11 North 100 East, Washington City, UT 84780
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I’m Ken Nielson. I grew up in Southern Utah. My ancestors settled Washington, so I have deep roots here. I’ve been married for 35 years and have 3 children and 3 granddaughters.
In my free time, I’m active in my church and play sports. I’ve participated in the senior games in basketball and softball. My first love, however, is golf.
I have a degree in Business Administration from the University of Utah, and have owned several businesses.
Washington City is one of the safest little communities to live in. We have a lot of amenities. One resource is the community center. It’s been a major attraction in Southern Utah. It’s great for keeping your employees fit and healthy. If you like small town atmosphere with big city muscles, Washington is your place.
I’ve always tried to help people smile. I really enjoy politics and business relationships. I’m not one of those guys that thinks let’s be Washington, let’s be St. George, let’s be Hurricane. I think let’s be Southern Utah. Washington County is on a threshold of good economic development. That’s where my focus has been as mayor. I’m talking to businesses and people. I’m trying to get them to relocate here. It’s good for Washington; it’s good for Southern Utah.
AN OBSTACLE YOU’VE OVERCOME
Growth is a challenge we need to embrace. We need to be smart about it and manage our resources. We want to make sure we provide for our kids and grandkids and their kids, as far as we can. Growth is the challenge that mayors face, especially managing our resources like water. We’ve got to ensure that you can turn on your tap and know that you’re going to have water.
WHAT IS SOMETHING FUN ABOUT WHAT YOU DO
I totally enjoy the people. Going out and seeing the people, visiting with them, working out at the community center. We’ve had quite a few businesses relocate here since I’ve been mayor. It’s fun to visit with business owners and see what they’re looking for in an area to relocate. It’s fun to put those deals together.
Wonderful people live here and they don’t all just live in Washington. They live all over. They come here and they just enjoy it. We sit down and visit. I try to find out where they’re from, if they’re retired, or what they’re doing now. We’ve got 24,000 people here, and I want to get to know every one of them. I’m probably not going to be able to do that but I’d like to try.