Chief Sponsor: Kevin T. Van Tassell

House Sponsor: Scott H. Chew


8     General Description:
9          This joint resolution of the Legislature encourages business expansion and development
10     in rural Utah.
11     Highlighted Provisions:
12          This resolution:
13          ▸     encourages the creation of 25,000 new jobs over the next four years throughout 25
14     rural counties;
15          ▸     encourages collaboration and partnership to address economic barriers and
16     pro-business strategies in rural Utah; and
17          ▸     urges businesses to consider the advantages of expansion into rural counties.
18     Special Clauses:
19          None

21     Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
22          WHEREAS, the Governor's Office of Management and Budget has projected an
23     obtainable goal of creating 25,000 new jobs over the next four years throughout 25 rural Utah
24     counties;
25          WHEREAS, a blossoming, strong rural economy is beneficial for each county, the
26     entire state, the citizens of Utah, and the greater economy;
27          WHEREAS, the state's economy is only as strong as its weakest county, and economic
28     prosperity will not inevitably trickle down from the Wasatch Front to rural communities in
29     Utah;

30          WHEREAS, Utah has received continued recognition and honors for its healthy and
31     robust economy, management of the state, being pro-business, and having a technology
32     concentration and dynamism;
33          WHEREAS, the potential to build Utah's strengths and develop an economy for the
34     future to enhance the nation's most dynamic economy will not be reached without established
35     and prolonged economic development in rural communities of the state;
36          WHEREAS, Utah's rural areas offer essential commodities, recreation and commercial
37     activities, and natural resources, such as energy, agriculture, and mineral resources, that can
38     provide economic benefits to the state;
39          WHEREAS, existing tax credit programs and grants provide lucrative incentives for
40     infrastructure development and companies in rural Utah to further promote business and
41     economic development;
42          WHEREAS, business expansion into rural Utah may ease pollution and traffic
43     congestion along the Wasatch Front, while strengthening rural economies and providing
44     families with opportunities to raise their children in a scenic rural environment;
45          WHEREAS, distributing Utah's workforce to encompass rural communities can lessen
46     the impact along the Wasatch Front when an industry in the state's diverse and dynamic
47     economy encounters hardships;
48          WHEREAS, rural communities throughout Utah offer hardworking candidates for
49     employment, and businesses should consider hiring remote rural employees; and
50          WHEREAS, rural prosperity must be actively sought through collaborative efforts
51     between business, state, and county leaders to foster a pro-business and infrastructure
52     development friendly environment, with special consideration given to the core rural counties
53     that have not been experiencing significant growth:
54          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah
55     encourages business expansion and development to be the driving economic forces in rural
56     Utah and supports and encourages the creation of 25,000 new jobs over the next four years
57     throughout 25 rural counties.

58          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah encourages
59     state agencies to work in partnership with county and local officials, rural leaders, and
60     businesses, to create strategies for addressing economic barriers and encouraging business
61     expansion and growth in Utah's rural communities.