Legislative efforts to put Utah in a position to maintain and build its healthy economy focused on education and the desire to free Point of the Mountain from the prison and clear the way for companies to enhance the burgeoning tech sector.
Lawmakers funded most of Gov. Gary Herbert's education priorities aimed at reaching his goal of 66 percent of Utahns earning a college degree or certificate by 2020. A key piece of that is investing in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, education to take advantage of an anticipated boom in the information technology and life sciences industries.
"The more we have people qualified in these areas, the more we can be a magnet for companies that have these wonderful jobs," said Sen. Stephen Urquhart, R-St. George.
Spencer Eccles, executive director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development, said Utah continues to be a place where companies want to build and grow.
"If we don't take care of educating our future workforce, we won't have anybody to provide for these companies," he said. "I would say we've had a great partnership with the Legislature this session, and I mean that sincerely. I'm very excited what the future holds."
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