At the onset of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic and resultant economic downturn, the Utah Foundation worked with the Finance Committee of the Utah Economic Response Task Force to brainstorm and develop ideas with the potential to aid the economic rebound of the state.
This menu of ideas includes some ideas that are well-developed and others in preliminary stages. Some are short-term approaches while others look further onto the horizon. While many of the ideas require governmental leadership, there are plenty of opportunities for public/private partnerships.
The ideas are categorized as follows:
- Agriculture and rural approaches
- Tech grant program
- Business investment fund
- Employee recruitment
- Infrastructure approaches
- Rental assistance
- Reopening schools
- Bringing health care back
- Air quality
- Arts and culture
- Providing credit for small businesses
- Additional strategies