Mobile Workshops

Pre-Conference: Mobile Workshops

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Mobile workshops are off-site pre-conference sessions included in the conference registration fee. They are available to full conference delegates only (not available to youth delegates, youth chaperones, spouses or guests).

‘TechLakeCity’ & BioHive – How to Support a Tech Ecosystem through Public and Private Partnerships 

Wednesday, November 17
9:00AM – 12:00PM 

Make no mistake, something special is happening here in the Beehive State.  Utah’s BioHive collective serves as an industry advocate, telling the diverse stories of the life science ecosystem in Utah.  The BioHive Initiative is supported by the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, BioUtah, World Trade Center Utah, EDCUtah, Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, and industry. Our hub employs 43,000 people directly and 88,000 indirectly, for a total of more than 130,000 (among the nation’s highest per capita). Utah’s life sciences and healthcare innovation ecosystem is a key  driver of the state’s economy.  Moderated by Andrew Wittenberg, this workshop will provide an overview of the BioHive Collective and how local governments can help convene industry partners and spur private investment. 

Completing a $4.1 Billion Project during a Pandemic: The New SLC International Airport 

  • Wednesday, November 17
    9:00AM – 12:00PM  
  • Thursday, November 18
    9:00AM – 12:00PM 

SLC International Airport, host to over 34 million passengers a year,  is the first all new major hub airport built in the US since Denver in 1979. This  $4.1 billion dollar SLC airport expansion opened on September 15, 2020.   It received LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The airport was paid for by those who use it at no cost to the general taxpayers, through fees and taxes charged to the airlines, rental car companies, and of course, airline ticket-buyers. NLC participants will likely see the airport when they arrive…but not a behind the scenes look, which we will provide in our airport tour. 
 
Building a Sustainable City and Developing Environmentally Sound Infrastructure 

Wednesday, November 17
1:00PM – 3:00PM

This  workshop includes a discussion of the City’s renewable energy and sustainability goals, including our LEED standards and Net Zero standard for large municipal construction or renovation projects. 

Attendees will tour Fire Station 3, which was constructed to Net Zero energy standards in 2018 and met LEED Platinum. At the fire station, attendees will see and learn about elements of the construction that make the building “green.” We’ll also tour the other functional spaces in the fire station and hear about the qualities that were important to the Fire Department in designing the building. 

We will conclude by describing the Return on Investment and how Salt Lake City was able to meet the needs of fire personnel in fulfilling their public safety mission, while also constructing a building that prioritizes environmental sustainability, community resiliency, and financial responsibility. 

Public Art Programs:  Enhancing Urban Landscapes While Supporting Local Artists/Businesses 

Wednesday, November 17
1:00PM – 3:00PM 

Special Note – this is a walking tour

Learn how to enhance urban landscapes, bolster and support local artists and businesses through Public Art Programs.  Recognizing the social and economic benefits realized through an aesthetic experience in public spaces, Salt Lake City’s Public Art Program’s purpose is to add high quality, site-specific artists’ work to natural and constructed environments.  In 1984, Salt Lake City established the Percent for Art ordinance, allocating 1% of eligible City project funds for commissioning artists for services and site-specific artwork to be integrated into new construction projects. Salt Lake City’s growing public art program includes over 130 permanent artworks, in various mediums, in parks and City buildings, skate parks, recreation centers, sidewalks, city streets and plazas in all seven City Council Districts that make up the city.  In addition to funding through the Percent for Art ordinance, the program partners with the Redevelopment Agency (RDA) of SLC to integrate public art in their city-wide project areas.  

This short city walking tour (0.3 mile) will provide a brief overview of Salt Lake’s Public Art program and will stop and discuss several exhibits including the Art in Transit Program, as well as Salt Lake’s largest single investment in public art to date:  “Pages of Salt” Instillation by Ned Khan.  We will end this workshop with a tour of the Eccles Theater including Paul Housberg’s “Ribbons in Time” exhibit.  The state-of-the-art George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater opened in 2016 and hosts touring Broadway shows, concerts, and other entertainment events.  

Sensory Inclusive Certification & First Responders Training  

Wednesday, November 17
1:00PM – 3:00PM

1 in 6 people have sensory needs, which makes it paramount that first responders are as equipped as possible for approaching everyone in the most helpful, compassionate way they can.  Over 95% of Salt Lake City’s first responders have received the in-depth KultureCity training, which better prepares them for when they encounter individuals with sensory needs. It also means that most of the first responders will be equipped with a sensory bag, which includes ear muffs, fidget toys, and more as a way of helping individuals with sensory needs process situations they might find themselves in.   

The workshop panel will include Renae Ingles who is part of the Salt Lake City community and sits on the board of KultureCity, Uma Srivastava, the COO of KultureCity, Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall, SLCPD Chief Mike Brown, SLCFD Chief Karl Lieb and a yet to be named director of Salt Lake City’s 911.  During the panel, attendees will hear in depth what the training entails, and first hand examples from first responders of how the training has impacted their day-to-day work. 

This panel workshop will take place at Salt Lake City’s state-of-the-art Public Safety Building which houses police and fire departments as well as the regional 911 emergency response center and even the City’s primary data center.  The $125 million, 335,000 square-foot building (including 172,000 sf of occupied space and 143,000 sf of below-ground parking) includes a wide range of features that help it achieve net-zero-energy performance and LEED Platinum certification. It is one of the only emergency services buildings to achieve net-zero-energy or LEED Platinum. 

Salt Lake City, Utah – An Olympic Legacy, how Olympic memories turn into lasting benefits for the host community 

Thursday, November 18
9:00AM – 12:00PM

Utah proudly hosted the 2002 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. 2500 Olympians representing 77 nations competed in Salt Lake and nearby venues, attracting the largest crowds ever for an Olympic Winter Games (this record still stands). The US Team won 34 medals at the 2002 Games, and the entire event was a smashing success all around. 

Located 20 minutes from Salt Lake in Park City, Utah, the Utah Olympic Park was the host venue of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games’ ski jumping, bobsled, and luge events—as well as the first Olympic skeleton competition since 1948. The Utah Olympic Park continues to be a major training site for current and prospective Olympians. 

Guided Tours are the best way to explore the venue & learn about the amazing stories of Olympic achievement (and some of the more peculiar tales). The tour includes a ride aboard our shuttle bus and drive to the top of the world’s highest Nordic ski jumps and one of the fastest sliding tracks in the world. During the one hour tour, our guides will do what guides do best – inform, explain and entertain. Their knowledge and stories will bring the Games to life. 

The Challenge and the Opportunity: enhancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity in Urban Planning 

Thursday, November 18
9:00AM – 12:00PM

Governments and institutions nationwide are recognizing the need for true equity, where solutions are tailored to need and ability.  Salt Lake City’s commitment to equity has been bolstered by the hiring of Kaletta Lynch as Chief Equity Officer, a new position within the Mayor’s Office that will oversee equity efforts citywide.  Join Kaletta and representatives from SLC’s Know Your Neighbor Program (a partnership between SLC’s Mayor’s Office & state Refugee Services Office), the Human Rights Commission and Racial Equity in Policing, in addition to Salt Lake City council members as they share information on implementing Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity (DEI) Initiatives.  This panel discussion will take place at Utah’s historic City & County Building, the seat of government for Salt Lake City.  In addition to the DEI panel, this workshop will include a brief tour of this beloved landmark that was constructed in 1894. 

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