SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – With a stroke of the pen Governor Gary Herbert threw the full support of his office and the State Legislature behind the effort to bring the Winter Games back to Salt Lake City in 2030.

The Governor signed Senate Concurrent Resolution 9 Wednesday morning at the State Capitol, surrounded by politicians and members of the Utah Olympic Exploratory Committee.

“It’s a real opportunity for us to again showcase what a great city and state this is,” Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski said.

Because the International Olympic Committee could possibly name the host sites for 2026 and 2030 simultaneously in September of next year, the Exploratory Committee rushed to prepare an extensive report they released Wednesday.

Fraser Bullock, the Chief Operating Officer of the 2002 Winter Olympics, serves as a Co-Chairman of the Exploratory Committee.

“One of the advantages of going through for 2030 now is avoiding potential competition in 2030,” Bullock said. “Because if they award ’26 and there’s a line of cities that are interested in 2030, I’d rather avoid that and just get the award now.”

Officials say the information contained in the 140 page report, especially the proposed break-even $1.353 billion budget will give Salt Lake City a huge advantage in securing the 2030 Winter Games.

“We are the most economically viable place in the entire world to host the Games,” Bullock said. “A budget of 1.35 billion dollars and that’s billions less than other cities. We have the infrastructure in place and everything else to make these Games work economically…This report is put together by the best Olympic experts in the world and when the IOC and the USOC see this they’re going to recognize that they’re going to recognize the fine strategy  ‘That’s a real bid. That’s a real city that we can have tremendous confidence’.”

“We are very far ahead in the game,” Mayor Biskupski told News4Utah. “I think it’s because we really got a green light from the  community from a poll that was done where the community said ‘Yes. Go after another Games. We would love to have that happen again in Utah’ and we’ve maintained our Olympic venues so we have a leg up anyway.”

The U.S. Olympic Committee is expected to announce which city, if any, it will nominate by March 31st.

 If you’d like to read the exploratory committee’s report, you can find it here: