Mayor Rocky Anderson- Portrait Reveal
Mayor Ross Anderson Portrait































Ogden Studios assisted Gavry and Monroe Productions, LLC with their new documentary, "Red Man, Blue State ".


The Mayor's portrait was unveiled to a packed audience in the Salt Lake City / County Building on Nov. 3rd, 2007. 

Anderson will be the central example as the film explores how local and state leaders have taken on issues including the environment, criminal justice, war and immigration.

World Leadership Award (Environment Category) (World Leadership


Founded YouthCity afterschool, summer, and employment programs

Increased general fund balance by more than 62%, from $20.3 million to

$32.6 million from 1999 to 2007

Issued Executive Order providing protection for gays and lesbians

Acquired or converted over 530 acres of land to open space

Added 250 center-of-the-street parking stalls to Broadway Boulevard and

300 East; introduced reverse-angle parking on 200 South to improve bicycle


Established Crisis Intervention Teams for protection of mentally ill


Profile in Courage Award (League of United Latin American Citizens)

Initiated Walkable Communities Ordinance

Green cars park for free at any City meter

Terminated ineffective DARE program. Brought highly successful ATLAS

Program to Salt Lake City schools

Constructed Intermodal Hub, first Salt Lake City-built LEED-certified


Partnered in transitional housing project for homeless veterans at Veterans


Presidential Award (National Association of Hispanic Publications)

Launched e2 Business program

Established Thurles, Ireland and Torino, Italy as Sister Cities; established

Izhevsk, Russia and Trujillo, Peru as Friendship Cities

Removed railroad line from 900 South. Established railroad quiet zone

Major improvements to Liberty Park

Launched e2 Citizen program

Richard J. Dennis Drugpeace Award (Drug Policy Alliance)

Salt Lake City International Jazz Festival (seven years)

Nationally recognized pedestrian safety campaign

Planet Defender Award (Respect the Earth)

Reduced global warming pollution emissions from municipal operations

by 31%

Issued Complete Streets Executive Order

Obtained presidential commutation for first-time drug offender

Launched Keep It Pure Campaign to educate residents on the importance

of protecting watershed lands

Distinguished Service Award (Sierra Club)

Advocated effectively for 1
4 cent transit sales tax increase, making possible

commuter rail and expanded light rail

Initiated open space at Library Square

KUER FM 90 Voice of Jazz Award

Created first Ethics Advisory Committee

Founded and co-hosted the Sundance Summit: A Mayor’s Gathering on

Climate Protection

Instituted free parking during the holiday season

Utahn of the Year (
Salt Lake Tribune)

Stopped the “sprawl mall”

Outstanding Humanitarian Leadership & Vision in Honoring and

Promoting Importance of Organ Donation Award

Airport: 89% increase in scheduled departures and over a 120% increase in

non-stop destinations

Environmental Stewardship Award (Utah Medical Association)

Facilitated TRAX line to the University. Initiated model community

coordination team and construction mitigation program

Best Elected Official Award (six consecutive years) (
City Weekly)

Continued Olympic tradition by delivering message of peace, youth, and

the environment to Torino, Italy, without the use of fossil fuels (bicycled

Lyon-to-Torino leg of journey)

Launched street safety initiatives, including distribution of 10,000

pedestrian reflector strips (in partnership with Rocky Mountain Power),

and stepped-up enforcement of pedestrian, bicycle, and motorist laws

Distinguished Alumnus (University of Utah College of Humanities)

Capital Improvement Program (CIP) funds increased 101% as a proportion

of revenue

Issued Executive Order implementing aggressive affirmative action


Political Leader of the Year (Utah Chapter, Sierra Club)

Advocated for passage of open space ordinance

Transformed criminal justice approach from punishment/retribution

model to restorative justice problem-solving initiative

Anderson named one of top ten straight advocates in US for GLBT equality

(Human Rights Campaign)

Raised funds for and constructed Celebration of Life monument, fountain,

and sculptures

Major presentations to international audiences, including the Clinton

Global Initiative, assistants to heads of state in London in preparation for

the 2005 G8 summit, UN COP 8 Conference in New Dehli, the UN COP 10

Conference in Buenos Aires, the National Environmental Law Society, the

Newsweek Global Environmental Leadership Advisory Committee, and the

Business and Sustainability Summit in Australia

International Leadership Award (International Council for Local

Environmental Initiatives—ICLEI)

Achieved highest ratio of paramedics to citizens of any city in Utah

Convened City’s first Mayor’s Coalition on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other


Pink Star Award (CodePink)

Partnered and advocated for Bridge Project

Raised funds for and acquired Alan Houser sculpture

Climate Protection Award (Environmental Protection Agency)

Hosted the 2002 Winter Olympic Games (
Sports Illustrated rated Mayor

Anderson as “Hot” for being a “quick-witted” and “amiable” host.

Baltimore Sun christened him ”Minister of Fun”)

City captures methane produced from waste decomposition at the Salt

Lake Valley Landfill

Reformed City's severance pay policies

Initiated City green waste curbside recycling program (begins March 2008)

Spine Award (Progressive Democrats of America and The Backbone


Provided assistance to Local First Utah

52% of the Airport’s light vehicle fleet and 100% of its shuttle buses operate

using compressed natural gas

Updated and adopted Salt Lake City Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan

Got rid of 41 SUV’s in City fleet

Renovated Brooks Arcade Building

89 City vehicles run on natural gas

Richard Beatty Mellon Stewardship Award (Air & Waste Management


Fought against transportation and storage at Yucca Mountain of high-level

nuclear waste, including testimony before U.S. Senate Energy and Natural

Resources Committee

Instituted Workplace Mentoring Program at Horizonte

Issued Executive Order providing domestic partner benefits for City


Recognized by Surface Transportation Policy Project as most improved city

in the US for pedestrian safety

ICLEI Outstanding Community Outreach Achievement Award

Fought to vindicate federal environmental laws in Legacy Highway


Created Salt Lake City’s first Heavy Rescue Team, equipping firefighters to

handle specialized rescue situations

Created Salt Lake City Green Team

Business Week named Mayor Anderson one of top 20 advocates in the world

on climate change

Organized numerous parent, teacher, and clergy training sessions to

educate community about substance abuse

Partnered in constructing Jefferson Apartments (low-income housing)

Created YouthCity Artways

Resolved Main Street Plaza controversy

Launched citywide curbside recycling program in 2001; recycling increased

by 87%

Originated, and secured land and financing for, Sorenson Unity Center

City website ranked fifth in the nation by Brown University and fourth

among midsize cities by Center for Digital Government

Hosted successful 2002 National League of Cities conference

Initiated methane recapture and cogeneration at wastewater treatment


Salt Lake City reduced water use nearly 15% from 2000 to 2006

City ranked fourth in the nation by Center for Digital Government for

transparency and citizen participation through technology

Monthly Saturday Morning with the Mayor meetings

Comprehensive 5-year and 10-year climate protection and air quality plan

Successful campaign to require screening at airports nationwide of all

checked luggage. First airport in nation to screen all checked luggage

National campaign to stop use of bottled water

Issued anti-idling Executive Order

YouthCity Artways a two-time semifinalist for NEA’s “Coming Up Taller”


National leadership in opposition to invasion and occupation of Iraq

Percentage of City workforce from ethnic minority community increased

37% since December 1999

Established Police Civilian Review Board

Association for Commuter Transportation Individual Leadership Award

Made City and County Building carbon-neutral

Implemented a task performance test for firefighters

Hosted monthly Brown Bag Lunch Speakers’ Series

White House/National Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Preserve America designation

Partnered in constructing the 100-unit Sunrise Apartments for chronically


Best Activist (
City Weekly)Employment Review ranked Salt Lake City as fifth best place to live and


Secured $7.5 million donation from Real Salt Lake for Athletics Complex,

and advocated effectively for passage of $15.3 million bond

Hosted the 2007 Rotary International Convention, largest convention in

state history

Money Magazine ranked Salt Lake City as "the Best in the West"

Initiated offsetting of all employee air travel through preservation of

rainforest land in Costa Rica

Shepherded drought-tolerant landscaping and conservation rate

ordinances to approval by City Council

Places Rated Almanac rated the Salt Lake City area as the best place to live in

North America

Monthly News and Community Conferences

Facilitated six years of property acquisition and over one year of

negotiations to allow the construction of neighborhood lifestyle center at

North Temple and Redwood Road

US Conference of Mayors named Salt Lake City one of ten most livable big

cities in the US

Updated and printed the 2002 and 2006 Salt Lake City Bikeways Maps

Established Youth Mural Project

Percentage of Mayor’s Office employees from ethnic minority community

increased 58% since December 1999

Established Cold Case Unit for solving old, closed homicide cases

City Livability Award, US Conference of Mayors (pedestrian safety)

Launched major billboard and bus advertising campaign urging people to

seek urgent medical help for overdose victims

Unprecedented support of affordable housing: spent over $46 million on

housing, granted 170 First-Time Homebuyer loans, created 3436 affordable

units and 357 market-rate units

ICLEI Milestones Award

Conducted public process for revitalizing Pioneer Park. Began construction

of first phase of improvements to Park, including fitness trail, dog park,

and entry plazas

Organized massive, first-ever Step It Up event to promote effective action

on global warming

Transformed plans for Library Square to include open space on east side

Poll in
Conde Nast Traveler ranked Salt Lake City International Airport as

one of the 10 favorite airports of U.S. travelers

Implemented Executive Order mandating purchase of EnergyStar

equipment by the City whenever possible

Held monthly One-on-One with the Mayor meetings

US Conference of Mayors and DuPont Best Practices Award (lead safety)

Vastly increased outdoor dining; advocated for outdoor dining ordinance


EPA Green Power Leadership Award

Fought successfully for artists’ rights at Pioneer Park

Created Refugee Youth and Family Project

31% of appointments to City boards and commissions from ethnic minority


Created successful Justice Court

Achieved unprecedented four-handed staffing on all Fire Department

apparatuses over 95% of the time

National Arbor Day Foundation TreeCity USA and Growth Award

US Conference of Mayors Cans for Cash Recycling Contest—Most

Innovative Campaign

Men’s Health rated SLC the most smoke-free city in the country and the 5thbest

city in the country for men

Drafted, narrated, and broadcast numerous radio spots statewide on

substance abuse, underage drinking, and public health

Facilitated first homeless overflow shelter by an Olympic host city

Launched Arts in the Park program

Salt Lake City International Airport ranked most on-time airport in the

country for departures

Honorable mention in 50 Fabulous Gay-Friendly Places to Live

Right-sized City fleet to use smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles and

vehicles powered by clean sources of energy

Implemented unique Employee Disclosure System providing disclosure of

public money reimbursed to all City employees

Added over 15 miles of bicycle lanes

Honorable Mention for City Livability Award, US Conference of Mayors

(Bridging the Religious Divide)

YouthCity inspired statewide afterschool movement

Percentage of City officials and administrators (higher levels of

responsibility and compensation) from ethnic minority community

increased 48% since December 1999

Data collection system to monitor possible racial profiling in Police


Fire Department maintained a response time of five minutes or less for all

life-threatening emergencies during 2007

“City at Your Feet” award from America Walks

Held Freedom Forums on substance abuse (including abuse of prescription


Conducted RFP process for use of old library building and helped secure

$10 million bond for The Leonardo

Recognized by
American Style as one of top 25 arts destinations in the


Originated plan and advocated for flowers on Main Street

Partnered on Parley’s trail connection

City Library named “Library of the Year” by Library Journal

Launched West Side Initiative to draw development projects to West Salt

Lake City

“Bicycle-Friendly Community” in the bronze category (League of

American Bicyclists)

Started summertime Pioneer Park Concert Series

Discontinued use of bottled water by City Administration

Issued Gift Ban Executive Order

Extensive positive profiles of Salt Lake City in
Sky Magazine and Travel and


Numerous bike racks installed throughout the city, including 65 new racks


Sued and successfully established in court that English Only initiative

cannot impact City communications

Originated TIPS4CASH reward program to solve and deter crime

Co-hosted town hall meeting on underage drinking and drug abuse with

Mary Kaye Huntsman and Robert Gray

Raised funds and re-opened Seven Canyons Fountain after installation of

filter system for safety

Launched Artists on Main Street program

Improved recycling at City events and provided for free water from coolers

as alternative to bottled water

Developed SLC-TV Channel 17 into content-rich, engaging resource,

available on cable television and online at

Instituted One-Stop Shop in City’s Business Services and Licensing


Public art project, including whirligigs, on downtown bike racks

Established Family-to-Family Program to assist Airport raid victims

Campaign warning about risks of underage drinking

Constructed skateboarding parks at Fairmont and Jordan Parks

Partnered with Salt Lake City Marathon and 5K

Convened Salt Lake City Sustainability Committee

Vastly improved City’s award-winning website

Recruited AlphaGraphics world headquarters to Salt Lake City

Installed “Share the Road” signs

Flew Rainbow Flag over City & County Building

Launched extensive public campaign to reduce sexual violence in our


Launched campaigns to reduce the incidence of fetal alcohol syndrome and

promote eating dinner with family as means of preventing substance abuse

Initiated Salt Lake City Gets Fit Together, a citywide fitness program

Opened first City tree nursery

Partnered with XMission to provide free wireless internet access at City

Library, Pioneer Park, Liberty Park, and on Main Street

Created citizen task force for liquor law reform

Implemented numerous pedestrian- and bicyclist-activated traffic signals

Initiated Bridging the Religious Divide program

Advocated for State law ban on smoking and initiated City ordinance

banning smoking at City parks and mass gatherings

Champion of Life Award (Quest for the Gift of Life Foundation)

Began Monday Night Movie series in seven City parks

Initiated Blue Sky wind power purchase (Salt Lake City largest purchaser)

Hero of the Soccer Community (Utah Youth Soccer Association)

Intern program in the Mayor’s Office for college students

Began partnership to create a bicycle transit center at the Intermodal Hub

Co-convened Alliance for Unity

Launched Halloween Monster Block Party

Implemented high performance building Executive Order

Freedom Forum series on critical, controversial issues

Proposed mandatory helmet ordinance to City Council

Launched Sunday People’s Market at Jordan Park

Hosted monthly “Rocky Hour” on KCPW

Issued Executive Order and launched major public campaign against using

cell phones while driving

Outside Magazine ranked Salt Lake City one of 18 “new American Dream