Utah Foundation poll's top 10 issues of concern for '08
Governor's Energy Policy, Gov. on Energy Security, Hydropower Wave of Utah's Energy Future, Future of the Utah Coal Industry, Utah Energy Efficiency Strategy, Geothermal Resources in Utah, Wind Energy2. K-12 education
Lots of energy resources are available, including maps and data of untapped mineral, wind, and geothermal sources. We should provide this data in formats that can be reused to add value, including kml.
K-12 Future Challenges, Designing the 21st Century Classroom, Weber School District Strategic Plan3. Taxes and government spending
UEN provides a common forum for school districts and will soon upgrade the network backbone to 10gig. New strategies for learning should be promoted. I understand that Utah's Electronic High School has some new innovations planned. I hope these include use of more advance collaboration tools and resources.
Last month, the Legislature passed a bill that requires the state to make its financial records available to the public in a higher degree of detail.4. Health care
Virtual Healthcare Interactive, Pandemic Flu Preparedness, eHealth Initiative, Evolution of Public Health Systems: Enterprise Approaches5. Immigration
Utah should continue its quest to be a leader in eHealth. I think that Doctor Sundwald has a good vision here.
6. Crime and security
BCI Crime Stats, Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice7. Water supply and quality
Utah is sharing data through CrimeReports.com. This mashup provides a real-time glance at criminal activity. Over 35 local government agencies are participating.
Water Supply and Reservoir Storage, Utah Water Science Center, Utah State Water Plan8. Environmental issues, including air quality and pollution
We must remember that we live in a desert. Our water agencies have done a great job at real-time monitoring of water resources. An example is the Sevier River Water Users Association. Eventually, we will be forced to conserve.
9. Transportation and traffic
Transportation Systems Planning and Programming, Traffic Volume Maps, St. George City Traffic Information Exchange10. Dealing with Utah's growth
We should continue to improve real-time traffic monitoring systems and get somehow get ahead of the transportation planning cycle.