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SALT LAKE CITY’S RDA AND ARTS COUNCIL LAUNCH MURAL GRANT PROGRAM FOR ARTISTS AND GRANARY PROPERTY OWNERS

SALT LAKE CITY – The Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City (RDA) announced today the official kick-off the Granary District Mural Grant Program, its latest public art collaboration with the Salt Lake City Arts Council. By funding local artists to paint large-scale artwork on the exterior of privately owned buildings in the RDA’s Granary District Project Area, the program will contribute to the beautification, diversification and economic vitality of the historic Granary neighborhood that was once known as the City’s heart of manufacturing.

Salt Lake City Mayor Biskupski proposes eliminating bicycle licensing fee

Salt Lake City bicyclists could soon be able to register their bikes online and for free. As part of Salt Lake City’s commitment to public safety and customer service, Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Police Chief Mike Brown are asking the City Council to change the Bicycle Licensing Ordinance so the bicycle licensing fee would be removed and the license and registration process could be done on a computer.

Salt Lake City seeking input about which low-income communities should receive federal development incentives

Salt Lake City is asking the public to provide input about which low-income census tracts should be considered for federal incentives to spur economic development. The City has given Salt Lake County its recommendations, but a public hearing will be held April 3 to discuss whether other areas should be included.

The areas would be designated as Opportunity Zones, which would make tax incentives available for communities that struggle with poverty and stagnant job and business growth. The program allows investors to re-invest their capital gains into a fund for Opportunity Zones.

Research shows Salt Lake City development loans are fueling new businesses for women, minorities and low-income entrepreneurs

New research shows a large number of underrepresented business owners are getting significant support from Salt Lake City’s Economic Development Fund (EDLF). The EDLF has loaned more than $7 million to 56 existing businesses during the past three years.

Here is the breakdown of business owners who received an EDLF loan from January 2015 until now:

Salt Lake City education advisor honored for overcoming obstacles to help other students

Salt Lake City Senior Education Advisor Angela Doan was honored today by the multi-state education organization ASPIRE with the Utah Trio Achiever Award. She received the award for persisting in her educational goals while making significant civic, community and professional contributions.

Salt Lake City Seeks Feedback on Sales Tax and Bond Proposal

Mayor Biskupski and the Salt Lake City Council are seeking resident feedback to better understand public perceptions of City service needs and potential funding mechanisms. The Mayor and City Council are currently exploring the possibility of activating a 0.5% sales tax option provided to the City in 2015. The ongoing funding could be used to help fund growth related priority areas of street repair, affordable housing, transit service, and neighborhood safety and security.

Salt Lake City’s Foreign-Trade Zone #30 receives new Alternative Site Framework status – makes joining FTZ easier for Utah businesses

The Salt Lake City Corporation is pleased to announce it has entered its Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) to the Alternative Site Framework (ASF). The benefits provided by this new framework will be accessible to any company within a 60-mile radius of the current FTZ located near the Salt Lake City International Airport. This area encompasses all of Salt Lake, Utah, Davis, Weber and Morgan Counties as well as parts of Box Elder, Summit and Tooele Counties.

Salt Lake City starts consumer financial protection initiative

Salt Lake City is launching a Consumer Financial Protection Initiative to strengthen consumer rights and protect residents from predatory financial practices. The initiative will work closely with other partners to focus on landlord-tenant issues, towing and booting companies, payday lenders, construction contractors and solar installers.

“We want Salt Lake City residents to know their rights and make informed choices for themselves and their families,” said Mayor Jackie Biskupski.  “This initiative will offer help in areas that are unique to City residents.”

Salt Lake City bartenders opens first-of-its-kind arcade bar

A Salt Lake City couple who work as bartenders had a dream where you could play Space Invaders and order a Sangria or play pinball and request a pint. This couple has turned their hopes and hard work into the Quarters Arcade Bar in Salt Lake City, Utah’s first establishment of its kind.

Salt Lake City to participate in public fleet auction

Salt Lake City will participate in the first quarterly fleet auction of 2018 beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 24 at 2353 North Redwood Road. One day prior to the auction on Friday, March 23, a preview and pre-registration period will take place. Events on both days are open to the public at no cost.

This auction will feature older fleet vehicles used by municipalities throughout the Wasatch region, including Salt Lake City, which can no longer be maintained at a cost lower than a replacement for newer and more efficient models.

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