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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2017 Economic Report to the Governor

By: Juliette Tennert Today, the Utah Economic Council released the 29th edition of the annual Economic Report to the Governor. The report is a collaborative endeavor between the Council, the David Eccles School of Business, and the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget. […]

State of Utah’s Travel and Tourism Industry

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. […]

Homeless in Utah: Challenges and Opportunities

By: Juliette Tennert, M.A. Among the many issues that Utah’s legislature is tackling in the 2016 General Session, addressing homelessness in our state is among the most pressing.  Legislators are considering a number of bills and funding requests that represent the coordinated efforts of stakeholders through the HOMES Initiative seeking a common goal of minimizing homelessness in Utah.  While we can celebrate success in reducing chronic homelessness (at last count, Utah’s chronically homeless population is 91% smaller than it was in 2005), the risk of homelessness among families with children and young adults is an increasing concern as the poverty rate in Utah has grown since 2010. The number of Utah homeless school children has grown more than 50% since 2007, and at least 40% of homeless Utahns are part of a family with children (Department of Workforce Services, 2015). […]

Utah economy expected to continue to prosper in 2016

By: Juliette Tennert, M.S. Yesterday, the Utah Economic Council released its 28th annual Economic Report to the Governor. The report is a collaborative effort of the Council (who are convened by the David Eccles School of Business, the Salt Lake Chamber, and the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget) and a number of public and private sector experts. […]