Utah Thrives (Podcast of Utah Foundation)

Utah Thrives Podcast: Social Capital in Utah

Written by: Peter Reichard

Social Capital: An Overview of the 2021-22 Series In July, the Utah Foundation released the eighth installment in its Utah Social Capital Series. The series examined roughly 30 metrics in seven topical areas. They included civic engagement, social trust, community life, family life, social cohesion, social mobility and the focus on the next generation. The Network of Relationship: Utah’s Social Capital Index is the final report in the series. It takes together the findings of the previous … Continued

Improving Community Quality in Utah | Utah Thrives

Written by: Peter Reichard

What’s on Utah’s Punch List to Improve Community Quality of Life? At the end of June, the Utah Foundation released The 2022 Utah Community Quality of Life Index: Is a Booming Economy Making Life Better? The report focuses on community quality of life – based on a survey where Utahns rate their communities on a series of 20 factors.  Since 2011, the Utah Foundation has measured community quality of life with the Index five times. In 2022, … Continued

Is Utah Losing Focus on its Children?

Written by: Peter Reichard

In this edition of Utah Thrives, Senior Analyst Christopher Collard and President Peter Reichard discuss the May 2022 Utah Foundation report, The Flowering of Youth: The Next Generation in Utah. The report is the sixth installment in the Utah Social Capital Series. The report revealed some surprising trends nationally, but also in a state that takes pride in its focus on youth. 

Utah Thrives Podcast | Broadening Utah Students’ Horizons

Written by: Peter Reichard

Broadening Educational Horizons, Bridging Socio-Economic Gaps How can Utah inspire K-12 students to look beyond a high school diploma? When looking beyond high school, some Utah students face low expectations, a shortfall in post-secondary readiness, a lack of knowledge around post-secondary options and financial challenges. Our new report, Broadening Horizons: Clearing an Early Path to Post-Secondary Success, not only explores these challenges, but also seeks to reveal the network of supports that can help smooth the … Continued

Utah Thrives Podcast | The Middle-Class and Social Cohesion

Written by: Peter Reichard

How does economic stratification look in Utah? Utah is unique among Western States on a key measure of social cohesion   In March, the Utah Foundation put out a new edition in our Utah Social Capital Series called The Soil of Common Ground: Social Cohesion in Utah. On maybe the most important metric, Utah came out on top nationally. On another, Utah stands alone in the Western states. In this edition of Utah Thrives, Utah Foundation Senior … Continued

Utah Thrives Podcast | The Surprising Effects of the Pandemic on Families

Written by: Peter Reichard

Prior to Pandemic, Utah Family Life Saw Shocking Declines on Key Metrics The Pandemic Made Eye-Opening Impacts — both for Good and Ill   There’s only so much time in the day, and most parents need to know that they need to work intently to make sure family time is well-spent. And while families in Utah are well-structured, the time families spend at home may not be. That problem — and the surprising effects of the … Continued

Utah Thrives Podcast | Local Ground Rules and the Missing Middle

Written by: Peter Reichard

Expanding housing options in Utah will require expanding what our zoning allows. But what are the best ways of going about that? Answering that question is the topic of the latest installment in the new Utah Foundation study, Is the Middle Missing? A Guide to Expanding Options for Utah Homebuyers and Renters.   Utah Foundation Vice President Shawn Teigen and President Peter Reichard explore the findings of the report in this edition of Utah Thrives, the … Continued

Utah Thrives Podcast | The Evolution of Housing Development in Utah

Written by: Peter Reichard

Do New Development Trends Align with Utahns’ Preferences?   What kind of housing is being developed in Utah? Is it the kind Utahns want to see in their neighborhoods? And what are the implications for the so-called “missing middle” of the housing market? Utah foundation Vice President Shawn Teigen and President Peter Reichard explore the answers in this edition of Utah Thrives, the Utah Foundation podcast.    

Utah Thrives Podcast | Exploring One Answer to Housing Challenges

Written by: Peter Reichard

Is an important answer to Utah’s housing challenges missing from the equation? In this edition of Utah Thrives, Utah Foundation Vice President and Research Director Shawn Teigen joins President Peter Reichard in a discussion about the state’s startling housing affordability challenges. The conversation revolves around the new multi-part study, Is the Middle Missing? A Guide to Expanding Options for Utah Homebuyers and Renters. Teigen and Reichard discuss the findings of the first two installments, which … Continued

Utah Thrives Podcast | Can Utah be Trusted?

Written by: Peter Reichard

Podcast Explores Measures of Social Trust   Successful social interactions depend on trust. Social trust has major implications for the prosperity of the economy, the health of a democracy, the strength of the social fabric, and the support of strong social capital. But how solid are the bonds of trust in the Beehive State? That’s the question we explore in a recent Utah Foundation report called The Kindness of Strangers: Social Trust in Utah. It’s … Continued