A few years ago, I was invited to attend a meeting in a large Utah city that had been strapped with significant complaints about their community development. Shortly after the meeting began, another attendee asked what their city could do to improve. Two of the most prominent business operators in the room pointed toward my end of the table and said, “Talk to him. He’s on the council in Lehi and they know what they are doing.”
Aside from the immediate awkwardness of the situation, I could not help but feel a strong sense of pride for what Lehi City had indeed accomplished over the last several years.
For good reason Lehi City, with a population of over 65,000, has frequently been listed among the top “fastest growing cities in the country.” Not only do residents feel safe in Lehi, but they also rate it extraordinarily high as a great place to raise a family.
We are at the heart of Silicon Slopes and many well-recognized tech companies continue to locate here. IM Flash, Adobe, Xactware, Oracle, Entrata, Workfront and Ancestry have made Lehi home. Even more businesses are in the process of establishing operation in our city. Our community offers a very low unemployment rate with many great paying technical job opportunities. Companies have realized that Lehi has a great work force and our location for success could not be better.
Lehi has always focused on quality of life and is genuinely committed to maintaining the atmosphere of a family-oriented community. Educational and recreation facilities with their associated programs continue to grow. The public library, the Lehi-Rippy Literacy Center, the Hutchings Museum and more support intellectual growth while the Legacy Center and our recreational programs promote health and activities for all age groups.
We are busy. Currently, Lehi City effectively maintains 520 road lane miles, 505 total acres of open space with 250 acres of park space requiring regular maintenance, and 10 linear miles of trails. Our Power Department manages over 395,705,000 delivered kWh each year and we operate over1,000 miles of pipelines. It is not an understatement to say we realize the importance of maintaining a quality infrastructure for our residents and business community.
Mayor Mark Johnson