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Envision Utah ended October with a banner week. Get caught up on our big news below!

Thank you for attending our biggest-ever Common Good Awards!
The Common Good Awards is our annual event to honor individuals and organizations working towards the common good in our state. This year’s awardees are all doing incredible things to improve education in Utah.

Awards were presented to:
• Robert and Katharine Garff for their Success in Education Foundation.
• Goldman Sachs for its pay for success program supporting early childhood education in Utah.
• Latinos in Action for its outstanding work to help Latino youth succeed in school and to create leaders in the community.
Hope Eccles, a chair of Envision Utah’s new education initiative, presented the awards.

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Dana Suskind, pediatric surgeon and professor of surgery at the University of Chicago—and founder of the Thirty Million Words Initiative®—presented the stunning research about how young brains develop in the first few years of life. Data suggests that talking to babies and toddlers stimulates that development, and the more words a baby hears, the better equipped he or she will be to learn later in life. According to Dr. Suskind, talking to babies and toddlers may be the most important thing we can do to help kids be ready for school and give everyone an equal opportunity to succeed in school.

Thank you to Dr. Ruth Watkins, senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Utah, for introducing Dr. Suskind.

An Education Kickoff
This year’s event also served as the kickoff for Envision Utah’s new education initiative. Working with many of Utah’s top education experts, we’ve identified specific steps that would improve education, and we’re working to help Utahns across the state understand those. Visit our website for more information.

We would like to sincerely thank our speakers, awardees, and all the support from the community for making this a sold-out event with our largest-ever attendance. We love celebrating our great community with you all. See you again next year!

Envision Utah to lead long-range visioning effort for the Point of the Mountain

The Point of the Mountain Development Commission has selected Envision Utah to lead an effort to create a vision for the rapidly growing area around the Point of the Mountain. The Point of the Mountain straddles two of Utah’s largest counties, touches several cities, sits right between some Utah’s best colleges and universities, and is home to amazing economic growth. Add to that the area’s complex geography, the important environmental landscape, and the thousands of Utahns who pass through the area each day, and it’s clear the Point of the Mountain is ripe for a visioning process to create a long-range plan for the future.

This process will revolve around public input and collaboration and will be driven by research and careful analysis. Our team includes some of the most experienced consultants in the country to tackle topics that will be key for the region’s development. We will hit the ground running within the next few weeks and look forward to this process. Stay tuned!

Support Envision Utah!

We greatly appreciate all of our contributors for enabling us to carry out these efforts. Please consider a donation to support Envision Utah today! Donate here

In the News

Envision Utah leading the way to regional planning in the Silicon Slopes area. The project will move forward in three phases starting with research, and the second and third phases include finding implementation and funding for the project. 

Air quality is the second most important issue for Utahns. Envision Utah has helped bring this issue to the forefront.

Utah is the ninth most urbanized state in the U.S. The population is going to nearly double in years to come. The state is in need of strategic planning for a booming high-tech center.