Economist Insight: Getting Future Workforce Interested in STEM

Throwing a bunch of robots and high school students into a stadium together to compete isn’t just a fun evening, it’s also part of a concerted effort to get our future workforce interested in science, technology, engineering, and math—otherwise known as STEM.


This #WorkforceWednesday, we’re highlighting Economist Matt Schroeder’s look at the sixth annual FIRST Robotics competition, which brings together dozens of teams from 11 states to compete. More...



Workforce Wednesday: Developing Workplace Skills

Finding a job depends on two things: the skills of the job seeker and the needs of the employer. You might be the best Neil Diamond impersonator in all of Utah, but if no one in the state is hiring for a convincing diamond-clad entertainer, it won’t get you very far. More...


Reducing Chronic Homelessness in Utah

The State of Utah has achieved its goal — 10 years in the making — to tackle chronic homelessness.

Chronic homelessness has decreased by 91 percent, from nearly 2,000 individuals in 2005 to 178 individuals [INFOGRAPHIC]. These individuals were identified in the 2015 statewide Point-In-Time count, conducted annually on the fourth Thursday in January.

"We know these 178 individuals by name. We know their situation and we can help them move out of chronic homelessness, if they choose," said Gordon WalkerMore...