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June Economic Summary

“Informed Discussions” Podcast Ep. 2: Utah Demographics with Dr. Pamela Perlich

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released the latest population estimates for Utah, showing continuing shifts in the demographic profile of the state. Dr. Pam Perlich, director of demographic research at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, breaks down the data in the latest "Informed Discussions" podcast.

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, [...]

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 [...]

Our fight against violent crime begins at home

By: Natalie Gochnour Originally published in the Deseret News It’s been a violent summer in our community and country. A disturbed man gunned down a mother, her sons and another child as they returned home from school. A drunken fight turned into a murder in Murray. A drug bust in the basement of a Cottonwood Heights home revealed garbage bags full of cash and hundreds of thousands of fake opioid pills. Road rage incidents seem to be a weekly occurrence. And now members of Congress can’t even practice baseball without being targeted with a gun. […]

“Informed Discussions” Podcast: Globalization

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 [...]

Fast Forward: Major trends with the potential to reshape Utah

By: Natalie Gochnour Originally published in Utah Business Alvin Toffler was a futurist who wrote extensively about the digital revolution. He popularized the term “information overload” and wrote the landmark book Future Shock, which has sold millions of copies and remains in print today. He died last year, but left a legacy of compelling ideas. I thought about him and his words recently as I led a discussion with the executive committee of the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors. We discussed major trends impacting Utah. I thought Utah Business readers would enjoy a quick synopsis of our discussion. […]

Utah’s Defense Sector: Economic Impacts of the Military and Veterans

Utah’s Defense Sector: Economic Impacts of the Military and Veterans (PowerPoint) Utah’s Defense Sector: Economic Impacts of the Military and Veterans (PDF) The Utah Defense Alliance and the Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs commissioned the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute to assess the economic impacts of Utah’s defense industry. The Gardner [...]

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 [...]

Salt Lake County Needs Assessment Data

Salt Lake County Needs Assessment Data (PowerPoint) Salt Lake County Needs Assessment Data (PDF) Earlier this year, Salt Lake County’s Community Resources & Development Division conducted a community needs assessment to better understand the critical needs facing our communities. The results of this effort were presented on June 5th and Dr. Pamela Perlich, director of demographic [...]