Gov. Herbert Asks 50,000 Citizens to Help Plan Utah’s Future

Gov. Gary R. Herbert recently announced the next step in Envision Utah’s “Your Utah, Your Future” campaign, a statewide effort to gather 50,000 Utah voices on 11 key areas to help leaders plan for a population that is anticipated to almost double by 2050. Already, over 12,000 Utahns have weighed in.

“In Utah, we don’t believe in sitting back and seeing where growth will take us,” said Gov. Herbert. “Growth requires us to look forward proactively and take a thoughtful approach to ensure we maintain a high quality of life and strong economy in the decades to come.”

Residents are encouraged to visit the Envision Utah website ( and give their voice on 11 issues that state leaders and planners consider critical in anticipating future growth challenges. 

The survey asks Utahns to choose among alternative futures that impact the following 11 areas:

●      Air Quality

●      Education

●      Energy

●      Housing and Cost of Living

●      Jobs and Economy

●      Public Lands

●      Recreation

●      Agriculture

●      Transportation and Communities

●      Water

●      Disaster Resilience

The “Your Utah, Your Future” campaign will be the largest public outreach effort of its kind in the nation. Information gathered from the surveys will be used to create growth strategies with significant input from the public.  Information on these key areas is woven into the survey, and participants can learn more about the topics or focus on those that interest them most.

This is the second time Envision Utah has asked Utah to help plan for the future. The first effort took place in the late 1996 and laid the groundwork for the high quality of life we enjoy today, even as we’ve added almost a million people to the Wasatch area over the last fifteen years.

“If you live in Utah, your voice is critical,” said Robert Grow, president and CEO of Envision Utah. “This is your chance to choose a future for your children and grandchildren. Together, we can keep Utah beautiful, prosperous, healthy and neighborly for current and future generations.”

For more information on the “Your Utah, Your Future” initiative, visit