South Jordan residents, businesses, staff, and council members have risen to the challenges that 2020 has presented. As a City, we’ve had to be versatile and come up with creative solutions to everyday tasks and issues. This is perhaps most true for our businesses in the City.
We’ve had several new businesses that have opened or expanded, including Texas Roadhouse and the Merit Medical South Campus, with others that have been approved. We have added more job opportunities with beautiful new Class-A office buildings and opened the new VA Clinic.
We awarded the University of Utah Health Center here in South Jordan as our 2020 Corporate Citizen. That business stepped up during the pandemic and has done an amazing job with COVID-19 testing. We appreciate all the health care workers who are part of the effort to keep people healthy.
Sales tax numbers are up from what we projected for the year and our businesses seem to be faring pretty well during the pandemic. Food places with a drive-thru or curbside service have stayed strong and busy. The issuance of new business licenses has been steady despite the pandemic. In fact, we currently have 1,722 active business licenses and over 28,000 employees working in South Jordan, which is the highest number we’ve ever had.
We will continue working closely with our South Jordan Chamber of Commerce, Salt Lake County, the State of Utah and our congressional delegation to try to ensure our businesses have what they need to remain strong and open.
We are very proud of the city’s response to the pandemic. Our team has worked hard, and we’ve been able to keep all departments open and all services happening, while transitioning much of our staff to working at home. Our level of service has remained exceptional and we continue to enjoy the wonderful quality of life we strive to provide here in South Jordan.
We will continue working together and we’ll weather the challenges of this pandemic, emerging even stronger than before.