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Podcast: Salt Lake Valley’s Affordable Housing Challenges

Pete CodellaBusiness Elevated Podcast

Business Elevated Podcast (Season 4 Episode 28)

This podcast series features business and government leaders discussing what it’s like to live and work in the great state of Utah.

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This episode features a conversation between Christina Oliver, Housing & Community Development director in the Utah Department of Workforce Services, and podcast host Pete Codella, Go Utah’s communications director. The Deseret News recently quoted CNBC’s “America’s Top States for Business” study, which ranked Utah No. 1 for having the most stable housing market.

In this Business Elevated episode, listen as Oliver shares how her multifaceted professional experiences, in both the public and private sectors, prepared her for her current role. We talk about the number of affordable housing units throughout the state and the challenges Utah faces as the nation’s fastest-growing state. Oliver also discusses the consequences of growth and how the state can address it, housing and rent prices pre- and post-pandemic, and how Utah wages aren’t keeping pace with increased housing costs. The duo also talks about staying engaged in housing and community development issues, partnerships with like-minded organizations, and much more.