Salt Lake City

Mayor's Office

Erin Mendenhall | (801) 535-7704 |

Economic Development

As the Capital City and Crossroads of the West, Salt Lake City has a responsibility to lead our State’s economy. When Mayor Biskupski called for the creation of the Department of Economic Development two years ago, her goal was to align City resources to create jobs for all people, drive investment, and to develop a green economy for the future. 

Since then, our teams, led by Director Lara Fritts, have created more than 6,000 jobs and attracted companies resulting in nearly a billion dollars in capital investment. The DOED team continues streamline processes, provide excellent customer service, and show how business is done and won in Salt Lake City.

Salt Lake City Releases an Emergency Loan Program for Businesses

Posted on:March 18th, 2020
The Salt Lake City Emergency Loan Program for businesses is now open for applications. This rapidly evolving COVID-19 crisis demands deliberate action. Not delays. This week, the Salt Lake City Council supported Mayor Erin Mendenhall’s request to release $1,000,000 in funding to support local businesses during this difficult time. “More than 90% of the 17,000 […]

Council Supports Development Of Mayor’s Emergency Business Fund

Posted on:March 18th, 2020
SALT LAKE CITY – The Salt Lake City Council tonight indicated unanimous approval for Mayor Erin Mendenhall’s proposal to direct $1 million of city funds to help businesses facing economic uncertainties in the wake of COVID-19’s spread. “The business interruption happening in our community is significant and while we are bracing for an even bigger […]

2020 State of the City Address

Posted on:March 3rd, 2020
Good evening! Thank you all so much for being here. I want to give a special thanks to all of the city staff who are here tonight. I see Economic Development, Community and Neighborhoods, our Salt Lake City Police Department, 911 dispatch, The Salt Lake City Fire Department, Public Services, finance, the Airport, Sustainability, The […]

Salt Lake City’s economic development director to step down in August

Posted on:June 17th, 2019
Today, Salt Lake City announced that Lara Fritts, Director of the City’s Department of Economic Development will leave her position effective August 2nd. Lara has accepted the role of President and CEO of Greater Richmond Partnership (GRP), the lead economic development organization serving the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Hanover, and Henrico in […]