Education is the corner stone of economic development and public safety, and I believe that the mayor’s office has a responsibility to Ogden residents to collaborate with our university, technical college, and school district to build bridges between education and community. When I was first elected mayor, the relationship between Weber State and Ogden City had sat dormant for years. Now, I am proud to say that we are seeing success through the College Town Initiative and the recently opened Weber State Downtown. We’ve partnered heavily with the school district to build new STEM programming to make sure our students are ready to enter the job market. The relationships between educators and the city are growing every year to the benefit of our current students and future workforce, and the New Bridge Stem Magnet School downtown is a great example of that partnership. I’m Proud to have had my own daughters in the Ogden School District. My oldest daughter just graduated from the IB program at OHS and was one of only 3 students in Utah to receive the prestigious US Presidential Scholars award.