Sunday, August 18, 2013

Work Session with Weber State University, Aug. 15, 2013

We had a productive work session with Weber State University.  It is necessary that Ogden City and Weber State University understand the different programs, and objectives to work jointly to achieve what is beneficial for all.  We are developing a strong partnership between Ogden City and Weber State.

Here are some of the topics that was reviewed at the work session.

1.     Weber State content on Channel 17.
        There are several legal matters that need to be worked out between Ogden City and Weber State.  The guidelines for both the city and the university are necessary for the protection of both.  There some topic that. can be on Channel 17 and some that would not work.  Ogden City, along with the help of Bill Francis of Channel 17, will work with Weber State for items that can be produced.  One suggestion is to put the events that is going on at the University so the citizens of will know what is happening with Weber State.  The objective is to develop a feeling with the citizens of Ogden that the university is part of our city and can all support and benefit from the event.

2.     Transit Corridor study.
        Ogden City, Weber State University and McKay Dee Hospital are stakeholder is developing a transportation program that will be beneficial for whole area of Weber County.  Our Transportation Master Plan needs to address what transportation will be like for the present and future.  Ogden City is working with UTA to improve the bus stops along the routes.  The new bus 605 is becoming very effective to move riders from the Hub to Weber State University with fewer stops and quicker service.  Transportation plan is very important to me.

3.     Promise Neighborhoods.
        The objective of this program is to prepare the students in the Ogden School District for the opportunity to attend a Trade Tech College, a University or College upon completing their formal education.  This program is through a grant from the Dept. of Education and is administered by the United Way along with a private group Ogden United.  The plan is to develop a pilot program at the James Madison school.  Because of the budget cuts from the federal government, the program could begin in the year 2014 or 2015.  To me education is essential to develop and bring new business opportunities to our city.  For the economic prosperity and employment opportunities we need educated and trained citizens.

If you have any concerns or questions please contact me at (801) 393-9796 or write your comments on face book.  If you are interested to contribute or help in any way contact me.  For any donation, Make Checks to the Re-Elect Doug Stephens Ogden City and mail it to 1131 16th Street Ogden, Utah 84404
Any donation or help is very much appreciated.  Councilman Doug Stephens, Ogden City Council.

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