Dear Friends and Neighbors,
There is always a sense of excitement in the air as we retire the past year and look forward to all the possibilities of the new one ahead. But this year, I am even more enthused to ring in Year 2020.
We have been extensively planning for this new year and the decade beyond. We’ve engaged in spirited Cabinet meetings each week, as well as quarterly Priorities Meetings with the City Council and staff. We held our first 2020 Summit, which was a resounding success in gathering stakeholders in a networking forum at Regal Cinemas. We met in community gatherings, including our Envisioning Event at the Taylorsville Recreation Center, where residents huddled with planners to discuss ways to invigorate four primary commercial centers in our city.
We applauded this past year as big announcements were made, including the decision by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to locate a temple at 2603 W. 4700 South, and Target’s move to bring a new store to the Crossroads of Taylorsville Center. We watched with eagerness as the mounds of dirt first piled up for its foundation and then the walls rose high during construction of the new Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center.
We talked with landscaping and architecture experts to plan how our new City Center will look as we bring the Arts Center and adjacent City Hall together into one cohesive, community-centric space. We cheered at Ribbon Cuttings as many new small businesses opened across the city, and we gave our input at public hearings for the new Midvalley Connector Bus Rapid Transit line. We waited patiently as the aqueduct at 6200 South and Bangerter Highway was moved in advance of the coming freeway-style interchange there, and we worked diligently in further defining our 2020 Vision that includes these projects and so much more.
It is why we are thrilled to turn a page on the calendar and see this year now here. Many of our plans will come to fruition this year, including the opening of the Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center, the new City Center landscaping, the Target store opening, development of the Midvalley Connector BRT route, and the opening of the Bangerter Highway interchange at 6200 South.
It will be a whirlwind year, to be sure, and we can’t wait. But we are not stopping at the end of this year. Our 2020 Vision is a vision for the 2020s decade, beginning on Jan. 1, 2020, and ending on Dec. 31, 2029. In fact, I have a feeling these ’20s will be roaring for us!