This is Derek Miller, Speaking on Business. Envision Utah is a non-profit that brings people together to discuss best of class objectives to guide our State’s growth. But how do you do that in a pandemic when people can’t meet? President and CEO, Ari Bruening, is here to talk about what they’re doing.
At Envision Utah, we hold lots of public and stakeholder meetings, which can be hard when people are working from home. However, since our meetings have gone online, attendance and participation have actually increased. We’ve also gotten creative in engaging the public through things like online chat boards, digital focus groups, and surveys. Even when people head back to the office, these new tools will remain a part of our work.
We’re also working with partners to help ensure that Utah’s air quality and traffic improvements that have resulted from the pandemic don’t evaporate as we return to a new normal. The pandemic’s impacts have highlighted some economic, health, and education disparities in our society that we need to address, and together we’re working on those issues too. There are a lot of challenges that need to come to the table to solve—even if it’s a virtual table.
Envision Utah is a great example of the collaborative and innovative spirit we see in Utah as we address our challenges together. More information is available at envisionutah.org. I’m Derek Miller with the Salt Lake Chamber and this is Speaking on Business.