Committee on Executive Reorganization
Recommendations on Labor and Economic Development
The State 1s Involved 1n many community and economic
development programs 1n various capacities and through many different
departments and agencies of the State. With the increasing desire
of local elected officials to harness and coordinate some of
these State resources to help their communities, the deficiencies
o of the current organizational structure are more apparent.
'** Currently, 1f a local official or any citizen of the
mmm State is Interested 1n what resources the State can provide to help
their community they must contact several state agencies that have
O very narrowly defined programs. If a local official wants to get
the programs to work 1n harmony with local policy, exceptional effort
O 1s required. The process becomes very frustrating and gives rise
^ to the call that "government 1s too big" and that the "right hand
doesn't know what the left hand 1s doing."
W The Committee on Executive Reorganization 1s proposing
_ that many programs relating to community and economic development
be combined and placed within a single department that would Include
_ community facilities and technical assistance to local officials
and their communities as well as economic and cultural development.
Another problem 1s 1n the area of employment and training
programs 1n the State. Due to a variety of funding sources from
the federal government, the State has developed a "patchwork quilt"
. of state agencies to administer those programs. Utahns wishing to
become enrolled 1n such programs must "shop around" from agency to
agency 1n an attempt to see which program they are eligible for.
If the State 1s committed to a philosophy of allowing every person
who wishes to become self-sufficient by obtaining employment, to attain
the skills to do so, then 1t 1s Important to fashion a system that
Is easily accessed, coordinated and which most efficiently trains
the person and helps get them Into an employed position.