The Story Behind
Your Utah, Your Future



GovHerbert-4.jpgOur state’s population has doubled in the last 30 years, and we’re projected to nearly double again in the next 35 years. This growth will affect what we love about this state—our high quality of life, beautiful natural surroundings, strong economy, and neighborly communities. Working toward a shared vision of the future will ensure we protect the things we value most for ourselves and for future generations.

How we grow matters. As our population increases, the choices we make will determine if we have clean air to breathe, quality jobs for everyone, an educated populace, enough water, convenient transportation, an affordable cost of living, good housing options, locally grown food, access to uncrowded outdoor recreation, and affordable and reliable energy.

In October 2013, Governor Gary Herbert, with Envision Utah, announced the Your Utah, Your Future process to examine these and other issues in light of the fact that our population will almost double by 2050. Your Utah, Your Future is a statewide vision that addresses 11 critical topics:

  • Agriculture
  • Air Quality
  • Disaster Resilience
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Housing and Cost of Living
  • Jobs and Economy
  • Public Lands
  • Recreation
  • Transportation and Communities
  • Water

Each of these topics is vitally and independently important, but none stands alone. For instance, how much we drive, what we drive, how we build homes, and how we produce energy will all impact our air quality. How we design communities will affect how much we spend on housing and transportation, as well as how much water we use. And how we perform on each of the 11 topics will determine the strength of our economy. This vision examines these topics and how they interrelate to explore what the future will be like for ourselves and future generations.

Your Utah, Your Future Donors

  • Brent and Bonnie Jean Beesley Foundation
  • Central Utah Water Conservancy District
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints/Deseret Trust
  • Davis County
  • Envision Utah Executive Committee and Board of Directors
  • Farmland Reserve, Inc.
  • GE Capital Bank
  • George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation
  • Governor's Office of Economic Development
  • Governor’s Office of Energy Development
  • Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District
  • Kennecott Utah Copper
  • Marriner S. Eccles Foundation
  • Morgan Stanley Bank
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Questar Gas
  • Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation
  • Rocky Mountain Power
  • Salt Lake City
  • Salt Lake County
  • Sandy City
  • Sentry Financial Corporation
  • Suburban Land Reserve, Inc.
  • Karl and Lisa Sun
  • Utah County
  • Utah Department of Agriculture and Food
  • Utah Department of Transportation
  • Utah Transit Authority
  • Weber Basin Water Conservancy District
  • Zions Bank


  • Cicero
  • CM Lansche Images
  • Enterprise
  • Lucid Software
  • Mountainland Association of Governments
  • Qualtrics
  • Rakuten Marketing
  • ThoughtLab
  • Wasatch Front Regional Council