Governor News & Media
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.
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell has joined the Heroes Vote Initiative to promote National Military Voter Readiness Day on September 15, 2012. With state deadlines for registering and requesting an absentee ballot fast approaching, National Military Voter Readiness Day was created to help make sure that military voters are election ready.
SALT LAKE CITY - On Wednesday, September 12, Governor Gary R. Herbert appointed Barry Lawrence to fill a vacancy on the Third District Court. The vacancy results from the retirement of Judge William W. Barrett effective November 1, 2012.
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert authorized the lowering of the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah until September 16, 2012, as a mark of respect for the memory of John Christopher Stevens, United States Ambassador to Libya, and American personnel killed in the attack on the American diplomatic facility in Benghazi.
Salt Lake City, UT - The 4th District Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting for September 17 at 9:00 am to review applications of individuals interested in filling a judicial vacancy resulting from the pending retirement of Judge Sterling B. Sainsbury. The Commission will meet in the conference room of the law offices of Ray, Quinney & Nebeker located at 86 N. University Avenue, Suite 430 in Provo, Utah.
Sep 07 2012
SALT LAKE CITY- In honor of the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, and as a tribute to the heroes who came to their country's aid, Governor Gary R. Herbert has ordered all flags on state-owned facilities to be flown at half-staff on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012.
SALT LAKE CITY-Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has been named to the National Governors Association (NGA) Education and Workforce Committee by NGA Chair, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, and NGA Vice Chair, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin.
Aug 22 2012
SALT LAKE CITY -MarketWatch at The Wall Street Journal has just called Utah the "brightest star" on the American flag. The reason? Independent research by Pollina Corporate Real Estate puts Utah at the top of its list of Ten Pro-Business States for 2012. The #1 ranking comes after three consecutive years at the second spot on the list.
Governor Restructures Budget Office to Focus on Efficiencies and Outcomes Cox to Head New Office of Management and Budget
Aug 21 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - As the state economy continues to rebound, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert wants to take the way state government services are coordinated and funded to a new level. He is moving to reorganize and re-title the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget (GOPB) as the new Governor's Office of Management and Budget (GOMB), naming Kristen Cox GOMB director.
Governor Pleased with Senate Confirmations Today Su Chon and James Blanch Appointed to Third District Court
Aug 15 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Following today's extraordinary session of the Utah State Senate, Governor Gary R. Herbert met with his nominees for the Third District Court to congratulate them and their families. He then issued the following statement:
SALT LAKE CITY - In a year of drought and fires statewide, water is getting more and more attention in public forums. Today's 7th Annual Native American Summit is no exception. In front of more than 500 attendees, Governor Gary R. Herbert and Confederated Tribes of the Goshute chairman Ed Naranjo signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding water rights.
Aug 14 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Yesterday the State Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee voted to not endorse Su J. Chon, Governor Gary R. Herbert's nominee for the Third District Court.
Aug 14 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Yesterday the State Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee voted to not endorse Su J. Chon, Governor Gary R. Herbert's nominee for the Third District Court. Chon's nomination will advance to the entire Senate in an extraordinary session tomorrow. Today the Governor issued the following statement in support of Chon:
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement in response to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's naming of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate:
SALT LAKE CITY-As NASA's 1-ton, unmanned Curiosity rover intelligently traverses Mars, Governor Gary R. Herbert is encouraging unmanned vehicle businesses and entrepreneurs to navigate their way to Utah, bringing jobs and opportunity with them.
Aug 08 2012
Salt Lake City - Governor Gary R. Herbert Tuesday appointed Harris H. Simmons as a member of the State Board of Regents, replacing David Jordan.
Aug 03 2012
Salt Lake City - Governor Gary R. Herbert proposes the following Senate member appointments:
SALT LAKE CITY- Today, Governor Gary R. Herbert is on his way to the Republican Governor's Association (RGA) annual meeting in Aspen, Colorado to discuss current issues with fellow governors. The Governor will also meet with presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
SALT LAKE CITY - Two cities in the top ten "Best Cities for Successful Aging" are right here in Utah according to the non-profit Milken Institute's latest study.
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 William W. Barrett effective November 1, 2012. The Third Judicial District includes Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties.
Jul 23 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert today issued the following statement urging caution and adherence to fireworks restrictions as Utahns celebrate Pioneer Day:
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert today paid tribute to Utah's pioneer heritage in his latest blog post: