I hope this letter finds you all in good health and spirits with the new year in full swing. I’m very excited about the positive outlook we have for 2022 and all of the possibilities that it brings. The new year brings refreshing hope and optimism that recharge us all in our own unique ways.
2021 was an eventful and productive year in Ogden! When I reflect back on the year and think of our accomplishments, I’m always very proud to serve the Ogden community. Since being recognized by the Milken Institute as one of the best performing cities in the United States, our undeniable momentum has continued to spur growth and headway.
We completed several major infrastructure and roadway projects that will ultimately lead to major community improvements such as Ogden Express (OGX) and notable development under the Make Ogden plan. Our community development team either built or repaired more than a dozen homes under the Quality Neighborhoods program, with several more builds and repairs underway. More than 30 individuals were able to become homeowners in Ogden with the support of the Own in Ogden down payment assistance program. Ogden also supported start-up and growth of businesses for 789 individuals during 2021 through resources available at the Business Information Center. Furthermore, Ogden was one of only 3 major metropolitan areas to experience positive job growth from March of 2020 through March of 2021, reporting the creation of more than 700 new jobs during that period. It has been a remarkable year for our city!
We would like to welcome Ken Richey as the newest member of the Ogden City Council. I applaud his desire to serve the community and look forward to working with him. I would also like to invite you all to consider joining our team at Ogden City. We are always looking for individuals to come on board and help with our efforts to serve Ogden residents, while enjoying a fulfilling career in a dynamic and productive environment. The current job opening link can be found easily on the Ogden City homepage.
Wishing you all and your families a happy and successful 2022,
Ogden City Mayor