Association for University
Business and Economic Research

A National Association of
Regional Economic Research Centers


Join Us for the 71st Annual Fall Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah

In a world where we are creating almost 2.5 quintillion bytes of data each day, Big Data, real-time data, and data analytics influence everything from consumer trends to enterprise operations. And, as economists and researchers, we often find ourselves sorting through and analyzing mountains of data to help inform business leaders and policymakers.

The conference, titled “Mountains of Data: Exploring the Next Generation of Regional Research,” will be held from October 13–16, 2018, at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown by City Creek.


Check out our program filled with dynamic speakers and sessions.

Hotel & Travel

Book your hotel room and view other travel information.

Explore Salt Lake City

Learn more about the vibrant downtown and surrounding areas.

aerial shot of Wasatch front, Great Salt Lake, Utah
The conference’s opening reception will be held in the newly renovated mansion of copper mining magnate Enos Wall (pictured above) where the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute is located.

Keynote Speakers

Top Sessions and Speakers + Spectacular Views

The conference features sessions on emerging topics in business, economics, and public policy. Additionally, we will hear from great keynote speakers like Google’s Qing Wu, the Urban Institute’s Jonathan Schwabish, and Wells Fargo’s John Silvia (view keynote speakers’ bios here). Connect with economists, researchers, and communicators from all over the U.S., and explore Salt Lake City with its vibrant downtown and spectacular views of the Great Salt Lake and the often snow-capped mountains that surround the city.

Pre-Conference Workshop on Data Visualization

Learn how to better communicate your economic research at a full-day seminar featuring world-renowned data visualization expert Jonathan Schwabish, senior fellow at the Urban Institute and founder of PolicyViz.  He also will deliver one of our keynote presentations.

Opening Reception at Enos Wall Mansion

Our conference hosts are the University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. The opening reception will be held in the newly renovated mansion of copper mining magnate Enos Wall where the Institute is located. Conference attendees will be able to visit a very special place – the Thayne Robson Conference Room. Robson was the much beloved director of Utah’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research.

Field Trip to Historic Park City and the High West Distillery

As always, the AUBER conference will include a field trip. This year we will be visiting historic Park City and the High West Distillery, which is located high in the Wasatch-Uinta Mountains.

On Monday afternoon, conference goers will be chartered to the mountain resort town of Park City where we will have the option to take a walking tour of the city or enjoy shopping on Main Street.

We will then make our way outside of town to the Blue Sky Ranch where conference attendees will get a taste of the Old West and some of Utah’s finest whiskey and food at the High West Distillery. The distillery offers sweeping views of the Wasatch-Uinta Mountains.

High West Distillery, Utah’s first legal distillery since 1870, was named Distiller of the Year by Whiskey Advocate, America’s leading whiskey magazine in 2016.

The evening will include a distillery tour, a whiskey tasting, horseshoes, and a delicious dinner at sunset.

Conference Hosts and Program Chair

Our University of Utah hosts are: Juliette Tennert –, Director of Economics and Public Policy, and Jennifer Robinson –, Associate Director.

Our conference program chair is Sean Snaith –, Director, Institute for Economic Competitiveness, University of Central Florida.

Joel Kotkin

Urban Futures, Chapman University

Jonathan Schwabish

Urban Institute & PolicyViz

John Silvia

Wells Fargo

Qing Wu


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