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2017 Your Utah Your Future Awards

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 Envision Utah recently hosted the Your Utah, Your Future awards. Based on the Your Utah, Your Future Vision for 2050, the awards recognize projects that help keep Utah safe, secure, and resilient; prosperous; neighborly, fair and caring; and healthy, beautiful, and clean. 

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Governor honors projects that keep Utah “beautiful, healthy, prosperous, and neighborly”

Salt Lake City (May 31, 2017) — This afternoon at the Capitol, Governor Gary Herbert presented the Your Utah, Your Future Awards to eight Utah-based teams and organizations for projects, plans and developments that sustainably improve the quality of life in Utah and address some of the state’s toughest problems. Awards went to projects focused on community design, energy efficiency, emissions reduction and education. The governor’s office organized the awards in partnership with Envision Utah and the Quality Growth Commission.

“In Utah, we look to the future, and we work hard to leave this state better for the next generation. These awards recognize some of the companies and projects that do that best,” remarked Governor Gary Herbert. “The teams behind these projects understood the challenges we face, they were in-tune with what Utahns want and they came up with great solutions. We ought to celebrate their work, and we hope to have more projects like these in the future.”

The awards are based on the Your Utah, Your Future Vision for 2050 — a plan to improve quality of life while accommodating future growth in Utah. More than 52,000 Utahns participated in the Envision Utah-led Your Utah, Your Future process, creating a vision to keep Utah a great place to live even as population grows. The awards mark progress towards that vision—the only statewide vision in the country—and recognize projects across four categories or “cornerstones” (see categories and winners below).

Dozens of projects and organizations were nominated for the Your Utah, Your Future Awards. Finalists were selected by the Envision Utah board of directors, and winners were selected by representatives from the Governor’s Office, the Quality Growth Commission and Envision Utah.

“These organizations get the awards and recognition, but all of us reap the benefits,” said Robert Grow, president and CEO of Envision Utah. “We’re prosperous, we enjoy safe and strong communities, we take care of each other and we preserve the beauty of this state because of the collaboration and the vision of the people and organizations we’re honoring today.”

The following are Your Utah, Your Future Awards winners by category. 

Cornerstone One: A Network of Quality Communities

The Meadows at Riverbend
South Salt Lake East Streetcar Neighborhood

Cornerstone Two: Homes, Buildings, Landscaping and Cars of the Future

Ivory Homes
Drive Electric Program

Cornerstone Three: A Thriving Rural Utah

Rocky Mountain Power’s Small Business Direct Program Moab Area Housing Resource Guide

Cornerstone Four: People Prepared for the Future

Utah Aerospace Pathways
Salt Lake Community College Promise 

 

New My Education, Our Future website

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52,000 Utahns have shared their vision for the future—and they want everyone to get a great education. Explore our brand new website to learn about the specific things we can do to make sure all Utahns get the kind of education that will lead to prosperous communities, strong families, and great quality of life.

Together, we can improve education in Utah. The changes won't happen overnight, but they are possible. Some are individual changes we can make, some will require all of us working together, and some are already being done but need to be scaled up.

Go to http://www.myeducationourfuture.org/ to learn more!

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Point of the Mountain Development Workshops

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The first two Point of the Mountain Public Workshops were held on February 15th and 16th and were a huge success! Thank you so much to everyone who came out and shared their ideas and concerns.

If you weren't able to make it out to one of the public workshops, we've developed a new survey based on the workshop contents. Taking this survey will ensure that your voice is heard as we develop a range of scenarios for the Point of the Mountain's future, using input from the public, from stakeholders, and from experts in fields including transportation, environmental planning, infrastructure, community design, and more.

Click here to take the survey.

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Click here to read more about the work we're doing at the Point of the Mountain.

First Quality Communities Academy

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Envision Utah partnered with some of the most knowledgeable planners, designers, community development leaders, and other professionals to host the first annual Quality Communities Academy, two-hour academy covering topics essential to the development of successful centers. This academy was be split into three segments, covering some of the most important topics and considerations for developing quality communities.

 We held the first Quality Communities Academy on Saturday, January 21st, 2017. The event was a rousing success despite the snowstorm that hit the Wasatch Front early that morning.

Click here to see why Utah needs the Quality Communities Academy. to see why Utah needs the Quality Communities Academy.

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Utah County Agriculture Toolkit Release

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Utahns envision feeding their families with healthy, high-quality food grown in Utah. They see an abundance of locally grown products as part of a healthy lifestyle that will improve the quality of life for them and future generations. Utahns also envision being more self-reliant and less dependent on other states and countries to provide their food. They also want a future in which Utah’s food industry provides jobs across the state. 

Three in four Utahns believe that farming and ranching are critical to the state, but some of Utah’s best agricultural lands face enormous pressure to be converted into housing, businesses, and communities. The Utah County Agriculture Toolbox is a set of tools and strategies that can help agriculture thrive in Utah County while meeting the needs of a rapidly growing county. 

Envision Utah has spent more than a year working with farmers, county leaders, developers, agriculture experts and others to identify tools and strategies to protect and preserve agriculture in Utah County. These strategies, which include best practices and more, will help Utahns understand what needs to be done to achieve their vision for Utah's agriculture.

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Interested in learning more about the project? Click here to learn about the Utah County Agriculture Toolkit, or here to learn more about Utahn's vision for agriculture from the Your Utah, Your Future process.

Envision Utah awarded APA Outstanding Achievement Award

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Envision Utah is honored to have received the Outstanding Achievement Award by the American Planning Association's Utah Chapter for Utah's vision in the Your Utah, Your Future campaign. The award will be presented at the APA Utah Conference on October 6th.