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AUBER Fall Conference 2018

Mountains of Data: Exploring the Next Generation of Regional Research
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 community members, business leaders, and policymakers. The 2018 conference discussed all of these topics and more. It was held from October 13–16, 2018, and was hosted by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah.

View the 2018 AUBER Fall Conference program here.

2018 Keynote Speakers and Sessions

The 2018 Fall Conference featured great keynote speakers like Google’s Qing Wu, the Urban Institute’s Jonathan Schwabish, Wells Fargo’s John Silvia, Chapman University’s Joel Kotkin, and Annetta Wilson, the president of Annetta Wilson Training and Success Coaching . The conference also included a variety of sessions highlighting cutting-edge research.

Joel Kotkin

Urban Futures, Chapman University

Jonathan Schwabish

Urban Institute & PolicyViz

John Silvia

Wells Fargo

Qing Wu

Google

Digital-Data
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.
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Pre-Conference Workshop on Data Visualization

A full day pre-conference workshop featuring world-renowned data visualization expert Jonathan Schwabish, senior fellow at the  Urban Institute and founder of PolicyViz,  examined how to better communicate economic research.

Opening Reception at the Thomas S. Monson Center

The opening reception was held at the newly renovated mansion of copper mining magnate Enos Wall where the Kem C. Gardner Institute is located.

Field Trip to Historic Park City and the High West Distillery

As always, the AUBER conference included a field trip. This year’s field trip was to historic Park City and the High West Distillery, which is located high in the Wasatch-Uinta Mountains.

On Monday afternoon, conference goers were chartered to the mountain resort town of Park City where they had the option to take a walking tour of the city or enjoy shopping on Main Street. The group then made their way outside of town to the Blue Sky Ranch where they got a taste of the Old West and some of Utah’s finest whiskey and food at the High West Distillery. The distillery offered sweeping views of the Wasatch-Uinta Mountains and included a distillery tour, a whiskey tasting, and a delicious dinner at sunset.

We would like to thank our 2018 Fall Conference Sponsors:

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