In 1997, Envision Utah launched an unprecedented public effort aimed to keep Utah beautiful, prosperous, healthy, and neighborly for future generations. As a neutral facilitator, Envision Utah brought together residents, elected officials, developers, conservationists, business leaders, and other interested parties to make informed decisions about how we should grow. Empowering people to create the communities they want is still our goal.
To understand our neighbors’ hopes for the future, Envision Utah conducted public values research, held over 200 workshops, and listened to more than 20,000 residents between 1997 and 1999. We heard a common dream: safe, close-knit communities; opportunities for our children; time to do what matters most; and the security of a good job. To achieve the public’s aspirations, in 1999 we created the Quality Growth Strategy, which provides voluntary, locally-implemented, market-based solutions.
Simply said, it’s a strategy developed by the people of Utah to make our lives better – that provides more choices for how we, and the next generation, would like to live.
Since facilitating the Quality Growth Strategy, Envision Utah has partnered with more than 100 communities in Utah. To date, more than 50,000 Utahns have participated in Envision Utah-facilitated efforts. The Envision Utah approach of civic engagement has been replicated by dozens of regions around the country.
Today, Utah faces new challenges as we prepare for 2.5 million more people calling Utah home by 2050. How we grow will affect how we and our children will live. At Envision Utah, we don’t believe in sitting back and seeing where growth will take us. We seek to be visionary and actively secure our future.