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Human Innovation Day

Posted on: November 17th, 2022

High school students from across Salt Lake City attended a first-of-its-kind Human Innovation Day on Thursday, November 10, 2022. Students were introduced to Utah’s fast-growing life science industry and learn about opportunities for careers, internships, and more. Students started the day at Recursion Pharmaceuticals where they were addressed by James Yapias, Director of Salt Lake […]

Important update on Sugarhouse Fire closures

Posted on: November 7th, 2022

Dear Sugar House Business Community, Thank you for your patience as we ensure that the area is safe for you, your employees and your customers. We are providing a quick update on the recent fire and its impacts to road/business closures.  Please review the latest information below:*We will continue to update this page as new […]

Brown Faces in Public Art Spaces: Celebrating the work of Ruby Chacón 

Posted on: October 26th, 2022

by Bianca Velasquez It is easy to have a dream—to bask in what you desire the most alongside the comfort that you do not risk losing what you feel can’t actually be yours. In today’s world, we are taught to covet the riches of famous reality stars and to replicate as a way of seeking […]

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall Appoints Lorena Riffo-Jenson as New Department of Economic Development Director

Posted on: October 19th, 2022

Salt Lake City, UT – Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall has appointed Lorena Riffo-Jenson as the new director of Salt Lake City’s Department of Economic Development. Riffo-Jenson has served as Interim Director of the department since July 2022, and previously served as the Deputy under Director, Benjamin Kolendar. She is the department’s third Director […]

East African Cuisine Available in Midtown Salt Lake City

Posted on: September 13th, 2022

Salt Lake City, UT – Against all odds amidst a global pandemic, and with the help of Salt Lake City’s Business Development Division in the Department of Economic Development, Oromian Restaurant reopened in Salt Lake City’s midtown neighborhood on State Street.  Rundassa Eshete, owner of Oromian, took two years to transform his State Street location […]

Community Grants Program – First Round of Funding Launches September 1st

Posted on: August 31st, 2022

This week, the Department of Economic Development will begin accepting applications for the Community Grant Program, a grant initiative that will inject funds into the economy through grants to small businesses, local artists/artisans, and non-profits.The funding for this program comes from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which was signed into law on March 11, […]

Clear the Air Challenge 2022

Posted on: June 29th, 2022

Summer 2022 is here and the Salt Lake Valley is gearing up for warm temperatures and Ozone filled skies. Are you ready to take the Clear the Air Challenge with us?  The Clear the Air Challenge is a month-long competition that gives you the chance to reduce your vehicle emissions by choosing alternative methods of […]

Quality Over Quantity

Posted on: February 11th, 2022

The perfect captain and co-owner for the new Milk+ bar on Harvey Milk Blvd in Salt Lake City’s MidTown District is Brent White.  With an extensive background in the restaurant industry, bartending, business design and real estate, he blends experience with vision in this new amazing mega bar, Milk+. The concept of Milk+ was a […]

New year, new ways to save the planet…

Posted on: January 27th, 2022

Most grocery stores have shelves full of packaged items. Look down the aisles, and you’ll find cans, boxes, and loads of plastic most of which ends up in your garbage can and in landfills.  Hello Bulk is different. Jamaica Trinnaman is the founder and owner of zero waste store Hello Bulk! Market.  Jamaica was working […]

“Choose SLC”

Posted on: December 14th, 2021

Mayor Mendenhall recently kicked off a local campaign called “Choose SLC” that encourages locals to eat, play, shop and stay local this season.   Everyday we hear about the ongoing supply chain shortages. For months now we’ve been warned about shipping delays but the solution isn’t to hold your breath and hope for that knock from […]