Happy New Year, friends! I hope this finds you happy and healthy.
2022 was a wonderful year for South Jordan. Our City is known for its unique neighborhoods, sense of community, beautiful parks, high quality of life, and a business-friendly economic environment. The secret is out about South Jordan because we are one of the fastest-growing cities in America.
Over the past year, we successfully secured funding from the state legislature to complete our final interchange at Bangerter Highway, working collaboratively with UDOT to ensure Bangerter will go under 9800, similar to our other two interchanges. This was significant as it will not impede on the middle school and will also allow the pedestrian bridge to remain at its current location, securing the safe walking route across Bangerter.
Our new splash park is under construction on Redwood Road, and we could not be more excited to offer this amenity to the community! The recirculating system is designed for water conservation and will help provide family fun and relief from the heat while prioritizing sustainability and drought-friendly protocols.
South Jordan has developed a reputation for innovative solutions for smart growth to ensure our long-term success, as well as the health and well-being of our residents. We named Ivory Homes our Corporate Citizen of the Year for their work with us to provide affordable workforce housing for our police, firefighters, City staff, and teachers. We launched the state’s first water purification facility that cleans recycled water to drinking water standards, which has the potential to add an additional resource to our water portfolio in the state. As a community, we saved more water through conservation methods than any other member agency in the Jordan Valley Water District. (Thank you!) Google Fiber also continues to make progress in our city.
We had a great deal of exciting growth in our economic landscape in 2022. We issued 260 new businesses licenses this year to restaurants like Munch Kart, Zulu Grille, Sergio’s Pizza, and Happy Teriyaki; several health and wellbeing businesses like, Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa and EOS Fitness; numerous additional office spaces; and so many more.
We have also had amazing growth in existing businesses, including Ultradent, which is our second largest employer in the City with 1,633 employees. They’ve been in South Jordan since 1990 and they continue to contribute to our economic health.
Larger employers also continue to move into South Jordan, bringing jobs to the City. In 2022, AmTrust Financial Services created 40 new jobs with a plan to hire a total of 180, PointClickCare Technologies added 200 jobs, and Psomas Corp added 39 jobs. In addition, the City hired 5 new firefighters for Station 64.
Finally, I want to recognize a business that has been here longer than most of our residents and continues to give to our community—the beautiful Glenmoor Golf Course. Not only does Glenmoor help us maintain critical green space in our City, they offer so much in the way of recreation and community engagement. In 2022, they also partnered to create the first-ever unified golf program in Utah. We appreciate all that Glenmoor does for our community.
We are working hard to ensure our economic landscape continues to grow and thrive, and there are several exciting announcements in the works for this year! I want to thank all of our business owners in South Jordan for the vital role they play in our community and economy and each of you for the service you give. Here’s to a wonderful 2023! The future is certainly bright in South Jordan.
Mayor Dawn R. Ramsey