Economics

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On Wednesday’s Access Utah, beloved folk singer Dar Williams joins us to talk about her latest book, described as “an impassioned account of the fall and rise of the small American towns she cherishes.”

Dubbed by the New Yorker as "one of America's very best singer-songwriters," Dar Williams has made her career not in stadiums, but touring America's small towns. She has played their venues, composed in their coffee shops, and drunk in their bars. She has seen these communities struggle, but also seen them thrive in the face of postindustrial identity crises.

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Immigration reform groups are working to keep the 13,600 Utahns currently eligible for DACA in the United States. Representatives from the groups said children who immigrated to the U.S. with their parents have a positive impact on Utah’s economy.

Study Underway For Utah Inland Port

Aug 31, 2017
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Governor Herbert has created an exploratory committee to research the feasibility of an inland port for the state of Utah. Inland ports are designated sites with strong transportation infrastructure and distribution operations. 

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has completed the review of national monuments mandated by President Trump. He has not released his recommendations. The New York Times is reporting that those recommendations include reducing the size of 4 national monuments, including Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah. Reports are that Secretary Zinke may recommend a drastic reduction in size for Bears Ears.

"RAISE Act" To Reduce Migrant Workers In U.S.

Aug 10, 2017
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The “Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act” also known as the “RAISE Act,” seeks to reduce the amount of legal immigration to the United States by 50%. One immigration attorney in Salt Lake City is pushing for further discussion about how the act could prevent skilled workers from entering the United States.

Space - The Final Frontier For Business

Aug 10, 2017
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This week Utah State University hosted the Small Satellite Conference where researchers, government groups, businesses and students gathered to talk about technological advances driving the small satellite commercial market. Experts in the industry said small satellites are energizing the emerging market.

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One of the first buildings constructed in Logan was a performance hall, a place where people could gather after work and chores to enjoy family style entertainment and boost the economy.  According to the director of The Cache Valley Center of Arts, Wendi Hassan, that tradition continues today.  

And she has the numbers to prove it.

Retail-Giant Amazon Enters The Utah Marketplace

Jul 11, 2017
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The Seattle-based online retail giant, Amazon, will be coming to Utah with a new facility. News of the facility are met with both positive and negative reactions. A representative of a smaller online based business in the state is claiming that having Amazon here creates an unfair business advantage for his company and smaller businesses. 

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With Independence Day just around the corner, one company did a study to see how financially independent each state is.  Jill Gonzalez, an analyst for WalletHub, said Utah is the second most independent state in the nation - just behind Colorado.

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After a weekend long party, noise complaints from neighbors and $30,000 later – a company was born. One entrepreneur is changing the growing industry of short-term rentals.

“I can’t say I woke with the idea, what I did wake up with was a problem that led to the idea,” said David Krauss, CEO and co-founder of NoiseAware. He is also an Airbnb host in Dallas with eight rental properties himself

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This report is part of NPR and UPR’s A Nation Engagement project focusing on the upcoming elections as it relates to economics.

 

Rob Pyne is now a legal resident of the U.S. But, for him and his wife Tammy Pyne, the job of obtaining legal status was a frustrating one to say the least.