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Utah Students Hold Lowest Student Debt in the Nation

As the nation continues to see student loan debt climb, Utah has emerged as the leading state for reducing this burden. According to research by LendEDU, Utah’s students graduated on average with a debt burden of just $16,333—the lowest in the nation. This impressive feat was nearly $4,000 lower than second-place New Mexico and almost […]

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Utah Ranked Best Economy in U.S.

24/7 Wall Street recently ranked Utah as having the best economy in the nation. The financial analysis publication ranked all 50 states’ economies based on several important metrics, including 5 year annualized GDP and unemployment growth rate. Utah placed first in the 2020 rankings, after taking third the previous year.  The state was propelled to […]

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Protecting Lives and Livelihoods During COVID-19

The oft-repeated mantra of Utah state government during this pandemic revolves around “protecting lives and livelihoods.” Utahns will have undoubtedly heard some iteration of this phrase spoken in press conferences, included in data releases, and posted across social media. But what does it actually mean?  As the state works to limit the spread of coronavirus, […]

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Gov. Herbert Announces a Utah Statewide Effort to Train and Certify 5,000 Students for Cloud Careers by June 2022 with Amazon Web Services

SALT LAKE CITY (Aug 6, 2020) – Today, the Talent Ready Utah Center, housed in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a new initiative to provide AWS cloud computing courses and learning resources to 5,000 students in Utah by June 2022.  In this effort, Utah will work with the AWS […]

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Utah Retains First-Place in Economic Outlook for 13th Straight Year

Each year, the American Legislative Exchange Council publishes its “Rich States, Poor States” manual, examining every state’s economic outlook and performance. The manual reviews the policy choices made by each of the 50 states and determines if those choices have improved or hampered economic competitiveness and prosperity. In the 2020 report, Utah has claimed the […]

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Utah Posts Promising Unemployment Numbers in June

While the nation continues to navigate the economic challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic, Utah has firmly established itself as one of the best states in America for economic recovery. The latest June data from our Department of Workforce Services and the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate Utah is second in the nation for lowest […]

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Utah’s Paycheck Protection Program Successes

Utah has emerged as the number one state in the nation for small businesses receiving Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA). When measured as a percentage of eligible payroll, 94% of eligible payroll in the state has been covered, putting Utah ahead of all other states. In other words, the […]

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Governor Issues “Stay Safe, Stay Home” Directive

SALT LAKE CITY (March 26, 2020) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued a “Stay Safe, Stay Home” directive to all Utahns today. This is not a shelter in place order, but rather the next step in the Urgent Phase laid out in the Utah Leads Together plan. This directive seeks to make clear what individuals […]

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Gov. Herbert joins Vice President Pence in support of USMCA

On Thursday, August 22, Gov. Gary R. Herbert joined Vice President Mike Pence at Merit Medical Systems in South Jordan in expression of his support for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.  Vice President Pence came to Utah to advocate for the agreement, which, if ratified by the United States Congress, would provide updates to the North […]

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State of Utah Introduces Teleworking Program for Employees

The State of Utah is implementing a statewide teleworking program.  If successfully scaled to the state employee workforce, up to 2,555 currently commuting state employees may become eligible to participate in the telework program in the coming months. This means the State could potentially save up to 1,300 pounds of emissions a month, downsize or […]

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