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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
Homeownership Rates for Young Households Are Declining

By: James Wood In the early 1970’s, I was a graduate student and my wife a school teacher. We had limited income and a limited credit history but our bank had no worries about loaning us $5,000 ($29,000 in today’s dollars) for a building lot in Salt Lake County. A few years later, we had […]

March 31, 2017
Three Utah counties among fastest growing in the nation

By: Emily Harris, M.S. Utah made national headlines last December when the Census Bureau identified Utah as the fastest growing state in the nation. Today the Census Bureau released the county-level estimates for July 1, 2016, and Utah continues to make headlines. Three Utah counties, San Juan, Wasatch, and Juab, were in the top 10 […]

March 23, 2017
Learning from three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Friedman

By: Natalie Gochnour New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman is a world class talent. It was our privilege to host him at the inaugural Kem C. Gardner Policy Symposium this month. I attended the event and enjoyed a dinner with him the night before. I’d like to share a few insights from the experience.

January 20, 2017
2017 Economic Report to the Governor

By: Juliette Tennert Today, the Utah Economic Council released the 29th edition of the annual Economic Report to the Governor. The report is a collaborative endeavor between the Council, the David Eccles School of Business, and the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget.

January 18, 2017
Utah Tops National Growth

By: Pamela S. Perlich Census Bureau estimates released today confirm that Utah’s population surpassed 3 million and also had the most rapid growth rate last year. The state population for July 1, 2016 of 3,051,217 is an increase of 60,585, the 11th highest population growth amount among all states. Utah’s highest in the nation annual […]

December 21, 2016
Our Northern Neighbor: Comparing the economies of Utah and Idaho

By: Natalie Gochnour Originally published in Utah Business I love the state of Idaho. I love the spectacular mountains, the rivers and the farmlands. I enjoy visiting the small towns and view Boise as an up-and-coming metropolitan area with an urban vibe. I love Sun Valley in the winter or summer and always welcome the […]

November 22, 2016
Does Utah Have a Housing Shortage?

By: James Wood Several housing market indicators suggest Utah may have a housing shortage: Home sales are hot. In the past two and a half years, the typical “for sale” home sold in 25 days. Prices of “for sale” homes continue to climb at a brisk pace. Home prices along the Wasatch Front counties are up […]

November 15, 2016
Imagine Utah’s Next 50 Years

By: Natalie Gochnour Originally published in the Deseret News In 1966, Utah reached the 1 million population milestone. Community leaders celebrated the achievement by greeting Utah’s newest resident — dubbed “Mr. Million” – with a 60-piece band as he stepped off the airplane. Since then Utah has added another 2 million people, and projections released […]

October 24, 2016
Leadership for the common good
Ethical Leadership

By: Dr. Jennifer Robinson, Ph.D. “When you put your life in perspective, you realize how little time there is to make something truly significant out of it. To some people this might mean acquiring a lot of possessions, building a business, or owning property. There’s nothing wrong with these aspirations, but for me they pale in comparison to individuals who want […]

October 19, 2016