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Salt Lake City asking public to help design a new city flag

The Salt Lake City Flag flies over the Salt Lake City-County Building on Nov. 7, 2006
The Salt Lake City Flag flies over the Salt Lake City-County Building on Nov. 7, 2006
Scott Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — After years of hearing that the city’s green flag with its mountains, skyline and text have left people wanting, city leaders are issuing a call for design for a new flag. Would-be vexillographers are invited to submit up to two entries by June 30.

“A well-done flag can capture the heart and soul of a community and foster a real sense of pride. I’m excited for Salt Lake City to have a flag that better represents this beautiful, unique place and our people,” Mayor Erin Mendenhall said in a statement. “With everything happening in the world, a creative, community pursuit like this is a welcome change.”

Submissions will be reviewed and finalists will be chosen by the Salt Lake City Flag Design Committee, which will consider each design’s incorporation of flag design standards and its representation of Salt Lake City.

The committee includes Ted Kaye, North American Vexillological Association and “author of Good Flag, Bad Flag,” City Council Chairman Chris Wharton, Felicia Baca, director of the Salt Lake City Arts Commission, former Gov. Mike Leavitt, and others.

Finalists will be rated by the public in an online rating window before the mayor and City Council make a final decision. The winning entry will be awarded a $3,000 prize and get to see their creation waving from flagpoles for years to come.

Design criteria, contest entry information and more can be found at slc.gov/flag