A challenge and an opportunity: discussing Utah's inland port
We'd like to extend a special thanks to everyone who made this year's Spring Breakfast another record-breaking success! And another huge thanks to our amazing panelists:

Hanko Kiessner –CEO, Packsize International
Derek Miller –President and CEO, Salt Lake Chamber
Adam Wasserman –Managing Director, GLDPartners
Natalie Gochnour –Director, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute

Our discussion provided some great insights on the importance of collaboration on the inland port project, what it could mean for future generations of Utahns, how to manage air quality in the process, and what having an "inland port" should look like. The focus of event was not on the governance of a port authority, but on the concept of an inland port and what it might do for Utah.

How to approach the issue
Many Utahns have raised concerns over the legislation surrounding the inland port. The bill, SB 234, has become a topic of heated discussion and debate. However, Derek pointed out that now, the important thing is to "refocus on the substance of an inland port rather than the politics." Other panelists agreed—thoughtful and inclusive collaboration will be essential to a successful and responsible inland port.

What is an inland port?
Derek's experiences traveling to other inland ports across the United States revealed something: what we're planning in Utah—a global trade center, positioned at the confluence of opportunity and connectivity—is one of the most unique and interesting undertakings of its kind.

For the large-scale import and export of goods the port is expected to facilitate, access to interstate roads, railways, and air travel will be essential—which is why the rebuild of the Salt Lake City International Airport is more timely than ever before. Adam mentioned that "airports are becoming increasingly important to high tech economies." He also highlighted how important the port's proximity to the airport will be in driving local companies' competitiveness on a national and global scale.

Looking beyond the short-term
Natalie drove home the important point that the inland port will not only change the makeup of Utah's economy for generations to come—creating job growth in construction, manufacturing, logistics, and distribution—but put us on the world map and strengthen our ties to the global supply chain. Just like we turned the 2002 Winter Olympics into a long-term economic booster—not only for winter sports and tourism, but our transportation infrastructure and entire economy as well—the inland port project will continue to impact our economy decades into the future. 

Managing air quality
Despite the enormous benefits the inland port could bring to the entire state, our panelists recognized that there are significant challenges that need to be addressed. One of the biggest on the list: air quality. How do we handle an influx of rail, air, and truck emissions in the Wasatch Front when our air quality is already dangerously poor? Hanko (who also founded Utah Leaders for Clean Air) described some of the technology that is available that could be used to reduce the negative effects increased shipping along the Wasatch Front could have on our air quality. The panel agreed that cleaning up Utah's air is a "moral imperative."

To wrap things up, Natalie stressed the importance of an inclusive and collaborative process moving forward—a process based on sound research, multiple scenarios for development, and public/stakeholder input. She noted that it will take all of us working together to ensure we build an inland port responsibly and effectively.

Thank you again to everyone who attended this year's Spring Breakfast! We're so appreciative of our sponsors, our panelists, and our guests who made yesterday morning's important discussion possible. Please reach out to us if you have any questions regarding this or future events.
Making an impact on our air: Leaders for Clean Air
Leaders for Clean Air (LFCA) is a non-profit committed to improving Utah’s air quality by providing electric vehicle charging stations to Utah businesses and multifamily developments, planning large scale charger projects, and promoting the benefits of electric vehicle technology.

Tailpipe emissions account for 50% of air pollution in the Wasatch Front. Driving a zero-emission electric car is one of the most effective and direct ways to control air pollution. Utahns have taken note of this and electric vehicles represent one of the fastest growing segments of new cars in the state. As electric vehicle adoption accelerates we need to make sure our charging infrastructure keeps pace with driver demand. Availability of charging, both at work and at home, is key to keeping the momentum growing.

LFCA can assist in the visioning, planning, and implementation of any charger project. To start the discussion, please visit www.leadersforcleanair.org or email Micah Kagan, Director of Business Development, at micah@leadersforcleanair.org . Thank you!
Thanks for another great Quality Communities Academy!
We'd like to extend a special thanks to all those who came out for our second annual Quality Communities Academy! This year's event was a great success—we had a packed room of students, city councilors, planning commissioners, and other attendees at the Salt Lake City broadcast location, including many others who joined from across the state via our broadcast locations.

The academy’s speakers discussed the fiscal sustainability of centers, different trends that will shape how we grow over the coming decades, the elements of centers that make them desirable places to live, and the variety of benefits centers can have when planned well. The academy closed with a Q&A with the speakers, giving attendees the chance to ask questions and become more knowledgeable about planning processes. The speakers shared their own experience working to develop quality communities in Utah and shared some concrete resources available to those looking to take steps towards doing the same.
We’re already looking forward to next year’s academy and for other opportunities to share tools and strategies for implementing quality communities across the state!
Golden Spokes rides and event
June 2
Dust off your bicycle and helmet and come riding with us to celebrate over 100 miles of safe, separated, and connected multi-use trails linking Ogden and Provo!

On Saturday, June 2, riders from Rainbow Gardens in Ogden and Bridal Veil Falls in Provo will converge on the center of the connected trails at the new Jordan River Bridge in Salt Lake City for a final celebration. The event is free and open to the public. You can read more about the details here . See you on the trail!
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