The Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City (RDA) excitedly welcomed its new Chief Operating Officer this week. Danny Walz was appointed to the position last month, and has spent the past few weeks wrapping up projects at Midvale City, where he acted as RDA director since 2004.

Walz is no stranger to Salt Lake City, as his career actually began in the City County Building as an RDA intern, followed by research analyst, project coordinator, and then a senior project manager.

“It’s great to have him back in the fold,” said longtime RDA staff member and current project manager, Jill Wilkerson-Smith. “Danny’s previous work at the RDA included the Gallivan Center Marriott project and the redevelopment of Pugsley Street in West Capitol Hill. Our staff is really looking forward to completing more long-lasting and transformative projects such as these with Danny at the helm.”

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In addition to his hands-on redevelopment experience along the Wasatch Front, Walz is also well-versed in state-wide RDA legislation, as he sits as president of the Utah Redevelopment Association.

“The RDA is an essential tool in the economic development toolbox, and a leader with Danny’s experience will provide the RDA a seamless transition as the Department moves forward in enhancing the City through commerce, community, and culture,” said Lara Fritts, director of the Department of Economic Development, within which the RDA resides.

Originally from Sherman Oaks, California, Walz is a die-hard . . . *gulp* . . . Lakers fan. RDA staff has excused this fact, since Walz holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Utah and also cheers on the Utes. He lives in the Highland Park neighborhood of Salt Lake City with his wife Jo and three lucky kiddos. When not hiking Utah’s beautiful terrain, he’s supporting the City’s local restaurants and organizing anything he can get his hands on.

About the RDA:

The RDA works with communities to implement Salt Lake City’s master plans to create vital housing opportunities, improve infrastructure, and participate in the economic development of the City. It is part of the Department of Economic Development, which also includes the Business Development and Salt Lake City Arts Council Divisions. For more information on RDA projects and programs, go to