Governor News & Media
SALT LAKE CITY - For the second consecutive year, Forbes has awarded Utah the top spot on its annual "Best States for Business and Careers" list.
SALT LAKE CITY -The Governor's Office of Planning and Budget (GOPB) has released the "2011 Economic Report to the Governor." The report, in its 25th year of publication, represents a collaborative effort of public and private entities to provide consolidated information on Utah's economy. The 2011 report portrays a strengthening recovery, though the global financial crisis that began in 2008 continues to influence economic growth in every state.
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's latest Key Economic Performance Indicators (KEPI) report indicates many key variables in the state's recovering economy are better than they were at this time last year. Employment, revenue, foreclosures and international trade figures are all markedly improved when compared to 2010.
SALT LAKE CITY - Today Governor Gary R. Herbert announced Utah plans to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with other states to encourage the production of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) by automobile manufacturers in the United States.
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert offered his congratulations to the Utah Department of Technology Services (DTS) and Utah Interactive for the 16 national and international awards the official state website, Utah.Gov, has received this year.
The Governor's Office and Utah Attorney General's Office announced today the filing of federal lawsuits to settle ownership rights on roads in Garfield and Kane Counties, including roads within the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.
Nov 11 2011
Whereas, at the inception of World War II pursuant to Executive Order 9066, 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were incarcerated in America's internment camps...
SALT LAKE CITY - In honor of Veterans Day tomorrow, the Governor's Office released the content of a candid conversation with Governor Gary R. Herbert about his past military service, his appreciation for those in uniform, and his commitment to ensure the State appropriately supports and honors veterans, not only on Veterans Day, but every day. "We cannot tell them thank you enough," the Governor said. "Thank you. Thank you. Thank you."
SALT LAKE CITY - Today, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert announced that on Wednesday, November 9, at 12:00 PM Mountain Standard Time (MST), the federal government will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The test will last about 30 seconds, but could go as long as three and a half minutes, during which regularly scheduled television, radio, cable, and satellite shows will be interrupted.
SALT LAKE CITY and WASHINGTON, D.C.- Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Utah's entire congressional delegation, including Utah Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, and Congressmen Rob Bishop, Jim Matheson and Jason Chaffetz, today expressed deep concerns with the Air Force's decision to eliminate jobs at Hill Air Force Base.
Salt Lake City - The Utah Department of Workforce Services is partnering with the US Chamber of Commerce, Salt Lake Chamber, Davis Chamber, and Ogden/Weber Chamber and the Utah Veterans and Military Employment Coalition to help veterans, guardsmen, reservists and their spouses find meaningful employment at this one-of-a-kind FREE hiring fair. Hiring Our Heroes is an initiative by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to find meaningful employment for our nation's veterans.
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert has issued the following statement regarding the Arizona Department of Transportation's application to the Federal Highway Administration to allow the imposition of tolls on the 29.4-mile stretch of Interstate 15 within Arizona's border.
SALT LAKE CITY-Utah's online voter registration program, voter.utah.gov, was recognized as a top government-to-citizen website by the Center for Digital Government. Online Voter Registration is one of hundreds of services available online via Utah.Gov, the official website for the state of Utah.
SALT LAKE CITY - Yesterday the State of Utah convened the organizational meeting of the Federalism Subcommittee, chaired by Lt. Governor Greg Bell at the request of Governor Gary R. Herbert. "One cornerstone to ensuring the State's economic recovery and prosperity is self-determination-the ability of the State of Utah to address Utah's problems in Utah's way.
SALT LAKE CITY - The Third District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the district court. The vacancy results from the retirement of Judge Sandra N. Peuler. The Third Judicial District includes Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties.
Oct 20 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert signed the remaining pieces of legislation from the recent special legislative session.
Oct 13 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - Today Governor Gary R. Herbert signed the following pieces of legislation from the current special legislative session.
Governor Gary R. Herbert addressed high school students across the State of Utah today from the Utah State University extension in Blanding. In this first-ever broadcast of its kind, the Governor focused on the importance of post-secondary education.
Oct 11 2011
From the only remaining one-room school house in the state, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert kicked off his four-day Rural Jobs Tour today at Grouse Creek School. Grouse Creek presently has 17 students, from kindergarten through the tenth grade.
Oct 01 2011
SALT LAKE CITY-The Office of Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert announces the passing of the Governor's beloved mother, Carol Boley Herbert, age 82, early this morning.
Sep 30 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - Nearly 500 business, community, education, and government leaders gathered in Salt Lake City today to lay the groundwork for a comprehensive plan that will guide Utah's health system reform efforts over the next several years.
Sep 28 2011
Salt Lake City - Just after noon today, Governor Gary R. Herbert signed a proclamation convening the Utah Legislature in a Special Session to address seven legislative issues next Monday, October 3, at 9:00 a.m.
Although Utah is a national leader in many areas of higher education, from award-winning faculty to cutting-edge research, college completion among women in Utah is well below men both statewide and nationwide. In response, Governor Gary R. Herbert convened the Utah Women's College Task Force today at the Utah State Capitol. The task force aims to raise the educational aspirations of Utah's female population.
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement at the passing of Orem Mayor Jerry Washburn...
Salt Lake City, UT - The 3rd District Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting for September 28 to review applications of individuals interested in filling a judicial vacancy resulting from the pending retirement of Judge Sandra N. Peuler. The Commission will meet in the Seagull Room of the Utah Senate Building.
SALT LAKE CITY - In the Capitol Board Room this morning, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert convened the inaugural meeting of the Governor's Economic Development Coordinating Council. With eleven members representing Utah's key players on the economic development front, the Council was created as part of the Governor's long-term economic development initiative to ensure the collective efforts of government and the business community are focused on jobs.
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has appointed Alan Matheson, Jr., to serve as his senior environmental advisor, filling the vacancy left by the departure of Ted Wilson. Matheson, currently executive director of Envision Utah, will transition into his role in the Governor's Office October 11.
NEW YORK CITY - Today Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert met with the three major bond rating agencies in New York City. The courtesy stops were part of the Governor's larger focus on economic and business development, ensuring Utah is known as fertile ground for capital investment and job growth.
SALT LAKE CITY - As the nation marks ten years since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Governor Gary R. Herbert has issued a declaration on the "Day of Service and Remembrance in Utah," as well as the following statement:
Salt Lake City, UTAH - Fiberspar Corporation and the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) today announced plans to create at least 276 new full-time Utah jobs. Fiberspar is the leading supplier of spoolable composite reinforced pipelines, having installed more than 25 million feet of the patented spoolable pipe between 2000 and 2010.
SALT LAKE CITY-Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert will take advantage of early voting and cast his ballot in the Orem Municipal Election today at 1:15 p.m. His assigned early voting polling location is the Orem City Center, 56 North State Street, Orem.
Sep 02 2011
SALT LAKE CITY -Governor Gary R. Herbert has made the following major state board appointments: Phil Clinger has been appointed to the University of Utah Board of Trustees; Wilford Clyde has been appointed to the State Board of Regents; and following Susan Devey's withdrawal of her name, Constance White has been appointed to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) Commission, and Devey has instead been named a member of the Martin Luther King Commission.
Sep 01 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - On Tuesday, September 6, Utah State Government will return to a five-day work week. Governor Gary R. Herbert has directed Cabinet officials and agency heads to prioritize customer service during the transition.
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert has appointed two Utah attorneys to fill impending vacancies on the Third District Court. Ryan M. Harris has been appointed to fill the vacancy which will be created when Judge Glenn K. Iwasaki retires on September 30. Elizabeth A. Hruby-Mills has been appointed to fill the vacancy which will be created when Judge Joseph C. Fratto, Jr., retires on December 15.
Aug 31 2011
Salt Lake City - Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert announced today that the Special Legislative Session to address redistricting will begin Monday, October 3. Based on past experience and legislative input, this session may take multiple days.
Aug 30 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - Lt. Governor Greg Bell has selected Cody Stewart to serve as his new Chief of Staff, beginning September 6. Paul Neuenschwander recently retired after having served as his Chief of Staff for the past two years.
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert and Lt. Governor Greg Bell will host the Sixth Annual Native American Summit on August 30-31 at the University Park Marriott in Salt Lake City. Attendees will discuss education, economic development, housing and healthcare, issues prevalent among Utah's Native Americans.
Aug 26 2011
Salt Lake City - Governor Gary R. Herbert has named Bountiful resident Susan Devey to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission. With her appointment, there are no remaining vacancies on the Commission, so efforts to identify a new executive director for the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) are underway.
eBay Inc. Announces Major Expansion in Utah E-commerce leader will add jobs at new site proposed in Draper
Aug 22 2011
Salt Lake City, UTAH - eBay Inc. and the Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) announced plans today to build a new state-of-the-art facility in Utah, currently proposed at a site in Draper
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert has ordered the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah to be lowered in honor of Information Systems Technician Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist) Jared W. Day. The flags will be flown at half-staff at all state facilities from sunrise to sunset on August 22, 2011.