Plenary Sessions

Wasatch Choice 2050

Session Description

Wasatch Choice 2050 will provide a blueprint for how transportation, land use, and economic development can be shaped to improve the quality of life for residents along the Wasatch Front. It builds on the existing regional vision that is based on strong community values and developed through a robust public involvement process. With our population projected to nearly double by 2050, it is imperative that Utah's community leaders, policymakers, elected officials, public agencies, and the private sector come together to plan for the future. The challenges of tomorrow must be addressed by implementing forward-thinking solutions today.

Speaker

Andrew GruberAndrew Gruber, Executive Director, Wasatch Front Regional Council

Andrew Gruber is Executive Director of the Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC). Andrew previously served as an attorney with the Chicago-based firm Mayer Brown, and as the Senior Deputy Executive Director for Legal and Governmental Affairs for the Chicago Regional Transportation Authority. He is a native of New York City, and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Northwestern University School of Law.

The Future We Choose

Session Description

Salt Lake County has developed a plan for building a healthy community. It is focused on specific outcomes, that, once achieved, will result in healthy people, healthy places, expanded opportunities and responsive government. The Future We Choose will enhance our quality of life by encouraging job growth, increasing educational opportunities and fostering healthy families. Our strategy supports our mission of wherever existing government functions don’t reflect the world we now live in, we will change.

Speaker

BenMcAdams RedoneBen McAdams, Mayor, Salt Lake County

Mayor Ben McAdams is a 7th generation Utahn, elected to serve as Salt Lake County mayor in 2012. He was supported by a broad cross-section of local mayors, as well as community and business leaders. He has governed as a fiscally-responsible, bipartisan, common sense leader who gets things done on behalf of the county's 1.1 million residents. Ben graduated from the University of Utah and Columbia Law School. He has practiced law in New York and Utah. In 2008, Ben was elected to the Utah State Senate and represented Salt Lake, South Salt Lake, and West Valley cities.

Improving Health Through Community Design and Development

Session Description

Your zip code can be more predictive of your health status than your genetic code. The way communities are designed and developed, and whether they provide affordable access to the non-medical determinants of health, has a direct impact on population health outcomes and the total cost of health care. Increasing physical activity rates, assuring access to healthy nutrition, and addressing stress and social connection -- are vital to helping to prevent the ‘big-four’ killers, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, some cancers, and chronic respiratory disease. These chronic diseases are the leading drivers of premature death, and fast-increasing health care costs. In combination with access to clinical care, it is vital that community design and development support healthy behavior choices where people live, work, learn, and play. A collaborative partnership must exist between the private, public, and non-profit sectors, to ensure that investments and policy choices help make the healthier choices, the easier and more affordable choices.

Speaker

Tyler NorrisTyler Norris, Vice President, Total Health Partnerships, Kaiser Permanente

Tyler Norris, MDiv, is an entrepreneur and founder of over a dozen businesses and social ventures. His service in the public, private and non-profit sectors have focused on population health, community vitality, and equitable prosperity. Currently, he serves as Vice President of Total Health Partnerships at Kaiser Permanente, where he leads “anchor institution” strategies, applying all KP assets to measurably improve population health and community well-being. Tyler is a trustee of Naropa University, and serves on advisory bodies for the Convergence Partnership, Transportation for America, Active Living by Design, and Samueli Institute. He is active with Social Venture Network, BALLE and SOCAP. As an early leader in the healthy/sustainable communities movement, Tyler has worked in over 400 communities and with scores of organizations in the US and globally. Previously he was Chair of IP3, which powers www.CommunityCommons.org and other GIS platforms; CEO of Community Initiatives Inc.; and Chair of the Kellogg Foundation's Leadership Alliance. He is an avid mountain biker, skier and pilot – now residing in Oakland, CA.

Your Utah Your Future Implementation

Session Description

How we grow matters. With Utah’s population projected to nearly double by 2050, we need to work together to ensure we maintain the quality of life we have all come to enjoy. Your Utah Your Future was a success, with more than two years of work involving 400 experts and 60,000 Utahns who added their voice during the largest public engagement effort of its kind in the country’s history. They said they wanted a Utah that is safe, resilient, prosperous, neighborly, fair, healthy, and beautiful. How do we achieve this future?

Speaker

Robert GrowRobert J. Grow, JD, CEO, Envision Utah

Robert Grow holds degrees in engineering and law from the University of Utah and the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, and has had a diverse career, including practicing law, leading and supporting regional visioning processes, being president of a large manufacturing company, and chairing a national trade association. Grow was the primary architect of Envision Utah’s grass roots, bottom up, stakeholder driven, and values based approach. He is the founding chair emeritus and current President and CEO of Envision Utah.

A Vision for a Healthier Utah

Session Description

Your Utah Your Future is a great representation of how we do business in our state. We can achieve better health outcomes by planning for the future and taking action today. Facilitating the implementation of community features like trails, bike lanes, and sidewalks can help get people out of their cars and using their feet. Running, jogging, or walking for recreation, commuting, or to just get around will provide a direct benefit to our lives and perhaps even our waistlines.

Speaker

Spencer CoxSpencer Cox, Lieutenant Governor, State of Utah

As Lieutenant Governor, Spencer Cox serves as the chief election officer, liaison between the governor and the state legislature, and serves on 20 committees and commissions, chairing 12 of them. Spencer was born and raised in the town of Fairview, Utah. He and his wife Abby both come from large families, and were raised on farms in Sanpete County, where they learned the value of hard work and collaboration. Spencer and Abby are the parents of four children between ages 9 and 17: Gavin, Kaleb, Adam, and Emma Kate.