Lt. Governor Cox was born and raised in rural Utah and resides there today. He has a deep understanding of, and experience with, the challenges and opportunities that rural communities face. He has not only helped run a business in rural Utah but also represented the rural population as a city councilman and mayor of Fairview, Sanpete county commissioner and a state representative. Economic development is a constant struggle in rural Utah and Lt. Governor Cox has become a powerful champion for that struggle.

Governor Gary R. Herbert shares the desire to build up rural communities. In his 2017 State of the State address, Governor Herbert challenged Utah businesses to create 25,000 jobs throughout rural Utah by the end of 2020 and asked Lt. Governor Cox to lead this challenge. The 25k Jobs Initiative started with a statewide tour in which Lt. Governor Cox along with nearly 20 other state agencies and private partners visited each county to educate and provide resources to rural businesses. These partners continue to help rural companies grow and connect to new opportunities as we work to meet and surpass Governor Herbert’s ambitious goal.

Lt. Governor Cox also co-chairs the Governor’s Rural Partnership Board where rural and state leadership collaborate to both craft and implement targeted rural economic strategies. The board meets quarterly and encourages the public to participate and share their views and perspectives.

You can follow the efforts of the Governor’s Rural Partnership board at and learn more about the 25k Jobs Initiative at