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Salt Lake County Regional Development News

5 Leaders to Join Salt Lake County Housing Solutions Panel on Oct. 7

September 16, 2021

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As part of Salt Lake County's Regional Solutions event on Missing Middle Housing to be held October 7, five community and business leaders will join the event to provide insight and expertise on the current housing crisis.


Daniel Parolek smiling for the camera.Daniel Parolek — Keynote Speaker, Author, Architect

Daniel is a nationally recognized thought leader in architecture, design, and urban planning. His strong interest in diverse building types, at different scales that bridge architecture and urban planning, drove his desire to start Opticos in 2000. Prior to the panel, Daniel will give the event's keynote address as the special guest and expert in Missing Middle Housing.


A man in a suit and tie.Rep. Steve Waldrip — Utah Legislator

Steve brings experience in real estate development, law, government, and public/private partnerships to his service in the Utah Legislature. He serves as co-chair on the Commission on Housing Affordability. He was elected to represent Utah House District 8 in 2018. 

After completing undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University, Steve received a master's degree in taxation from the University of Washington and a law degree from the University of Utah.

Shawn Teigen with a mustache.Shawn Teigen — Utah Foundation VP & Researcher

Shawn has worked at Utah Foundation for nearly 10 years as its vice president and research director. He worked as a housing policy analyst with Community Action Partnership of Utah and for Utah's chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.

He serves on the board of several organizations, including past chairperson of the Salt Lake City Housing Trust Fund Advisory Board.

A woman with blonde hair.Natalie Gordon — North Salt Lake City Council Member

Natalie supports smart growth, responsible use of city resources, and collaborative decision making. Natalie served on the Planning Commission for seven years and is currently employed by the State Board of Education as a School Trust Specialist. 



A man in a suit and tie.Nate Pugsley — Builder, Brighton Homes Founder & CEO

Nate has been involved in the real estate and development industry for more than 25 years. Brighton Homes has extensive experience in developing and building Missing Middle homes along the Wasatch Front. Nearly 12 years ago, since he founded Brighton Homes, it has built more than 4,500 homes across the Wasatch Front, including in Herriman, Riverton, West Jordan, Midvale, and Murray.

The five panelists will answer questions around the housing crisis submitted by attendees at the event.

Register for the Event

Community members, municipal staff, elected officials, business leaders, and students can purchase early registration tickets at lower prices through September 24 at

It will be held at the Viridian Event Center in West Jordan, beginning at 11 a.m. and concluding around 3 p.m. As part of the event, attendees will be served a full lunch.

Salt Lake County to Hold Open House Training on Applying for CDBG Funding for 2022-23 Projects

September 15, 2021

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Salt Lake County will be holding an upcoming open house to provide training resources to area nonprofits and organizations applying for project funding during the 2022-23 program year.

Salt Lake County administers Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) funds, as part of a federal initiative supporting community development activities to build strong and more resilient communities. 

To do this, activities are identified and awarded by Salt Lake County through an ongoing process. Activities may address needs such as:

  • Housing stability
  • Infrastructure
  • Economic development
  • Public facilities
  • Community centers
  • Housing rehabilitation
  • Public services
  • Microenterprise assistance
  • Code enforcement
  • Homeownership assistance

During the open house, attendees will be able to network with CDBG staff countywide, as well as with recipients to better understand local funding priorities. 

Attendees will also be able to ask specific questions around eligibility and compliance for projects to build stronger more resilient communities.

The training will be held from 9 a.m. to noon September 30, 2021 at the Salt Lake County Government Center South Building Atrium. 

There will be morning refreshments provided during the training.

For more information on CDBG funds, visit Salt Lake County's webpage that includes a CDBG eligibility map, interactive address search tool, and program contacts.

What is AMI? And Why You Need to Know It

September 14, 2021

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Salt Lake County receives multiple grants per year that fund programs like Lead-Safe Housing, Green and Healthy Homes, and pandemic Emergency Rental Assistance.

Every year the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) releases income guidelines that affect which residents in Salt Lake County qualify for all kinds of program services. 

It is common that free (or reduced rate services) can only be for Salt Lake County residents that earn wages at or below the area’s average median income by a certain percentage, which can get confusing. 

Why is it important for you to know?

Area Median Income or AMI can determine what kinds of services you or your family can receive if you need assistance. For Fiscal Year 2021, the median family income in Salt Lake County is estimated to be $92,900, based off U.S. Census data. 

The table below shows three tiers of income limits set by HUD for Salt Lake County residents, depending on how many people are in your house. They are grouped by:

  • Extremely Low: Family income is 30% or below of Salt Lake County’s median family income or federal poverty guidelines.

  • Very Low: Family income is 50% or below of Salt Lake County’s median family income.

  • Low: Family income is 80% or below Salt Lake County’s median family income.

Calculate your Income Category

Your family’s size is important to calculating and understanding your income limits.

Income Limit Category Persons in Family
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Very Low (50%) Income Limits ($) 32,300 36,900 41,500 46,100 49,800 53,500 57,200 60,900
Extremely Low Income Limits ($)* 19,400 22,150 24,900 27,650 31,040 35,580 40,120 44,660
Low (80%) Income Limits ($) 51,650 59,000 66,400 73,750 79,650 85,550 91,450 97,350

Know where your household’s income guidelines stand and contact 2-1-1 for resources if you could use help getting groceries, rental assistance, childcare, and more.

Salt Lake County Programs you may be eligible for:

Kersten Swinyard Joins Salt Lake County as Senior Economic Development Manager

September 02, 2021

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WELCOME KERSTEN SWINYARD Salt Lake County's new Senior Economic Development Manager SALT LAKE

As Salt Lake County's Economic Development Team innovates and adapts to changing and prioritized needs of the valley, we're excited to bring Kersten Swinyard aboard as our new Senior Economic Development Manager. 

Kersten will manage Salt Lake County's Development Finance Portfolio, working with cities to put together place-based projects that boost the region's economic competitiveness and remediate blight or environmental contamination through tax increment financing (TIF) projects and EPA Brownfields funds.

"Development can bring jobs to a community, provide housing, improve infrastructure, and spur secondary investment to improve a community holistically," Kersten said. "I'm excited to work on all of this in my home County." 

She comes to the County with a background in commercial real estate, where she worked primarily with retailers and retail landlords. Her work in CRE ranged from finding the first shop space for start-up boutiques to crafting the ideal tenant mix for national landlords to activate a major development. She also worked with preferred developers on site identification and negotiation and is a member of the Utah Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) chapter.

Kersten brings her understanding of current business and development practices to partnering redevelopment agencies, real estate developers, and other stakeholders working to elevate Salt Lake County's places to their potential. 

She obtained a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Utah and a master's degree from New York University in journalism. Some of her earliest experience with TIF projects dates back to early in her career when she covered municipalities and RDAs for local media.

She lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, daughter, and their overweight corgi Rosie.

Reach out to Kersten by email at or call 385-468-4869.