Wilford W. Clyde: Lake Powell Pipeline will build a better community

(Leah Hogsten | Tribune file photo) The proposed Lake Powell Pipeline would divert water from the Colorado River from above Glen Canyon dam to provide municipal water to Washington and Kane counties in southern Utah.

As a sixth-generation and lifelong Utahn, father, grandfather and businessman, I support the development of the Lake Powell Pipeline.

Utah is filled with distinct and desirable communities, and Washington County is no exception. The culture is educated, caring, industrious and hardworking. Low taxes, top-tier infrastructure and effective local and state governments make it an outstanding place to live and do business. The quality of life for families and individuals of all ages can’t be beat and because of this there are people moving to this area from all parts of the country.

Nearly 100 years ago, my grandfather established our construction business, now known as Clyde Companies, on hard work and ethical principles. I am privileged to serve as CEO of this organization, which now has more than 3,500 employees in the intermountain west, of which most are in Utah.

My grandfather’s values and ethics still serve as the guiding principles of our companies as we work to achieve our corporate mission, “Building a Better Community.” Throughout the years our company has built roads and supplied construction materials to most areas of the state including Washington County.

As the former mayor of Springville, I know the challenges that a growing region will face. There are ways to ensure that growth is for the betterment of the community. I’ve been part of such growth — where the community’s history is preserved, where quality of life is improved and resources are ensured for future generations.

In both my professional and personal life, I have strived to continually implement this mission of “building a better community.” I believe that by developing the Lake Powell Pipeline, Washington County can continue to grow and provide a place for people to raise their families and provide opportunities to for their children to live and work in this beautiful area of our state.

The pipeline will secure the future of Washington County and help to build a better Utah. It is for these principled reasons that I support the prompt development of the Lake Powell Pipeline.

Wilford W. Clyde

Wilford W. Clyde is the CEO of Clyde Companies Inc., Orem. He has been chairman of the Utah Manufacturers Association, president of the Utah Associated General Contractors and chairman of the Salt Lake Chamber. He is a member of the Utah Board of Regents.