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Aly Escobar Joins Salt Lake County's Economic Development Team


December 21, 2021

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Salt Lake County's Department of Economic Development is excited to introduce its newest team member: Aly Escobar.

Aly will focus on economic inclusion programs developed at the County and building relationships with community partners in her position as an economic development coordinator at Salt Lake County.

"I'm excited to join Salt Lake County because I believe my abilities can create a meaningful impact on communities that are usually underrepresented," Aly said.

She graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in political science in 2017. Aly has gained experience at Herriman City doing work as a legislative liaison, as well at the Utah Independent Redistricting Commission.

When she's not working, Aly likes to travel abroad with her family.

Aly joins the Economic Development team comprised of Director Jevon Gibb; Kersten Swinyard, Senior Economic Development Manger; Brooke Shankland, Economic Development Manager; and coordinator Jayla Lundstrom.

You can reach out and contact Aly at aescobar@slco.org or by calling 385-468-4867.


Meet Jayla Lundstrom, Salt Lake County's New Economic Development Coordinator


December 13, 2021

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Salt Lake County Economic Development is excited to welcome its newest staff member — Jayla Lundstrom.

Jayla will be working as the Business Economic Development Coordinator, assisting with the economic opportunity and development finance portfolios.

"I'm excited to have a full team, especially with rockstars like Jayla onboard," Jevon Gibb, Economic Development Director, said.

She graduated from the University of Utah in 2019 during which she worked extensively with the Sorenson Impact Center.

"Through that work, I became passionate about equity, sustainability, and building diverse and thriving communities," Jayla said.

Following her receiving her degree, Jayla worked in Washington, D.C. and Alaska where she focused on immigration policy and community climate resilience.

Jayla is thrilled to be back in Utah to join Salt Lake County. She looks forward to working with, and learning from, community members and partner organizations.

Want to connect? Reach out to Jayla by email at jlundstrom@slco.org or call 385-468-4873.


Salt Lake County Prioritizes 100% Net-Renewable Energy by Joining Community Renewable Energy Agency


December 08, 2021

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Many cities in Utah are pursuing adopting 100% net-renewable electricity by 2030. Salt Lake County is officially among them.

What is 100% Net-Renewable Energy?

"Net-100% renewable energy means purchasing the amount of electricity from renewable energy resources in equal amount to the electricity consumed in one year," Utah 100 Communities describes.

One-hundred percent net renewable doesn't get rid of fossil fuel use. All homes are still attached to the power grid and there will be times when power is from fossil fuel assets. But customers will be paying for 100% renewables.

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Why Salt Lake County is Joining a New Energy Agency

Utah 100 Communities is the first renewable energy program of its kind in the United States. Local governments are partnering with Rocky Mountain Power to buy net-100% renewable electricity for residents and business by 2030. 

Utah House Bill 411 created the Community Renewable Energy Program (CREA) in 2019. Since February 2020, it has met bi-monthly to build the electricity bulk-purchasing program for cities that join.

Salt Lake County has been involved since 2019 in this environmental sustainability effort and officially joined the new agency after the Salt Lake County Council approved an agreement in Fall 2021.

By joining, we will serve 11,000 residents living in unincorporated areas with renewable energy. Salt Lake County must contribute $24,000 to the program over two years and will have an elected board seat.

“The program shows Salt Lake County is committed to a clean energy future,” Michael Shea, Salt Lake County’s Sustainability Director, said. “It will help provide low cost and sustainable power to residents of unincorporated areas of the County.”

Other cities participating include Salt Lake City, Millcreek, Holladay, Cottonwood Heights, and Kerns.

What it Means for Residents

During 2022 and 2023, the renewable energy agency will negotiate with Rocky Mountain Power and then submit a plan. Then, Salt Lake County Council will decide if it wants to adopt the ordinance. The public will be involved and notified of any coming changes to electric bills. When the time comes, residents will have the ability to opt out or move to the new renewable energy rate structure. 

Learn more about the Community Renewable Energy Program by contacting Michael Shea, Salt Lake County's Sustainability Director,  at mshea@slco.org or visiting https://www.utah100communities.org/.