​​S.L. official appointed to International Economic Development Council board

SALT LAKE CITY — The International Economic Development Council has appointed Lara Fritts, director of Salt Lake City’s Department of Economic Development, to its board.

Fritts will serve a two-year term beginning Jan. 1. Fritts will represent Salt Lake City alongside 55 voting members from public and nonprofit economic development organizations across the country.

“Since joining our team a little more than a year ago, Lara has delivered significant wins for Salt Lake City, drawing national and international attention to the incredible economic opportunities here,” Mayor Jackie Biskupski said in a statement. “This announcement further demonstrates our decision to bring Lara on board continues to pay off for the capital city.”

In addition, Salt Lake City will host organization’s 2019 Economic Future Forum, which will draw hundreds of the country’s economic developers to the city.

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Source:: Deseret News – Business News

What Mentorship Can Mean to Undocumented Immigrants

Well before Jose Antonio Vargas became a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and filmmaker, he was told he couldn’t get an internship at The Seattle Times because he was an undocumented immigrant. At the time he feared that his immigration status would threaten both his ability to build a career in journalism as well as his ability to stay in the United States. Today, with more experience and better perspective, he helps others navigate concerns like these.

One such mentee is Yosimar Reyes, an artist in residence at Define American, an organization Vargas founded that “uses the power of story to transcend politics and shift the conversation about immigrants.” The two met at a film festival several years ago, at a screening of one of Vargas’s documentaries. Since then, Vargas been a mentor to Reyes, helping him think through how he could attend college and offering him a job at Define American after graduation. The two are now developing, among other projects, a play that Yosimar wrote about growing up queer and undocumented.

For The Atlantic’s series on mentorship, “On the Shoulders of Giants,” I spoke with Reyes about how Vargas has influenced his ideas about citizenship, belonging, and forging a career as an undocumented immigrant—especially now that the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is uncertain. The conversation that follows has been edited for length and clarity.

B.R.J. O’Donnell: How do you and Jose help each other with the frustrations that come with being undocumented?

Yosimar Reyes: Jose has always told me that freedom doesn’t come with papers, freedom does not come with having a Social Security number. He’s always quoting Toni Morrison: “Freedom is in the mind.” Freedom is in knowing that you have the ability to do whatever, despite these obstacles. …read more

Source:: The Atlantic – Business

UberEATS takeout delivery service officially launches in Salt Lake City

UberEATS has officially come to Utah.

The service delivers food from various restaurants to customers.

Drivers pick up orders from participating restaurants and deliver them to you. The average speed is 35 minutes from start to finish.

“When you’re ready to place your order, you’ll see a total that includes the food and delivery price. There’s no need to tip. Pay with your Uber account and track your order on the site as it comes to you,” according to the UberEATS website.

Close to 50 different restaurants in the Salt Lake area have signed up for the survice, including Pie Hole, Saffron Valley Indian Street Food, and Sweet Lake Biscuits & Limeade.

You can find a complete list of Salt Lake locations on UberEATS’ website.

(Note: The deliveries only occur within Salt Lake City limits. It reaches to 3300 South, the University of Utah and Rose Park. It does not extend to North Salt Lake.)

Download the free UberEATS app (on Apple or Google Play) to begin ordering food today.

UberEATS recently launched its service in Buffalo, New York. It also recently added bike couriers in San Diego to improve service time.

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Source:: Deseret News – Business News