This is Derek Miller, Speaking on Business. The University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute works to help elected officials, community leaders, and the public make informed decisions that improve Utah’s economy and quality of life. Natalie Gochnour, director of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, is here to tell us more.


Great cities always have trusted centers for policy leadership. Think of the Hoover Institution, the Brookings Institution, the American Enterprise Institute, or the Aspen Institute. The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute is Salt Lake City’s preeminent public policy institute.

We are part of the David Eccles School of Business and, as a public university, we fulfill a threefold mission to teach, do research, and lend service. We are not just the University of Utah, but the “University FOR Utah.”

Whether it is COVID-19, housing affordability, air quality and a changing climate, homeless services, early childhood mental health, Utah’s coal country, or the transition teams of Salt Lake City Mayor Mendenhall and Utah Gov. Spencer Cox…we help Utah prosper.

I express my thanks to our talented and dedicated staff and our community partners who support our work. Listeners can watch for additional research in 2021 that supports informed decision-making and thoughtful discourse.


We are grateful for the hard work and research happening at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. Visit to learn more. I’m Derek Miller with the Salt Lake Chamber, and this is Speaking on Business.