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Posted on: April 20, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Utah Leads Together

Economic recovery

Message from the Governor

April 2020

My fellow Utahns,

In the weeks since we released the first version of Utah Leads Together, we have gained a deeper

understanding of the impact of COVID-19. We now know firsthand that this disease does not respect

state boundaries or one’s station in life. We have lost those we hold dear, and too many of our friends

and family members find themselves struggling economically.

Despite these challenges I remain optimistic. My optimism is not founded in wishful thinking, but

rather studied observation. I am inspired by how Utahns have banded together. Indeed, our

community response epitomizes our state’s symbol: The Beehive. We have been industrious and

innovative for the sake of our community – not for the sake of self.

Our heroic health care workers stand on the frontlines of this battle, working tirelessly and around

the clock. These professionals and those who support them deserve our gratitude, respect, and

admiration. On behalf of the people of Utah, I express sincere thanks for your service.

I express appreciation for Utah businesses as they apply grit and determination to power through

this difficult time. I have been impressed by your innovative problem solving and your efforts to

support employees and community members in the face of economic peril.

Utah is known around the globe for our collaborative spirit. Utah must continue to lead through

partnership and problem-solving. I thank our public and private partners, legislative leaders, local

health departments, counties, and cities for your vital and continued service.

Finally, you see countless examples of Utahns helping Utahns and Utahns helping other states.

You’ve reached out to vulnerable populations in our state. You’ve donated protective equipment to

help our medical professionals. You’ve adopted new practices of social distancing that cut against

our natural tendencies to come together physically. But despite our physical distancing, we are

united as Utahns and as citizens of this great country.

I encourage Utahns to take this Utah Leads Together plan and make it your own. As we face these

challenges, I am confident we will continue to draw upon and be strengthened by our goodness. Our

distinctive desire to engage, to care for, to protect, and to lift one another sets us apart. As one Utah,

I know we will adapt, innovate, and emerge even stronger.

– Governor Gary R. Herbert 

See full plan here.

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