Life Elevated 2020 Initiative


The Utah Life Elevated 2020 Initiative is Governor Herbert’s collaborative, statewide growth strategy designed to further enhance quality of life and future prosperity for all Utahns. It focuses time, attention and financial resources on pivotal strategies to responsible growth. The initiative has four key objectives:

Effective & Efficient Government

Thriving Communities

Qualified Workforce

Equitable & Competitive Revenue

Air Quality

Utah finds itself out of compliance with EPA air quality standards several days a year. This fact coupled with expanding awareness and an increasing population make air quality issues critical for Utah’s future growth and prosperity.

  1. Reduce annual statewide per capita emissions by 25 percent by 2026.
  2. Find practical, effective and fiscally prudent solutions to improve Utah’s air quality in support of healthy Utahns, an attractive atmosphere for businesses and visitors and an unparalleled quality of life.

Land Use

If land use issues are not addressed, Utah’s enviable quality of life will be compromised. Housing cost burdens will likely continue to rise, reducing our competitive economic advantage and providing fewer options for residents’ children and grandchildren to live close to home. Traffic congestion will worsen, and commute times will increase, further exacerbating air quality and reducing leisure time. Demands for additional infrastructure investments will put greater strain on taxpayers.

  1. Ensure Utahns have access to ample opportunities for jobs, education, recreation, and affordable, market-driven housing choices within close proximity.
  2. Leverage existing and future infrastructure investments to reduce travel times and road congestion, optimize the use of Utah’s limited water and improve air quality.


Utah’s population is projected to double by about 2070. To deal with this growth, Utah will need to use existing water more efficiently and likely need to develop additional water. However, the timing of water development projects can vary significantly depending on how efficiently existing water is used. Future water development projects will be costly and may have sizable impacts on the natural environment, such as reducing water in the Great Salt Lake.

  1. Encourage fiscally responsible solutions to balance water demand with water supply.
  2. Support water user prices that reflect the true cost of supplying water.
  3. More efficiently use existing developed water.
  4. When state taxpayer funds are used for water development, ensure state funding is fiscally prudent, those benefiting have appropriate user prices and existing water use in the region is optimized.