Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute

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Salt Lake City named one of the 15 best cities for job seekers

Salt Lake City's strong economy has once again landed it in the spotlight, this time on MoneyGeek's Top 15 Cities for Job Seekers list. "People want (a) affordability, (b) safety and (c) good work-life balance," said Phil Dean, Chief Economist & Public Finance Senior Research Fellow at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the David Eccles School of Business. Read Dean's full take [...]

2022-07-27T12:10:17-06:00July 27th, 2022|

Congrats to Natalie Gochnour, winner of the 2021 ATHENA Award!

Natalie Gochnour, director of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute and associate dean at the David Eccles School of Business, was honored last week by the Salt Lake Chamber with the 2021 ATHENA Leadership Award. The award is the Chamber's highest recognition for women in business, and it is presented to a woman who is an active Chamber member who demonstrates excellence, creativity, and [...]

2021-11-22T22:13:54-07:00November 22nd, 2021|

Here’s why data and dialogue are key to improving equity, diversity and inclusion

Ninety minutes. That’s all it took. I gained a deeper understanding of how data informs an elected official’s thought process regarding racial and ethnic disparities in Utah. He, in turn, reviewed the data and considered how he might incorporate this data into policymaking. Both of us acknowledged the importance of the issue, need for increased opportunities and inherent strengths that can help Utah improve. [...]

2021-06-01T14:42:17-06:00June 1st, 2021|

Utah home to hottest job market in the U.S., according to WSJ

The pandemic has been hard on the labor market, but Utah seems to be bucking that trend, according to new analysis from The Wall Street Journal. Utah had the lowest average unemployment rate and highest number of people working or looking for jobs. “We went into the pandemic well-positioned,” said Natalie Gochnour, associate dean at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business. [...]

2021-04-09T11:48:51-06:00April 9th, 2021|

Statewide mask mandate benefits picking up press mentions

New research by several Eccles School faculty is showing up in news articles across the country. The research shows that state-wide mask mandates benefit local economies and provide health benefits. County-or-city-wide mandates do not appear to have the same benefits. Read more about the research in Forbes, The Washington Post, CBS Money Watch, The Chicago Tribune, and the Mississippi Free Press.

2021-01-11T13:25:05-07:00December 17th, 2020|

Utah’s young population contributes to relatively low COVID-19 death rate

July 29, 2020 (Salt Lake City, Utah) – Research from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute shows Utah’s relatively young population is contributing to a lower COVID-19 death rate than the nation as a whole. As of July 14, 2020, the CDC COVID Data Tracker reported the Utah and U.S. per-capita death rates as 7.0 and 41.3 per 100,000, respectively, a difference of 34.3. [...]

2020-07-29T11:56:28-06:00July 29th, 2020|

Natalie Gochnour’s work on Utah Leads Together plan spotlighted in Desert News

Natalie Gochnour, executive director of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, recently was highlighted in the Desert News for her extraordinary contributions during the pandemic recovery. As a member of the Utah Economic Response Taskforce, Gochnour led the team that developed Governor Herbert’s “Utah Leads Together” plan, a comprehensive strategy to mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 and developing economic stability and recovery. Gochnour also [...]

2020-05-01T14:23:47-06:00May 1st, 2020|

Gardner Policy Institute releases 2020 Economic Report to the Governor

The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute today presented the 32nd Economic Report to the Governor to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert at the 2020 Economic Outlook & Public Policy Summit, hosted by the Salt Lake Chamber. The report has been the preeminent source for data and commentary on Utah’s economy for over 30 years. The consensus forecast predicts increased uncertainty and moderation, but still healthy [...]

2020-01-21T11:48:11-07:00January 17th, 2020|

New report calls for actions to improve air quality address climate crisis

January 6, 2020 (Salt Lake City, Utah) - The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute today released a breakthrough report designed to inform Utah’s efforts to improve air quality and address a changing climate. The report, called The Utah Roadmap, was requested by the Utah Legislature and includes seven priority strategies to reduce air emissions in Utah. If followed, these strategies will protect Utahns’ health, [...]

2020-01-06T16:16:41-07:00January 6th, 2020|