“I will not rest until all 29 counties experience the same economic success,” Herbert said in a news release. “I challenge Utah businesses from across the state to come together. Utahns are hardworking and creative, and by working together we can find innovative solutions.”
While the state as a whole has enjoyed economic prosperity, some rural communities have faced high unemployment rates. Herbert said the initiative is aimed at addressing those economic challenges and creating new opportunities. Herbert has tapped Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox to represent him on the 25K Jobs Tour. The state is partnering with World Trade Center Utah to combine rural networks and expand the initiative’s reach.
The tour will stop in each rural Utah county for a half-day of food, networking and activities for all ages. The events — which include representatives from industry, education and government — are intended to connect communities with the resources they need to create new jobs and elevate local economies.
“Utah has the recipe for economic success, and we are committed to creating opportunities in communities spanning every corner of the state,” said Derek B. Miller, president and CEO of World Trade Center Utah. “The 25K Jobs Tour is the first step toward accomplishing this goal.”
Cox said the goal of the tour is to help “grow businesses” in the 25 rural counties.
“While the ultimate goal is to create 25,000 jobs in four years, the initiative does more than that,” Cox said. “Not all of these communities are the same, and we realize they all have different challenges. Part of the goal of the 25k initiative is to help communities clear roadblocks that are impeding economic progress, whether that is infrastructure, transportation, seasonal employment, etc.”
The 25K Jobs Tour will stop in Moab on Thursday, Aug. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lions Park, located at the intersection of U.S. 191 and state Route 128.
For more information and updates about the initiative visit the website at: 25kjobs.com.