Utah Foundation wins top awards at GRA national meeting

Utah Foundation staff won the Most Distinguished Research Award for its 2016 Utah Priorities Project from the Governmental Research Association at its annual meeting in Salt Lake City.

The Utah Priorities Project looked at the key concerns of candidates, party convention delegates, and voters during the 2016 election cycle. More information about the Utah Priorities project is available at http://www.utahfoundation.org/priorities-project-2016/

Utah Foundation’s new president, Peter Reichard, was among those also recognized with the Most Distinguished Research award presented to the Bureau of Governmental Research in New Orleans, where he served as research director for 15 years.

Outgoing Utah Foundation President Steve Kroes also won GRA’s Frederick P. Gruenberg Award, named for an early leader of the organization. The citation points out Kroes’ outstanding contribution to governmental research over three decades, most recently through his leadership of Utah Foundation as well as his work with the California Taxpayers Association and Synergy Consulting.

Kroes is leaving Utah Foundation to begin an independent consulting practice in Sacramento.