The ‘In Utah’ campaign casts a wide net across the state to support healthy choices and economic reactivation during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign’s purpose is to educate and inform Utahns on the opportunities and benefits of supporting Utah business. It encourages us to shop, dine, stay, work, film and play, ‘In Utah.’
Created by Rumor Advertising, at the request of the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development and with the support of the Utah Legislature and CARES Act funds, ‘In Utah’ helps remind us why we live, work, travel and recreate in this great state.
This $1 million initiative, known as “Healthy In Utah,” is for a public information campaign to encourage healthy activity during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as following current CDC, state, and local health guidelines, and not forgoing other preventive or urgent medical care. This initiative is part of the state’s ‘In Utah’ campaign.
The initiative is funded with $62 million in federal CARES Act monies. In the Utah Legislature’s August special session, the Legislature increased its initial $25 million for Shop In Utah funding to $55 million, and $7 million was transferred from ComRent to Shop In Utah.
A new webpage features Shop In Utah offers by companies interested in promoting their discount programs. The offers are listed in a searchable table for consumers to search for specific brands, locations or offers.
This $16.5 million initiative, called “Learn & Work In Utah,” provides training for workers displaced due to COVID-19 by funding GOED’s Utah Works program within Talent Ready Utah. This initiative includes support for the Utah System of Higher Education’s Custom Fit program and several other workforce training programs to provide education and training to displaced workers. Talent Ready Utah and the Utah System of Higher Education are responsible for “Learn & Work In Utah.”
Those who are interested in learning more or signing up will be able to do so after the first week in August. At that point, there will be an online dashboard that will lead residents to the programs offered by Utah tech colleges, community colleges and universities.
As part of the program, the Department of Workforce Services will create a dashboard to identify unemployment and job opening trends to match workers with job opportunities.
This $5 million initiative, called “Safe In Utah,” provides grants to businesses to improve workplace safety for workers and customers during the COVID-19 pandemic through measures such as personal protective equipment (PPE) purchases, workplace redesigns, signage, and technology solutions that allow for distance working. The grants are capped per business at the lower amount of 1) $250 per full-time equivalent employee, or 2) the actual expenses a company incurs in taking these health and safety measures. GOED must award at least 75% of grant funds to small businesses.
The COVID-19 Oil, Gas and Mining grant provides $5 million to help Utah energy businesses. Qualifying companies that have incurred expenses or are operating at a net loss due to the public health emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to participate in this grant program.
The COVID-19 Commercial Rental Assistance Program was created on April 30, 2020, when Gov. Herbert signed S.B. 3006 and has been modified during both the 4th (SB5005) and 5th special sessions (SB6009). Known as ComRent, it provides rental relief to Utah small businesses that have lost revenue due to measures taken during the pandemic to minimize the public’s exposure to COVID-19. The program now provides up to $5,000 per month, per location and up to three months of assistance. After adjustments the program has been funded with $23 million. Since ComRent’s inception, GOED has awarded $17 million.
The COVID-19 Small Business Quarantined Employee Grant program is a $2,000,000 grant program administered by the Utah Labor Commission.
It uses federal CARES Act funds as part of Utah’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The program provides reimbursement to small businesses with less than 50 employees that maintain salaries for employees required to quarantine or isolate due to COVID-19.
This $12 million initiative directs the Utah Office of Tourism, housed within GOED, to respond to the health emergency through state and regional marketing to increase tourism throughout the state. The Office of Tourism is authorized to work with national parks on transportation solutions to facilitate the quality and accessibility of the visitor experience and other activities intended to stimulate tourism throughout the state.
The state’s COVID-19 Transmission Index helps protect Utah communities.
The Transmission Index outlines the metrics used to determine which counties are placed in high, moderate, or low transmission levels, corresponding to case rates, positivity rates, and ICU utilization.
Data is analyzed weekly, and counties will be placed into a transmission level each Thursday. Changes from a lower to a higher level may occur weekly, and changes from a higher to a lower level, when certain thresholds are met, may occur after 14 days.
This data-driven index helps Utahns understand the risk of coronavirus transmission. Important health behaviors — based on epidemiology and medical science — are outlined at each level to protect yourself, your family, and your community from COVID-19.
The COVID-19 Business Manual is a step-by-step plan from the Utah Department of Health to protect your business and prevent the spread of COVID-19. The document helps you look at how your company operates and build a plan to make your worksite healthier. The manual has up-to-date recommendations from the UDOH, CDC, OHSA, and U.S. Department of Labor.
On March 24, 2020, Gov. Herbert released “Utah Leads Together,” a comprehensive task force plan to mitigate the economic consequences of COVID-19. The plan aims to eventually return Utah to the record-setting economic growth it enjoyed before the pandemic. The report and economic playbook include recommendations from dozens of Utah state and industry leaders.
Volume 4 (released on June 17, 2020) of the Utah Leads Together plan builds upon Volume 1 (March 24), and Volume 2 (April 17), and Volume 3 (May 20). These volumes do not replace one another. Instead, they support one another, like individual pieces of an overall strategy. If you have questions or comments about this plan, we invite you to email the Governor’s Office of Economic Development team at firstname.lastname@example.org, and someone will get back to you.
GOED distributed $12 million through its Utah Leads Together Small Business Bridge Loan program in March and April. The program’s now closed. Learn more here.