‘State of the City’ to be addressed at Chamber meeting

Photo courtesy of the City of St. George, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — The St. George Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes St. George City Mayor Jon Pike for his second annual “State of the City” address surrounding the theme “The Brighter Side,” Wednesday, Feb 7 at 11:30 a.m.

Transportation, water, housing, healthcare, sustainability, education, workforce, job creation and quality of life are just some of the challenges and opportunities facing St. George and surrounding areas for the foreseeable future.

At this year’s State of the City address, Mayor Pike will present the city’s recent accomplishments in the areas of public safety, arts, parks, recreation, conservation, transportation, infrastructure and economic development and outline what’s on the horizon for St. George moving forward.

Join us and you’ll find out why we call St. George “The Brighter Side.”

Event details

  • What: St. George Area Chamber of Commerce hosts Mayor Jon Pike with the “State of the City” address.
  • When:Wednesday, Feb. 7, networking at 11:30 a.m., program at noon.
  • Where: Dixie State University Gardner Ballroom, 225 S. University Avenue, St. George.
  • Details: Members $15, non-members $20, Park in Lot M. Click here to pre-register – a necessity.

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  • NickDanger February 6, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    I can tell you the state of this city.

    – There is a very small, already-wealthy, greed-driven element in St. George who want to see this large-ish TOWN grow into a small-ish CITY, so they can profit off that growth, and for no other reason. These people should be taken back behind the outhouse and shot, but since that’s no longer an option, they should merely be exposed as the undesirables they are. Of course, exposing undesirables on the upper end of the economic scale is virtually impossible – if you have money, you’re automatically not a parasitic scumbag. Right?

    SOLUTION: Eat the rich.

    – The traffic in this town is already out of control and none of the fixes in the works are going to help it. The only way to alleviate the kind of congestion we have in St. George is to build bypasses, and all the bypass options are blocked by environmentalists.

    SOLUTION: Forget the turtles, build for the humans.

    – The business attitude of St. George is not conducive to a working middle class. Businesses here pay very low wages, but real estate prices are gravitating toward the range of retirees – people with a lot of savings. The industrial section of town is loaded with prime lots for people who want to move businesses here to provide middle-class jobs, but guess what? Businesses WON’T move here because St. George refuses to set up utility connections for those lots in advance. The only corporations who have been setting up shop here are those who have been able to find ready buildings for sale. When corporations make decisions, they are not going to wait months for their lot to be prepared. Great place to retire, great place to go to school (I imagine), but this would be a very difficult place for a person to move to and try to raise a family in the conventional manner.

    SOLUTION: Make the commitment to those industrial lots, bring in industry, create jobs.

    On the positive side, St. George is beautiful and filled with lovely, friendly people. For now.

    • comments February 6, 2018 at 7:25 pm

      I bet people had the same probs with how SoCal was changing back in the day. Now it’s turned into baby mexico. “progress” will be inevitable i’m afraid.

      • NickDanger February 6, 2018 at 8:45 pm

        Honestly, comments, a city’s growth is never inevitable. Someone has to make it happen, and those someones always have a monetary motive.

        There are a lot of people, myself being one of them, who enjoy living in a town of this exact size. I mean what have you got here – basically you’ve got one of everything. I.E., one Smith’s, one Harmon’s, one Best Buy, one Home Depot, one Lowe’s, one Carl’s Jr., one Applebee’s, one Chili’s, one In-and-Out Burger, and so on and on – along with TWO Walmarts and a half-dozen McDonald’s of course.

        But that is an optimal size for a town/city, and when you reach it, things become very livable. So people like me want to move there; which I did. And what do I bring? Money. I buy a house. I shop locally. I buy vehicles. I pay taxes. I don’t break the law, and I don’t ask or need anything from the city itself or any of its citizens. I’m strictly an asset to St. George, and I never change.

        If the city itself changes, though, the deal is off. I’ll be gone like a fart in the wind. I love it here. But I love it here, now, like it is. If St. George’s business leaders want to make a bunch of money off this place by selling its pristine serenity to the highest bidder, that’s their choice. But then this will be a far different kind of city, and one without people like me in it.

        • comments February 6, 2018 at 11:49 pm

          Agree. The traffic, as annoying as it is, won’t be what drives me out. It’ll be when the air quality goes south. Place is getting nuts tho. Does bluff st really need 7 lanes?

  • Law24 February 6, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    I can’t say that I’m a fan of having to pay to listen to my mayor tell me how the city is doing and what the future holds. This event should be at a larger venue (Burns Arena, Dixie Center), and should be free.

  • utahdiablo February 6, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    This place is going to hell faster that you can name the devil….enjoy!

  • 12345 February 6, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    Sweet and short, if you don’t like it here feel free to leave ….have a nice trip

  • dons8120 February 7, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    Sounds like a fund raising rally for the the mayor of St. George to me. Dear rich citizens of St. George give me money and I will hide the crime and homelessness of St. George so you think you live in a paradise.

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