We would like to welcome Corinne Piazza as our new Project Coordinator for the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City (RDA)!
Corinne was born and raised in Connecticut and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications Studies at the University of Rhode Island. She headed to Salt Lake City on a whim to “check out the mountains” and never looked back, making Utah home for the last fourteen years. Corinne has worked in the private, non-profit, and public sector and spent the first part of her career in marketing and public relations, including leading strategic community branding and development campaigns for a Fortune 500 company that invested in the neighborhoods where they did business.
After eleven years in the field, Corinne’s passion for community development and love of Salt Lake City prompted her to earn her Master’s Degree in City & Metropolitan Planning from the University of Utah with a focus on community and economic development. In particular, she studied the economic impact of microbreweries and their role in place making from a national to Salt Lake City scale.
Corinne also volunteered on a micro-loan project in Guatemala that empowered women to start their own businesses and generate economic growth in their community. (While there, she adopted a street dog named Maya and brought her home to the U.S. to be forever spoiled). She also participated in a study abroad program in Cuba where she studied the country’s economic and community development challenges and potential solutions. Locally, Corinne has been instrumental in many development projects from working on façade improvement grants in the North Temple area to partnering with local businesses on the implementation of the 300 South Protected Bike Lane project.
Corinne is excited about the opportunity, stating “I’m ecstatic to join the RDA team and look forward to working hard to contribute to Salt Lake City’s momentum and growth!”
Personally, if Corinne isn’t at work she’s in the mountains or desert and loves rock climbing, mountain biking, backpacking, and kayaking with her boyfriend and adventure friends. Her retired street dog prefers not to do anything strenuous though and chills at home instead.