A survey that could lead to changes in state government's economic development efforts yielded more than 2,000 responses from Utahns, according to the executive director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development.
Jason Perry told the GOED board on Thursday that the survey could lead to changes to Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.'s 10-point economic-development plan that has been in place for more than three years.
GOED this summer distributed the survey to business leaders and industry associations and encouraged them to forward it to others. Participants were asked to rate the importance of several issues to the state's economic vitality, to list three initiatives that can help their industry grow in Utah and to list three initiatives that can accelerate Utah's economic vitality.
While not citing exact figures, Perry said Thursday that education was the highest-ranked priority, followed by energy independence. Also highly rated were recruiting businesses to Utah, making state government more efficient, boosting venture capital and having good infrastructure, he said.