‘What’s the Point?’ Community conversation will discuss plans for old Draper prison site

The Salt Lake Tribune, Rocky Mountain Power to host public event at Silicon Slopes Nov. 30.

(Rendering by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, via Point of the Mountain State Land Authority) Residential neighborhoods in The Point, a Utah-backed housing and economic development project proposed on 600 state-owned acres at Point of the Mountain in Draper.

This story is part of The Salt Lake Tribune’s ongoing commitment to identify solutions to Utah’s biggest challenges through the work of the Innovation Lab.

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“What’s the Point? Utah’s Laboratory for Innovation” is a community conversation that will explore development of the old Utah State Prison site in Draper into an incubator for modern solutions. The event will be held Nov. 30 at 4 p.m. at Silicon Slopes, 2600 West Executive Parkway, Suite 140, Lehi.

The 600 acres of state-owned land is a unique opportunity. Situated in the middle of the fastest growing part of Utah and surrounded by its blossoming tech sector, it is a blank canvas for building out a modern vision of livability and productivity. But the promise of the Point extends beyond the development boundaries. The intent is to bring together Utah’s universities at the site to develop solutions to a wide range of challenges Utahns are facing across the state.

Sounds high-minded, but what will that mean? That is what we’ll aim to find out in this conversation, which is sponsored by The Salt Lake Tribune and Rocky Mountain Power. It also will be streamed at sltrib.com.

Participants will include Theresa Foxley, CEO of Economic Development Corporation of Utah, Jefferson Moss, the Point’s Innovation District project manager and a state legislator, and James Campbell, director of innovation and sustainability policy for PacifiCorp/Rocky Mountain Power. Tribune renewable energy reporter Tim Fitzpatrick will moderate.

Those interested in attending can RSVP at www.eventbrite.com/e/whats-the-point-utahs-laboratory-for-innovation-tickets-468006288407.

Tim Fitzpatrick is The Salt Lake Tribune’s renewable energy reporter, a position funded by a grant from Rocky Mountain Power. The Tribune retains all control over editorial decisions independent of Rocky Mountain Power.