FAQs

What is The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute?

The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, an initiative of the David Eccles School of Business, seeks to be a vital gathering place and center for independent economic, demographic and public policy data and research in Utah. Its mission is to support informed decision making that strengthens the Utah economy. The institute engages in four primary activities:

Economics & Public Policy
Economic impact analyses, economic forecasts, and special studies. The institute produces an annual Economic Report to the Governor and serves as the home of the Economic Club of Utah.
Demographics
Population estimates and projections, neighborhood indicators, and special studies. The institute serves as the lead entity in Utah of the Bureau of the Census State Data Center Program.
Leadership & Training
Leadership and training for public officials and elected leaders, and instruction on economic and demographic trends. The institute provides specialized adaptive leadership training for state and local governments.
Survey Research
Business and community surveys, and special studies on public policy using surveys, in-depth interviews, and focus groups. The institute conducts a monthly business sentiment survey.

When was The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute created?

The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute was established by the University of Utah Board of Trustees and the Utah Board of Regents and officially launched on September 2, 2015. The institute brings together the 85-year history of the Bureau of Economic and Business Research and the 68-year history of the Center for Public Policy & Administration. Together, these entities have been combined to form The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah and is an initiative of the David Eccles School of Business.