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The Woodland Hills City Office is pictured Friday, April 13, 2018. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald

UTOPIA Fiber expanding to Woodland Hills

UTOPIA Fiber, Utah’s open-access fiber optic network, will bring fast internet to the growing city of Woodland Hills starting in late 2018. Woodland Hills will become the first additional city to have UTOPIA Fiber built since the original 11 member cities formed UTOPIA in 2004.

“In this era, reliable, fast internet service is as important as sewer, water, and electric service,” Woodland Hills Mayor Wendy Pray said in a press release.

UTOPIA Fiber will build the community’s fiber network, connect the homes, and manage the system, and Woodland Hills will own the network as part of its city infrastructure. UTOPIA Fiber projects are open-access, meaning it makes the fiber system available to local and regional providers rather than competing with private providers. Woodland Hills’ residents will be able to choose various services from 10 local competing ISP’s that run on UTOPIA Fiber’s network. Construction will begin in the coming months.

“Woodland Hills came to us looking for a solution for its residents for reliable, high-speed internet service,” said Roger Timmerman, UTOPIA Fiber’s executive director, in a press release. “The existing private provider’s services weren’t cutting it. This shows that the UTOPIA Fiber system is working and we anticipate more cities partnering with us in the near future.”

UTOPIA Fiber currently offers residential services up to 10 Gbps and 100 Gbps for businesses.

2018 WeROC Conference to take place in SL

The 2018 Women Entrepreneurs Realizing Opportunities for Capital, or WeROC, conference will be Oct 23 at Salt Lake Community College. This is a full-day event to help female entrepreneurs investigate the why and how of raising funds for their companies. Attendees will learn from successful female investors and business owners, and hear the secrets behind overcoming issues and perceptions in the industry.

The keynote speaker will be Trish Costello, founder and CEO of Portfolia, the leading venture investing platform designed for women. Her goal is to have over 100,000 women and their colleagues and friends investing in Portfolia Funds in five years.

The day will also include panel discussions and presentations focused on changing the culture and investing in women and how effect change for women at the board level. To register for the event, visit

Outdoor rec center to hold grant workshops

The Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation will be holding grant workshops in November in northern Utah to assist organizations with the Outdoor Recreation Grant process. The Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant program helps fund outdoor recreation infrastructure projects that aim to improve recreation amenities for residents as well as attract tourists to the region.

New this year, state and federal partners will participate in the grant workshops to teach attendees about the three major programs available to help increase recreation. These programs include the Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant program, the National Parks Service Recreational Trails and Conservation Assistance program, and the Utah State Parks Recreational Trails Program. The Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service will also make brief presentations in the grant workshops.

Interested representatives can attend any one of the following workshop times:

9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 1 in Salt Lake City.

9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 5 in Provo.

9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 6 in Park City.

9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 7 in Brigham City.

During the workshops, the Office of Outdoor Recreation team will walk participants through the process to help them create a compelling grant submission. Also, partner organizations will present other grant opportunities available. Applications for next year’s grant cycle will be accepted from Jan. 10 to Feb. 28, 2019.

In 2018, the Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant awarded funding for 58 outdoor recreation infrastructure projects statewide. The grant amounts ranged from $4,000 to $150,000 including matching funding per project. In the 2019 grant cycle, award amounts will range from $5,000 to $150,000.

For additional information about the Outdoor Recreation Grant, visit

Karissa Neely reports on Business and North County events, and can be reached at 801-344-2537 or Follow her on Twitter: @DHKarissaNeely