As Summer swings into full season here in Ogden, I’m personally very excited to see events coming back online and to see so many happy faces enjoying all that our great city has to offer. We like to say “big life, small radius” when we’re talking about our community with others who might not be familiar with our access to opportunities, and this resonates loudly with us through the summer events season.
In Ogden, we’re experiencing undeniable momentum. The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently showed that the Ogden metro area is among just three cities in the United States that added jobs during the pandemic. Speaking of that, we’re very excited to welcome Thermo Fisher to the Business Depot Ogden. Their new 55,000-square-foot facility will likely bring more than 450 new jobs to our area. We’re extremely happy that they’ve decided to invest in our area during their expansion.
The Suazo Business Center, a nonprofit organization based in Salt Lake City, has opened an office in Ogden at Ogden City’s Business Information Center. The Suazo Business Center is a business resource center committed to the development and empowerment of the Latino/Hispanic and other underserved communities.
Aside from Business growth and expansion, many community events are coming back in full swing, and I think we’re all ready to come together to celebrate. Whether you are out enjoying a casual free movie in the park, celebrating our statehood during the famous Ogden Pioneer Days events, or enjoying an evening at Ogden Twilight, there are options for everyone. We hope you’ll take the opportunity to meet new people, explore the town, and maybe even try one of our great downtown restaurants while you’re out and about!
As you probably already have seen or heard, Ogden’s emerging art scene just got better with the brand-new mural installation on Grant Avenue parking structures. Art gives the people of our community a sense of place and belonging. We put a high priority on funding public art and hope that you see little surprises around town that make your day brighter. Ogden’s art committee and community put their hearts and souls into their part of creating a vibrant and economically thriving downtown, and we appreciate all that is happening this year.
Finally, please continue to be kind to one another and do your part this summer while we work through an extremely hot season in drought conditions. We hope you’ll conserve water however you can and do your part in fire prevention by not using fireworks or having open flames. We can all do our part to avoid tragic loss due to an unnecessary fire, and we can certainly do our part to save on water.
I’m looking forward to a wonderful summer here in Ogden and hope that you, your families, and your loved ones will also find cause to celebrate each other and enjoy our wonderful city.
All the best,
Mayor Mike Caldwell