Details Utah Leads Together Volume Four Plan Announced
In the governor’s press conference on Wednesday, local leaders joined Gov. Gary Herbert to announce the details of the Utah Leads Together Plan Volume 4. According to Herbert, this version of the plan focuses on recovery, investment, and personal responsibility. To do this, the plan outlines benchmarks to achieve over the next 100, 250, and 500 days.
In the first 100 days, the three main focuses include safety, returning to full employment, and economic reconstruction.
As part of this, the Stay Safe to Stay Open campaign was created to focus on increasing business and consumer confidence. Utah businesses can take a pledge to engage in the best health and safety practices and in turn, will receive signage to inform customers that they are following state health guidelines.
This phase includes working toward short-term construction-ready and long-term targeted investments that reflect the path of the global economy. State leaders say at this point, they plan to pivot away from stimulus money to help lay the groundwork for economic expansion.
To achieve this, the Coronavirus Taskforce recommends accelerated bonding for infrastructure. Areas of focus include transportation, transit, active transportation, and outdoor recreation, water quality and availability, broadband, and housing bonds.
To improve human capital, the task force recommends investments in training ready investments for rapid reskilling and upskilling. In order to do so, the task force suggests strategic investments and training programs to help meet the immediate needs of key industries, expand flexible apprenticeship programs to fit businesses needs, provide voucher programs to those wanting post high school certificate, credentials, and degrees, and provide vouchers for one-year graduate programs.
Areas of focus for this phase include focusing on what infrastructure will be needed to support megatrends in automation, machine learning, augmented reality, and cybersecurity.
It will also include preparation for shifts in the current pandemic, including shorter and smarter supply chains, remote work, food security, and air quality.