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Metro Business Report October 18, 2011

By Lane Beattie | Posted - Oct. 20, 2011 at 10:24 a.m.



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This is Marty Carpenter of the Salt Lake Chamber with your Metro Business Report.

Getting Utah's 102-thousand unemployed workers back on the job is the top priority of the business community. Recently, Salt Lake Chamber Chief Economist Natalie Gochnour was appointed by Gov. Gary Herbert to serve on the 12-member Governor's Economic Development Coordinating Council.

The council's charge: come up with a plan to create 100,000 jobs over 1,000 days.The governor has wisely given some of the state's top business minds the task of mapping the path to a stronger economy. Jobs are created in the private sector, and while the government plays a role in job creation, that role is both limited and critical. It is to facilitate, not to create.

Gochnour says we are creating jobs in our state but we need to accelerate that growth. She welcomes the opportunity for business leaders to develop a plan for the governor's consideration.

The panel includes a broad range of business leaders who will each bring a valuable and unique perspective to the task. Gochnour says the Utah economy is changing, which will require additional funding for education and retraining workers to fill the types of jobs we are attracting.

This is Marty Carpenter for KSL News Radio.

Lane Beattie

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