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Gov. Gary Herbert helps relaunch Utah State Society in D.C.

WASHINGTON — Gov. Gary Herbert helped relaunch the Utah State Society, an organization that promotes social relations for Utahns living in the nation's capital, during a Friday night reception in the Senate Russell Building.

The society had been dormant for 20 years until a group of Utahns, headed by Tyler Oborn, society president and principal member of Oborn and Associates, restarted it in November.

At the event, Herbert introduced the Utah 2010 Cherry Blossom Princess, Emily Miller, a 22-year-old undergraduate student at Georgetown University from Salt Lake City, who will represent the Utah State Society during the annual Washington, D.C., Cherry Blossom Festival in April.

"This group has a long and rich history in our nation's capital of bringing together Utahns and friends of the state," Herbert said. "It is my hope that the society will continue to provide a venue to showcase the great achievements of Utah citizens and to offer a 'home away from home' as Utahns live and work in Washington, D.C."

The society is a member of the Washington-based National Council of State Societies. More information is at

"We are honored to have Gov. Herbert in Washington, D.C., to help support the rebirth of this storied organization," Oborn said. "It is important for Utahns to continue to support the issues and causes specific to our home state."