It’s hard to believe that summer has come and gone and it’s now time for students to get back to school again.
Both of my kids are off to their respective universities, and while I’m excited about their futures, I have to admit that I’ll miss them b-bopping around the house while they are away. I am grateful that they have the opportunity to pursue higher education, and I believe that the Ogden School District helped to pave the way for them to have access to this life-shaping opportunity.
That said, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Luke Rasmussen to the Ogden School District as the new Superintendent. Luke is a tremendous supporter of our kids and has an authentic understanding of the challenges we face in today’s world. I believe there is no better champion for our children and the importance of education in our community. Recently, Ogden City was recognized as the most economically mobile community in the United States, and a significant factor in that is access to education and opportunity.
This August, Ogden had the unique honor of hosting the Utah Tourism Conference, hosted by the Weber County area tourism team, Visit Ogden.
Visit Ogden is our local visitor’s office and is largely responsible for the recruitment and booking of many big conferences and events that happen in Ogden each year. Their small team does a phenomenal job of keeping our community in the eyes of site selectors across the country and getting the word out that Ogden is an incredible place to visit and do business. I want to extend congratulations to their fearless leader and CEO, Sara Toliver, who was inducted into the Utah Tourism Hall of Fame this year. Congratulations, Sara! We’re all so lucky to have you at the helm of Visit Ogden.
Hall of Fame recipients are nominated by their peers and selected annually for contributions made to Utah’s tourism industry at the state, regional, or local levels. The Hall of Fame was first introduced in 1985 and has recognized 118 individuals who have elevated life in Utah through their leadership in tourism marketing, stewardship, and destination management. This honor is usually bestowed on individuals who are in or entering retirement, but like so many other industry trends, Sara and the Visit Ogden team are breaking the mold.
Finally, I want to thank everyone in our community for doing their part this summer while we experienced drought and extreme fire danger. It’s been a little rough, and our lawns have gone dormant a little earlier than usual, but I’m really proud of the good people of our city for adapting to environmental concerns and doing the right thing for our community, our friends, and our neighbors. That is the Ogden way, and I want to thank each of you for your compassion and kindness while we all work through these unique challenges together.
Wishing you all a wonderful fall season,
Ogden City Mayor