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My number one priority as Governor of Utah is to foster an environment where the private sector can create jobs. Utah's focus on building a strong economy has yielded accolade after accolade, including Forbes Magazine naming us the best state for business and careers for the third year in a row.
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert is scheduled to be in Washington, D.C., tomorrow to testify before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
Jan 30 2013
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SALT LAKE CITY - Extremely cold temperatures have led to a sudden spike in demand for propane, causing a shortage for homes in rural areas, including Uintah Basin and Wendover.
SALT LAKE CITY - At the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market trade show, Governor Gary R. Herbert unveiled Utah's Outdoor Recreation Vision.
SALT LAKE CITY - The First District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the district court. The vacancy results from the retirement of Judge Clint S. Judkins effective February 1, 2013. The First Judicial District includes Box Elder, Cache and Rich counties.
Jan 11 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - Lt. Governor Greg Bell has appointed Mark Thomas to serve as his Chief Deputy. Cody Stewart, who has served as his Chief of Staff since September, 2011, will now serve full time as the energy advisor to Governor Herbert.
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert has appointed Jeffrey C. Wilcox, Esq. to fill a vacancy on the Fifth District Court bench, which hears cases originating in Beaver, Iron and Washington Counties.
Salt Lake City, UTAH - The Office of Energy Development, host of the Governor's Energy Development Summit, is pleased to announce the keynote speakers and panelists confirmed to join Governor Gary R. Herbert and an expected 1,200+ Summit attendees at the Salt Palace Convention Center on January 10, 2013.
Dec 21 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's economy surged ahead in November as job growth jumped to 3.1%, more than double the national average of 1.4%. The unemployment rate dropped to 5.1%.
Dec 20 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Today Governor Gary R. Herbert announced four new administrative branch appointments.
SALT LAKE CITY - In honor of the victims of the Connecticut shooting, Governor Gary R. Herbert has ordered all flags on state-owned facilities to be flown at half-staff.
Dec 14 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Today State Budget Director Ron Bigelow announced he will retire in January. "The State of Utah and its citizens have benefited greatly from Ron's service and financial expertise, both as a long-time legislator and as the State Budget Director for the past two years," said the Governor. "Ron has an incomparable commitment to fiscal prudence and principle."
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert today released the following statement regarding the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut:
SALT LAKE CITY - With over 165,000 Veterans and more than 1,000 deployed Army and Air National Guard members, the State of Utah has several different state agencies tasked to assist former military personnel with services and outreach. Today Governor Gary R. Herbert announced his intent to restructure how those agencies coordinate their efforts, and elevate outreach to Utah's military installations and defense-related businesses.
Utah's Presidential Electors will meet at noon on Monday, December 17th to cast their votes for President and Vice-President of the United States. The Electors will convene in the Supreme Court Chamber within the Utah State Capitol Building.
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SALT LAKE CITY - During the State Of Utah's FY 2014 budget release, which includes millions of dollars in additional revenue from economic growth, Governor Gary R. Herbert was excited to announce Forbes Magazine named the Beehive State the "Best State for Business and Careers" for the third year in a row.
SALT LAKE CITY - Today the Office of Governor Gary R. Herbert announced initial changes in state agency leadership. "The Governor and senior staff have reviewed the entire Governor's Office and Cabinet in an effort to ensure the Governor's priorities are met over the next four years in a way that serves that best interests of the State," said Chief of Staff Derek Miller.
Dec 07 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert has authorized the lowering of the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah on Friday, December 7, 2012, in recognition of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. The flags shall be flown at half-staff on all state facilities from sunrise to sunset on December 7 only.
SALT LAKE CITY - On the heels of its well-received first annual Governor's Energy Development Summit in February of 2012, the Office of Energy Development (OED) is busy preparing for its second Summit, to be held at the Salt Palace Convention Center on January 10-11.
Dec 03 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Today Governor Gary R. Herbert and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker announced their decision that Salt Lake City and the State of Utah are ready, willing, and able to host another Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Nov 21 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert has issued the following message in recognition of the Thanksgiving Day holiday:
Nov 08 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Today Governor Gary R. Herbert appointed David Gladwell to serve as the new chair of the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) Commission. Gladwell has been a member of the board since 2011. With the recent confirmation of another commission member, the body will now proceed with work by the new audit and licensing subcommittees.
SALT LAKE CITY - Today Governor Gary R. Herbert appointed F. Richards Smith to fill a vacancy on the Fourth District Juvenile Court bench.
Oct 31 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Today Governor Gary R. Herbert named Akiko Kawamura the new administrator of the State's Career Service Review Office (CSRO). "Akiko's years of legal experience aptly equip her to oversee the employee grievance process," Governor Herbert said. "She will continue the CSRO's legacy of fairness and protection of employee rights."
SALT LAKE CITY - With Hurricane Sandy pounding the northeast, Governor Gary R. Herbert reminds all Utahns about the importance of being prepared for any potential local emergency.
Oct 18 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Today the Utah Olympic Exploratory Committee (UOEC) presented Governor Gary R. Herbert and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker a 36-page report with their recommendation to pursue a bid for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. This recommendation is based upon the decision of the US Olympic Committee (USOC) to consider submitting a Winter Games bid in 2026.
Oct 18 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's unemployment rate dropped to 5.4% for the month of September, following another month of steady job growth as the state continues to show strong recovery from the recession.
SALT LAKE CITY - Today, Governor Gary R. Herbert announced his plan to ensure Utah is on pace to have 66 percent of the adult population earn a post-secondary degree or certification by the year 2020. This plan is called "On PACE to 66% by 2020."
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has authorized the lowering of the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah on Thursday, October 11, 2012, in honor of slain Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie, a native Utahn.
SALT LAKE CITY - The Fourth District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the juvenile court. The vacancy results from the retirement of Judge Sterling B. Sainsbury effective December 1, 2012. The Fourth Judicial District includes Juab, Millard, Utah and Wasatch counties.
Oct 01 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert announced today he has selected Mark VanOrden to serve as Executive Director of the Department of Technology Services and the state's Chief Information Officer (CIO). VanOrden has been serving as the acting Executive Director, and was chosen to permanently fill the position for his exemplary leadership and his notable skills in information technology.
Sep 28 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert and his staff took time off today to serve at the Utah Food Bank. While there, the Governor declared September 29, 2012, Hunger Action Day to heighten awareness of the fourth annual Hunger Action Month Food Drive being held tomorrow at Walmart stores statewide.
Governor Awards Park City High School as Top AP School School Ranked the Highest with 43 Percent of Students Passing AP Courses
Sep 26 2012
PARK CITY - On the heels of the College Board releasing Advanced Placement (AP) data for the 2012 school year, Governor Gary R. Herbert, in collaboration with his Education Excellence Commission and Prosperity 2020, recognized Park City High School (PCHS) as the top AP school in the State. The school was awarded possession of the History of Utah book, the Top AP traveling trophy, for their accomplishments.
SALT LAKE CITY - Today is National Voter Registration Day, and with Election Day just 42 days away, the Utah Lt. Governor's Office is launching its mass media campaign to encourage all eligible Utahns to register to vote and become informed voters.
Sep 21 2012
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - The State of Utah's latest jobs report shows continued economic growth and a reduction in the unemployment rate for the month of August.
Sep 20 2012
SANTA CLARA, UT - Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert today declared a State of Emergency for Utah and signed a letter requesting President Barack Obama issue a presidential disaster declaration for the state due to the recent flooding in southern Utah. If approved by the President, Utah would become eligible for federal disaster assistance for public infrastructure.
Sep 14 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - More good news for Utah's economy: Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert and Treasurer Richard K. Ellis announced today the affirmation of the State's "AAA" general obligation bond rating by all three bonding agencies - Standard & Poor's, Moody's Investors Service, and Fitch Ratings. Utah is one of only seven states to earn a AAA bond rating by all three of the rating agencies, also known as a "triple-triple" rating.