Governor News & Media
SALT LAKE CITY - Today, Utah Governor Gary Herbert received notification of the death of Specialist Preston J. Suter of Sandy, Utah. Specialist Suter died on July 5, 2011, in Paktia Province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. According to an announcement released by the U.S. Army, Specialist Suter died of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle.
SALT LAKE CITY - The 3rd District Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting for July 13 to review applications of individuals interested in filling judicial vacancies resulting from the pending retirement of Judge Glenn Iwasaki and Judge Joseph Fratto, Jr. The Commission will meet in room 330 of the Utah Senate Building.
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert announced today that Ted Wilson, Senior Advisor on the Environment, will leave his post for a position in the private sector. However, Wilson will retain his role as chair of the Governor's Council on Balanced Resources, as well as his seat on the Governor's Energy Task Force.
SALT LAKE CITY - For the fourth straight year, Utah was ranked #1 for Economic Outlook in the ALEC-Laffer Economic Competitiveness Index. The nationally recognized index is based on state economic policies and forecasts Utah's economic leadership.
Governor Signs Emergency Declaration Executive Order Makes National Guard, State Resources Available for Disaster Response
Jun 27 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - Late this afternoon Governor Gary R. Herbert issued an executive order declaring a "State of Emergency" in Utah as a result of springtime flooding reaching its apex. The Governor's declaration opens the door for state resources to be deployed to local communities affected by the disaster.
Jun 22 2011
Salt Lake City - Today Governor Gary R. Herbert announced that, as part of the restructuring of the Office of Ethnic Affairs, he will convene a new Multicultural Commission with representatives from ethnic communities, state agencies and political entities to address issues like the educational achievement gap, healthcare disparities and joblessness among Utah's ethnic community.
Salt Lake City - According to a report released today by the Department of the Interior, Utah's economy benefits more than any other state from tourism and recreational activities on Interior-managed land.
Jun 21 2011
Salt Lake City - Today Governor Gary R. Herbert named Shirlee Silversmith as the new director of the Division of Indian Affairs within the Utah Department of Community and Culture. Silversmith's appointment was the outcome of a thorough process of reviewing candidates with the Lieutenant Governor and several tribal representatives.
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert announced today that EMC Corporation, a global information technology (IT) leader, will expand its global customer service operations by opening a new customer support center in Utah, adding 500 new jobs in the State by the end of 2015
Two world leading companies to expand and add hundreds of jobs
Salt Lake City - As specified by legislation recently passed by the Utah State Legislature, Governor Gary R. Herbert has announced the creation of the Advisory Council on Optimizing and Streamlining State Government. The Council's first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 30 at 2 p.m. in the Senate Caucus room on the third floor of the Utah State Capitol.
Salt Lake City - In response to a Weber County request, at 4 p.m. today Governor Gary R. Herbert authorized an additional $200,000 in emergency funding to further combat local flooding.
Salt Lake City, UTAH - Flanked by company leadership at the Utah Capitol, Governor Gary R. Herbert announced that ITT Corporation will bring more than 2,700 new jobs to Utah over the next 15 years, 500 of which are planned for the near future.
Salt Lake City - While there is potential for serious flooding with most of the State's snowpack yet to melt, Governor Gary R. Herbert says Utah's network of emergency response personnel and resources is ready. "Utah's emergency management team of state, county and local personnel and resources is about as well-prepared as possible to battle flooding statewide. While we can't control Mother Nature, we will do all we can to protect life and property," the Governor said.
Jun 02 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - June 2, 2011 - Today Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert unveiled a new look for and major enhancements to the official state website (http://utah.gov).
Salt Lake City -- Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has issued the following statement in response to today's BLM announcement that it will not designate any lands as "Wild Lands":
SALT LAKE CITY - Accompanied by local elected officials, public safety and emergency management personnel, representatives from numerous state agencies, and the media, Governor Gary R. Herbert toured flood sites in Weber County today...
Salt Lake City -- Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has appointed Todd M. Shaughnessy to the Third District Court, which serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties.
Salt Lake City - As one of the first operational health exchanges in the nation, the Utah Health Exchange has garnered a lot of interest from other states. So much so that Governor Gary R. Herbert welcomed 79 top policy officials from 30 other states and Puerto Rico this week who came to Utah for a two-day symposium to learn more. The Governor's remarks reiterated his theme of Utah solutions for Utah problems.
Salt Lake City -Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has ordered the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the great State of Utah to be flown at half staff on all state facilities from sunrise to sunset on May 15, 2011. The Governor's order follows an executive order from the President of the United States proclaiming May 15, 2011, as Peace Officer Memorial Day and May 15 through May 21, 2011, as Police Week,
Salt Lake City - Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert issued a statement about today's action in U.S. District Court where Judge Clark Waddoups issued a temporary restraining order preventing Utah's 2011 HB497 from taking effect.
May 07 2011
Governor Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement following the Legislature's vote on HB328:
Today's biggest loser is education. I vetoed SB229 because it earmarked priority funding for transportation, potentially putting at peril funding needed for education, public safety, and other critical public needs. It's a bad way to allocate our very limited state resources.
Governor Herbert Presents Awards for Excellence to State Employees, Recognizes Public Employee Appreciation Week
May 05 2011
Twenty-seven state employees were recipients today of the Governor's Awards for Excellence. Governor Gary R. Herbert presented the awards during a ceremony this afternoon at the Governor's Mansion.
Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement regarding the death of Osama bin Laden:
May 02 2011
"America will never forget the tragedies of September 11, 2001, and we honor the many lives lost and families who have sacrificed since. However, it is good to know Osama bin Laden, the icon of Al-Qaeda, can commit no more terrorist acts himself. While the United States must remain vigilant, I am pleased to see an end to this chapter of the War on Terror. This is a victory for America, and for freedom and liberty throughout the world."
Apr 29 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - Today, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert announced that the State of Utah has filed suit in federal court, asking the court to invalidate Secretarial Order 3310 which departed from Congressionally-authorized procedure and created a new "Wild Lands" designation for public lands.
Apr 28 2011
Governor Herbert sent Utah state legislators the following letter regarding the May 6 veto override session today. A draft is also attached.
Governor Authorizes Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to Reassign $1.4 Million in Agency Funds to Keep Nine State Liquor Stores Open
Apr 26 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert announced today that he - in consultation with Legislative leadership - has authorized the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) to reassign $1.4 million in agency funds to forestall the closure of nine state liquor stores.
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement regarding today's call of a veto override session by the Utah State Legislature:
Apr 25 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement today regarding University of Utah President Michael K. Young's Departure for the University of Washington:
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert authorized the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of Utah on Friday, April 22, 2011, in honor of Senator Dennis Earl Stowell.
Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has authorized the lowering of the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah on Friday, April 22, 2011, in honor of Senator Dennis Earl Stowell.
SALT LAKE CITY - Today Governor Gary Herbert issued the following statement in response to Texas Congressman Lamar Smith's letter to United States Attorney General Eric Holder regarding Utah's H.B. 116:
Senator Dennis Stowell was a great friend with whom I worked for nearly two decades. We met when we were both County Commissioners. Dennis was a man of singular intellect who had a deep understanding of many issues of great importance to his native Iron County and to the whole state of Utah.
Jinshan Distrcict, Shanghai, China - Today, Governor Gary R. Herbert signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Jinshan District Mayor, Zhao Fuxi, in order to show mutual support for technology exchanges between Utah and Jinshan, China.
SALT LAKE CITY - The Third District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the district court. The vacancy results from the retirement of Judge Robert Hilder, effective August 1, 2011. The Third Judicial District includes Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties.
The Utah Office of Tourism will promote the state at the China Outbound and Tourism Market (COTTM) in Beijing, China this week. The trade show coincides with Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert's Trade Mission to China.
Apr 12 2011
Today, Governor Gary R. Herbert, and delegates of his trade mission, had the opportunity to meet with Dai Bingguo, State Councilor of the People's Republic of China.
Apr 11 2011
Salt Lake City, UTAH - Governor Gary R. Herbert has often highlighted Utah's export growth as the strongest in the nation, but he has also challenged Utah's international business leaders to "double Utah exports in the next five years."
SALT LAKE CITY - In light of the possible shutdown of the United States federal government, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert and his staff have directed state agencies to prepare contingency plans for operations, as well as up to 4,500 impacted state employees who run federal programs locally.