How do we create a vision?

Our long-range visioning process is centered on two ideas: we all have a say in what the future will be and we will make good decisions if we have good information.

Values Studies—what matters to Utahns?

Our effort began by asking Utahns what issues matter most when they look to the future. We conducted a statewide study of Utahns values and identified 11 issues that would be the center of the Your Utah, Your Future process.

The full results of this values study can be found here:

These are the 11 topics that emerged as most important to Utahns:


Air Quality

Disaster Resilience



Housing and Cost of Living

Jobs and the Economy

Public Lands


Transportation and Communities


Action Teams—data, data, and more data

We brought together action teams to examine each of the 11 topics. In all, there were more than 400 Utah experts working to identify all the challenges, potential choices, and potential outcomes of those choices across the 11 topics.

Scenarios—what happens if we do this? Or this?

There is never just one path forward for any topic. Instead, there is broad range of choices, each with its own unique outcomes. We call these choice and outcome models scenarios. Scenarios are the heart of creating a vision for the future. If we have accurate scenarios about what we could do and what the results would be, we can make good choices.

Public Choosing—what do YOU want to see in the future?

A vision for the future is meaningless if it’s not something we create together. As soon as we have clear scenarios, we take those to the public—to people like you—to find out what Utahns want for the future. The Your Utah, Your Future effort included several phases of public involvement. The largest and final stage was the Your Utah, Your Future survey—an online tool where Utahns could examine the scenarios for each of the 11 topics and choose the scenarios they most preferred.

Visioning—turning scenarios into an action plan

Once we see what Utahns want for each topic, we take those scenario preferences back to the action teams to figure out what it would take to make those a reality. This results in a vision statement, a set of goals, and a set of strategies that Utahns can start working on to reach the outcomes we all want. Some strategies are specific steps that Utahns can take right away. Some are long-term actions or actions that need to be taken by a legislative body.

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