs, housing assistance, health care resources and mental health support.
Dial 2-1-1 from your phone at any time.
You can also email or text 898-211 to chat with a person at 2-1-1 services.
SUPPORT GROUPS FOR MOMS
For a mom looking for a Utah-based support group, therapist, or other provider type:
- Visit maternalmentalhealth.utah.gov – The resources listed offer online services. This means they do therapy online, or offer support groups online.
- Free Utah-based support group, every Thursday through St. Mark’s Hospital from 10-11:30 a.m. online
- Download WebEx meetings on phone or other device, and type in the below information to join
- Meeting ID: 625 927 491
- Password: momsmatter
MENTAL HEALTH ASSISTANCE
The Utah Strong Recovery Project offers residents free support. Counselors are available to talk through your anxiety, loneliness, or worry. Open 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. Call/text: 385-386-2289. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Intermountain Emotional Support Line: 833-442-2211
If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources.
Are you a parent that needs emotional assistance? Contact the National Parent Helpline at 855-427-2736.
Free, anonymous assessment
Concerned about yourself or someone you know and love? Visit https://healthymindsutah.org/ and take a free assessment.
CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE
Do you need help paying for child care?
Child care assistance programs, through the Utah Department of Workforce Services, help parents cover the cost of child care. Apply online on a desktop computer: https://jobs.utah.gov/customereducation/services/childcare/index.html
Kids in Care
Unemployed and need child care while you job search? The Kids in Care program reimburses child care providers for caring for children while parents engage in formal job search activities, if you meet certain requirements.
If you are a refugee and need to find child care, need child care assistance, or would like to become a professional child care provider, please call Abby at 801-326-4399.
If you're having difficulties with a landlord, Utah Community Action can provide Landlord-Tenant Mediation services.
Call 801-359-2444 Monday–Thursday from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m.– 5 p.m.
Know of other services we missed? Email email@example.com
February 12, 2021
What is the Planning Commission?
It’s a volunteer board that makes recommendations to the County Council on general plans and zoning ordinances (and makes decisions on subdivision applications, conditional uses, and more).
How many people serve on the Planning Commission?
Planning Commission seats include:
- 4 members from the unincorporated areas of Salt Lake County
- 3 members from any area or municipality of Salt Lake County
- 2 alternate members from any area of Salt Lake County
Who can apply?
Any full-time Salt Lake County resident interested in serving their community can apply for a seat on the Planning Commission.
The Planning Commission is in need of residents from the southwest communities of Salt Lake County (such as Herriman, Riverton, or South Jordan) to apply so that those communities can be represented.
The Planning Commission also needs more female residents interested to apply, as well as members of diverse communities and people of color.
Those with experience in these areas are encouraged to apply:
- landscape architecture,
- real estate,
- Great Salt Lake & wetlands,
- land development,
- transportation, or
You do not have to have experience in these areas, however, to apply.
When does the commission meet?
Typically one day a month (usually Wednesdays) from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Additional meetings may take place for large projects.
Members serve for three-year terms.
How do I apply?
- Apply online at https://slco.secure.force.com/BoardApplication
- Fill out a conflict of interest form at https://slco.org/get-involved/boards-and-commissions/
- Email a resume of related experience to Wendy Gurr (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jake Young (JaYoung@slco.org).
How Can I Learn More?
Listen to past public meetings, and look for future scheduled meetings at Utah's Public Notice Website.
Residents interested can also reach out to Wendy Gurr or Jake Young to discuss the responsibilities, time commitment, and work.