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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
4 accomplishments that put Utah on the map

The Beehive State stands as an example for the nation when it comes to a premier business climate, innovative policies and economic growth. Utah’s success is no accident. In fact, the state’s culture of collaboration has been vital in addressing the challenges of an increasingly competitive global economy. Utah is showing the world what’s possible […]

April 24, 2017
Salt Lake City crashes Outdoor Retailer bid party

Though organizers of the Outdoor Retailer trade show have made it clear they won’t be returning to Salt Lake City in 2018, Salt Lake City officials have submitted an unsolicited bid to host the convention. The city didn’t receive an invitation to bid for the shows this year following retailers’ protests over Utah political leaders’ […]

April 20, 2017
State’s economy fueling population growth

After topping 3 million residents in 2016, the Beehive State’s population is expected to continue its steady climb for years to come, and researchers predict growth will be driven in large part by Utah’s economy — one of the strongest in the nation.

April 15, 2017
Summit speakers encourage blacks to run for office, participate in policymaking

Blacks in Utah have a right to be outraged by cases of police brutality, the high school dropout rate, and the over-representation of blacks in jails and prison. But rather than sit on the sidelines and complain, Rep. Sandra Hollins, D-Salt Lake City — the first black woman elected to the Utah Legislature — asked […]