The Business Advisory Board (BAB) is made up of city business owners and community leaders who partner with Salt Lake City’s Department of Economic Development. Its members are appointed by the mayor and must be SLC residents and/or have ownership interest in a Salt Lake City business. BAB helps direct city economic policy, promotes small business growth, supports local entrepreneurs, and encourages businesses to relocate to our city.

As part of an ongoing effort to keep SLC’s business community in the loop, the BAB is blogging synopses of our monthly meetings here. (Recordings are available to the public as well.)

BAB meeting on Wednesday, July 11, the BABs first Summer meeting of 2018 and first meeting of fiscal year 2019.

City Council Updates

City Council, as the RDA Board, discussed a proposal by the Ritchie Group to develop block 67 downtown.  It is the beginning stages of the process for an estimated $450 million development project that would include a hotel, residential, retail, office space, and parking. The RDA Board stressed to the developer the importance of sitting down with the Japanese-American community, which has expressed concerns that the design may not thoughtfully take into account the historical significance of the area as Japan Town.

The City Council also discussed bonding for street repairs and possibly requiring picture ID’s in order to obtain a business license for accountability purposes.

Economic Development Updates

SLC DED is finalizing their FY19 Workplan and welcomed Jake Maxwell, Workforce Development Manager, back to the BAB.  The most significant project Jake is currently working on is transportation to large warehouses and distribution centers on the west side of town where it is not cost effective for UTA to add stops.  Jake is also trying to elevate Career & Technical Education (CTE) in the Salt Lake City School District, especially as an option for under-served populations in Salt Lake City.

Board Member Announcements

Ana Valdemoros announced Neighbor Work’s annual Paint Out for elderly homeowners and homeowners with disabilities on Saturday, August 11.  Angela Brown announced the Craft Lake City DIY festival which will take place at the Gallivan Center on August 10-12.

Business Items:

Ben Bolte from Greenbike presented on the future of GREENbike which is planning to double in size in the next year. There are three options for growth for GREENbike. First, more bicycles and docking stations. Second, lock up anywhere bicycles which do not need docking stations. Finally, no lock bicycles which require no locks or docking stations. Ben described briefly some of the pros and cons of each model. Additionally, small electric scooters may factor in to the growth of GREENbike.

Yvonne Tran-Estrada presented to the BAB from the Utah Asian Chamber of Commerce (UACC). Yvonne is the executive director of the UACC which is a new position. In the past the focus of the UACC has been on scholarships and sponsorships, especially for immigrants and refugees. Their focus is shifting to focus on helping small business and creating a platform for large businesses to recruit diverse employees.

Tracey Dean presented to the BAB from the Utah Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (UGLCC). The UGLCC became a 501c6 in 2012 and recently joined the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) which allows their member businesses that are 51% LGBTQ owned or higher access to more contracts nationally and internationally.  The UGLCC is currently working on a Safe Zones Businesses campaign for which they received a small grant from Salt Lake City last year.


Will Wright

Projects Coordinator

Salt Lake City

Department of Economic Development