Governor honors projects that keep Utah ‘beautiful, healthy, prosperous, and neighborly”’

In a Thursday afternoon ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion, Governor Gary R. Herbert presented the Your Utah, Your Future Awards to eight local organizations and individuals for their work to improve the quality of life in Utah and sustainably address some of the state’s toughest challenges.

The winning projects were focused on issues including community design, transportation, water conservation, emissions reduction, affordable housing, disaster resilience, and education. The nearly two-decades-old awards are organized by Envision Utah, the Governor’s Office and the Quality Growth Commission. 

“The people and the projects we’re honoring are part of what drives Utah’s success,” Governor Herbert said. “They embody a uniquely Utah approach to addressing challenges, and they present solutions in innovative, collaborative ways. The more projects we have like these the better off Utah will be — now and in the future.”  

The awards are based on the Your Utah, Your Future Vision for 2050, a plan to improve quality of life while accommodating future growth in Utah. More than 52,000 Utahns participated in the Envision Utah-led Your Utah, Your Future process, creating a vision to keep Utah a great place to live even as population grows. The awards mark progress towards that vision — the only statewide vision in the country — and recognize projects across four categories or “cornerstones” (see categories and winners below). 

Dozens of projects and organizations were nominated for the Your Utah, Your Future Awards. Finalists were selected by the Envision Utah board of directors, and winners were selected by representatives from the Governor’s Office, the Quality Growth Commission and Envision Utah. 

“These awardees are some of the movers and shakers that make Utah a great place to live.” said Robert Grow, CEO of Envision Utah. “They receive the awards and recognition, but all of us benefit from the work they’re doing. We get to enjoy safe, resilient, prosperous, neighborly, and beautiful communities because of the collaboration and vision of the people and organizations we’re honoring with the Your Utah, Your Future Awards.”

The following are the 2019 Your Utah, Your Future Awards winners by category: 

Cornerstone One: A Network of Quality Communities 
West Valley City Fairbourne Station 
Holladay Village Center 
Cornerstone Two: Homes, Buildings, Landscaping and Cars of the Future Localscapes 
Mark Miller Toyota: Smog Rating Window Sticker 
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Disaster Resilience 
Cornerstone Three: A Thriving Rural Utah 
Grand County High-Density Housing Overlay Ordinance 
Cornerstone Four: People Prepared for the Future 
Salt Lake City School District Peer Assistance Review Program 
Lifetime Achievement Award 
Wilf Sommerkorn