SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th
Hotel RL, Salt Lake City
WHAT IS AN INLAND PORT?
What does creating an inland port mean for Utahns and Salt Lake County? What about the land fill and environmental impacts? Do we really want hundreds more heavy trucks on our highways? And who pays for the infrastructure? So many questions!
SB234 created an inland port authority that will have control over a huge land area in Salt Lake City’s northwest quadrant. The bill has ignited a fiery debate with city leaders suggesting the state is instituting a land grab that would take valuable tax revenue away from Salt Lake City’s schools and libraries.
LARA L. FRITTS, CEcD
Director, Department of Economic Development, Salt Lake City
Lara Fritts is a certified economic developer with over 20 years of experience in economic development, management, and technology. Known for her strengths in strategic planning, collaboration, marketing, and leadership, Lara has proven to be an invaluable asset to Salt Lake City and the creation of their newly formed (2016) Department of Economic. She is Salt Lake City’s representative on the Inland Port Board.
Independent Author & Journalist
Emma Penrod is an award-winning science writer and historian based in rural Utah. She specializes in researching environmental issues, especially environmental health, water resources, and water quality. Her work has appeared in a variety of national and local outlets; her recent front-page article in City Weekly, “Buried Hazards,” deserves a read.
Co-President, Utah League of Women Voters
A Utah native and long time political advocate, Vickie’s top priority is local government and looking at legislative issues through a non-partisan lens, based on facts. In the League’s recent newsletter, Vickie wrote: “Opposing sides of the Inland Port debate faced off on Wednesday, May 23, and the League of Women Voters joined the call to stop the proposed development.” Vickie will tell us how we got to where we are and how the League will pursue transparency and public input.