Utah Governor and Lieutenant Gov. Visit SUU For Utah Rural Summit

The annual Utah Rural Summit Conference is taking place here at SUU over Sep. 3 and 4. 

“It is a collection of government officials, small business owners, educators, industry, all in rural parts of Utah come together to discuss how to collaborate and make Utah better,” said Jayden Walton of the Leavittleavitt Center council.

Governor Gary Herbert and Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox held a meeting with our student government to connect with the student body and answer a couple of questions. The meeting took place at 11:30 a.m., Sep. 4 in the Leavitt Center.

Gov. Herbert said he has always been excited to go to work. , “It isn’t necessarily fun, but is very enjoyable and very rewarding.,” said Gov. Herbert. He shared how he loves solving problems, and working with the people. 

He encouraged SUU students to find that niche. “Find something that makes you say ‘I’m anxious to go to work tomorrow.’”

According to Gov. Herbert, Utah has the most diverse and healthy economy of the United States. However, Utah still needs to improve in the area of Education. Those two are tied together so he is hopeful SUU students can use education to further our career goals in the future. He seeks to add the educational achievement factor to the impressive statistic of having the top economy in the nation. 

I want people to say, ‘we’ve got to be in Utah! Because that is where the labor force is, and we can be successful, minimize our risks, and maximize our profits and opportunities,’” Gov. Herbert stated.

The Utah Rural Summit Conference is still going on and is a great opportunity to learn more about our community and how to get involved.

Story By: Moriah Spainhower
Photo By: SUUSA