The past year was one of learning and change. Like you and your business, the Salt Lake Chamber never slowed down during the pandemic, and we want to keep up the pace as we transition back to “regular order.” This month represents a full-throttle push to bring people back together, share the downtown community, and honor those who have dedicated their lives to building up society. More specifically, June marks the return of the pedestrian promenade Open Streets, the arrival of the Downtown SLC Farmers Market, and the celebration of the Giant in our City award.

The return of Open Streets is an exciting reboot from last year that permitted people to come to downtown Salt Lake City and enjoy a meal with live outdoor entertainment. One hundred and fifty restaurants and bars, along with more than 100 local shops on Main Street — between 400 South and South Temple — will extend their service onto the sidewalks every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from noon to midnight. In addition to the music, buskers, activations, and art performances will welcome everyone each night.

Back in full swing for its 30th year, this season is the Downtown SLC Farmers Market, the most beloved summer tradition for residents and visitors alike. With a wide variety of farmers and producers, they offer everything from the freshest local fruits and vegetables to grass-fed meats and local dairy products, as well as the region’s best locally made baked goods, spreads, and culinary accouterments. Help strengthen and support small local farms and businesses by visiting the Downtown SLC Farmers Market this summer. It’s open every Saturday!

Lastly, we are proud to celebrate the life and legacy of Katharine and the late Robert Garff as the 42nd Giant in our City. The award honors those with exceptional and distinguished service, as well as extraordinary professional achievement. For their family’s success in the business community to their community service and charitable contributions, the Garffs could not be more deserving. We look forward to seeing many of you at the Grand America Hotel to help us recognize their contributions.

As I reflect on what ties each of these events together, it is the notion of civic engagement. Our social bonds, and the opportunity we have to support one another, create one of the most vibrant civic cultures in the nation. Each contributes to this fabric in our society by volunteering, attending events, supporting local businesses, and modeling excellence in business to the community through employee-employer relationships.

In Utah, our human capital and potential are without limits. They are a product of our heritage and a legacy to the future, and as we work together to build an even greater community, I look forward to seeing you downtown at Open Streets, at the Farmers Market, and at the Giant in our City celebration this month!