Welcome to Salt Lake City Economic Development

Salt Lake City is Ready to Talk Business!

We're ready! The Salt Lake City Department of Economic Development is your go-to resource for assisting your business in Salt Lake City. We are ready to help you connect to the resources you need to locate, expand, or start your business in our beautiful city and help your business be prosperous!

Come join Salt Lake City's metropolitan area, home to over a million people, more than 20,000 businesses, and top-notch educational institutions like the University of Utah, Westminster College, Salt Lake Community College, and dozens of trade schools specializing in a myriad of fields and professions. Salt Lake City has the human and intellectual capital to fuel our growing economy. Examples of the thriving industries in our City include:

  • Information technology and gaming
  • Outdoor products
  • Life sciences
  • Healthcare
  • Finance
  • Logistics, manufacturing, and distribution

The Department of Economic Development is comprised of three divisions working together to enhance Salt Lake City and make it a place for everyone. View our department strategic plan HERE.

Business Development

The City's economic development team is focused on providing incredible customer service to the businesses that call Salt Lake City home. With a focus on corporate recruitment, retention and expansion, small business needs, marketing and communications, and our strategic initiatives, the City's Department of Economic Development is poised to showcase Salt Lake City as an ideal location to do business locally, nationally, and globally. 

Salt Lake City is conducting and in-depth survey of all commercial businesses within the City's borders. The goal of this business retention and expansion survey is to identify core data that highlights the City's business landscape. 

With the launch of a new external Small Business Development Center (SLC SBDC) with a service delivery model that uniquely leverages partnerships with experienced professionals and leading business organizations, small business owners in Salt Lake City have enhanced resource accessibility. Independent business owners have minimal time to leave their place of business to seek out business counseling assistance. This program will help entrepreneurs start, grow, and strengthen their companies, by providing them with services at their place of business.

Salt Lake City's marketing and communications efforts have a global reach. With our partner economic development organizations, team members continuously attend key conventions, conferences, and trade shows in the U.S. and abroad to leverage Salt Lake City's brand and connect with decision-makers with top companies. The City's economic development also works with our partners in the media to highlight the extensive work being done, and the impact it has on those who live, work, play, and visit Salt Lake City.

The City's strategic initiatives are vast, and include the Northwest Quadrant. Salt Lake City is marshaling resources to take advantage of a unique opportunity to build a sustainable economic engine that will benefit the city for generations to come. No other city in the country has over 3,000 acres of developable land adjacent to a major highway interchange, international airport, national rail crossing, and just 10 minutes from downtown. 

Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City

Since 1969, the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City (RDA) has played a pivotal role in revitalizing many areas of downtown. Under the Utah Community Development and Renewal Agencies Act, the RDA has the charge and financial tools to address blight and disinvestment in specific parts of Salt Lake City.


Today, areas that have previously suffered from social, environmental, physical, or economic challenges are transforming into areas characterized by a variety of useful amenities, community health, and safety. The RDA will continue to work with the community to implement the City's master plans to create vital housing opportunities, improve infrastructure, and participate in the economic development of Salt Lake City's downtown.

Salt Lake Arts Council

Adding to our City's vibrancy is the Salt Lake City Arts Council. The Salt Lake City Arts Council, founded in the late 1970s, was created to ensure that the community established a local arts organization to provide public programming and support for the arts. The organization has developed a balance between producing programs and supporting other arts activities throughout the City through grant funds.

The mission of the Arts Council is to promote, present, and support artists, arts organizations, and arts activities in order to further the development of the arts community and to benefit the public by expanding awareness, access, and participation.





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