Business Community Excited by Launch of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute

The new institute of the David Eccles School of Business, the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, will lead to more informed decision-making by developing and sharing economic, demographic and public policy research.

“There are a lot of needs around us and Utah has big decisions ahead,” Said Kem Gardner, an alumnus from the University of Utah for who the institute is named. “I love this state and want to make a difference. I look at the Policy Institute and know it will help our community and business leaders make better-informed decisions.”

An advisory board of business, government and community leaders — chaired by Scott Anderson, president and CEO of Zions Bank and Gail Miller, owner of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies — provides strategic direction to the institute. Former Governors Mitt Romney and Michael O. Leavitt serve as the board conveners and will host an annual summit that will be held at the newly restored Wall Mansion on historic South Temple, which will serve as the home of the new institute beginning in 2016.

“Utah has a proud history of prudent planning and thoughtful decision-making,” said University of Utah President David Pershing. “Looking forward, the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute will aid in the important choices Utahns will have to make by providing accurate and trusted research to the people of this great state.”

When business, government and community leaders come together for the betterment of Utah, our community, economy and businesses thrive from the development of public policies. The new initiative will help develop strategies for issues facing our state and invest in the future of our state.