Over the past two days, we’ve been hearing a lot about the state of things. Tuesday, President Barak Obama delivered a 6,956 word State of the Union address to Congress. Last night, Governor Gary Herbert uttered 3,047 words to present the State of the State address. At the Salt Lake Chamber’s 108th Annual Meeting, Chamber President Lane Beattie and Chair of the Board of Governors Scott Parson combined for 2,886 words as they presented the State of Business address and laid out a vision for the future of Utah’s largest and longest-standing business association.
That’s a combined 12,889 words to tell us how things are going and to paint a clear picture of what’s important.
Believe it or not, all three speeches shared some of the same basic themes.
Sure we all used different words to drive the point home but, in the end, jobs are the golden ring everyone is reaching for.
From President Beattie:
“…jobs are the key. This morning, over 101-thousand Utahns got out of bed with a desire to work but with no job to go to. Restoring the Utah economy back to full employment is the top priority of the business community.
“We have a plan to get us there. The Utah Jobs Agenda calls for strategic investment in education, transportation, international business, and energy. It calls for thoughtful approaches to immigration, tax policy, rural development, air quality and statewide corporate recruitment. Over the next five years we will create 150-thousand jobs.”
Parson echoed the sentiment:
“The business community has no higher priority than putting those Utahns back to work.”
Just for fun, we put all the aforementioned speeches in a word cloud… just to see what would pop.
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