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Federal infrastructure investments will build a stronger Utah economy

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Sen. Mitt Romney, right, joins Utah water managers and heads of state after inspecting a Central Utah Water Completion Act (CUPCA) construction site in South Utah on Friday, November 12, 2021 County The most recent infrastructure bill provides $50 million for this project, which transports water from the Colorado River Basin to cities on the Wasatch Front.

Salt Lake City, Millcreek and communities across the Salt Lake Valley are poised for exponential growth in the coming years and decades. Ensuring that our basic, foundational infrastructure is strong enough to support that growth is one of the biggest challenges Utah faces. For this reason, the passage of last year’s bipartisan infrastructure bill in Washington could not have come at a better time.

Aside from being a historic investment in our nation’s fundamental infrastructure, the effort to pass this law was remarkable for the truly bipartisan effort that went into its drafting. As Mayor of Millcreek, I appreciate Sen. Mitt Romney’s commitment to working across the aisle to find a bipartisan compromise on an extremely important issue that affects all Utah residents and Americans, regardless of political affiliation.

It may not have been a perfect bill – and certainly not everyone on either side – but the recently adopted infrastructure contract will help upgrade, improve and modernize our entire infrastructure to support the growth we expect to see in the future, create and support good-paying jobs for Utahans and all Americans, and increase our economic competitiveness in an increasingly global marketplace.

The new law includes long-overdue investments in our transportation, broadband, water and energy infrastructure—including much-needed renewable energy investments—that will improve the quality of life in the Salt Lake Valley, across the state and across the country. Among other critical priorities, these investments will help support the continued expansion and improvement of our roads, bridges and highways to support future growth – something that has been a priority of mine since I took office.

Additionally, the $100 million broadband investment our state will receive thanks to the new Infrastructure Act will help us continue to bridge the digital divide and ensure that all rural and urban communities in Utah Having access to high-speed connections that help open up new economic and educational opportunities.

In addition to being Mayor of Millcreek, I’m also proud to serve as Chair of the Wasatch Front Regional Council – a transportation planning organization that serves most of Utah’s population. I am proud to support this bill in both capacities as it will enable Utah to meet its infrastructure and transportation needs to create jobs, strengthen Utah businesses, grow our economy and ensure we prosper are positioned to accommodate our booming population.

Jeff Silvestrini is currently serving his second term as Mayor of the City of Millcreek.

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