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Time for the northern Utah economy to come alive

By: Natalie Gochnour Originally published in the Deseret News The Utah economy continues to impress. Utah job growth registers an impressive 3.5 percent, the fastest job growth in the country and nearly twice the national average of 1.6 percent. Utah’s job growth, combined with low unemployment, rising wages and net in-migration, makes for the hottest […]

June 22, 2018
My NBA Lament

By: James Wood I still love the game but I’ve lost a little love. As a NBA fan for 60 years and a Jazz season ticket holder for 39 years I’ve watched my share of games; over 1,600 Jazz home games. I’ve seen the game evolved with rule changes and players skills. Today’s game is […]

June 5, 2018
Travel & Tourism Employment: Not all jobs are created equal

By: Jennifer Leaver In the early 1990s, I spent three summers living and working in Moab, Utah. At the time, Moab was transitioning from a uranium boomtown/ranching community to a thriving tourism economy. Located between two national parks (Arches and Canyonlands) and bordered by the Colorado River, Moab offers limitless outdoor recreation opportunities to adventure-seekers […]

June 1, 2018
The Jazz are Utah: Looking back on the Jazz wins off the court

By: Jennifer Robinson The Utah Jazz are done playing for the 2017-2018 season, but their impact on the community will last all year. Thanks to the leadership and values held both on and off the court, Utah’s NBA basketball franchise has garnered a massive following across the state and region, producing a large positive impact […]

May 21, 2018
Governor Gary Herbert joins us for a guest blog, sharing his speech on International Trade and Utah’s Economic Success from the Utah Economic Summit.
International Trade and Utah’s Economic Success

By: Gov. Gary R. Herbert Editor’s note: In this guest blog post, we publish a policy speech delivered by Utah governor Gary Herbert at the 2018 Economic Summit held April 27, 2018 in Salt Lake City. Gov. Herbert shares his views on Utah’s export economy, the importance of free trade, his support of NAFTA (including […]

May 15, 2018
Act now to avoid a housing affordability crisis in Utah

By: Natalie Gochnour Originally published in the Deseret News. The Utah economy continues to perform. The expansion celebrated its eighth birthday this year, and the federal tax cuts will extend the expansion, which is already the nation’s and state’s second longest ever. These are prosperous times. Every economic expansion party has a host of well-wishers […]

May 7, 2018
Utah Housing Affordability: Avoiding a Potential Crisis

By: DJ Benway Since 2010, Utah has led the nation in population and job growth. This growth has put tremendous pressure on our state’s housing market. Every Utahn interacts in some way with the housing market, whether we are renters, homeowners, first-time homebuyers, or none of the above; all Utahns are affected by the housing […]

May 2, 2018
Conservative Utah’s Successful Globalism

By: Randy Shumway Editor’s note: The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute from time to time publishes blogs from thought leaders in our community. The opinions expressed are those of the author alone and do not reflect an institutional position of the Gardner Policy Institute. We hope the opinions shared contribute to the marketplace of ideas […]

April 26, 2018
Renewable energy: The best things in life are free

By: Thomas Holst Renewable energy in Utah has grown rapidly over the last decade. Renewable energy sources include solar, geothermal, wind, biomass, and hydropower. In contrast to fossil fuels, renewables have little or no carbon footprint and have been embraced by some states, most notably California, in an effort to slow climate change caused by […]

April 20, 2018
Utah could use a little beautification

By: Natalie Gochnour Originally published in the Deseret News During World War II, Germany destroyed Great Britain’s House of Commons Chamber. When it came time to rebuild the structure, an argument ensued. Some members of Parliament wanted to rebuild the chamber in a semi-circular design, but Winston Churchill favored the same rectangular pattern that existed […]

April 6, 2018






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