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Next Phase Of Park City Special Service Contracts Targets Social Equity Efforts

Park City Municipal is launching its second round of special service contracts, this time with a focus on social equity. 

The city changed its special service contracts structure during the budgeting process earlier this year, breaking the contracts into three categories: regular contracts; social equity-focused contracts; and innovation grants. The city council allocated $600,000 in total for special service contracts, and $167,000 is left after the first round. The city awards the contracts to organizations that fill a community need through their services and programming.

The Park City Community Foundation’s social equity strategic plan has guided the criteria for this round, which outlines a community need for work in the areas of housing, education—particularly early childhood—and inclusion. Additionally, the request for proposals mentions a workforce development category, with services that include education around job skills and resume building. The RFP says preference will be given to projects and services that benefit marginalized communities.

Park City Assistant City Manager Matt Dias says the city council is looking for public input at Thursday’s council meeting.

“If there are entities or organizations in the community that are working in the areas of housing and education, inclusion and workforce development, this is a wonderful opportunity for them to collaboratively meet some shared goals with the city that we otherwise don't have an expertise in,” Dias said.

Applications for this round of special service contracts are due Oct. 11. The special services subcommittee will make recommendations on the applications on Oct. 18.

Emily Means hadn’t intended to be a journalist, but after two years of studying chemistry at the University of Utah, she found her fit in the school’s communication program. Diving headfirst into student media opportunities, Means worked as a host, producer and programming director for K-UTE Radio as well as a news writer and copy editor at The Daily Utah Chronicle.