Mayors from around Salt Lake County participated in a ceremonial kickoff of Welcoming Week, a national effort intended to make communities feel like home to refugees and immigrants.

The mayors of Salt Lake County, Riverton, Cottonwood-Heights, South Salt Lake, Holladay, Taylorsville and Draper joined in the effort. They unveiled an art display featuring local food-business owners who are immigrants. The subjects were also in attendance.

Minority-owned restaurants and hotels employ nearly 4,000 people in the Salt Lake City area, generating $200 million in sales annually, according to a new study by the New American Economy.

The county has posted a schedule of events, including a refugee camp exhibit scheduled Sept. 27 at the Gallivan Center. Go online to https://slco.org/welcoming-salt-lake/ for more information.