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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MESSAGE

Alan Matheson is executive director of The Point. 
As summer begins, we are excited to share important updates regarding The Point. The vision for the Innovation District is taking shape to include an accelerator intended to equip Utah's younger generation with cutting-edge skills and physical facilities to foster in-person collaboration between academic, public and private sectors.

While these future-focused plans for The Point are underway, we are also seeking to preserve aspects of the site that are part of our unique Utah heritage. In last month's board meeting, the Point of the Mountain State Land Authority (Land Authority) acted unanimously to preserve the Chapel by the Wayside. This action will ensure the part of the state prison facilities used by inmates as a place of worship and redemption will be preserved for future generations. 

PRESERVING THE
CHAPEL BY THE WAYSIDE

Members of the Point of the Mountain State Land Authority meet with Utah Department of Corrections staff about preservation of the Chapel by the Wayside. Lt. Governor Deidre Henderson, Utah State Representative Lowry Snow and South Jordan City Mayor Dawn Ramsey. (Right to left)
The Point of the Mountain State Land Authority voted to preserve the state prison chapel during the May board meeting. Called the "Chapel by the Wayside," the historic building was built in 1961 by inmates themselves with donations from the surrounding community and religious organizations.

Over the decades, the chapel has provided a place of solace and redemption for inmates of all faiths. According to Lt. Governor Deidre Henderson, co-chair of the Land Authority, "One former inmate told us...that the chapel served as a place to find God and to 'touch base with dignity, self-respect and self-worth.'" 

Representative Lowry Snow, also co-chair of the Land Authority, added that preserving this unique part of our heritage resonates for residents because of Utahns' deep roots in religious and spiritual convictions. "We believe in redemption. Regardless of our religious affiliation, we as Utahns believe that we are capable of making changes in our lives, with the help of powers on high. Our churches and chapels help us in that effort."

THE POINT INNOVATION DISTRICT

The Point's Innovation District will serve as an ecosystem that advances technological innovation, fosters a startup environment, and facilitates meaningful relationships among universities, businesses and entrepreneurs. It will nurture new ideas from the research stage through to commercialization, with the goal of helping to solve Utah's unique challenges. It will be more than a hub, acting as a nucleus that connects, utilizes and maximizes existing innovation throughout the state.

  • Innovation Accelerator. An Innovation Accelerator acts as a catalyst for a growing innovation industry in Utah. The accelerator will attract young talent to the live/work/play atmosphere that The Point provides and promises a future connection to the K-12 system that will provide industry skills to Utah’s youth.
     
  • Convergence Hall. The Convergence Hall provides a “campfire” environment, catalyzing innovative and entrepreneurial collaborations. Universities will serve as anchor institutions that provide "raw materials" of intellectual, financial, social and human capital required to solve some of Utah's greatest challenges. The centerpiece of the academic presence at The Point will be a location that fosters collaboration between innovators. 
     
  • Utah Innovation Lab. The Utah Innovation Lab will act as the wellspring of collaboration for the activities of the Innovation District. It will connect people and resources that further the goals and objectives for innovation at The Point. 
VIEW THE FRAMEWORK PLAN

DEVELOPMENT PARTNER
SELECTION PROCESS

After a months-long open and competitive process, the final selection of a development partner for phase one of development at The Point is anticipated next month. Proposals from potential development partners have been objectively evaluated with an aim to promote the public interest and achieve the public's vision. The current finalists have each demonstrated the passion and capability to truly align with the feedback we have gained from Utahns throughout this planning process. 

With the upcoming selection of a master development partner, The Point will be closer than ever to becoming a reality. Development efforts will focus on the creation of tens of thousands of high-paying jobs, a world-class transportation system that prioritizes pedestrians and cyclists, an extensive regional parks and trails network, and a balanced mix of land uses that provide retail, entertainment and housing choices.

More information on the selection process can be found at thepointutah.org/opportunities

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT TO DATE

Making The Point would not be possible without the valuable feedback and engagement from tens of thousands of Utahns. To date, we have engaged with over 10,000+ members of the public via surveys, hosted 83 public meetings and presented over 120 times to a wide variety of organizations and groups across the state.

Over 21,000 people have accessed the website for information ranging from board meeting materials to framework plan reports. A staggering amount of people have been reached via social media, nearing 1.5 million across all platforms. Over 2,000 of you are subscribed to this monthly newsletter. 

We are incredibly appreciative of the feedback and insight we have gained from the public so far. Even more public engagement opportunities will be forthcoming. Stay tuned for more updates!

IN THE NEWS

Utah Business | 15-minute cities will set the standard for future real estate development in Utah
KSL | This structure will remain after the rest of the Utah State Prison is torn down
The Salt Lake Tribune | Utah prison chapel saved souls — now souls are working to save the chapel
Colorado Construction & Design | Design Workshop Announces Project with The Point of the Mountain State Land Authority – The First ’15-Minute City’ in the U.S.
READ THE NEWS

CONTACT US

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WHAT'S THE POINT?

The 600 acres of state-owned property at the current site of the Utah State Prison in Draper is known as “The Point.” The site represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create an iconic Utah development that provides affordable housing options, advances innovation, catalyzes robust economic growth, provides parks and regional trail connections, demonstrates sustainable practices and protects the environment.

The site is centrally located in the heart of Utah’s fast-growing technology sector and between Utah’s two most populous counties. It is well served by vital infrastructure and surrounded by more than 20,000 acres of undeveloped land in area communities. It is easily accessible via high-capacity roadways and planned future transit service.
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