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.
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 will also deliver one of our keynote presentations.
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.
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.