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Value of Utah’s exports climbs above $13B, report says

SALT LAKE CITY — New research from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute indicates the Utah economy has largely benefited because of globalization. The report also shows that the value of the state’s annual exports have climbed above $13 billion. The study, titled “What has been the impact of globalization on Utah?” was authored by […]

June 9, 2017
A. Scott Anderson: Why Utah’s open borders aren’t threatening

Editor’s note: A. Scott Anderson serves as co-chairman of the Gardner Institute Advisory Board A robust public policy debate is occurring in Utah, in Congress, across the country and throughout the world regarding globalization — is it a boon or bane for the economy? It’s a very good question. And it’s driving a lot of […]

June 7, 2017
Transit will play a vital role in Wasatch Front growth. Just one problem — there’s not enough funding.

As a crowd of Wasatch Front officials listened, economist Juliette Tennert on Wednesday described trains and buses as vital to solve congestion and pollution as the area’s population will double in a few decades. But there’s a big problem. “We have this challenge of how are we going to pay for it,” said Tennert, director […]

May 31, 2017
Census: Lehi 11th Fastest Growing City In US

New data from the Census Bureau ranks Lehi, Utah, as the 11th fastest growing city in the U.S., a reflection of the Wasatch Front’s strong economy, particularly in the area known as Silicon Slopes. Lehi was the only Utah city ranked in the top 15 and one of just four in the West, according to […]

May 27, 2017
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
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.

May 10, 2017
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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
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
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.

May 4, 2017
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Does the U.S. Census undercount Utah Navajos?

Demographers puzzled by last month’s U.S. Census update showing that Utah’s San Juan County is the nation’s fast growing are now throwing doubt on the surprise findings, arguing that the census is probably now recording Navajo residents who have not been captured in past surveys.

April 27, 2017