Gov. Herbert announces 'ambassador' program to boost Utah job growth

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WASHINGTON -- Governor Gary Herbert announced Tuesday a new plan to create jobs and better opportunities for Utahns.

According to state data, the number of jobs created this year has doubled compared to the last. But, Herbert said, "that's not enough." He has a plan to create more.

In an exclusive interview with Herbert, he told KSL about his plan to help boost job creation in the state. The governor is setting up an "ambassador" program to help bring more big business to Utah. To do it, he was in New York late last week and Washington DC this week.

"It's a great place to invest capital because we are a safe haven. We have great business people. We have great business acumen," he said.

If you want to be like Adobe, go to Utah. If you want to be like Procter & Gamble, go to Utah.

–- Gov. Herbert

That's what the governor has been telling CEO's, hedge fund managers, and those in mergers and acquisitions at some of the largest multi-national companies. He's asking them to spread the word about Utah.

"All of these people already believe Utah is a great place. They have ties with family members. They've lived here," he said.

Herbert said that means they already know the Beehive state has an educated labor force, much of which is young and bilingual.

"If you want to be like Adobe, go to Utah. If you want to be like Procter & Gamble, go to Utah."

Herbert admits he's a shameless salesman for the state, not unlike a door-to-door salesman hocking his wares.

"It's a great place to invest. It's a great place to do business. It's a wonderful place to live too."

Despite the governor's positive outlook, there are tough realities that must be tackled as this country pulls out of the "great recession."

"We still have too many people unemployed or even under- employed. So the effort we put forth economically is our primary focus."

Governor Herbert will head back to Utah from Washington tomorrow.

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