Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics & Public Service

Project Prologue

Lessons Learned

Looking back, Utah is way ahead of other states in reaching across agency lines and working together.  Utah’s way of doing business is to actually practice principles such as collaboration at all levels.  Agencies set standards that many states can learn from.  Agencies that struggle with collaborative approaches prefer to use top down regulation; however, this is generally not successful.  Without collaboration, if projects hit snags and controversial issues, the parties have no working relationships to solve problems.  Without trust and a commitment to work together to solve problems, success is limited.

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Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service