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

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 or 801-944-7067.


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 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.

Cottonwood Heights Recognized as a Business Friendly City


Cottonwood Heights was one of four cities honored with the “2016 Utah Governor’s Business Friendly Community Award,” presented by Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox in conjunction with the Utah Business Friendly Cities Initiative at the Utah League of Cities and Towns annual meeting on Friday, Sept. 16. Other cities honored were Clearfield, South Jordan and Park City. Cottonwood Heights was awarded the designation due to its efforts to reduce unnecessary regulations at the local level, streamline current processes and promote Utah’s pro-business climate.

Read the complete article here.

Enjoy the First “Bites in the Heights” Restaurant event

Forget your diet, break out of your routine and maybe find a new favorite restaurant during the Cottonwood Heights’ inaugural “Bites in the Heights” event. This restaurant tour will be held at participating restaurants in Cottonwood Heights through Wednesday, Aug. 31. and diners are invited to try as many places as they can during that time.

Each restaurant will offer a “Bites in the Heights” special (see below) that will run during the event. Diners can share photos of their meal, the chef, the wait staff or a dining companion with the hashtag #CHFoodie on Twitter/Instagram to win a daily giveaway for gift cards. Visit all restaurants during the event, bring the receipts to Cottonwood Heights City Hall (1265 E Fort Union Blvd. #250) or email them to and be entered to win $100 in gift cards. Diners can also vote for their favorite participating restaurant at

Participating restaurants are:

  • Arminen’s Deli (Sinclair Station), 2995 Fort Union Blvd—$5 lunch special: Any half sandwich and 16 oz. drink
  • Cancun Café, 1891 Fort Union Blvd–$5 lunch special: Chili verde burrito with rice or beans. $15 dinner special: Two chicken or beef taquitos, carnitas platter, fried ice cream
  • Carl’s Café, 2336 Fort Union Blvd–$5 lunch special: Cheeseburger, fries and a drink
  • Cottonwood Heights Café, 7146 Highland Dr–$10 lunch special: salmon salad or steak sandwich, French fries
  • Dragon Isle, 3414 Bengal Blvd–$10 lunch special: Any two items off the lunch menu
  • Johnniebeefs, 6913 S 1300 E–$5 lunch special: Chicago, chili cheese or New York hot dog with French fries
  • Market Street Grill, 2985 E Cottonwood Pkwy–$10 lunch special: Halibut tacos w/ coleslaw. $20 dinner special: Choice of soup/salad, stuffed Atlantic salmon, choice of dessert
  • The Protein Foundry, 6909 S 1300 E—Dinner special (after 3 p.m. only): 2 Rio Acai Bowls for $16 (In honor of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio)
  • Toasters Deli, 2750 E Cottonwood Pkwy (In the lobby of the office building)–$10 lunch special: Box lunch (Any sandwich with chips, soda and cookie)

Cottonwood Heights has many unique dining options and the Bites in the Heights dining tour will help foodies discover hidden gems in the city. Restaurant owners and chefs are available for media interviews, video and photos. For more information, visit