By Denise A. Dragoo
In his 2017 State of the State address, Gov. Gary R. Herbert challenged Utah businesses to create 25,000 jobs in 25 rural counties throughout Utah over his next four-year term. During the 2017 legislative session, the governor’s Rural Jobs Initiative was implemented with the Utah Rural Jobs Act, SB267, which provides a state tax credit for investments in eligible small businesses located in a rural county to expand and create high-wage jobs. The 2018 Utah Legislature has furthered the Rural Jobs Initiative by enacting job training, education and employment incentive programs and supporting natural resource infrastructure development.