Jason Olson
Danny Walz - Candidate for Salt Lake City Council District 7 before a debate at the Salt Lake City Library auditorium Wednesday, September 28, 2005. Photo by Jason Olson

SALT LAKE CITY — Mayor Jackie Biskupski has tapped Danny Walz to be the chief operating officer of the city’s Redevelopment Agency, pending approval by the City Council.

In a press statement, Biskupski praised Walz’s “unparalleled” expertise in redevelopment along the Wasatch Front.

“His long work history of revitalizing neighborhoods through the addition of a variety of housing types, activation of public spaces and creation of business districts began in Salt Lake City, so it’s appropriate he would return here to lead the capital city’s RDA team and continue its good work,” Biskupski said.

Walz has served as director of the Midvale Redevelopment Agency for the past 13 years, and was previously a senior project manager and project coordinator for the Salt Lake agency. He also serves as president of the Utah Redevelopment Association.

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The Redevelopment Agency works with communities to implement the city’s master plans to create housing opportunities, improve infrastructure, and participate in the economic development of the city. It is part of the Department of Economic Development, which also includes the Business Development and Salt Lake City Arts Council divisions.

Originally from Sherman Oaks, California, Walz holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Utah. He is a resident of Salt Lake City. The City Council is scheduled to vote on his appointment at its meeting Tuesday.