Mayor Jackie Biskupski announced the selection of Danny Walz for the position of Chief Operating Officer of the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City (RDA), pending advice and consent from the Salt Lake City Council.
Danny has vast experience with redevelopment in Utah. He has been the director of the Redevelopment Agency of Midvale City for the past 13 years, and was previously a senior project manager and project coordinator for Salt Lake City’s RDA. He also sits as president of the Utah Redevelopment Association.
“Danny’s expertise in redevelopment along the Wasatch Front is unparalleled,” Mayor Biskupski said. “His long work history of revitalizing neighborhoods through the addition of a variety of housing types, activation of public spaces, and creation of business districts began in Salt Lake City, so it’s appropriate he would return here to lead the capital city’s RDA team and continue its good work.”
The RDA works with communities to implement Salt Lake City’s master plans to create vital housing opportunities, improve infrastructure, and participate in the economic development of the City. It is part of the Department of Economic Development, which also includes the Business Development and Salt Lake City Arts Council Divisions.
“The Department is thrilled at the prospect of having Danny as RDA Chief Operating Officer,” said Lara Fritts, director of the Department of Economic Development. “The RDA is an essential tool in the economic development toolbox, and a leader with Danny’s hands-on experience will provide the RDA a seamless transition as the Department moves forward in enhancing the City through commerce, community, and culture.”
Originally from Sherman Oaks, California, Danny holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Utah. He is a resident of Salt Lake City. The City Council is scheduled to take up advice and consent of the appointment at its next meeting on Tuesday, July 11.
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