• Golden Spoke Rides and Event
  • SB 136 - Transportation Governance and Funding Bill Signed
  • Unified Planning Work Program Public Comment Period
  • Quality Communities Academy
  • New Community and Economic Development Director Hired
  • WTS 'Man of the Year' Awarded to Andrew Gruber
  • 2018 Spring Breakfast with Envision Utah
Golden Spoke Rides and Event

Join us to celebrate over 100 miles of safe, separated, and connected multi-use trails linking Ogden and Provo on Saturday, June 2.

The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC), in partnership with the Utah Department of Transportation; Utah Transit Authority; Bike Utah; Jordan River Commission; Mountainland Association of Governments; Utah Department of Health; Utah Governor’s Office of Outdoor Recreation; and Davis, Salt Lake, Utah, and Weber counties, invites you to participate in a group bike ride and family-friendly event to celebrate the completion of the Golden Spoke network. The Golden Spoke consists of over 100 miles of safe, separated, and connected multi-use trails, including Ogden River Parkway, Denver and Rio Grande Western Rail Trail, Legacy Trail, Jordan River Trail, Murdock Canal Trail, and Provo River Parkway, and links Ogden and Provo. Additionally, it is the longest, connected, paved trail west of the Mississippi River!

This free event includes two simultaneous group bike rides. One ride begins at Rainbow Gardens in Ogden Canyon and travels south (approximately 47 miles), while a second ride begins at Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon and travels north (approximately 57 miles). The two group bike rides will converge in the center of the connected trails at the new Jordan River Bridge in Salt Lake City. Community members will have the opportunity to join at multiple points along the trails for a shorter ride, run, or walk. Additionally, there will be community events hosted along the way, as well as a final celebration at the Fisher Mansion in Salt Lake City, which will include guest speakers and family-friendly activities.

The group bike rides and event are free, but registration is requested. To register and for additional information, please visit GoldenSpokeUtah.org. If you have any questions and/or are interested in planning a community event, please contact Scott Hess at 801-363-4250 or shess@wfrc.org.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Tentative Times/Places
5:15 am: Group ride begins at Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon
6:45 am: Group ride begins at Rainbow Gardens in Ogden Canyon
12:30 pm: Celebration event begins at the Fisher Mansion (1206 West 200 South, Salt Lake City)
1:30 pm: Estimated arrival time of group rides at the Jordan River Bridge in Salt Lake City
Senate Bill 136 - Transportation Governance and Funding Bill Signed

Senator Wayne Harper and Representative Mike Schultz, co-sponsors of Senate Bill (SB) 136 Transportation Governance Amendments, invited key representatives to a ceremonial bill signing with Utah's Governor Gary R. Herbert. Andrew Gruber, Executive Director, and LaNiece Davenport, Government Relations Manager, of WFRC were proud to attend. SB 136 is a significant, positive step forward for the future of our region and state. The bill efficiently uses limited resources and provides a systematic approach to transportation planning that considers both land use and economic development throughout our state. For additional information, please view WFRC's detailed summary.
APRIL 25 - MAY 15, 2018
Unified Planning Work Program Public Comment Period

WFRC's Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) outlines the work tasks that WFRC, in collaboration with cities, counties, Utah Department of Transportation, Utah Transit Authority, and other partners, will pursue during fiscal year 2019. Among the primary tasks are assist local communities with growth, transportation, and planning issues; develop the 2019-2050 Regional Transportation Plan and Utah's Unified Transportation Plan; continue efforts to update the Transportation Improvement Program; assist in the development of air quality plans and promote transportation strategies to improve air quality; and provide outreach to the public and local, state, and federal officials.

WFRC seeks public review and comment on the Draft WFRC Fiscal Year 2019 UPWP. A public comment period regarding the proposed document begins on April 25 and extends through May 15, 2018. Beginning April 25, 2018 the document may be found on WFRC's website and requests for information or comments may be directed to Ned Hacker at 801-363-4250 or nhacker@wfrc.org.

To ensure full participation in the public involvement process, accommodations for effective communication such as sign language interpreters or printed materials in an alternate format must be requested at least five working days prior to the date on which they will be needed. Requests for accommodations should be directed to Ned Hacker via the contact information specified above. For deaf/hearing impaired persons, dial 711 to make a relay call or send a request for assistance to nhacker@wfrc.org.
Quality Communities Academy

For the second year, Envision Utah will partner with planners, designers, community development leaders, and other professionals to host an academy covering topics essential to building and maintaining communities with a high quality of life.

The Quality Communities Academy is tailored towards planning commissioners and city councilors and will focus on some of the most important topics and considerations for developing quality communities. Academy speakers will include Julie Bjornstad, Wasatch Front Regional Council; Jim Wood, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute; Ari Bruening, Envision Utah; Evan Curtis, Governor's Office of Management and Budget; and Susie Becker, Zions Bank.

The workshop will be broadcast through the Utah State University Extension campuses in eight counties across the state, including Taylorsville, Kaysville, Vernal, Brigham City, Moab, St. George, Orem, and Ephraim.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

9:00 - 11:00 am

Salt Lake City Education Center, 920 West Levoy Drive, Taylorsville and other broadcast locations
New Community and Economic Development Director Hired

For the past three months, WFRC has followed a rigorous hiring selection process to fill our Community and Economic Development Director position. We're happy to announce that, after considering many excellent applicants, WFRC has selected Scott Hess!

Scott will start his new job as Community and Economic Development Director immediately, however there will be some transition as he leaves his current position. Scott has been part of WFRC's staff for almost three years, working in the long-range planning group as the active transportation (AT) planner. He was the lead staff coordinator for the AT Committee and responsible for the development of the region's AT Plan Standards and AT Regional Report Card, before accepting his new position.

This position is vital to achieving WFRC's adopted goals, which focus on the integration of transportation, land use, and economic development. Scott brings a unique set of skills and knowledge from his experiences with city land use planning, county economic development, and regional active transportation.  

Scott has a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in urban planning from the University of Utah. He grew up in Utah and now lives in Kaysville with his wife, Beth, and their twin daughters, June and Olive.

Join us to welcome Scott to his new position! He looks forward to working with you in a new capacity. With Scott's move to the Community and Economic Development job, his previous position is now vacant. Watch for a soon to be released job announcement for WFRC’s AT planner position!
WTS Northern Utah Chapter 'Man of the Year' Awarded to Andrew Gruber

The Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) Northern Utah Chapter recently awarded Andrew Gruber with the Honorable Ray LaHood 'Man of the Year' Award at this year's WTS Gala! This award recognizes men who have been key to WTS' efforts to attract, retain, and advance women in transportation. Andrew embodies this award by actively supporting women to compete for key positions, as well as seek out opportunities for advancement. Currently, the WFRC organization consists of over 40% women. Additionally, female employees fill diverse roles such as chief financial officer, Transportation and Land Use Connection program lead, government relations manager, communications specialist, transportation planner, travel modeler and GIS analyst, and executive assistant.
2018 Spring Breakfast with Envision Utah

Join Envision Utah on Wednesday, May 23 for their 2018 Spring Breakfast! Each year, Envision Utah comes together for a breakfast and a chance to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing our state. Please come for a discussion on Utah's inland port/global trade center featuring a panel of experts, researchers, and international players from the logistics field and moderated by Robert Grow, CEO, Envision Utah. They'll not only discuss what makes an inland port successful, but also key strategies for Utah to create a competitive global trade center, bringing economic growth through distribution and manufacturing. Please come and join in the discussion on this critical topic!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

7:30 - 9:00 am

The Grand America Hotel, 555 South Main Street, Salt Lake City