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Gov. Herbert shares insight with governors-elect

Posted on: November 17th, 2014

This past weekend, Gov. Gary Herbert shared some of what he has learned during his time in office with those about to take over their respective statehouses. The governor and some of his fellow veteran governors meet with governors-elect at the National Governors Association (NGA) Seminar for New Governors (SNG) in Westminster, Colorado at the two-and-a-half-day biennial seminar, which […]

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Forbes names Utah 2014 Best State for Business

Posted on: November 14th, 2014

Video: Gov. Herbert talks to reporters about how his recent trade mission to Brazil will help Utah businesses and discusses the top ranking from Forbes. Utah was named the 2014 Best State for Business by Forbes magazine Wednesday, claiming the top spot for the fourth time in the past five years (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014). […]

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Report on improving corrections system aimed at reducing recidivism

Posted on: November 14th, 2014

Utah’s Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ) presented the governor with a series of recommendations this week aimed at increasing public safety while reducing recidivism rates that would save the taxpayer money. Click here to read the report. Here are a few things we know: Our state’s prison population has grown by 18 percent in the […]

Exchanging gifts with Rio de Janeiro Governor Luiz Fernando DeSouza-Pezāo

Photos from Brazil Trade Mission, Days 5-6

Posted on: November 11th, 2014

At the invitation of the two leaders, Utah and Rio de Janeiro will enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on business, energy development, transportation, sports, and the Olympic Games. Coincidentally, Rio dubs itself as “A State of Sport” while Utah dubs itself as the “The State of Sport.”  These commonalities, among many others, will enable […]

Governor Herbert addresses a capacity crowd of Brazilian tour
operators at a hotel in downtown São Paulo. Participants watched the Mighty Five presentation on our five national parks
and listened to presentations regarding tourism and travel opportunities to Utah.

Photos from Brazil Trade Mission, Day 3

Posted on: November 7th, 2014

   

Gov. Herbert and Mrs. Herbert visit with JetBlue founder and Utah son David Neeleman at the Azul Airlines facility in São Paulo. Neeleman founded Azul Airlines just six years ago, and it is already the third-largest airline in Brazil.

Brazil trade mission: Utah is open for business

Posted on: November 6th, 2014

Gov. Herbert is in Brazil with Utah business leaders to deliver a simple message: Utah is open for business. The governor will be on the trade mission through early next week and will make stops in both São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The governor, along with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, is meeting […]

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Building a 10-year plan for education

Posted on: October 31st, 2014

Utah is a state that knows how to execute on a plan.  The Beehive State already has a 10-year energy plan and a long-term economic strategy. Now, Gov. Herbert says it’s time for a long-term education strategy. The governor made the announcement in cooperation with business and community leaders at the first Academic Excellence Summit […]

Utah’s unemployment insurance program leads nationally

Utah’s unemployment insurance program leads nationally

Posted on: October 31st, 2014

Utahns continue to benefit from one of the best unemployment insurance programs in the nation, the U.S. Department of Labor affirmed today. Utah was awarded the “Triple Crown” for its unemployment insurance division, which operates faster and more effectively than in any other medium-sized state in the nation. This is the fourth time the program has […]

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Forbes guest column misses the mark on Healthy Utah criticism

Posted on: October 30th, 2014

On October 16, 2014 Forbes.com posted an opinion piece by Jonathan Ingram, Nic Horton and Josh Archambault critical of Gov. Gary Herbert’s Healthy Utah Plan. While the governor can respect differing opinions on important issues such as this, the administration cannot allow the half-truths and blatant misrepresentations presented in the piece to go unchecked. The […]

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4 things you need to know about SAGE test scores

Posted on: October 29th, 2014

The results of last spring’s first-ever computer-adaptive Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence (SAGE) tests were released this week. Today 41.7 percent of Utah students are college and career ready in language arts, 38.7 percent in mathematics and 43.7 percent in science. Many were concerned to see these scores. Of course, we all want Utah […]