Utah Gov. Spencer Cox says culture is ‘secret sauce’ that makes Utah thrive

Apr 13, 2024, 6:00 AM

Gov. Spencer Cox speaks at the One Utah Summit at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City on Frid...

Gov. Spencer Cox speaks at the One Utah Summit at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City on Friday. Cox said Utah's culture is what separates the Beehive State from the rest of the nation. (Scott. G Winterton, Deseret News)

(Scott. G Winterton, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — In the days leading up to Utah Gov. Spencer Cox speaking at the annual One Utah Summit on Friday, he was at the hospital and then home with his wife, Abby Cox, who is in recovery after undergoing surgery Wednesday morning.

When he took her home, Cox said he was reminded, somewhat unconventionally, of what makes Utah the startup capital of the world and home to the nation’s best-performing economy.

“Yesterday I got to take her home, and we get back to the Governor’s Mansion, and there’s flowers and food everywhere — people who care so deeply who have given us comfort and reached out to us,” Cox said.

He acknowledged that some might assume this reception would be typical for a governor but pushed back on the notion, telling a story of 13 years ago when his wife (who wasn’t first lady at the time) was on bed rest due to health complications.

“I come home, and there’s flowers. There’s food everywhere. I wasn’t a governor — I was barely anybody. I was just a dad in Fairview trying to get by,” Cox said.

To Cox, it’s Utah’s culture that separates the Beehive State from the rest of the nation.

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Utah Gov. Spencer Cox says culture is ‘secret sauce’ that makes Utah thrive