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Herbert: ‘Time for action, time for doing’ regarding rural job growth

“It’s time for action, time for doing. The time for talking is past,” he said. Herbert then challenged rural leaders to identify their community problems, the hindrances to getting them solved and craft a plan of action and bring it to Salt Lake City for a meeting to hammer out an “all hands on deck” […]

August 3, 2017
Report: Washington County to balloon to more than 500,000 population over next 50 years

The hard-driving forces that have made St. George and the rest of Washington County one of the fastest-growing populations in the U.S. are expected to continue for the foreseeable future, ballooning the area to more than 500,000 people over the next 50 years, according to new state population projections released this week.

July 18, 2017
Census: Utah’s Asian and Multiracial Populations Increasing

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows Utah is experiencing a growing wave of diversity and Asian and multiracial population are growing faster than others. The state’s Asian and multiracial populations both grew by 6 percent between 2015 and 2016 — faster than any other racial or ethnic group, […]

June 25, 2017
Tribune Editorial: Get ready for Utah, and America, to become more diverse

The United States is growing more diverse, and forecasts for Utah match changes seen across the country. Minorities now account for 21 percent of Utah’s population, compared with 19 percent in 2010. In short, minority populations are growing faster than white populations, prompting local demographer Pam Perlich to label these differences as “the new Utah.” “Since 2010, Utah’s […]

June 24, 2017
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