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The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at The University of Utah develops and shares economic, demographic and public policy data and research that help individuals and the community make informed decisions. Use the tools on this page to filter content by type, author, year, and subject matter. If you are unable to find a particular publication, please contact the Gardner Policy Institute at gardnerinstitute@utah.edu

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‘What to Expect When You’re not Expecting’

By: Natalie Gochnour Originally published in the Deseret News In a very real way, June means weddings. The end of school and great weather motivate young couples to tie the knot and schedule summer weddings. Back in the old days, summer weddings meant an uptick in births 10 months later. This is less true today. […]

May 19, 2017
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Report: Utah tourism growing at record levels

Tourism in the Beehive State is growing at historic levels, and research indicates the trend could continue for the foreseeable future. A report authored by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah stated that tourism grew 12 percent from 2011 to 2015, with visitors spending a record of nearly $8.2 billion […]

May 11, 2017
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Summer travel season begins with record-setting economic impacts in travel and tourism industry

Salt Lake City, Utah (May 10, 2017) – Travelers to Utah spent a record $8.17 billion in the state in 2015 and generated an estimated $1.15 billion in total state and local tax revenue, according to a recent study completed by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. “This was a leading year for Utah tourism,” […]

May 10, 2017
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Utah Tourism Chief Talks National Park Funding, Bears Ears

Utah’s top tourism official says at a time when the number of people visiting national parks is skyrocketing, the Trump administration and Congress should step up their funding of the National Park Service. “The federal government needs to make an investment,” says Vicki Varela, director of the state’s office of tourism, film and global branding.

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The State of Utah’s Travel and Tourism Industry, 2017

Utah’s diverse travel and tourism industry generates jobs and income for Utah residents and produces tax revenue for the state. Domestic and international travelers and tourists are drawn to Utah’s natural, cultural and historical assets. Utah has 14 ski resorts, 10 of which are less than an hour from Salt Lake City International Airport, as […]

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Defense industry plays big role in Utah economy, study shows

Military spending creates over $9 billion in economic activity for the Beehive State, rivaling the construction industry in importance to Utahns’ financial well-being, a new study showed. Research from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah indicated that the defense industry was directly and indirectly responsible for supporting more than 109,000 […]

May 9, 2017
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Defense industry supported 109,000 Utah jobs, research shows

The defense industry continues to play a significant role in Utah’s economy. Research released Thursday by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute showed the defense industry directly and indirectly supported 109,000 jobs, almost 6 percent of the state total. The $9.2 billion in economic activity it generated represented 6.2 percent of Utah’s gross domestic product, […]

May 5, 2017
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Utah’s defense industry directly and indirectly supported more than 109,000 jobs and $9.2 billion in economic activity in 2015

May 4, 2017 – Utah’s defense industry directly and indirectly supported more than 109,000 jobs and $9.2 billion in economic activity in the state during 2015, according to new research released by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah. That year, federal defense spending was responsible for 5.8 percent of Utah’s […]

May 4, 2017
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Utah’s defense industry directly and indirectly supported over 109,000 jobs and $9.2 billion in economic activity in 2015

Utah’s defense industry directly and indirectly supported over 109,000 jobs and $9.2 billion in economic activity in the state during 2015, according to new research released by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. That year, federal defense spending was responsible for 5.8 percent of Utah’s jobs, 7.1 percent of its earnings and 6.2 percent of its GDP.


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