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2017 Spring Breakfast

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Thank you for a terrific (and record breaking) Spring Breakfast this year. Panelists from Ancestry, Lucid Software, Instructure, and Silicon Slopes discussed the future of the tech boom in Utah and had some keen insights into what we can all do to make sure Utah is booming for years to come. 

 

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For those who couldn't make it, (and those who want a refresher) here are some key takeaways from the discussion: 

Diversity:
Panelists said they want to hire the best talent wherever they can find it, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or religion, but they also want their workforce to reflect their customers from around the country. Utah may not be as diverse as other places with major tech hubs, but we can support our economy by being welcoming and inviting to everyone as individuals and as a larger community. Panelists also discussed gender gap issues and the importance of ensuring fair compensation for women as well as mentoring programs to help women see technology and sciences as available career paths.

Air Quality:
According to a recent Envision Utah survey of employees at high-tech firms, air quality is the number one reason these tech employees might leave Utah. Panelists agreed and said cleaning up the air should be a top priority to nurture the tech industry. They suggested electric cars, alternative energy sources, and more efficient buildings as important steps.

Education:
From increasing teacher salaries to more extensive internship programs, all panelists agreed that education in Utah is a top priority. They explained that they love to hire locally, if Utahns have the right skills and knowledge. But at the rate these companies are growing, Utah colleges and universities need to produce more top talent. 

Once again, thank you to our panelists and everyone who contributed to make this year’s breakfast such a major success. Those who attended came away with a great perspective on what we need to do help Utah’s industry continue thriving for years to come.



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Panel moderated by Robert Grow, CEO, Envision Utah

 

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Envision Utah Releases Education Values Study

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Utahns at large demonstrate significant support for improving education in the state. They consistently rank education as one of the top priorities for the state or one of the issues they’re most concerned about for the future. Conversely, Utahns rank the state’s performance on education as among the worst compared to other priorities. 

Additionally, Envision Utah’s Your Utah, Your Future effort found that there is not only shared concern for education, but also significant agreement on what should be done. Out of nearly 53,000 Utahns surveyed, 78% selected a scenario for the future of education that included sustained, targeted funding for proven, effective strategies to place Utah among the top ten states for educational outcomes. The Your Utah, Your Future process resulted in a vision for the future of education in Utah that is broadly supported among both experts and the public.

In light of this shared interest in improving education in Utah, Envision Utah will lead a process to bring together education groups, key education stakeholders, policymakers, and others to

  1. Create a culture of high educational achievement among all Utahns, including understanding and support for the most effective educational strategies as well as prioritization of learning and education within each household, and
  2.  Ensure there are mechanisms, policies, and funding in place to implement the most effective educational strategies and improve education across the state.

Many organizations, including Envision Utah, have identified key educational strategies that would significantly improve educational outcomes in the state of Utah. Envision Utah’s multi-year process will help implement those strategies and accomplish the following:

  1. Facilitate the collaboration of existing education-focused groups and stakeholders in Utah to create a unified action strategy that aligns common interests and builds support from additional stakeholders to improve education in the state.
  2. Significantly improve public understanding of the current status and trends of education outcomes in Utah as compared to other places nationally and globally and to shifting economic realities.
  3. Help Utah parents and children understand that high educational achievement is increasingly critical to individual, family, and community economic success.
  4. Inform the public about, and demonstrate broad public support for, highly leveraged strategies—including both policies and private actions—that will improve educational achievement in the state.

Envision Utah’s role is not to diminish the influence of organizations already working to improve education in Utah, or to distract them from their unique missions. Instead, as a 3rd party convener and neutral facilitator, Envision Utah will strengthen their efforts by facilitating their coordination and collaboration regarding their common goals.

Education Values Study

This summer, Envision Utah spearheaded a values study focused on discovering how Utahns feel about a variety of issues related to education. 

Our first release focuses on the perceived view of education in Utah. See the results here.

Our second release focuses on Utah teachers. Education_Values_and_Teachers_Envision_Utah.pdf

Stay tuned as we continue to release study findings.

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