Haven Scott – The Spectrum
Gov. Gary Herbert and Lt. Gov. Spencer Coxheadlined this year’s Utah Rural Summit meeting on the campus of Southern Utah University in Cedar City on Thursday.
The theme of the summit, “Why Rural Matters,” brought keynote speakers and residents from many rural Utah counties to explain the vital role that rural economic sectors play in Utah’s overall economy.
Utah is experiencing great economic growth due to the people of the state who believe in Utah principles and values, Herbert said.
“They are allowing us to excel in significant ways that are in fact the envy of the country,” he said.
Herbert said his No. 1 focus has been the economy and job growth, setting and achieving many audacious goals.
“Five years ago I said I wanted to see Utah not just come out of the recession, but to be the No. 1 best performing economy in America,” he said. “The last five months in a row we are the No. 1 performing economy in America.”
In rural Utah, employment has increased 2.4 percent from March 2014 to March 2015 (266,961 to 273,306), Herbert said.
“There is no state better positioned for international trade that Utah,” Herbert said. “We are a great business friendly environment, the best in America, and people outside are taking notice.”
The state recognizes the need for cleaner renewable energy, while still maintaining affordability, Herbert said. (…)