The Sugar House Summit was created to engage Sugar House community members in conversation and meaningful dialogue about issues important to them and the community. To learn more about the Sugar House Summit, click here. Since 2009, we have hosted seven events and will continue to host them once per year. Our past Summits have been:
October 2009 – Food Security
In this meeting we learned how to grow your own food, about organic gardens, how to join a food network or co-op, and the possibility of starting a Farmer’s Market in Sugar House. Speakers were Alice Edvalson, Tanya Chatterton from Traces Inc, Beuna Tomalino from the Square Foot Gardening Foundation, the Wasatch Community Gardens organizers, Jack Wilbur of the Utah Fruit and Vegetable Association, Ben Gaddis of the Wasatch Cooperative Market, and Christi Paulson of Slow Food Utah.This event spurred the creation of the Sugar House Farmer’s Market, which is still running today. To learn more, visit our Continuing Groups page.
November 2009 – Sugar House History
This summit was organized with the goals of helping attendees become local historians by providing training on oral history, preserving their own histories (scrapbooking), and preserving Sugar House history; gathering more digital stories and photos of the history of Sugar House and Wasatch Hollow; connecting attendees with ongoing preservation efforts and the preservation committee of the SH Community Council and Wasatch Hollow Community Council; and catalyzing new local history projects. It featured Gary Daynes video recording oral histories, Susie Petheram speaking about documenting historic buildings, and a presentation on scrapbooking as a historic preservation.
December 2009 – Shop Local
The December Sugar House Summit event focused on shopping local for the holidays. 40 businesses participated to encourage hundreds of shoppers in downtown Sugar House to shop local. Activities at the event included pictures at the Santa Shack (as well as complimentary hot chocolate and snacks for children waiting for their pictures), arts and crafts, and a wish list for shoppers to complete at participating businesses for a free scarf or beanie. During the event, surveyors were out asking shoppers their opinions on the Sugar House business district. The survey showed some interesting results about the business district.
February 2010 – The Art of Building Community
The survey from our December summit showed the importance the community places on safe and sustainable transportation in our community planning. The February summit focused on how we can create walkable, safe pedestrian pathways in Sugar House, as well as the art of sustainable community planning. This summit featured speakers Gary Daynes, Kathleen Hill, and Soren Simonsen.
May 2010 – Get Smart in Sugar House
This summit took place at the Sugar House Boys & Girls Club and focused on using our community as a summer learning resource for children. Community members gathered to discuss summer educational opportunities for Sugar House youth. This included RDT's green maps project, summer classes at the Segoe Lily School and the Visual Arts Institute, an introduction to Geo-Caching in the Sugar House area, a presentation by 12-year-old Breanna Steggell on what kids want to do in the summer, and additional presentations by the Boys & Girls Club, Kiwanis Club, Nibley Park Elementary, and Sprague Library. This summit culminated in a discussion regarding how we can expand our summer programs for children.
May 2011 – Volunteerism
For this summit, Sugar House residents came together to unite the community and promote civic engagement in Sugar House and beyond. Nonprofit representatives and volunteers coordinated to figure out where we have been, where we are, and where we are going in terms of civic engagement. During the volunteer speed dating, more than 20 attendees networked and make connections to promote volunteerism in the future. We facilitated discussions about why people got engaged in the community, where they got engaged, and hosted a volunteer speed dating exercise to match volunteers with organizations who needed their help and skills.
September 2011 – Entrepreneurship
Community members gathered to celebrate the Governor’s Entrepreneurship Week at our Sugar House Summit. Community members listened to speakers discussing entrepreneurship and branding their businesses. Linda Muir of the Center for New Enterprise gave a presentation about branding your business and asked people to think through a list of questions about their own business and strategic branding. She ran through several of the businesses owned by summit attendees and analyzed their brand and how they could improve. Additionally, she encouraged business owners to think about the customer journey and how to entice first-time customers to come into their businesses.