Peter Makowski is the Acting Director of Business Development for Salt Lake City’s Department of Economic Development. While working in the outdoor recreation industry for 7 years, he attended the University of Utah where he earned a Bachelors Degree in City and Metropolitan Planning. Upon graduation, he spent 4 years working in the Business Development Division of Ogden City, specializing in marketing, real estate, recruiting and retention efforts, community development finance, and small business assistance. He managed Ogden’s Small Business Loan Program, the City’s Business Information Center, and served as Executive Director of Wasatch Community Funding CDFI.

Peter is a Salt Lake City native and an active member of the community. He enjoys the outdoors and moonlights as a musician.

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We would also like to especially stress in solidarity supporting local businesses owned and operated by People of Color. Check out this great resource online:

Also, The rural petting zoo conversion Peter spoke of in the interview: