News Release

Long-term planning projections highlight economic challenges, opportunities in Utah’s coal counties

May 9, 2022 (Salt Lake City) – The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute today released a report that references the institute’s 40-year population and employment planning projections to highlight how scheduled power plant closures and declining coal production will affect Utah’s coal counties. This research will help local officials and policy makers plan for the coming decades as economic circumstances continue to change.

“Carbon and Emery counties face continued economic hardships in the years ahead,” said Price City Mayor Mike Kourianos. “But by working together, and with informed research to guide us, we can address our competitive advantages and our role in a prosperous Utah economy for decades to come.”

Key findings from the report incl