News Release

American Dream Ideas Challenge announces top three finalists

Nov. 29, 2018 — The top three ideas in the University of Utah’s American Dream Ideas Challenge aim to boost Utahns’ income by cutting transportation costs, leveraging unused storage space and revitalizing an economically depressed region of the state.

The three finalists announced today are:

  • Neighbor, an early-stage tech company, allows Utahns with unused storage space to make money by renting that space to people with storage needs; renters save money over costs of traditional self-storage.
  • Mobility as a Service (MaaS), a collaboration between the Utah Transit Authority, Utah Department of Transportation and Salt Lake City, focuses on decreasing transportation costs by enabling households with multiple cars to get by with one less vehicle through seamless access to alternative transportation services.
  • Utah Coal Country Strike Team, led by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, aims to help Carbon and Emery counties, hard-hit by the steady decline in coal production since 2001, prosper by seeding a “Silicon Slopes East” hub in Price, revitalizing housing stock, promoting tourism and creating targeted economic incentives to spur development.

“These teams clearly emerged as the top three given their innovation, interdisciplinary and collaborative team composition and their potential to meet the challenge goal,” said Courtney McBeth, project director of the American Dream Ideas Challenge.

Each team will receive $30,000