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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

From the Planetarium to Homelessness Plans, Kerry Steadman Retires from Salt Lake County with 40+ Years of Service

December 17, 2020

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In 1976, Kerry Steadman started a graduate internship with Salt Lake County social services, under the direction of Karen Shepherd, earning about $250 a month.

It spurred a celebrated 40+ year career in public service to Salt Lake County residents, a rare achievement.

Across those five decades, Kerry served in appointed and merit positions, including Director of the Hansen (now Clark) Planetarium, Associate Director of Administrative Services, Commission Staff Manager, Deputy Auditor, Associate Director of Human Services, Director of Human Services, and Associate Director of Aging Services.

He also worked several years for the State of Utah as Director of the State Department of Human Services, but returned to the County following that role.

For the past 15 years, Kerry has focused on housing and homelessness as Associate Director of Housing and Community Development. The challenges for this population, whose needs have swelled in recent years, has been deeply felt by Kerry. A particular moment stands out to him from more than a decade ago, although it could have appeared in 2020.

“I was reading the paper one day and read a Want Ad from a mother in the housing section. She was looking for an apartment for her daughter,” Kerry said.

‘Daughter looking for apt, needs to live downtown. Low income, doesn’t have much money and had struggles in life, but she is worth saving and I need some help. She can be fixed, she’s not a lost cause.’

“That struck me, a mother publicly advertising in the Want Ad section needing some help for her daughter. There are people out there in that boat and we need to help them. Those people, we need to remember they are in situations that are tough.”

Finding solutions to challenging issues like housing stability and homelessness was made a little bit easier, because, Kerry emphasized he always found people in local government who had a passion for what they did and a vision that allowed them to deliver services in such a way that they were making a positive impact on residents of Salt Lake County.

“There were always dedicated, hard working people day in and day out.”

For newer public employees, Kerry’s advice is to stop and listen -- and be willing to take a risk. Some might be asked to do a project that’s outside your comfort zone; Kerry had that moment when asked to direct the Planetarium.

“I told them I don’t even know if I can name the planets in order,” Kerry said. “But you learn to get out of your comfort zone and realize you can learn a lot of different things. Working on a tough project and everyone’s holding back? Jump in! You learn a lot and meet a lot of people. You’ve got the support of others; you’re not a lone ranger.”

What’s in retirement for Kerry? Likely continued service in the community on boards or volunteering. He especially looks forward to spending more time with his family of 10 kids, 23 grandkids, and one great-grand kid.