HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS NEWSLETTER INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
  • Wasatch Choice 2050 + Mayor's Metro Solutions Event
  • Point of the Mountain Visioning Workshop
  • Utah Pedestrian Summit 2017
  • 2017-2019 Consultant Pool Request for Qualifications
  • Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Survey
  • Bicycle Friendly State of Utah Ranking
A COMBINED EVENT ADDRESSING ACCESS TO OPPORTUNITY
Register for the Wasatch Choice 2050 + Mayor's Metro Solutions Event

The combined Wasatch Choice 2050 and Mayor's Metro Solutions event will bring together stakeholders from across the region to discuss how to increase access to jobs and educational opportunities through the development of the Wasatch Choice 2050 Preferred Scenario. Bruce J. Katz and Jeremy Nowak, co-authors of The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism (release date 2018), will be the keynote speakers.

Date
January 23, 2018

Time
8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location
Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 South West Temple, Salt Lake City
POINT OF THE MOUNTAIN
Join a Visioning Workshop

The Point of the Mountain Development Commission invites you to attend a town hall/visioning workshop to help create a vision for the future of the Point of the Mountain area. This area has over 20,000 acres of undeveloped property in Salt Lake and Utah counties. This includes the prison site and much more land beyond it.

At the meeting you’ll have the chance to weigh in on the best elements of four possible scenarios for how the region will develop.

The Point of the Mountain Development Commission will hold two public visioning workshops. Please join whichever workshop is most convenient for you.

  • November 29th from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Thanksgiving Point's Ashton Gardens Visitors Center, 3900 North Garden Drive, Lehi, UT 84043
  • November 30th from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, 12033 Lone Peak Parkway, Draper, UT 84020
EVERY STEP COUNTS
Register for the Utah Pedestrian Summit 2017

The Utah Pedestrian Summit, hosted by UDOT in partnership with various organizations, is an opportunity for design, health, and safety officials and advocates to share experiences, opportunities, and successes to improve the pedestrian experience in our communities. The Summit is designed to foster discussion and interaction between presenters and participants on a variety of topics, including safety education programs, engineering, design, health, and enforcement opportunities, among others. Together, we can make every step count.

Date
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Time
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location
Viridian Event Center, 8030 South 1825 West, West Jordan
TRANSPORTATION AND LAND USE CONNECTION
Now Accepting Statements of Qualifications for the 2017-2019 Consultant Pool

The 2017-2019 Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) Consultant Pool is now open, and eligible consultants who have not yet qualified may submit statements of qualifications. The consultant pool operates on a three-year cycle. Consultants must qualify for the pool to be considered by the Transportation and Land Use Connection (TLC) program applicants through the 2019 funding year. The TLC program provides technical assistance to local communities to help them achieve their goals and plan for growth. The Pool also serves small scale travel modeling needs for WFRC. The deadline for statements of qualifications is December 18, 2018.
WASATCH FRONT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT
2018-2023 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Survey

Thank you to those who completed the 2018-2023 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) survey conducted by the Wasatch Front Regional Council's Economic Development District!

Highlights from the Survey
  • 87.6% of respondents believe that economic circumstances are better today than five years ago.
  • 47.6% of respondents believe that the economy will improve five years from now.
  • The majority of respondents believe that compared to five years ago their employer's, household's, business', and county's economic circumstances have improved.
  • Top economic priorities: workers can afford to live in the county, grow existing local companies, and attract new companies or workers.
  • Top economic concerns: transportation infrastructure, housing costs, and the availability of qualified employees.

Comments from the Survey
  • Planning needs to include doubling of the population and water needs in Utah.
  • Implement policies that encourage small and new business growth.
  • To further diversify the economy, an increased investment must be made in trade skills, as well as educational opportunities in secondary and post-secondary schools.

If you are interested in the survey results and/or would like to engage in the development of the region's CEDS, please opt-in by emailing LaNiece Davenport and typing "opt-in" in the email's subject line.
LEAGUE OF AMERICAN BICYCLISTS
Bicycle Friendly State Ranking Released

The League of American Bicyclists recently released their annual Bicycle Friendly State rankings, and we are proud to say that Utah ranked 8th nationally for 2017! This is great news, and confirms our state's continued commitment to bicycling and active transportation. State rankings are broken into five categories: Infrastructure and Funding, Education and Encouragement, Legislation and Enforcement, Policies and Programs, and Evaluation and Planning. Additional information, including a detailed report card, can be found via the following button.