The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah enthusiastically accepts the Alliance for the American Dream challenge to develop policy ideas that will achieve a 10 percent increase in net income for 10,000 households in Utah. We have chosen to focus our policy interventions on Utah’s most economically distressed communities in Utah’s Coal Country. While this region does not yet show the depth of material poverty and psychological impact as America’s Appalachia region, economic conditions worsen each year as coal mines close and production falls. Making matters worse, two coal-fired power plants in the impacted counties will likely close within 10 years. The Utah Coal Country Strike Team will pursue four interventions that will help diversify Utah’s coal economy.
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