Representative Brad R. Wilson proposes the following substitute bill:





Chief Sponsor: Brad R. Wilson

Senate Sponsor: J. Stuart Adams


9     General Description:
10          This concurrent resolution recognizes Utah's robust economic growth and urbanization.
11     Highlighted Provisions:
12          This resolution:
13          ▸     recognizes Utah's robust economic growth and urbanization;
14          ▸     recognizes the need for forward thinking planning and zoning, appropriate
15     infrastructure investment, and a talented workforce in Utah's metropolitan areas;
16     and
17          ▸     requests that the director of the United States Office of Management and Budget
18     review Utah's metropolitan statistical area designations.
19     Special Clauses:
20          None

22     Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
23          WHEREAS, the state of Utah is regularly recognized as among the best states for
24     business;
25          WHEREAS, Utah has led the nation in economic growth and job creation since the

26     Great Recession;
27          WHEREAS, the state's strong economic growth has been accompanied by robust
28     population growth;
29          WHEREAS, Utah recently reached 3,000,000 residents and is projected to reach
30     5,000,000 residents by 2050;
31          WHEREAS, Utah enjoys a variety of community types, from rural small towns to a
32     major urban center;
33          WHEREAS, the Wasatch Front is home to more than 2,000,000 residents, representing
34     nearly 85% of Utah's population and roughly an equal percentage of the state's economy;
35          WHEREAS, Utah is already among the most urbanized states in the nation based on the
36     concentration of the state's population in metropolitan areas;
37          WHEREAS, Utah's rapid urban growth should bolster job creation in rural communities
38     through supporting tourism, business expansion and teleworking, disciplined planning and
39     investment, and expanded export opportunities;
40          WHEREAS, continued population growth will occur in the state's metropolitan areas
41     and increase urbanization;
42          WHEREAS, the growth of metropolitan areas is among the most significant changes in
43     Utah's urban dynamics in a generation, presenting significant economic opportunities;
44          WHEREAS, nearly 75% of new jobs in the state since 2008 have been created in Utah's
45     metropolitan areas;
46          WHEREAS, the intersection of Utah's two largest counties at Point of the Mountain
47     represents a monumental shift to the economic and social integration of the region;
48          WHEREAS, the United States Office of Management and Budget delineates
49     metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas according to published standards that are
50     applied to United States Census Bureau data;
51          WHEREAS, Utah's metropolitan areas along the Wasatch Front have a high degree of
52     economic and social integration, but are currently divided into three metropolitan statistical
53     areas; and
54          WHEREAS, this division does not comprehensively represent the collective
55     integration, economic growth, and urbanization of these areas, which can have a material
56     impact on the state's national profile, economic development opportunities, and ability to create

57     a regional approach to addressing long-term population growth:
58          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
59     Governor concurring therein, recognizes Utah's robust economic growth and urbanization.
60          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor recognize that the
61     state's metropolitan areas need forward thinking planning and zoning, appropriate infrastructure
62     investment, and a talented workforce in order to continue to grow economically and enhance
63     the quality of life for Utah residents.
64          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor request that the
65     United States Office of Management and Budget review Utah's metropolitan statistical area
66     designations to better reflect the high degree of economic and social integration along the
67     Wasatch Front.
68          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the director of
69     the United States Office of Management and Budget and the members of Utah's congressional
70     delegation.