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Utah Foundation is a private, non-partisan public policy research group founded in 1945. We study tax policy, public school funding, environmental issues and many other topics of interest to the community and to Utah's political leaders. Our mission is to promote a thriving economy, a well-prepared workforce and a high quality of life for Utahns.



The Utah Thrives podcast looks at how Utah Foundation research is received and applied and how the topics we've studied are seen in the community. The producer is Dan Bammes, a veteran radio reporter who now serves as the Foundation's Director of Communications.

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Utah Foundation is a private, non-partisan public policy research group founded in 1945. We study tax policy, public school funding, environmental issues and many other topics of interest to the community and to Utah's political leaders. Our mission is to promote a thriving economy, a well-prepared workforce and a high quality of life for Utahns.



The Utah Thrives podcast looks at how Utah Foundation research is received and applied and how the topics we've studied are seen in the community. The producer is Dan Bammes, a veteran radio reporter who now serves as the Foundation's Director of Communications.

    Utah Thrives Podcast: The State of Utah Embraces Teleworking

    Utah Thrives Podcast: The State of Utah Embraces Teleworking

    You won’t want to miss this episode of Utah Thrives, where you’ll find out why teleworking employees are more productive and you’ll hear about the multiple goals the state is addressing through teleworking — from air quality to rural employment. We talk with Jeff Mottishaw, senior consultant with the Operational Excellence Team in the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget, who discusses how the state’s teleworking program has gained momentum with the coronavirus crisis. This podcast builds on … Continued

    • 35 min
    Utah Thrives Podcast: A New Census Brings a New Round of Redistricting

    Utah Thrives Podcast: A New Census Brings a New Round of Redistricting

    In this episode of Utah Thrives, Utah Foundation Research Analyst Christopher Collard and President Peter Reichard discuss the new Utah redistricting statute and the challenges of redistricting in our state. The conversation follows Utah Foundation’s release of a new brief on redistricting and an interactive citizen redistricting tool.  

    • 21 min
    Utah Thrives Podcast: Coronavirus as a Social Turning Point

    Utah Thrives Podcast: Coronavirus as a Social Turning Point

    In this episode of Utah Thrives, we examine the lessons from a past crisis and explore how the COVID-19 crisis may change things forever.

    • 18 min
    Utah Thrives Podcast: The Future of Citizenship in a Changing Media Landscape

    Utah Thrives Podcast: The Future of Citizenship in a Changing Media Landscape

    In this episode of Utah Thrives, Utah Foundation bids farewell to Communications Director Dan Bammes, and we reflect on his long career in broadcast. We also discuss the evolution of journalism and what it may mean for engaged citizenship.

    • 22 min
    Utah Thrives: Alternative Fuel Vehicles

    Utah Thrives: Alternative Fuel Vehicles

    The number of vehicles powered by electricity has been growing steadily in Utah, but they’re still only 1.6% of new vehicles sold in the state. Eventually, they’ll have an impact on air quality, but that’s years away. A new research report from Utah Foundation shows there may be opportunities to have a bigger impact sooner by focusing on trucks and buses powered by electricity or other alternative fuels such as natural gas. In this edition … Continued

    • 9 min
    Utah Thrives: Mental Health & Suicide Prevention

    Utah Thrives: Mental Health & Suicide Prevention

    A recent Utah Foundation breakfast event on access to mental health services and suicide prevention brought up a little good news: Utah’s suicide rate isn’t rising as fast as it has in the past two decades. And professionals who treat those at risk for suicide say their interventions can work very well if they reach people in time. But there are still many challenges, including providing access to psychiatric care in Utah’s rural areas. In … Continued

    • 11 min

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While there is something to be said about its brevity, I would prefer some more in-depth discussion of the quality research reports Utah Foundation produces. There is a real dearth in the Utah political podcast world of the discussion of what policies are actually good, as detailed in actual research. Utah Thrives could fill this and I hope they do more.

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