New Data Sheds Light on Utah’s Shifting Demographics

September 22, 2016

By: Dr. Pamela S. Perlich, Ph.D.

This past week, the U.S. Census Bureau released the 2015 American Community Survey 1-year estimates.[i] These data show us that while Utah maintains its “signature demographics”, it continues to follow long run national demographic and economic trends. Evidence of the ongoing recovery from effects of the Great Recession also appear in these data. Read More

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Rudeness Reveals Character

July 27, 2016

By: Ken Embley

I have a difficult time dealing with rude people.  Moreover, when I find myself being rude, usually in the form of a sarcastic remark, I eventually retreat, feel guilty as heck, and resolve to correct that flaw in my character. Read More


Rio 2016: Learning from the Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games

July 15, 2016

By: Natalie Gochnour

Originally published in Utah Business

Hosting the Olympic Games is not for the faint of heart. The spotlight is bright, the logistics are complicated and the cost is substantial.

Nobody knows this better than Rio de Janeiro, the host for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The Rio Olympics have been beset by extraordinary challenges, including the Zika virus, doping scandals, serious crime, environmental problems, political mayhem and the nation’s worst recession since the 1930s. Read More


SLC support for Vivint Smart Home Arena makes economic sense

July 6, 2016

By: Natalie Gochnour

Originally published in the Deseret News

If you are like me, you begin to get excited this time of year for the start of the NBA basketball season and our own Utah Jazz. The Jazz have been busy lately, making personnel moves that will make us a playoff-caliber team. Even more important to the long-term success of the Jazz and downtown Salt Lake City is the $125 million renovation occurring at Vivint Smart Home Arena. I commend the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City for using tax increment financing to support this important investment. Read More


Why Utah is a High Growth State

June 29, 2016

By: James Wood

Economic growth is not a simple concept.  More than one Nobel Prize has been awarded to economists for their work on growth theory.[1]  Even today what drives economic growth, how it’s measured, and what we can expect in the future are still vigorously debated. Read More


Demographic Milestone: Utah’s Hispanic Population Surpasses 400,000

June 21, 2016

By: Pamela S. Perlich

New estimates released today by the Bureau of the Census indicate that Utah’s Hispanic population has reached 411,143 by July 1, 2015. This means that about 1 out of every 7 Utahns (13.7 percent) is Hispanic or Latino, and greater than 1 out of every 5 new Utahns (22.8 percent) since the 2010 Census count is Hispanic. This population is young, with an estimated median age of 24.4 years old, compared to 30.7 years old for the state as a whole. Read More

Population Growth at Point of the Mountain Portends Merged Metro Area

Population Growth at Point of the Mountain Portends Merged Metro Area

June 14, 2016

By: Pamela Perlich, Ph.D.

New estimates recently released by the Bureau of the Census indicate that population growth in the state continues to be concentrated in its two largest counties, particularly in southern and western Salt Lake County and northern and central Utah County. Further, the annual amount of population growth in Utah County is approaching that of the much larger Salt Lake County. This provides further evidence of the merging of the two largest counties into a more integrated metropolitan region. Read More


Clever Stories

June 2, 2016

By: Ken Embley

“Nothing in this world is good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” -William Shakespeare

Just after we observe what others do and just before we feel some emotion about it, we tell ourselves a story.  That is, we add meaning to the action we observe and to these simple behaviors, we add motive.  From the sandbox “Johnny hit me because he does not like me;” to teenage years, “Billy does not like me because he asked Mary to the dance;” to the freeway, “That guy cut me off because he is in such a hurry.”  The path to action is—we see and/or hear something, tell ourselves a story or clever stories, feel some emotion, and then we act. Read More

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Centennial Year Inspires National Park Visitation in 2016

May 31, 2016

By: Jennifer Leaver, M.A.

A few months ago, I had the privilege to attend an event called “Your Park After Dark,” held at Salt Lake’s Clark Planetarium. This event, co-hosted by the National Park Service and the Utah Office of Tourism, included mouth-watering food, sweet local tunes, and a premier screening of the new IMAX 3D film, “National Parks Adventure.” Read More

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State of Utah’s Travel and Tourism Industry

May 25, 2016

By: Juliette Tennert, M.A.

Our annual State of Utah’s Travel and Tourism Industry report is now available.  The report details the important role that this industry plays in Utah’s economy. Read More