State of the City address to include a ‘big announcement’

St. George Mayor Jon Pike gives the State of the City address to the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce at Dixie State University, St. George, Utah, Feb. 7, 2018 | File photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — St. George Mayor Jon Pike will discuss a variety of topics pertaining to the city and its future during his 5th annual State of the City address, set for Wednesday at noon at the Dixie State University Gardner Center Ballroom.

The address is being held in conjunction with the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce. Members of the public may attend for free; however, those wishing to eat lunch must register ahead of the event at the chamber website.

In a press release from the city, Pike said he plans to make a big announcement about active transportation.

“I am thrilled to get the opportunity to deliver our State of the City address to the Chamber as well as the St. George community as a whole,” he said. “The state of our city is strong. I am excited to share with our citizens what we have planned.”

Those unable to attend Feb. 6 have several viewing options. The speech may be viewed live on local cable, TDS Channel 22. It can also be viewed online at the city of St. George website, as well as the city’s Facebook page.

Pike will mark the achievements of several departments in 2018 and follow with “More Happening Ahead,” a rundown of planned items involving e-government, conservation, public safety, arts, parks, recreation, transportation, infrastructure and economic development.

Five department heads who became members of the city’s executive team in the 2018 calendar year will also be highlighted: City Manager Adam Lenhard, Community Development Director John Willis, Chief of Police Richard Farnsworth, Communications and Marketing Director David Cordero and Economic and Housing Development Director Shirlayne Quayle.

“We have a fantastic team at the City of St. George who bring great passion and creativity into their professions,” Pike said. “It’s a delight to feed off their energy on a day-to-day basis.”

Check-in to the State of the City address begins at 11:30 a.m., and the mayor’s speech will begin at noon. To register for lunch, click here. The payment of $15 for lunch can be made online or at the door.

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