Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker has unveiled his plan for his second term: a six point livability initiative framing the city’s priorities. The plan focuses on our improving economy, transportation, sustainability, education, equality, and the arts.
A Resilient Economy for Salt Lake City. Mayor Becker wants to maintain a balance between big business and support for smaller businesses. The city is the center of the state’s economy, and there are plans for programs that will help connect entrepreneurs with expertise, support and investors. There will be more support for neighborhood business districts, including the often neglected west-side.
Salt Lake City in Motion. More street car lines like the one being built in Sugar House, bike lanes and extended hours for TRAX service are all part of a far-reaching plan that connects people and neighborhoods with each other and with the city and its natural beauty.
A wise energy future and quality environment. Sustainability continues to be the base of the mayor’s plan. Becker wants Utah’s capital city to be one of the world’s first net-zero cities – utilizing power that comes from a renewable source. With careful, efficient development and use of our natural resources, materials re-use and recycling, Becker sees high-quality long-term livability for city residents.
Innovation and celebration of education. A partnership with the city, the large number of acclaimed higher-education institutions within the city, and the city’s school district will provide improved after-school programs, cutting-edge technology, environmental education, and a commitment to early-childhood literacy.
A commitment to equality and opportunity. Becker vows to continue the city’s lead in the protection of basic human rights for all of its citizens, focusing on the engagement of traditionally under-represented populations including the elderly and the poor.
Enhancing the artistic and cultural life. The addition of a new Broadway-style theater, the long-awaited opening of the City Creek Center, improvements at the Gallivan Center and traffic-free city festivals will continue to bring new life to downtown. The city will partner with local businesses, art organizations and artists to support and promote their work.
You can read Mayor Becker’s detailed plan by clicking here.
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Source: Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office