FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
25 February 2016
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ENVISION UTAH BOARD TO GET NEW LEADERSHIP
Lonnie Bullard of Jacobsen Construction to take over as new chair
Envision Utah’s board of directors has named a new chair to lead the organization. Lonnie Bullard will take over as chair of the board of Envision Utah, where he will oversee Envision Utah’s executive committee as well as the organization’s operations.
I couldn’t ask for a more exciting time to be a part of Envision Utah,” Bullard said regarding his new position. “We just completed the largest visioning project ever undertaken in America, and have a robust picture of what Utahns want for the future. There’s a lot we can now do to bring Utahns together and create a better state for the coming decades even as our population grows rapidly.”
Bullard will replace outgoing chair Dan Lofgren, who has served as chair since 2012. “Lonnie has been a key member of Envision Utah’s executive committee for years, and he’s the right person to fill this position for the next few years,” Lofgren said. “We have been working diligently with an inspiring amount of community participation over the last several years to create an up-to-date, broadly supported vision of Utah’s future. Now Lonnie has the experience and knowhow to help Utahns make that a reality.”
Envision Utah recently completed the “Your Utah, Your Future” vision, which can be found at envisionutah.org. The vision reflects the choices of more than 52,000 Utahns, who selected what they want Utah to look like in 2050.
Bullard currently serves as chairman of the board of directors at Jacobsen Construction Company, where he has worked for nearly 20 years. He also served as CEO for 15 years, in which time Jacobsen Construction completed some of its most iconic projects including City Creek Center, the LDS conference center, numerous LDS temples, a Utah State Capitol historic restoration and buildings at nearly every university in Utah from St. George to Logan.
“Lonnie is a true Utahn and cares deeply about this state,” said Robert Grow, president and CEO of Envision Utah. “We’ve worked closely with him as he’s co-chaired the Clean Air Action Team.” Grow added, “It’s a strong personal commitment that will make him a great chair of this organization.”
In addition to a new chair, two new vice chairs were also appointed. Bonnie Jean Beesley, former chair of the Utah Board of Regents, and Ty McCutcheon, vice president of Kennecott Land, will join the two previous vice chairs Natalie Gochnour and Alan Matheson. Envision Utah also added several new members to its board of directors. Dan Lofgren will continue to serve on the executive committee.
ABOUT ENVISION UTAH
Envision Utah is a nonprofit public/private partnership that facilitates informed public involvement to explore land use, transportation, and environmental solutions to the challenges presented by growth. Their transparent grassroots approach draws on public values, research, scenarios analysis, powerful technology and community visioning. Envision Utah has been invited into regions experiencing political stalemate and has successfully helped residents find common ground and a consensus vision for the future. Its innovative approach is replicable and overcomes skepticism often associated with government initiatives. Envision Utah has initiated demonstration projects in dozens of jurisdictions in Utah and has shared its model with over 80 regions in the United States and 14 foreign countries. According to national planning leaders, projects inspired by Envision Utah have positively affected over 55 million people in the United States.