Food truck rallies and Brighton High’s groundbreaking among upcoming events

By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com

Don’t miss out on these events in Cottonwood Heights during August!

An update to the Wasatch Canyons General Plan will be presented on July 31 from 5:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at Whitmore Library (2197 E. Fort Union Blvd.). The Little Cottonwood Canyon environmental impact statement study team will be available to answer any questions on the study process and potential improvements that reduce congestion and improve experiences in Little Cottonwood Canyon. For more information visit slco.org/planning-transportation.

The Bites in the Heights Food Truck Rally will be held every Monday night in August from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mountview Park (1651 East Fort Union Blvd.).

“Big the Musical” will be held on August 2, 3, 4, and 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Butler Middle School (7530 S. 2700 E.). Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $9 for kids under 12 and seniors 65 and older.

Summer STEM camps will be held August 6, 7, 13, and 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Whitmore Library (2197 E. Fort Union Blvd.). The scheduled topics include coding and robotics.

3D Printing 101 will be held August 9 and August 21 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Whitmore Library (2197 E. Fort Union Blvd.).

The Brighton High School groundbreaking will be on August 9 with a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the ceremony following at 6 p.m. The groundbreaking will be hosted by Canyons School District and take place at the Brighton High School rebuild site (2220 Bengal Blvd.).

A home buyer class will be held on August 16 from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Whitmore Library (2197 E. Fort Union Blvd.).

The Cottonwood Heights Recreation Foundation Charity Golf Tournament will be held August 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the River Oaks Golf Course (9300 Riverside Dr.). For more information visit the news and events page on cottonwoodheights.com.

A blood drive will be held on Aug. 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cottonwood Heights City Hall (2277 E. Bengal Blvd.) in the community room. For more information, visit arupbloodservices.org. There will be a free ice cream voucher for each participant as part of  the Pint for a Pint program.

In September, watch out for the Big Cottonwood Canyon Marathon on Sept. 8 from Guardsman Pass in Big Cottonwood Canyon to 1300 E. Fort Union Blvd. and Bark in the Park on Sept. 15 at Mountview Park (1651 E. Fort Union Blvd.).

CHBA to host donation drive for The Road Home

During November, businesses in Cottonwood Heights are asked to donate items for The Road Home family shelter in Midvale. The center helps families get out of the cycle of homelessness and back into homes and communities.

The shelter needs the following items. Donations can be dropped off at city hall (2277 E. Bengal Blvd.) through November 30.

  •  Pillows (new)
  • Towels
  • Coats & Jackets (all sizes)
  • Jeans & Warm clothing (all sizes)
  • Boots & Shoes (all sizes)
  • Socks (all sizes)
  • Underwear (new, all sizes)
  • Blankets (twin, full, & queen)
  • Diapers (sizes 5-6, and pull-ups)
  • Baby Bottles & Formula

Cottonwood Heights hosts the first Excellence in Business Awards

Several business leaders in Cottonwood Heights were honored on Thursday, Oct. 5 during the city’s first Excellence in Business awards held at city hall. Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore presided over the event that introduced successful businesses to the community.

Awards were presented to the following winners:

The Gear Room—Small Business Excellence

Megan Moore—Rising Star Award (Owner, Moore Hair Design)

Trader Joe’s—Community Impact Award

Trader Joe’s—People’s Choice Best Customer Service

Lone Star Taqueria—People’s Choice Best Restaurant

Frank Maylett—Kelvyn Cullimore Excellence in Leadership Award (CEO RizePoint)

Cottonwood Heights to host open space open house

Open spaces are valuable assets and integral to the quality of life that the residents of Cottonwood Heights enjoy. Parks, natural trails, the foothills and other open spaces are central to the community’s identity.

The Cottonwood Heights Community and Economic Development Department (CHED) will host an open Space Open House on Thursday, Sept. 28 from 5-7 p.m. at Cottonwood Heights City Hall (2277 E. Bengal Blvd.) to get feedback and suggestions from the community.

Everyone is invited to attend the open house to help city officials create an Open Space Master Plan that reflects the community’s vision for the future of open space in the city.

“The master plan will be a visionary approach to guiding open space planning in the community and into the future,” says CHED Director Brian Berndt. “The plan is a city initiative that will provide the city decision makers with guidance to develop an interconnected system of passive and active open spaces and natural trails for the benefit of residents and visitors alike.”

Among other things, the Open Space Master Plan will:

·          Create a vision statement to guide the open space planning process

·          Establish a public participation program suited to the outcome of the plan

·          Create a plan for management and possible acquisition of open space

·          Preserve open space and natural trail corridors for future generations

·          Enhance safe connections between open space, natural trails and the built environment

For more information, contact Brian Berndt at 801-944-7066 or bberndt@ch.utah.gov.

The Cottonwood Heights Landscaping/Beautification Award Program

The new Cottonwood Heights Landscaping/Beautification Award Program recognizes well-maintained and beautiful landscapes in our community.

The city invites all residential homeowners and commercial businesses to enter and participate in this program. Nominations may be for your own landscape or a neighbor’s.

Landscapes are judged by the Cottonwood Heights City Council, with a winner selected from each district and a Mayor’s Award presented to a commercial property located anywhere in the city.

Entries are due by Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, and winners will be announced in September. For more information, stop in at City Hall (2277 E. Bengal Blvd.), or download a form here.

How does unconscious bias affect your workplace?
Free workshop to discuss bias

June 14, 2017. Cottonwood Heights, Utah. We like to believe that we live and work in a world of equality and acceptance. The truth, however, shows we’re all biased to some extent. We’re wired to feel more comfortable around people who are like us, and cautious of those who are different.

Unconscious biases can limit work and career opportunities for many people because decision-makers often act without understanding their own beliefs about others’ capabilities, competencies or potential.

Join us for a free workshop to discuss unconscious biases on Thursday, June 15 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Cottonwood Heights City Hall (2277 E Bengal Blvd.) Presented by Merrilee Buchanan, the founder and principal consultant for Villa Leadership Group, the workshop will help you understand what creates our bias and learn ways to increase awareness and adjust behaviors to improve the work experience for ourselves and others. For more information or to RSVP, contact Peri Kinder at pkinder@ch.utah.gov or 801-944-7067.

Register

Business Boot Camp: Content Marketing

What is Content Marketing?

FREE Workshop to Help Today’s Entrepreneurs

 May 12, 2017. Cottonwood Heights, UT. Why should your company implement content marketing as opposed to traditional marketing techniques? This free workshop will help you discover how to create engaging content that is relevant, timely and focused on connecting with your audience.

“As traditional marketing becomes less effective, businesses need to adapt their messages and how those messages are delivered,” says Peri Kinder, Cottonwood Heights Business Development Coordinator. “Learning how to utilize content marketing could be a game-changer for your business.”

The FREE event will be held at Cottonwood Heights City Hall Community Room (2277 E. Bengal Blvd.) on Thursday, May 18 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Seating is limited so contact pkinder@ch.utah.gov to reserve a seat.

Cottonwood Heights Economic Development Department Wins Best of State

Cottonwood Heights Economic Development Department Wins Best of State

City recognized for business-friendly programs

April 26, 2017. Cottonwood Heights, UT. The City of Cottonwood Heights and its Economic and Business Development Program is changing the way cities engage with businesses and business owners. Its efforts have paid off as the city was announced the winner of the 2017 Best of State Award for Economic Development Management in the Public Sector.

The award recognizes the city’s endeavors to streamline processes, explore a variety of business engagement options, create educational opportunities for business owners, and build an environment of collaboration and connection with businesses that is beneficial to the current and future growth in the city. 

“It was our goal to create a business-friendly organization for everything from land-use applications and building permits to inspections and business licensing,” said Brian Berndt, Cottonwood Heights Community and Economic Development Director. “The department went through all its processes, looking for ways to improve service.  As the organization continues to grow, new ideas and new ways to engage business owners are offered in a wide range of activities.”

Part of the business program includes the organization of the Cottonwood Heights Business Association (CHBA), in lieu of a Chamber of Commerce. Every business in the city is an automatic member of the CHBA, which charges no fees for membership and offers low- or no-cost luncheons, business workshops, expos and networking opportunities.

In September 2016, Cottonwood Heights was recognized as a Business Friendly Community as part of the Governor’s Utah Business Friendly Cities Initiative.