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Salt Lake County Regional Development News

Salt Lake County HOME funds secure help for domestic violence survivors and unhoused like Joan

February 05, 2021

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Joan* and her three children entered a YWCA Utah safety shelter in 2020 in attempt to get away from her abusive husband.

While at the YWCA, she was able to connect with The Road Home and move out through the Rapid Rehousing Program into a two-bedroom rental.

Salt Lake County has contracted with The Road Home to provide $300,000 in short-term rental assistance services, from SLCo's HOME funds, to low-income residents. When an individual, like Joan, applies, The Road Home processes the application, helps the household find a unit, and complete a virtual inspection of the unit. Payments then go directly to the property owner, covering security deposits, rent, and/or utilities.

However, Joan was struggling with her mental health which, was affecting her ability to do daily tasks. Her time was up on the grant that she moved out on, however she needed more time to stabilize.

Because of the County's grant, The Road Home was able to extend Joan's time in the housing program.

She has now graduated from her mental health treatment program. She has a full-time job and has been able to finalize her divorce from her abuser. She has also been able to find therapy for all three of her children.

"Stories like Joan's show why it is important to continue with this program, which prevents homelessness or moves the household from being homeless," Randy Jepperson, Salt Lake County Housing Manager, said.

While in the program Joan has made great strides and feels she is able to live independently. She has expressed appreciation for the help she has received and feels she would not be where she is now without the extra time and assistance she was given in the housing program.

If you're in an abusive situation and need help, contact YWCA Utah at 801-236-3370 or walk-in Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at 310 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111. For other types of assistance, call 2-1-1.

*Joan's name has been changed for privacy and safety reasons.

West General Plan Draft Vision Survey Report: What SLCo Residents Told Us

January 29, 2021

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A new report shows 68% of Salt Lake County residents surveyed in the Fall of 2020 support Salt Lake County's draft vision for the West General Plan, which aims for sustainable growth.

The West General Plan, which is currently under development, will serve as a foundation for future guidance in land uses and jurisdictions. It will help officials and residents prepare for growth and land conservation in western unincorporated Salt Lake County over the next 50 years.

The report generated from survey results highlights findings from 2,066 responses provided by respondents, and nearly 4,000 individual comments made. County staff has reviewed every single survey result, comment, and suggestion to help refine the West General Plan. 

Among the draft vision statements for the West General Plan that the public weighed in on are:

  • Land Use
  • Environment
  • Recreation
  • Economy
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Utilities & Public Safety

By Utah State law, County government is responsible for land use planning in unincorporated areas, such as areas of the Wasatch Canyons or west of U-111 Highway.

Salt Lake County is appreciative of the magnitude of participation from the public who is invested in the future of the western unincorporated areas of Salt Lake County. To more transparently engage with residents during this process, this full report of survey results is available to the public.

To read a summary of the survey report, or the full survey report, visit

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Volunteers needed in Salt Lake County for Community Services-Based Council

January 06, 2021

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Interested in supporting the community you live in? Want to ensure economic recovery and housing stability for all residents? Concerned about your most vulnerable neighbors?

The Community and Support Services Advisory Council (CSSAC) is a 15-member citizen body that reviews applications and makes recommendations for grant funds available to agencies that provide social services to Salt Lake County residents. Local volunteers are needed to fill multiple current vacancies before the end of January 2021.

The funds reviewed by the advisory council support programs addressing:

  • Domestic Violence
  • Homeless Prevention
  • Refugee Resettlement
  • Job Training Services

In 2020, CSSAC made recommendations providing more than $3 million to agencies providing those critical services to county residents.

If you're interested in serving in this capacity during 2021-22, apply at

Applicants must:

  • Be able to attend weekly meetings from late January through mid-March
  • Attend meetings remotely in 2021
  • Provide a resume and any relevant experience

Grant funds the advisory council recommends come from general funds, federal funding from the Social Services Block Grant, Community Development Block Grant, and Emergency Solutions Grant.

The CSSAC's formal and technical responsibilities can be found outlined in its operating procedures.

Online Sales During the Pandemic Continue to Grow in Salt Lake County

December 21, 2020

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In the 3rd Quarter of 2020, Salt Lake County continued to see an increase in taxable sales despite the ongoing pandemic, even surpassing 2019 taxable sales for the same time period.
The Utah State Tax Commission released on-time filings for October 2020 taxable sales last week. Here are a few insights from that new data in the Salt Lake County Economic Info Portal.

Nonstore Retailer Sales Continue to Grow

Perhaps it's no surprise that during the pandemic and a time when more residents and consumers are staying home, that online purchases have increased in 2020. October 2020 taxable sales in Salt Lake County show the continuation of that trend with a 36% growth amounting to a total of $178.2 million.
Application of the "nonstore retailer" tax NAICS code for businesses that have both physical stores and online sales depends on whether the business has a separate account for online business or not. If a business doesn't have a separate account, then sales -- including ones made online -- are likely categorized under whatever type of business is conducted at the store and not "nonstore retailer." 
Online sales are typically sourced to the buyer's location, even if the store has other locations.
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Industry Decreases

The industries that continue to suffer the greatest decreases in taxable sales dollars are:
  1. Accommodations ($27 million) 53% decrease
  2. Food Services and Drinking Places ($23 million) 12% decrease
  3. Information ($21 million) 20% decrease
  4. Arts, Entertainment, Recreation ($16 million) 58% decrease
  5. Retail-Clothing ($7 million) 9% decrease
The biggest percentage changes in taxable sales for October
  1. Mining, Quarrying, and Oil & Gas Extraction (62%) at $7 million
  2. Arts, Entertainment, Recreation (28%) $11 million
  3. Accommodation (53%) $23 million
  4. Educational Services (43%) $2 million
  5. Information (20%) $85 million

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For more data and local economic indicators, visit