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Kersten Swinyard Joins Salt Lake County as Senior Economic Development Manager

Posted By Regional Development
September 02, 2021

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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.