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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 [...]

Gardner Business Review: What has been the impact of globalization on Utah?

What has been the impact of globalization in Utah? Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute senior fellow James Wood concludes the impact of globalization has been widespread and nearly all positive. A big reason for Utah’s international success is that many of the products we manufacturer are largely immune to offshoring. Utah also has a great [...]

The Role of Transportation in a Robust Economy

The Role of Transportation in a Robust Economy (PowerPoint) The Role of Transportation in a Robust Economy (PDF) Juliette Tennert, director of economic and public policy research at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, recently spoke to the importance of mass transit and the role it will play in the continued rapid growth of the [...]

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 Economic Summary

Utah’s nonagricultural employment increased an estimated 3.3%, or 46,700 jobs, between April 2016 and April 2017. Nationally, employment increased 1.6%, or 2.2 million jobs, between April 2016 and April 2017. Utah’s unemployment rate was 3.1% in April 2017, lower than the April 2016 unemployment rate of 3.5%. The national unemployment rate was 4.4% in April [...]

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 [...]

Once-tiny Vineyard in Utah County sees population grow sixfold in 2 years

The Utah County town of Vineyard grew sixfold in the past two years — from 611 residents to 3,953 — as new homes mushroomed on and around the old Geneva Steel plant site. But City Manager Jacob McHargue says those newly released U.S. Census Bureau estimates are for 2016, and he figures the town's population [...]

‘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. [...]

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 [...]

Summer travel season begins with record-setting economic impacts in travel and tourism industry

Salt Lake City, Utah (May 10, 2017) – Travelers to Utah spent a record $8.17 billion in the state in 2015 and generated an estimated $1.15 billion in total state and local tax revenue, according to a recent study completed by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. “This was a leading year for Utah tourism,” [...]

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