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Dear Legislators & Economic Development Partners

Over the last several years the Governor’s Office of Economic Development has executed on Governor Gary R. Herbert’s economic development plan. Thanks to his leadership and the partnership with our legislature, local leaders, public and higher education representatives and importantly, the private sector, we have all benefited from the successes in job creation, broadening Utah’s economic base and building strong collaborative partnerships.

Through economic gardening strategies, we have successfully assisted Utah companies in the expansion of their existing business and the consolidation of their operations around the globe into Utah. Partnering with the education community and the private sector, we continue to work aggressively on improving the skill level of our workforce through programs like the engineering and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) initiatives.

Additionally, small and mid-sized businesses will benefit from an increased focus on our Business Resource Centers (BRC), and our rural business outreach via the Business Expansion and Retention (BEAR) program.

In the coming year we will:
• Continue to execute on the Governor’s vision and four economic development objectives.
• Leverage Utah’s many accolades and positive reports by developing and executing on a coordinated global
branding and marketing strategy.
• Increase the global mindedness of all Utah Citizens and continue to diversify and grow our export base.
• Focus on the unprecedented partnerships forged over the previous years.

I encourage you to use this report as a resource — it is designed to help guide you through our economic development toolbox. Also, I urge you to explore the many ways that we can partner together to foster growth and success in your areas of influence.

I know that as we work together to execute on our strategic plans, we will continue to be in a position of strength. Utah will continue to capitalize on the mountain of opportunities attracted to our great state.

Thank you,

Spencer P. Eccles