History

The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, an initiative of the David Eccles School of Business, 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 this new institute.

Established in 1932, the Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR) is an applied research center within the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. BEBR’s mission has been to conduct and support research related to the structure of the Utah economy, its resources and its potential for expansion. BEBR has also conducted analysis on the economic and demographic impacts of economic events and policy initiatives on local and regional economies, and has also provided advice on economic issues.

Since 1946, the Center for Public Policy & Administration has been a hub of research and education services for the state of Utah and surrounding intermountain region. CPPA’s staff work with a wide array of government entities, nonprofits, and businesses to examine and solve real-world problems facing the public sector. Services have included adaptive leadership training, economic impact analysis, policy analysis, program evaluation, and survey research.