Your Utah, Your Future
Vision for 2050
UTAHNS ENVISION A FUTURE IN WHICH THEIR STATE AND COMMUNITIES ARE
Safe, secure, and resilient
Utahns envision communities that are safe, close-knit, and family-friendly, where good people create a great environment to raise children and enjoy life. They see a diverse and strong economy that is less vulnerable to disruptions, along with homes, buildings, infrastructure, and communities that can withstand a disaster. They envision producing a significant amount of their own food and energy, so they are more self-sufficient and less reliant on places outside of Utah.
Utahns envision a prosperous economy and thriving communities. They see plentiful, diverse jobs with family-supporting wages, which, combined with a low cost of living, allow Utahns to provide for their families and achieve a high quality of life. They envision a resilient economy that is able to compete in local, national, and global markets. To maintain a strong economy, Utahns believe that all residents should have access to a good education, so they can successfully contribute to that economy.
Neighborly, fair, and caring
Utahns envision a society that provides opportunities for everyone through high-quality education, a strong economy, and access to a variety of housing options in good, safe neighborhoods. They see a future where everyone is able to contribute to a better community.
Healthy, beautiful, and clean
Utahns envision a healthy future in which the air is clean year-round. They see a future with good access to nature and outdoor recreation so staying physically active is convenient and enjoyable. They envision themselves being good stewards of Utah’s air, water, and ecosystems so that Utah stays beautiful and clean as Utahns balance all their needs. They also want fresh, locally grown foods for themselves and their families.
There are four core strategies, or cornerstones, for implementing the vision for Utah’s future. These cornerstones take advantage of synergistic opportunities across the 11 topic areas. These cornerstones are therefore robust strategies that improve the outcomes of multiple topics. By focusing our individual, business, and government efforts on the actions found in these four cornerstones, we can achieve Utahns’ vision for the future.
In 2014, Envision Utah conducted a values study to understand Utahns’ priorities and attitudes, to identify the factors related to quality of life that matter most to residents, and to determine why those factors are important to Utahns. These values influenced each of the eleven topics examined. The values study found that Utahns treasure three primary characteristics about their state:
- Safe and Secure Environment
- Cost of Living/Economic Opportunity
- Scenic Beauty/Outdoor Recreation
Utahns are strongly concerned about two negative aspects of life in Utah. One negative characteristic is of particular concern to urban residents and the other is of particular concern to rural residents:
- Poor Air Quality (Urban Residents)
- Overbearing Federal Government (Rural Residents)
Click here for more information on the Envision Utah Values Study.
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