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From local newspapers to national media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, CNN, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, AUBER members’ research is often in the headlines, and directors at AUBER centers are quoted frequently. Read about our members’ recent news coverage, as well as other news items from centers.

November 2019

University of Utah Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. Family of late billionaire Jon Huntsman to give $150 million for mental health at U of Utah (Forbes); Life Sciences Summit in Salt Lake City connects burgeoning Utah biotech industry (KSL); Utah construction is booming. But with high demand and not enough workers, competition is fierce (KUER); Visitors poured record $9.75 billion into Utah last year (KSL); $7.25 – Examining the Minimum Wage (KCPW); Utah fertility rate falls below the ‘replacement rate’ for the first time (Salt Lake Tribune).

University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization.
Economist shares fond undergrad memories of UH Mānoa on national podcast (University of Hawaii News); State Economist: Challenges Ahead As Visitor, Construction Sectors Soften (Honolulu Civil Beat); Report: Hawaii’s Economic Growth Is The Lowest In The Nation (Honolulu Civil Beat).
Boise State University, Idaho Policy Institute. Boise State Hosts First Mayoral Debate (The Arbiter); Lincoln County remains the only one in Magic Valley with Spanish ballots (Magic Valley).

Chapman University, A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research. Watch the E/P Ratio and Ignore Trump’s Tweets – by Jim Doti and Fadel Lawandy, Orange County Business Journal.

University of Tennessee, Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research. Tennessee’s economy is strong but prepare for a slowdown, experts say (The Tennessean); Tennessee’s economy shows little sign of winding down (The Columbia Daily Herald); Chattanooga unemployment falls to lowest September rate in modern history (Chattanooga Times Free Press); State economists report business filings up; Blount seeks to grow jobs skills (Maryville Daily Times); Economy continues to see steady gains in Tennessee (SpartaLive.com); Business Briefs: Business filings up 11% in Hamilton County (Chattanooga Times Free Press);  UT Study: Number of uninsured Tennesseans raises to 468,000 (Cookeville Herald Citizen); Blount hopes to stopper losses through an accurate count amid national call for census workers (Maryville Daily Times); Blount County, along with 86 counties in Tenn., now has a committee of community leaders to spread census information (Maryville Daily Times).

Texas A&M University, Real Estate Center. Total Recall, November 2019.

University of Wyoming, Center for Energy and Regulatory Economics. VOA Connect Episode 91: The Coal Industry, Composting and Art (Voice of America); Bankruptcy: coal experts voice concerns, takeaways ( Wyofile); Is it fair to compare Wyoming, Montana outdoor economies?  (Billings Gazette (reprinted Ravalli Republic);  Report: Montana outpaces Wyoming on recreation economy (NBC Montana);  Bankrupt giants hand unwanted coal mines to unknown firms (EENews);  Wyoming lawmakers toy with overhauling utility commission to buoy coal (Casper Star-Tribune); Powder River Basin coal production hits 20-year low (Casper Star Tribune); Governor announces energy plan to take future revenue shortfalls head on (Casper Star Tribune);  Wyoming, Montana Highest Valued Outdoor Recreation Economy In The Region, Wyoming Public Media;  Blackjewel mines pull down Q3 coal numbers (Gillette News Record);  State Effort Highlights Grim Revenue Picture, Looks To New Economic Scenarios (Wyoming Public Media); Losing coal could cost Wyoming dearly, take decades to recalibrate labor force (Cowboy State Daily);  Navajo leader: Tribe won’t back energy company’s new mines (Gillette News Record); Beekeeping sweetens depressed economy in W.Va. coal country, Detroit (UPI News Service);  Beyond coal and oil: Wyo. faces crisis EnergyWire (EENews Service);  With West Coast States Blocking Coal Export Projects, Proponents Keep Pushing (Atlantic Media Route Fifty State News Service); Employment, Revenue Threatened With “Multi-Year Low” Natural Gas Pricing (Wyoming Public Media);   A quiet decline: As the natural gas market falters, Wyoming has a lot to lose (Casper Star Tribune);  Godby, Coupal and Haggerty: Wyoming’s mineral tax trap creates tough choices (Casper Star Tribune).

University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Bureau of Business Research. Report: Nebraska sees modest economic growth (Norfolk Daily News); Nebraska indicator predicts modest economic growth for state (Columbus Telegram); $109 million live music venue announced for downtown Omaha (Omaha World Herald); Nebraska BBR Webinar: Economic Impact of Craft Brewery (Webinar Recording / YouTube); Consumer confidence rises in state in October (Lincoln Journal Star); Nebraska Indicator: Solid Confidence Amid Pockets of Concern (Business News); Nebraska indicator shows solid confidence amid pockets of concern (Nebraska Today); Nebraska Bureau of Business Research Leading Economic Indicator – November 2019 (BBR Podcast / YouTube); UNL economic indicator jumps in October (Lincoln Journal Star); Confident Businesses Signal Ongoing Economic Growth (Business News); Confident businesses signal ongoing economic growth (Nebraska Today); Experts: Saving some operations is the best hope for Omaha’s TD Ameritrade jobs​ (Omaha World Herald).

University of Arizona, Economic and Business Research Center. Eller economist: Tucson economy is picking up, national economy is slowing down (Inside Tucson Business); Financial Fix: Sunny with a chance of rain: Tucson’s 2020 forecast anticipated to see steady growth with possible challenges (Inside Tucson Business); Phoenix, Tucson in Arizona’s top 10 cities to own a home (Across Arizona); Arizona-Mexico Town Hall in Hermosillo explores importance of cross-border resources (Chamber Business News); What data can tell us about Southern Arizona’s economic well-being (Arizona Public Media).

Georgia State University, Economic Forecasting Center. Hiring to hit the brakes in 2020, GSU predicts (Atlantic Journal Constitution); Georgia State Forecaster Says Global Uncertainty Is Inducing Investment Malaise (Georgia Association of Business Brokers); Headwinds Buffet Georgia’s Catalyst Sectors, Dampening Job Growth Outlook (Georgia Association of Business Brokers); Job Grow Is Slowing, Supply is Growing, But Atlanta Developers Are Still Bullish For 2020 (BISNOW); Housing starts to tumble as state’s economy slows, GSU’s top economist predicts (Saporta Report); Fed, Consumers Turn a Deaf Ear to Wall Street’s Recession Siren (Bloomberg); WSJ Survey: Majority of Economists Say Manufacturing Sector in Recession (Wall Street Journal); Drop in September auto sales is likely momentary dip, experts say (S&P Global); A New Era in Global Trade: Policy Negotiations Put Freight Patterns in Flux (Transport Topics); With Capacity to Spare, Railroads Have an Eye on Truck Cargo (Transport Topics); Old Dominion Misses Wall Street Expectations With Q3 Earnings (Transport Topics); West Coast Ports Show Early Signs of Slowdown Due to Tariffs (Transport Topics); AJC DIGGING DEEPER ECONOMY: Economic growth expected to slow: Investment has been trending down, state report shows (AJC.com); WSJ Survey: Majority of Economists Say Manufacturing Sector in Recession: Forecasters’ estimates for economic growth in the second half of 2019 also ticked lower (Wall Street Journal).

University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research. Florida’s consumer confidence index (BEBR); Consumer confidence slips in Florida (Herald Tribune); ‘No More Words, More Action:’ City Commission And Alachua County School Board Try To Find Solution For Racial Inequity (WUFT); After tax law Florida sees movers but not from New York   (Stamford Advocate).

University of Montana, Bureau of Business and Economic Research. New study highlights role of Hutterite colonies in Montana’s economy (KPAX and KXLH); Study Details Statewide Economic Contributions From Montana Hutterite Colonies (Montana Public Radio); Study Looks at Hutterite Impact on State Economy, Jobs (Great Falls Tribune); Missoula Housing Authority gains vouchers (Missoulian).

September/October 2019

Texas A&M University Real Estate Center
is offering a free subscription to AUBER members to their award-winning flagship periodical, Tierra Grande magazine (view the latest issue here). The printed magazine is mailed to more than 180,000 subscribers. To subscribe, please send David Jones, the senior editor at the Real Estate Center, an email with your preferred mailing address. David’s email is: d-jones@tamu.edu .Magazines are mailed in January, April, July, and October.

Here are some news items from the Real Estate Center written by Senior Editor David Jones:

For the past year, we have been working with Reputation Lighthouse in Austin.They have helped us redefine our audiences: who they are, how they perceive us, where we have communication gaps, how they use our material, and much more. It’s been quite revealing and is leading to more meaningful communications. This collaboration has resulted in a 2019-22 Marketing Communications Plan and a first-ever Master Brand Story.

  • The Washington Post quoted Chief Economist Jim Gaines, and that resulted in a flurry of nationwide media attention. Here’s a sample.
  • Our Center was recognized in Kansas City this month with two Silver Quill Awards at the Connect2Excellence International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Southern + Pacific Plains Regions joint conference. The Center won an Award of Excellence for Tierra Grande magazine and an Award of Merit for its annual report. Earlier this year, the Center won its fifth IABC Gold Quill Award, the latest of which was presented at IABC’s world conference in Vancouver, B.C.  These awards bring to 247 the total of local, state, regional, and international awards for Real Estate Center communications.

For more news about the Real Estate Center, view the October issue of Total Recall here.

University of Texas at El Paso, Border Region Modeling Project. UTEP BRMP personnel recently participated in 16 television interviews and were quoted in 15 newspaper interviews for news organizations from the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Colombia, and Mexico. Recently published BRMP research includes A.G. Walke and T.M. Fullerton, Jr., 2019, “Metropolitan Hotel Sector Forecast Accuracy in El Paso,” Atlantic Economic Journal 47 (2), 179-191, doi: 10.1007/s11293-019-09620-x.; Economists See Growth-Sapping U.S.-Mexico Tariffs Lasting Months (Bloomberg); Shopping After A Mass Shooting (National Public Radio);  Short-run commercial reactions to Walmart domestic terrorism tragedy. Texas Standard Radio Network  Walmart tragedy economic impacts. For El Paso, Shooting’s Impact Could Include The Economy (Texas Standard); It’s Hard To Find An Economic Upside To Trump’s Mexico Tariffs (Texas Standard Radio Network); Pierde El Paso 4 mmdd por crisis en puentes (El Diario de Juárez); Businesses in Borderland worried about Trump’s tariffs on Mexican products (KABB Fox News 29 San Antonio); Noticiero Telemundo 48 El Paso (Borderplex business worries over White house tariff proposals – KTDO); Professor, dealership weigh in on how auto industry could be impacted by Trump’s tariffs (KFOX Channel 14 El Paso); U.S. Census to hire 1,500 workers in the El Paso and Lubbock sectors (El Paso Inc.); Currency market reactions to White House tariff threat on intra-industry supply chain intermediate inputs (El Diario de El Paso).  Currency market reactions to White House tariff threat on intra-industry supply chain intermediate inputs.

University of Utah Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. Amid mental health crisis, this Utah youth impatient program says it’s at half capacity (KSL); Gender Wage Gap: (In)Equality in Utah (KCPW ); Utah legislators to tweak medical marijuana law in special session (KSL); If recession hits, what will happen to Utah home values? (KUTV); Salt Lake County really attracts young adults, but its high housing costs repel others (Salt Lake Tribune); Utah ranks No. 2 for low poverty, but is in bottom third for lack of health insurance (Salt Lake Tribune); As families decamp, 20-somethings settle into Salt Lake County (Deseret News); Local analysts warn US-China trade battle impacting Utah companies (KSL); Legislature spends day peering into the future, hoping to improve it (Salt Lake Tribune); How bad is mental health in our state? New report said Utah ranks last in U.S. (ABC4); Apartments continue to go up in Salt Lake City, but rents aren’t slowing (Salt Lake Tribune); Like many U.S. cities, Salt Lake finds it ‘can’t build way out’ of affordable housing shortage (Deseret News); Can multimillion-dollar, multi-agency suicide awareness campaign lower Utah’s suicide rates? (Deseret News); What new census numbers reveal about Utah’s cities (Deseret News); Utah’s wealth gap is smallest in the nation (Salt Lake Tribune); Are better times ahead for Utah’s coal country? (Deseret News);  In our opinion: A step toward one life saved is a step worth taking (Deseret News);  A Murray mobile-home park once facing closure is now expanding (Salt Lake Tribune); For the first time, U.S. Census can be filled out online, on paper, and over the phone  (KUTV); Improving Mental Health Access in Utah Through Parity (Action Utah); Some seniors on Social Security ‘eat cat food’ to survive (ABC4);  Utah’s $150000 tax reform pitch isn’t convincing the public, lawmakers say (Salt Lake Tribune); With new tariffs looming, businesses face uncertainty, higher costs (KUTV); Priced out: Affordable housing in Utah (KCPW); Ivory Homes to expand workforce housing initiative, build eco-friendly homes (KSL); How a $1.8 B acquisition 10 years ago turned the Point of the Mountain into what it is today (KSL); Black women lead diversity efforts at 4 Utah colleges (Salt Lake Tribune); The deal that ignited Utah’s tech explosion (Deseret News);  Trade Wars and Tariffs: U.S. Economic Policy in a Global Economy (KCPW).

Georgia State University, Economic Forecasting Center. Georgia economy slows, but Fed offers vital help, GSU forecaster says (Atlantic Journal Constitution); ATA’s Truck Tonnage Index Falls 1.1% in June (Transport Topics); Indicators Show Slowdown in Growth, but Recession Isn’t Likely (Transport Topics); Most of the Nation’s Ports Report Strong July (Transport Topics); Why a weaker dollar may not give Trump the export boost he is hoping for (S&P Global); Atlanta economists weigh in on recession: will there be or won’t there be? (Atlanta Business Chronicle).

University of Montana, Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Montana Manufacturing is Strong and MSU Reports Back that up (MSU.com); MT Kids Start School With Fewer Preschool Options (Public News Service); Advocates urge Missoula County to Donate Property to Affordable Housing Project (Missoula Current); Worst Summer Yet for Seasonal Staffing Shortage (Montana Business Quarterly). Median Sale Price of Gallatin Valley Home Soars (Montana Business Quarterly).

University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization (UHERO).  Hawaii’s natural resource management sector jobs see 33% increase, UHERO report finds (Pacific Business News); Hawaii’s natural resource management sector jobs see 33% increase, UHERO report finds (Pacific Business News); Looming Recession Expected To Take A Bite Out Of State Revenues (Honolulu Civil Beat); Economists: Airbnb Crackdown Will Likely Cause Big Drop In Oahu Tourism (Honolulu Civil Beat); New State Economic Forecast: ‘Hawaii Finds Itself In An Increasingly Vulnerable Position’ (Hawaii Public Radio); How to Increase Visitor Spending (Hawaii Business Magazine); Birth rate decrease affecting state’s economy, population (AP); Construction healthy despite Hawaii’s slowing economy, UHERO says (Pacific Business News);  They’re taking their business elsewhere (The Maui News); Oahu retail vacancy rate forecast to increase by end of 2019 (Pacific Business News); Honolulu among slowest-growing US cities, study says (Pacific Business News); Honolulu Made A Big Mistake In Punishing Short-Term Rentals (Honolulu Civil Beat); UHERO: HOST Park had $104 million economic impact in 2018 (Pacific Business News).

Boise State University, Idaho Policy Institute.  Here’s how much federal money Idaho could lose if you’re not counting ted in 2020 Census (Idaho Statesman); Vanessa Fry presented at forum on homeless data integration (Boise State University News); Map breaks down 2018 initiative votes down to county precinct level (Idaho County Free Press).

Vanessa Crossgrove Fry publishes piece in Public Administration Review (Campus News); Studies underway to find ways to end family homelessness in Boise, Ada County (KTVB); Why Boise’s Supreme Court appeal could change how homelessness is treated (Boise State Public Radio); Boise pre-k program expands this week (Boise State Public Radio); Housing first project on track, but working to address needs to high levels of medical care (Idaho Press).

University of Wyoming, Center for Energy Regulation and Policy. Hits to coal prompt leaders to look elsewhere for development (Cowboy State Daily); Deal for Blackjewel mines may finally be close: Blackjewel to ask US Bankruptcy Court to approve new sale for Eagle Butte, Belle Ayr (Gillette News); Wyoming’s largest utility to retire majority of coal-fired power plant units by 2030 (Casper Star Tribune); Judge gives Cloud Peak sale final OK: Native corporation says it will keep nearly all 1,200 employees at three PRB mines (Gillette News Record); Wyoming utility leading drive to expand wind and solar (Casper Star Tribune);  PacifiCorp’s plan to retire coal units may signal battery storage viability (S&P Global);  Can Wyoming law delay coal plant closures? (Wyofile).

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bureau of Business Research. Report: Consumer confidence rebounds in August (NTVabc); Consumer confidence bounces back in August (Lincoln Journal Star); Consumer Confidence Rebounds In Nebraska (UNL News); Consumer confidence rebounds in August (Nebraska Today); Linehan won’t stop until she finds property tax relief solution (Kearney Hub); Property tax relief: The quest continues  (Columbus Telegram); Nebraska Thriving Index (Rural Futures institute); Nebraska Thriving Index identifies economic growth, quality of life, social capita (UNL‐IANR); Nebraska Thriving Index Identifies Regional Advantages in Rural Nebraska (Business News); Rural Nebraska ranks high in new Nebraska Thriving Index (The Daily Nebraskan); Grow Lincoln 9/21/19 ‐ 4 The state of the State economy ‐ Dr. Eric Thompson (KLIN / Grow Lincoln); Airlines get a piece of the college football pie (Toledo Blade); Nebraska Bureau of Business Research Leading Economic Indicator – September 2019 (BBR Podcast / YouTube); Nebraska’s leading economic indicator declines (NTVabc); UNL economic indicator down sharply in August (Lincoln Journal star); Nebraska Indicator: The Economic Outlook Clouds During August (Business News); Nebraska’s economic outlook clouds during August (Nebraska Today); Nebraska BBR Webinar: Approaches to Economic Development (Webinar Recording / YouTube); Consumer confidence plunges in September (Lincoln Journal Star); Consumer Confidence Wavers In Nebraska (Business News); New research tool shows ‘North 81’ region ranks high (Norfolk Daily News); Report places Norfolk and Columbus in same region (Norfolk Daily News); Google: Papillion is a go for $600 million data center — Sarpy County’s 8th (Omaha World Herlald); Nebraska economic growth continues but at slower pace (Norfolk Daily News); Economic prosperity tool just what is needed for areas outside of Omaha, Lincoln (Norfolk Daily News); Sarpy County data centers have $522 million impact statewide, UNL report shows (Omaha World Herald);  Sarpy County data centers have $522 million impact statewide, UNL report shows (Scottsbluff Star Herald); Nebraska BBR Webinar: How to Use the 2019 Nebraska Thriving Index (Webinar Recording / YouTube); UNL economic indicator increases in September (Lincoln Journal Star); Study: “Modest” growth predicted for Nebraska economy (KSNB Local 4); Nebraska Indicator: Modest Economic Growth for State (Business News); Indicator predicts modest economic growth for state (Nebraska Today); Nebraska Bureau of Business Research Leading Economic Indicator – October 2019 (BBR Podcast / YouTube).

A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research, Chapman University. Recessionary Storm Clouds on Horizon (Jim Doti, Orange County Business Journal, 9/9/2019); Faulty Housing Report Leads to Faulty California Policies (Jim Doti, Orange County Register,9/6/2019); The Economics of Baseball: Does Paying More Win More?” (Orange County Business Journal, 10/21/19).

August 2019

University of West Florida, The Raymond M. Haas Center for Business Research and Economic Development. UWF combines units, expands Haas Center (University of West Florida Newsroom).

Center for Business and Economic Research, University of Arkansas. Skyline Report: Home sales in NWA up 7%; lot inventory down in first half of 2019 (talkbusiness.net); Skyline Report Shows Home Sales, Average Prices Up in Northwest Arkansas (Arkansas Business); A CLOSER LOOK: 5 surprising Chinese imports that are tariffed. View additional news links here.

University of Montana, Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Graying Workforce Continued Challenge for Montana Businesses (KPAX); Aging Workforce Vexes Montana Economic Growth (Missoula Current); Can Missoula’s Baby Boomers Help Solve the Labor Shortage They Created? (Missoula Current); Montana’s Rate of Youth Suicide by Gun One of Nation’s Worst  (MTPR); Missoula’s Short Term Vacation Homes Rise, Affecting Real Estate (Missoulian). The U.S. Economy Remains Robust (Montana Business Quarterly).

University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Bureau of Business Research.  Labor Availability Study Annual Report FY 2018-19 (Nebraska Legislature); Nebraska Labor Availability Study Publications (NEWorks); Nebraska Labor Availability Studies (NDOL); Business confidence rises in July, consumer confidence falls (Lincoln Journal Star); Business confidence bounces back in July (Nebraska Today); Business Confidence Rebounds in Nebraska (Business News); New tax reform options join fewer sales tax exemptions (Lincoln Journal Star); Economists talk to Revenue Committee about causes, solutions to state’s high taxes (KLKN-TV); Key Labor Study Findings On O’Neill Area To Be Presented Aug. 15 (Holt County Independent); New study: Nebraska benefiting from preservation projects (NTV); Key Labor Study Findings Presented on O’Neill  Area (KBRX); Grow Lincoln 8/18/2019 – 1 MicroTrends in business luncheons; Eric Thompson from UNL (KLIN/ Grow Lincoln); UNL economic indicator bounces back (Lincoln Journal Star); Nebraska’s Leading Economic Indicator Bounces Back In July (KLIN); Nebraska’s economy spiking positive predictions (1011 Now); Nebraska Bureau of Business Research Leading Economic Indicator – August 2019 (BBR Podcast / YouTube); Nebraska’s leading economic indicator bounces back in July (Nebraska Today); Nebraska’s Leading Economic Indicator Bounces Back in July (Business News).

University of Wyoming, Center for Energy, Economics and Public Policy.  Longtime customer: Blackjewel not delivering on coal contract (Gillette News-Record); What To Expect With Approaching Cloud Peak Energy Auction (Wyoming Public Media);  Live TV interview – Arch-Peabody Joint venture in western coal (Bloomberg Business News); Contura agrees to buy back Wyoming mines (Gillette News-Record);  Is Blackjewel’s fall just another bankruptcy or a sign of a serious decline in coal’s fortunes? (Casper Star Tribune);  24% of PRB’s coal production is for sale (Gillette News Record); No stalking horse bidder for Cloud Peak assets: Unrestricted auction means company can approve or deny any bids that are made (Gillette News Record);  Cloud Peak delays bankruptcy auction by a week (Casper Star Tribune); Nearly 9% of 2018 coal deliveries went to power plants with retirement plans (S&P Global Market Intelligence); Taking its lumps: Wyoming, PRB adjust to a declining coal industry (Gillette News Record); Blackjewel hearing adjourns with no decision made on Contura bid (Casper Star Tribune); Judge approves sale of Blackjewel coal mines to Contura (Casper Star Tribune);  Wyo politicians respond to Blackjewel and coal’s black times (WyoFile); Belle Ayr, Eagle Butte sale to Contura approved (Gillette News Record); With bidders on the horizon, Cloud Peak auction delayed again (Casper Star Tribune); Despite sale approval, Blackjewel mines have yet to reopen (Casper Star Tribune); Wyoming mines remain idle as coal giant tries to secure agreement with feds (Casper Star Tribune); Cloud Peak auction begins, no word yet, Contura also still hasn’t reached agreement with government to close Blackjewel sale (Gillette News Record); New wind projects could generate thousands of jobs, billions in revenue (Casper Star Tribune); Cloud Peak has buyer for PRB mines (Gillette News Record); Unpacking The Sale Of Cloud Peak’s Mines (Wyoming Public Media).  Judge approves sale of Cloud Peak mines to NTEC: Deal with Navajo Transitional Energy includes making good on local, federal and state taxes  (Gillette News Record);  Top Trump energy official advocates for coal technology during visit to Wyoming (Casper Star Tribune);  Months of upheaval has left analysts asking, “what’s next” for Wyoming’s coal industry (Casper Star Tribune).

Economic and Business Research Center, University of Arizona. America’s glasses slightly less rosy on economy (Courthouse News Service); Automation in Arizona (Arizona Public Media); Study examines long-term impact of automation in Arizona (Arizona Public Media).

Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, University of Utah. Home sales and values continue to show signs of strength along Wasatch Front (KUTV); Utah’s tech sector accounted for 1 in 7 jobs in the state, bringing high wages and fast growth (Salt Lake Tribune); New report: Utah high-tech is a high-performance juggernaut (Deseret News);  Utah’s tech industry is 2nd fastest-growing in nation, but ‘rain clouds’ are ahead (KSL); Salt Lake City mayoral candidates outline their plans for bringing new tech companies to the capital city (Salt Lake Tribune);  An Unexpected State With Strong Job Growth In Its Tech Sector (Route Fifty); Without intervention, Utah’s ‘opportunity gap’ between white, minority students will grow, regents told (KSL);  What needs to happen to clean Utah’s air? (KSL);  Here’s Why The Census Bureau May Be In Your Neighborhood Before The 2020 Count (KUER);  In some Utah communities, more than a third of adults are depressed – and a lot of them aren’t getting treatment (Salt Lake Tribune); Utah faces critical provider shortage amid nationwide mental health crisis  (Deseret News);  Report finds one-third of Utahns suffer with mental illness, many not receiving care (State of Reform).

Chapman University, A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Analysis. Focusing on the Right Stuff Forecast  (Jim Doti, Orange County Business Journal).

July 2019

Boise State University, School of Public Service’s Idaho Policy Institute. What the New Reading Scores Say – And What They Don’t Say (Idaho Ed News); Reporter Roundtable (Boise State Public Radio); Growth Tops Concerns in Latest Treasure Valley Survey (Boise Weekly).

Chapman University, A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Analysis. 10 Questions Answered at Chapman’s Update Forecast  (Jim Doti, Orange County Business Journal); There’s a housing recovery going on whether you know it or not: Jim Doti (Orange County Register); Op-Ed: The key to reducing suicide rates? It’s definitely not lowering taxes (Los Angeles Times).

University of Hawaii,  Economic Research Organization. 10 Million Visitors: Can Hawaii Survive Its Own Popularity? (Honolulu Civil Beat); How Kailua Became A Tourist Town (Honolulu Civil Beat); Changing Habits Yields Health Benefits At MA’O Farms In Waianae (Honolulu Civil Beat).

University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Bureau of Business Research.  Nebraska Labor Availability Study Publications (NEWorks); Business confidence drops in June (Nebraska Today); Business Confidence Drops In Nebraska (Business News); Business confidence drops in June (Lincoln Journal Star); Nebraska business confidence drops in June (NTV); Nebraska News Headlines Friday, July 5, 2019 (KMALand); Nebraska Bureau of Business Research Leading Economic Indicator – July 2019 (BBR Podcast / YouTube); UNL economic indicator drops in June (Lincoln Journal Star); Nebraska’s leading economic indicator sees first drop of 2019 (Nebraska Today); A June Decline in Nebraska’s Leading Economic Indicator (Business News).

The University of Tennessee, Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research.  What to buy during tax-free weekend and what to wait for (WBIR); Ways to save during Tax Free Weekend (WATE); Tax-free holiday includes preparation (The Mountain Press); Tennessee job growth maintains tight labor market; Georgia jobless rate falls to near 2-decade low (Chattanooga Times Free Press); Boyd Center to Study Impact of New $6.2M Knox Promise Initiative (UT News); Jobless rate in Chattanooga has risen to its highest level since last July (Chattanooga Times Free Press).
Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, University of Utah. Immigration and the Economy (KCPW);  Teleworking program could help rural communities diversify their economies (KSL);  In Fast-Growing Southwest Utah, One City Organizes to Protect the Night Sky (KUER).

University of Montana, Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Report: Gap between Rich, Poor growing in Missoula (Missoulian); Youth Suicide in Montana ( Montana Business Quarterly); Timber Jobs Matter (Montana Business Quarterly); Annual Economic Update to Address Montana’s Aging Workforce (Missoulian); Economic Update Explores Silver TSUNAMI (Daily Inter Lake).

University of Wyoming, Center for Energy, Economics and Public Policy. Peabody, Arch merger huge shift for basin, says analyst (Casper Star Tribune);  Wyo experts, data show coal’s decline despite Trump plan (Wyofile News Service);  Shareholders allege Cloud Peak intentionally undervalued assets (Gillette News-Record); Nation’s largest coal producers look to merge mines that supply nearly 60% of Wisconsin coal (Wisconsin State Journal); Two Wyoming coal mines close, send 700 workers home after bankruptcy filing (Casper Star Tribune);  Nation’s fourth- and sixth-largest mines shut down (Marketplace – NPR/PRI); Gillette Mine layoffs may mean hundreds of additional job losses (K2 News, Casper WY); Another blow for Blackjewel: Judge denies financing plan (Gillette News-Record); Plans to hike Wyoming’s wind tax fail annually. But lawmakers continue to offer new proposal (Casper Star-Tribune); Changes to Wyoming’s wind tax could make state more desirable (Wyoming Tribune Eagle);  Economist: Higher Wyoming Wind Tax Could Drive Away Projects: University of Wyoming economist: Raising state tax on wind energy could drive away developers (US News and World Report); Coal left Appalachia devastated. Now it’s doing the same to Wyoming (Vox); Many workers aren’t waiting on Blackjewel: Trust a casualty of the past 10 days of bankruptcy, lockout (Gillette News Record); Experts say western coal reorganizations may provide needed consolidation (S&P Global Market Intelligence); What It Will Take To Reopen Blackjewel Mines? (Wyoming Public Media); The first coal mine to open in Wyoming is in danger of closing (CBS News); With coal in free-fall, Wyoming faces an uncertain future (High Country News); Study forecasting future of coal plants delayed again (Casper Star Tribune); A Watershed Year”: Companies Begin To Adapt As Powder River Basin Restructures (Wyoming Public Media); A timeline of the three weeks since Blackjewel declared bankruptcy (Casper Star Tribune).

Texas A&M University, Real Estate Center. Total Recall, Helping Texas Make Better Real Estate Decisions, July 2019.

June 2019

Chapman University, A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Analysis. People Vote with Their Feet (Jim Doti and Raymond Sfeir, Orange County Business Journal); An Executive’s Guide: Summer Reading and Viewing (Jim Doti, Orange County Business Journal).

Georgia State University, Economic Forecasting Center. Trucking Industry Leaders React Cautiously to Trump Mexican Tariff Plan (Transport Topics); June’s pile of bad US economic data, and what it means (S&P Global); Strong dollar signals more pain for US exporters as trade war bites (S&P Global); More muted jobs growth likely to continue in 2019, analysts say (S& P Global); Georgia job growth slowing this year, predicts GSU forecaster (Atlanta Journal-Constitution); GSU: 2019 Started Strong Due to One-Time Factors, Cannot Mask Overall Moderation (Metro Atlanta CEO); Federal Reserve Pauses Rate Actions, More Rate Cuts Predicted (Georgia Association of Business Brokers); Georgia Economy in 2019 Started Strong Due to One-Time Factors (Georgia Association of Business Brokers); Here is all the bad U.S. economic data from this month (and what it means) (S&P Global).

University of Wyoming, Center for Energy, Economics and Public Policy.  Bedrock erosion: How much has Wyo lost to coal’s decline? (Wyofile News Service);  Cloud Peak gets court’s OK to pay taxes: Ruling on motion still doesn’t mean Campbell County will collect millions of dollars owed (Gillette News-Record);  Auction date set, Cloud Peak may be on last month (Gillette News-Record); Can Mark Gordon save coal (and stop climate change)? (Wyofile News Service); Arch, Peabody Aim to Keep Utility Coal Competitive With New Venture (Wall Street Journal); Coal giants announce Powder River Basin deal; company doesn’t expect miner layoffs (Casper Star Tribune); Could antitrust concerns derail the Peabody-Arch deal? It’s unlikely, experts say (Casper Star Tribune); Peabody/Arch joint venture a huge shift for PRB – What about Cloud Peak? It’s anyone’s guess, analyst says (Gillette News-Record);  Peabody, Arch joint venture creates a coal juggernaut, controlling two-thirds of Powder River Basin production (St Louis Post-Dispatch);  Proposed ‘super-competitor’ coal joint venture casts shadow over Cloud Peak sale” S&P Global Market Intelligence (S&P Global).

Boise State University, School of Public Service’s Idaho Policy Institute. Survey finds changing attitudes toward growth in the Treasure Valley (KTVB); STATE OF 208: Two growth surveys find more people think Treasure Valley is “growing too fast” (KIVI); BSU survey finds majority of residents concerned about Treasure Valley growth (Idaho Press); Idaho Policy Institute releases interactive ballot measure map (KTVB); Idaho Policy Institute Publishes Interactive Map of 2018 Precincts (Boise State News).

Texas A&M University, Real Estate Center. Total Recall, Helping Texas Make Better Real Estate Decisions, June 2019.

Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, University of Utah. Utah added a population the size of Weber County in the last 5 years (KSL);  Surging socialism interest due to unfamiliarity with free market successes, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says (Deseret News); What to consider when an aging loved one needs long-term care as complaints of elder abuse rise (Deseret News); The good, the bad and the growing: Utah’s Economic Summit (Daily Herald); Utah now ranks No. 1 in nation for building new housing, but needs even more of it to help lower high prices (Salt Lake Tribune); Census data: Utah remains No. 1 for home growth (Deseret News); Vineyard – where population boomed 63% last year – is nation’s fastest growing city. Other Utah cities are not far behind (Salt Lake Tribune); Commentary: Strengthening Utah’s economy by building a culture of inclusivity (Salt Lake City Tribune); Utah officials say elder abuse is on the rise (KUTV); Provo City Mayor named ‘Informed Decisions Maker of the Year’ (ABC4); Agriculture clash: how small farm owners are fighting for their livelihood (Daily Herald); Housing Affordability is the Key to Utah’s Economic Future (Utah Business); Report: Here’s what Utah is doing right for the health of its seniors (KSL);  Climate change remains a divisive issue in the Utah Legislature. So why did lawmakers put away $200k to study it? (Salt Lake City Tribune); Census: Mixed heritage Utahns – most of them youngsters – fuel diversity in Utah (Deseret News); Census: Utah’s Latino population still booms – but other minorities grow even faster (Salt Lake Tribune); EdgeFive Group announces expansion of leadership team (Yahoo Finance); Letter: We already know about climate change (Salt Lake Tribune); Can Utah’s water supply keep up with its booming population? (Deseret News); Trump can try to prop up the coal industry, but rural Utah needs to start preparing for the future (Salt Lake Tribune); Utahns worry the housing crunch will damage the economy (Salt Lake Tribune); In our opinion: Let’s face it, Utahns should pay more for water (Deseret News); How the Supreme Court ruling on the census citizenship question could affect Utah (Deseret News); Utah lawmakers hit the road selling tax reform. Will taxpayers buy it? (Salt Lake Tribune); Utah’s changing demographics and the 2020 census (KCPW); Are Utah and other states heading for a recession? More like an economic ‘slow down’ (Daily Herald).

University of Montana, Bureau of Business and Economic Research. New Survey Shows Montanans Trust Local Media (Yellowstone Public Radio); New Study Shows Montana’s News Consumption Habits ( KTVH); Kids Count Report Gives Montana Mixed Review (Great Falls Tribune: Montana Kids Count); Montana Ranks Low in Children’s Health Average on Overall Well-Being (Montana Public Radio); Missoula’s Income Disparity and Housing Troubles (Montana Business Quarterly).

University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Bureau of Business Research. Advancing Research and Discovery (UNL-COB); Event center taking survey (The Waverly News); Consumer confidence rebounds in May (Journal Star); Consumer confidence rebounds in May (KLIN); Consumers Confidence Rebounds In Nebraska (Business News); Consumer confidence bounces back in Nebraska (Nebraska Today); Trump to tout new E15 rule at Iowa ethanol plant on Tuesday (Fremont Tribune); Trump to tout new E15 rule at Iowa ethanol plant on Tuesday (Lincoln Journal Star); Nebraska Bureau of Business Research Leading Economic Indicator – June 2019 (BBR Podcast / YouTube); UNL economic indicator rises for 8th straight month (Lincoln Journal Star); Strong Business Expectations Support Nebraska Leading Indicator (Business News); Strong business expectations boost Nebraska leading indicator (Nebraska Today); Grow Lincoln 6/22/19 – 2 Opportunity Zones (KLIN / Grow Lincoln); Surveys identify depth of workforce shortage in O’Neill, Valentine (Norfolk Daily News).

University of Arizona, Economic and Business Research Center. Trump drops Mexico tariffs in exchange for ‘unprecedented’ border surge (Arizona Public Media); Economist: Tariffs ineffective as a political strategy (Arizona Public Media); Tariff Impacts; Recycling Changes; Tucson Mayoral Race (Arizona Public Media); Trump’s tariff on Mexican goods ‘baffling,’ ‘reckless,’ say critics from right & left (Tucson Sentinel); Trump tariff threat could hurt AZ say business leaders (KGUN); Spending dips in new state budget (Eastern Arizona Courier); Tariff slapped on Mexican imports could cost Arizonans $63 each, report says (Arizona Republic); Trump plan for tariffs on Mexican goods finds little support in Arizona (Cronkite News Arizona PBS); Arizona business groups, economic experts blast Trump’s plan for Mexico tariffs (Phoenix Business Journal); Tucson economy strong for now but expected to slow, UA economists say (Arizona Daily Star); How Long Will Arizona’s Growing Economy Last? (KJZZ); Trump hitting Mexico — Arizona’s largest trading partner — with 5% tariff (Esmond Station Community Radio).May 2019

The University of Tennessee, Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research. Legislature values saving money over comprehensive health care coverage (The Tennessean); Tennessee continues to see healthy economic growth (The Cannon Courier); UT Economist Wins Arrow Award for Research on Tuskegee Syphilis Study (UT News).

Texas A&M University, Real Estate Center. Total Recall: Helping Texans … make better real estate decisions.
University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization. UH Researcher Skeptical of Housing Proposal To Build $300,000Units; (Hawaii Public Radio); Hawaii’s Population Decline Signals Future Economic Challenges (Honolulu Civil Beat); Minimum Wage: How High Is Too High? (Honolulu Civil Beat); The Conversation: A Deeper Look At The State Of Hawaii’s Economy (Hawaii Public Radio);

Data Show Hawaii’s Economy Is Slowing Down (Honolulu Civil Beat); Maui economy shows cooling after years of record growth (The Maui News);  Economist says Hawaii consumers have to spend more money for goods if tariffs are raised (KITV4 Island News); Businesses, construction industry worry about impacts of higher tariffs on China (Hawaii News Now).

University of Montana, Bureau of Business and Economic Research. True Cost of Healthcare (Independent Record); Suicides In Montana: Guns Matter (Missoulian: Montana Kids Count,  Homebuilding in Montana’s Hot Markets (Montana Business Quarterly).

Georgia State University, Economic Forecasting Center. Santelli Exchange: Sizing up the economy (CNBC); Trump tariff gambit sees more pain for Chinese exporters as US consumer is hit (S&P Global); Carmakers rethinking China strategy as demand softens (S&P Global); US-Mexico border delays could hurt automakers’ just-in-time inventory (S&P Global); Temp jobs play bigger role in Atlanta economy than rest of country (Atlanta Journal Constitution); Exports, inventories drive better-than-expected 3.2% Q1 US
GDP growth
(S&P Global); Stocks Plummet on Trade War (WWD).

Boise State University, School of Public Service’s Idaho Policy Institute. How a citizenship question on the 2020 Census could hurt Idaho (Idaho State Journal); A Resource for Decision Makers (Boise State News); City of Mountain Home Comprehensive Plan Survey Results (Tableau); City seeks resident input (Mountain Home News).

University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Bureau of Business Research. Grow Lincoln 4/27/19 – Seg 4 Dr. Eric Thompson (KLIN / Grow Lincoln); Opportunities Reveal Supply Chain Career (Business News); New Report Shows Omaha Outpaces Nation on Key Economic Comparatives (Yahoo Finance!); Research Fair poster winners announced (Nebraska Today); Consumer confidence drops in Nebraska (Nebraska Today); Nebraska consumer confidence plunges in April (Journal Star); Consumers Confidence Drops In Nebraska (Business News); Researchers link the drop in consumer confidence to floods (NTV); Nebraska Consumer Confidence Drops In Monthly UNL Economic Report (netnebraska); Disparity can be explained (Norfolk Daily News); State labor shortage causes concerns (KETV); Achievements for May 10, 2019 (Nebraska Today); Grow Lincoln 5/18/19 Seg 4 Dr. Eric Thompson, UNL College of Business (KLIN / Grow Lincoln); Nebraska Bureau of Business Research Leading Economic Indicator – April 2019 (BBR Podcast / YouTube); UNL economic indicator rises in April for 7th-straight month (Journal Star); Business Expectations Push the Nebraska Leading Indicator Higher (Business News); Business expectations push Nebraska leading indicator higher (Nebraska Today). UNL report shows an increase in economic growth (NTV ABC).

University of Wyoming, Center for Energy, Economics and Public Policy. Cloud Peak bankruptcy casts shadow over coal-fired power generation (Debtwire);  Public Documents Shed Light On Cloud Peak Liabilities ( Wyoming Public Media);  Bankruptcy for Cloud Peak Energy (Gillette News-Record);  Cloud Peak puts off payment another 3 days: Wall Street Journal reports bankruptcy coming this week for Gillette-based coal producer (Gillette News-Record);  Cloud Peak gets another 7-day reprieve: Coal producer puts off $1.8M payment for second time, also misses $17.4M bill (Gillette News-Record);  Renewables Projected To Surpass Coal In Monthly Generation For The First Time (Wyoming Public Media and NPR National News).

University of Arizona, Economic and Business Research Center. Local economy expected to remain strong through 2020 (Tucson Local Media); Tucson economy: City lags in job growth despite some improvement (Arizona Daily Star); White Castle headed for Valley: nostalgic transplants drive company’s bid for big littler-burger bucks (YourValley.net); Produce shortages, price hikes could start soon as feds end Sunday truck inspections on Arizona border (Arizona Republic); If Trump closes Mexican border, avocados could cost more and auto factories could shut (USA Today); Why border cities fear Trump’s threat to close US-Mexico border (Aljazeera); What would happen in Arizona if Trump closed the U.S.-Mexico border? (Arizona Republic); Tucson economy: Old Pueblo ranks highly for housing affordability (Arizona Daily Star); Economist: Arizona performing well, some slowing anticipated (Associated Press).April 2019

University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Bureau of Business Research. Nebraska in the national news: March 2019 (Nebraska Today); Nebraska BBR Webinar: Business Expectations in Nebraska Industries (Webinar Recording / YouTube); March Surveys Show Confident Businesses and Consumers (Business News); Business, consumer confidence reamain strong in March (Lincoln Journal Star); March surveys show confident businesses, consumers in Nebraska (Nebraska Today); Nebraska Thriving Index Student Scholar Jordan Duffin Wong Appears on RFI Podcast (RFI); Nebraska workforce crisis may give students job opportunities (Daily Nebraskan); Nebraska BBR Webinar: Follow Up on the Economic Impact of Nebraska Military Assets and Spending (BBR Podcast / YouTube); Manufacturing and Business Expectations Key to Rising Leading Indicator (Business News); Manufacturing, business expectations key to rising leading indicator (Nebraska Today).

University of Wyoming, Center for Energy, Economics and Public Policy. Large PRB coal miners cutting production; small companies fighting for cash flow (S&P Global Market Intelligence); Coal producer Cloud Peak buys time on restructuring, but bankruptcy likely (S&P Global Market Intelligence);  No bankruptcy for Cloud Peak — yet (Gillette New Record); Cloud Peak Energy faces ‘pivotal’ weekend, New York Stock Exchange to officially delist Gillette-based coal producer effective April 22 (Gillette News Record); Wyoming’s third largest coal producer faces debt payment deadline Monday, possible bankruptcy (Casper Star Tribune);  Lawmakers In Some States Are Stepping In, Trying To Slow The Shift Away From Coal (National Public Radio – All Things Considered); Idaho Utility Commits To 100% Renewable; Mountain West States Handle Coal Plant Decline Uniquely (Wyoming Public Media/Mountain West News Bureau); NYSE moves to delist Cloud Peak Energy stock (Gillette News-Record).

University of Montana, Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Housing construction in Montana Cities not Limited by Regulation (Missoulian); Montana Legislature Moves Bill That Will Increase Costs on Residents (West);  Montana Oil, Gas and Coal Production Up: Lawmakers Differ on Climate-Change Policies (Missoulian): Fueling Energy Independence (Montana Business Quarterly).
The University of Tennessee, Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research. Jobless rate falls in Chattanooga, remains below U.S. average (Chattanooga Times Free Press).

A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research. Cities Face Looming Pension Crisis (Orange County Business Journal); Leading Indicators Show Residential Real Estate Rebound (Orange County Business Journal).

Georgia State University, Economic Forecasting Center. Tax Day 2019: Did the GOP tax bill live up to its promises? (Washington Post); Trump Softens Position Toward Closing US-Mexico Border (Transport Topics); Ports, Shipping Industry Responsible for 26% of US GDP, Study Says (Transport Topics); Amazon Cites Reduced Carbon Output in New Delivery Option (Transport Topics); US-Mexico border delays could hurt automakers’ just-in-time inventory (S&P Global); Georgia’s economy weakened by wobbly global trade (AJC); AJC TOP LOCAL STORY JOB GROWTH: Global trade problems affect Georgia economy: Expert:Metro Atlanta job gains may be mostly in lower-paid sectors.

Middle Tennessee State University, Business and Economic Research Center.  In its first-ever Brown Bag Research Presentation series, BERC presented the following papers: Paper 1: State of STEM Workforce across Tennessee Valley Corridor States: Evidence from the Recent BERC Survey; Paper 2: Workforce Turnover and Absenteeism in the Manufacturing Sector; Paper 3: STEM Workforce and Organizational Strategy: A Survey-Based Assessment of Managerial Perspectives. View more about the presentations here.

University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization. Biocultural restoration of traditional agriculture contributes to Hawaiʻi’s sustainability goals (University of Hawaii News); UH Researcher Skeptical of Housing Proposal To Build $300,000 Units (Hawaii Public Radio); Hawaii’s Population Decline Signals Future Economic Challenges (Honolulu Civil Beat); Lawmakers still considering leasehold condos on state land (Star Advertiser); 800 Years of Hawai’i History in 10 Minutes (Hawaii Public Radio); Minimum Wage: How High Is Too High? (Honolulu Civil Beat); Micronesians In Hawaii Still Struggle To Get Health Care (Honolulu Civil Beat); Beyond Hotels And Beaches: Can Hawaii Really Diversify Its Economy? (Honolulu Civil Beat);
Boise State University, School of Public Service’s Idaho Policy Institute. How a citizenship question on the 2020 Census could hurt Idaho (Idaho Press); How can Boise State University Engage with Ada County Stakeholders to End Homelessness?Boise City Council backs renewable energy plan (KTVB); Boise will seek 100% clean electricity for homes, businesses. What that means for you (Idaho Statesman).  Citizenship Question Could Impact 2020 Census in Idaho (Public News Service); Proposed 2020 Census Question Argued Before Supreme Court (Boise State Public Radio).

University of Utah, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. Utah’s Housing Affordability Problem (RadioWest); Would fees help the Cottonwood canyons? Environmentalists, ski officials discuss Wasatch Front dilemmas (Deseret News); Utah has America’s largest households. Now it also has a housing shortage (Ozy);  For accurate census count, Utah group says remind your neighbors (KSL); Utah preparing for 2020 Census that may include controversial citizenship question (KUER); Retirees, visitors increase St. George area’s population by a third at peak times, study shows (Salt Lake Tribune); Unaffordable Utah: Beehive state ranks No. 10 for most household debt (KSL); Five Things Utah: Utah’s Medicaid model, cost of care, federal health policy (State of Reform); Keeping Utah tech sector aloft will take some work, experts say (Deseret News); Four Innovators Awarded Funding to Tackle Housing Affordability (Newswise); Immigrants and the Economy (KCPW);   Republican state legislatures are overturning ballot initiatives (The Economist); Utah Faces a Labor Shortage As Refugee Resettlement Declines (KUER);  Amazon robots outnumber humans at new Salt Lake City facility (Deseret News); Salt Lake County’s population may be twice as big, but Utah County attracted more new residents last year (Salt Lake Tribune);  These two Utah hot spots are among the nation’s top growing, census data shows (Deseret News); St. George area ranked third U.S. for population growth (The Spectrum).

March 2019

Boise State University, School of Public Service’s Idaho Policy Institute. Understanding Community-Wide Goals for Boise’s Energy Future; City of Boise releases draft Energy Future plan.
University of Arizona Economic and Business Research Center. How peso devaluations impact Arizona’s economy (PBS); Boosting Mexico’s border economy (PBS); Making Action Possible Dashboard: Measuring progress, inspiring progress (Tucson Business).

University of Wyoming, Center for Energy, Economics and Public Policy. State efforts to boost coal production, demand largely symbolic observers say (S&P Global Market Intelligence); We Don’t Look Away And Hope The Storms Not Coming: The Pros And Cons Of The Carbon Tax Idea (Wyoming Public Media); Cloud Peak loses $718M, bankruptcy looms: 2018 year-end report outlines threat to bond assurances, deferral of payment (Gillette News-Record, reprinted Miami Herald and Washington Times); Report: Wind Tax Alteration Could Reduce Tax Burden, Add Revenue (Wyoming Public Media); Colorado Coal Jobs Saw A Modest Uptick In 2018 (Colorado Public Radio); Study offers insights on wind development costs, taxes; Economists Investigate Tax Burden On Wyoming Wind Development (North American Windpower); Wyoming wind isn’t the best in the West, not if you do the math (Casper Star Tribune). Bill to save coal power plants signed, skeptics abound (Wyoming Tribune Eagle); With Wyoming’s only coal exporter facing potential bankruptcy, what happens to the export dream? (Casper Star-Tribune);  Wyoming Legislature extends lifeline to coal power (High Country News); Facing a difficult future, one Wyoming town is looking to get into the coal business at a time when many are leaving (Casper Star-Tribune);  Speculation Surrounds Cloud Peak Financial Reports (Gillette News Record and numerous other outlets).

The University of Tennessee, Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research. Will the FedEx SameDay Bot be the one to solve home delivery challenges? (Commercial Appeal); UT Economist Joins White House Advisory Board (WUOT); Boyd Center faculty fellow Marianne Wanamaker spoke at the March 6 AWPAB meeting in D.C., you can listen here; On Point: We’ll Pay You To Move Here, But Work From Home (WBUR/NPR); Workers suddenly have more power to demand higher pay and better jobs (Washington Post); Study: UT System’s economic impact tops $9 billion in fiscal year 2017 (Knoxville News Sentinel); New report highlights Volkswagen’s economic weight in Tennessee, U.S. (Chattanooga Times Free Press); TennCare work requirements would cost taxpayers nearly $19 million each year, experts say (The Tennessean).

University of Utah, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. Utah’s tech sector now accounts for more than 300,000 jobs in the state, a new study finds (Salt Lake Tribune); Utah’s tech industry grew twice as fast as the national average, study finds (KSL); New report: tech accounts for 1 in 7 jobs and still on the rise (Deseret News); Utah’s Tech Growth Explosion Continues (Style Utah); Life After Amazon HQ2 Rejection: Real Estate Growth in Charlotte, Houston and Salt Lake City (Forbes); Commentary: Utah’s tech sector understands importance of the outdoors (Salt Lake Tribune); Residents file lawsuit in battle against Tooele County development (Deseret News); Tax reform collapsed this session. So what are Utah lawmakers going to do next? (Salt Lake Tribune); Who’s hiring the most teach workers in Salt Lake City? The answer may surprise you (Deseret News); With names like Ruth, Edith and Mabel, these Salt Lake City housing projects fit a trend toward urban living (Salt Lake Tribune); Utah County in ‘economic driver’s seat’ for the state (Daily Herald).

University of Montana, Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Tech sector growing nine times faster than overall Montana economy (Bozeman Daily Chronicle); Montana Tech Industry generated record #2B in Revenue in 2018 (GF Tribune); A High tech High: State’s Tech Industry Hits $2B Mark with Room to Grow (Missoula Current); Quietly Making an Enormous Economic Boon Statewide (Stillwater County News).

University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization. Hawaii economy to see slowdown in growth for 2019; As Tourism Begins To Stall, So Does Hawaii’s Economy (Pacific Business News); As Tourism Begins To Stall, So Does Hawaii’s Economy (Honolulu Civil Beat); UHERO state forecast update: Economy slows markedly. Is more in store?; Maui tourism showing some weakness (the Maui News);  Hawai‘i on Target to Beat 2020 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Goal (Big Island Now).

University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Bureau of Business Research. Nebraska Businesses and Consumers Remain Confident (KLIN); Nebraska Businesses and Consumers Remain Confident (Business News); February surveys: Nebraska businesses, consumers remain confident (Nebraska Today); Omaha sees cost of living rise, loss in spending power (AP News); Omaha’s low cost of living was once its economic superpower. That’s no longer true (Omaha.com); Omaha sees cost of living rise, loss in spending power (Miami Herald); Omaha sees cost of living rise, loss in spending power (Norfolk Daily News); Nebraska BBR Webinar: Worklives by Occupation Physical Requirement (Webinar Recording / YouTube); State economic indicator rises again in February (Lincoln Journal Star); Business Expectations Key to Rising Leading Indicator (Business News); Strong business expectations key to rising leading indicator (Nebraska Today); Nebraska Bureau of Business Research Leading Economic Indicator – March 2019 (BBR Podcast / YouTube).

February 2019

University of Texas at El Paso, Border Region Modeling Project.  UTEP BRMP personnel participated in 9 television interviews and were quoted in 10 newspaper interviews for news organizations from the United States and Mexico in December and January.  Recently published BRMP research includes A.G. Walke and T.M. Fullerton, Jr., 2019, “Empirical Evidence regarding Electricity Consumption and Urban Economic Growth,” Applied Economics 51 (18), 1977-1988, doi: 10.1080/00036846.2018.1529405

University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization. University of Hawaii study of Ma’o Farms shows interns reaping health benefits (Star Advertiser). Should Hawaii Tax Carbon Emissions To Combat Climate Change? (Honolulu Civil Beat).

Middle Tennessee State University Business and Economic Research Center. 2018 Foreign Investment into Tennessee (Global Commerce).

Georgia State University, Economic Forecasting Center. Most Economists Expect Fed Will Hold Rates Steady at Least Until June; In the latest WSJ survey, economists were split over whether Federal Reserve would raise benchmark federal-funds rates once or twice in 2019 (Wall Street Journal);  China tariff uncertainty limiting investment, expansion for American companies (S&P Global); January retail market: 6 companies go bankrupt; strong holiday sales expected (S&P Global). 

University of Arizona EBRC, Economic and Business Research Center.  Arizona merchants value economic relationship with Mexico (Agencia de Noticias del Estado Mexicono); Shutdown cost economy $11 billion, but long-term effects likely minimal (Cronkite News Arizona PBS);  Does a forecast for slowing global economy affect Arizona? (KJZZ); Tucson economy: Old Pueblo has high percentage of federal workers (tucson.com).

University of West Florida, Haas Center. Haas Center Report Shows African Americans’ Economic Power (NPR); Hurricane Impacts: Michael v. Ivan (NPR); Economic Impact of Hurricane Michael (NPR).

The University of Tennessee, Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research. Study: Opioid epidemic causes decrease in workforce participation (WMC-TV); UT Study: Opioids adversely affecting labor markets (Johnson City Press); Boyd Center Faculty Fellow: Government shutdown will have lasting economic and social impact (Knoxville News Sentinel); The Slowdown from the Shutdown (Compass Knox); Job growth slows but unemployment still below U.S. average in Tennessee, Georgia (Chattanooga Times Free Press); Electric cars could change everything for drivers, UT experts say (Knoxville News Sentinel).

University of Montana, Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Bozeman looks toward future at economic outlook seminar (KBZK); UM economists focus on affordable housing at economic outlook seminar (Bozeman Daily Chronicle); Missoula saw robust development in ’18; economist predicts slight uptick in 2019 (Missoulian).

University of Utah, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. A tale of 2 Utahs: Group hopes lawmakers take steps to tackle urban, rural divide (KSL);  Utah Shows How Labor-Force Growth Fuels Economic Growth (Wall Street Journal);  Rising costs, aging population threaten Utah’s ‘healthy state’ status (Deseret News); Salt Lake Chamber announces legislative priorities at Utah Economic Outlook & Public Policy Summit (Utah Policy); Should the people be allowed to overturn city planning decisions? (Deseret News); Could you afford to buy in your own neighborhood today? For many homeowners on the Wasatch Front, the answer would be no (Salt Lake Tribune); Mountain West Home-Buying Frenzy Has Slowed Down, Experts Say (KUER); Utah film incentive could help rural communities benefit from their spectacular backdrops (Salt Lake Tribune); Utah Coal Country Strike Team plan advances to final round of national American Dream competition (KSL);  Salt Lake area housing prices expected to continue rising, analyst says (KSL);  Utah lawmaker pushing bill requiring cities into zone affordable housing if they want state dollars (Deseret News);  There’s been a mini-‘boom’ of women in child-bearing age. But U.S. births his a new low, well below replacement levels  (Deseret News); Immigration leader tells Utahns that the border wall is a ‘powerful symbol, but it’s not a symbol that solves a problem’ (Salt Lake Tribune); Program aims to help Utah teachers, officers, public employees afford homes (Deseret News); Looking back at the interesting history of Utah’s sales tax (KSL); Ivory Homes announces Utah workforce housing priority initiative (Utah Policy); Business leaders: Falcon Hill aerospace park development to impact Northern Utah’s economy for years to come (Standard Examiner); Utah County still home to many large families with 6 kids (Salt Lake Tribune); Provo City calls on Legislature to contribute $9 million towards expansion of its airport (Salt Lake Tribune);  Provo Municipal Airport plans to expand as population grows (Deseret News).

University of Wyoming, Center for Energy, Economics and Public Policy. Cloud Peak trims costs, 15 jobs: Company doing what’s necessary to stay aloft, economist says (Gillette News-Record); Report: Americans care more about gas prices than health care, savings (Wyoming Tribune Eagle and reprinted in Wyoming Business Report here); Why so high? Gas prices here explained (Douglas Budget); Gas price variance vexes Cheyenne motorists (Wyoming Tribune Eagle);  Odds really long’ Cloud Peak avoids bankruptcy (Gillette News-Record); 2019 will be a pivotal year for Cloud Peak Energy (Gillette News-Record); The company that did everything right is failing (EE News).

University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Bureau of Business Research.  Editorial: Nebraska’s ethanol sector faces major challenges and opportunities (Omaha World Herald). Lincoln economy strong despite big box store shutdowns (10/11 news); Nebraska Bureau of Business Research Leading Economic Indicator – February 2019 (Webinar Recording / YouTube); UNL economic indicator rises sharply in January (Lincoln Journal Star); Rise in Nebraska Leading Indicator Fueled by Business Expectations (Business News); Nebraska BBR Webinar: The Nebraska Economic Forecast (BBR Podcast / YouTube); Nebraska Farm Income Falls Bellow $2 Billion (Radio 570 WNAX); Rise in Nebraska Leading Indicator Fueled by Business Expectations (Nebraska Today); Growth expected in Nebraska econom, despite lagging farm income (KLKN-TV); Nebraska’s economy is expected to grow, but low farm incomes dampen prospects through 2021 (Omaha World Herald); State economy poised to continue growth despite ag weakness (Lincoln Journal Star); Growth expected in Nebraska economy despite lagging farm income (NTVABC); Study: Nebraska ethanol industry seeing growth (Lincoln Journal Star).

January 2019

University of Utah, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. New figures show lower percentage of Mormons in Utah’s biggest county (Boston Globe); New Utah population estimates see 14.6% growth since 2010 (KJZZ); Experts say Olympic venues in Utah are well maintained and ready for future winter games (FOX 13); Utah’s population swells more than another state following recession (Deseret News); Utah ranks No. 1 for population growth this decade – adds nearly 400k new residents (Salt Lake Tribune); Rainbows and unicorns: New report lauds Utah tech but local experts cautious (Deseret News); Salt Lake Olympic Games: Past and Future (KCPW); Only two states had fertility levels above replacement levels in 2017. Utah was one of them (Deseret News); Housing prices set another record for highest year-over-year price growth (Utah Policy).

Ball State Center for Business and Economic Research. Hicks: Shutdown Will Lead to Revised Jobs Report (Inside Indiana Business); Foxconn is reconsidering plans for Wisconsin plant touted by Trump and then-Gov. Scott Walker (Market Watch); State GOP’s plan: Raise spending (the Journal Gazette).

Northern Kentucky University, Center for Economic Analysis and Development. The House: The influences of trade and Trump on votes in Kentucky (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation); Northern Kentucky Chamber to host November Eggs ‘N Issues: Regional Economic Outlook (Northern Kentucky Tribune); Greater Cincinnati companies recently added thousands of jobs (Cincinnati Business Courier); NKY Chamber Awards NKY Community Award to Janet Harrah (NKY Chamber of Commerce site); NKY Chamber Awards NKY Community Award to Janet Harrah (NKY Education Council newsletter);  NKY Chamber Awards NKY Community Award to Janet Harrah (The Lane Report); Fort Thomas Resident Awarded NKY Community Award (Fort Thomas Matters);  NKU welcomes interim dean Johnna Reeder Kleymeyer (Cincinnati Enquirer); Here’s how much the federal government shutdown is impacting Greater Cincinnati (Cincinnati Business Courier).

University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization. Costs From Invasive Species Already in Millions, Expected to Grow (Hawaii Public Radio); UHERO forecast: Moderation ahead as business cycle matures;  Hawai‘i’s Economy: 2019 (Hawaii Public Radio); Addicted To Airbnb: Hawaii’s Tourism Economy Depends On Illegal Vacation Rentals (Honolulu Civil Beat); Council on Revenues Lowers General Fund Growth to 4.2 Percent  (Hawaii Public Radio).

University of Wyoming, Center for Energy, Economics and Public Policy. Another Tax Proposal Looms Over Wyoming’s Wind Industry (North American Windpower); Warren Buffett’s power company wants to charge Californians for upgrades to out-of-state coal plants (LA Times).

University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Bureau of Business Research. Consumer Confidence falls in UNL survey (Lincoln Journal Star); December Surveys: Consumer Confidence Falls in Nebraska (Business News); December Surveys: Consumer Confidence Falls in Nebraska (Nebraska Today); Husker Athletics helping the Lincoln Economy (10/11 news); Nebraska’s low jobless rate seen as mixed economic message (AP news); Nebraska’s low jobless rate seen as mixed economic message (Herald – Whig); Nebraska leading indicator remains strong in December (Omaha World Herald); Nebraska leading indicator remains strong in December (Nebraska Today); Nebraska Leading Indicator Remains Strong in December (Business News); Nebraska Bureau of Business Research Leading Economic Indicator – January 2019 (BBR Podcast / YouTube).

University of Montana, Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Missoula housing prices hit record high; panelists offer potential solutions (Missoulian); Rising home prices across Montana by county (Bozeman Daily Chronicle); Helena economy seeing growth in heath care and construction (Independent Record); Economists showcase Montana’s strengths and weaknesses (KPAX).

 

December 2018

University of Wyoming, Center for Energy, Economics and Public Policy. The X factor: Potential of people will drive the area’s economic diversity, growth (Gillette News-Record); Oil is down. Why haven’t Wyoming’s gasoline prices followed suit? ( Casper Star Tribune); Energy economics expert visits Rawlins, says too much Wind Production Tax could hinder production (Rawlins Times); Bankrupt Coal Producer May Give Bonuses To Managers, Cut Benefits For Miners ( Mountain-West News Bureau);  Will President Trump’s push to drive down oil prices hurt Wyoming’s oil prospects?( Casper Star-Tribune).

University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Bureau of Business Research. November Survey Shows High Consumer, Business Confidence In Nebraska (NET); Confidence Persists In A Solid Nebraska Labor Market (KLIN); Business, consumer confidence fall in Nov., but stay positive (Lincoln Journal Star); Confidence Persists in Solid Nebraska Labor Market (Business News); November surveys: Confidence persists in solid Nebraska labor market (Nebraska Today); November Surveys: Confidence Persists In Solid Nebraska Labor Market (Sun Telegraph); University of Nebraska-Lincoln survey indicates state consumer and business confidence remains strong (Nebraska Radio Network); Nebraska Bureau of Business Research Leading Economic Indicator – December 2018 (BBR Podcast / YouTube); Nebraska’s leading economic indicator improves in November (Business News); Nebraska economy expected to maintain moderate growth (Nebraska Radio Network); UNL economic indicator rises in November (Lincoln Journal Star); Consumers Show Confidence In Economy Through Holiday Spending (NET).

Georgia State University, Economic Forecasting Center. Economists See U.S.-China Trade War as Biggest Threat in 2019 (Wall Street Journal); Business survey reflects growing pains persist in economic boom (Herald); Truck Tonnage Surges 9.5% in October (Transport Topics).

University of Utah, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. Salt Lake Chamber pushes ahead with affordable housing blitz, but some cities are still hesitant (Salt Lake Tribune); Tribune editorial: The rent is too damn high (Salt Lake Tribune); Utahns move more than most Americans. Why? Think Latter-Day Saint missions and a young populace (Salt Lake Tribune); Gov. Herbert’s office prepares plan to expand sales tax and increase the tax on food (Salt Lake Tribune); 3 finalists selected in American Dream Ideas Challenge hosted at University of Utah (Deseret News);  3 finalists selected in American Dream Ideas Challenge hosted at University of Utah (KSL); Utah policymakers to consider sales tax reform to keep up with modern economy (Deseret News);  One of every four residents in Utah’s San Juan County lives in poverty. In Morgan County, just one in 25 is impoverished (Salt Lake Tribune); 27 of Utah’s 29 counties experienced population growth in 2018, new estimate says (KSL);  Utah adds 52k new residents in 2018 – but growth is slowing as fewer people have babies, and fewer immigrants move here (Salt Lake Tribune);  Utah’s population surpasses 3.1 million in 2018, despite dip in births (KUER); Utah’s growth slows a bit, but population nears 3.2 million (Deseret News);  Michelle Quist: American is dividing itself into political tribes (Salt Lake Tribune);  At home and online: Utah households among the most connected, census shows (Deseret News);  Weber State presidential candidates meet the community (Standard Examiner);  Gov. Gary Herbert proposes $200 million tax cut – but also new taxes to ‘broaden’ Utah’s shrinking tax base (Deseret News);  Salt Lake County is now minority Mormon, and the impacts are far reaching (Salt Lake Tribune); Salt Lake City a ‘no-brainer’ choice to bid for another Olympics, Ski Utah leader says (Deseret News).

Middle Tennessee State University, Business and Economic Research Center. Housing Tennessee 3rd Quarter 2018 report; Trump’s trade war beginning to pinch Tennessee exports (WMOT Roots Radio).

University of Montana, Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Billings No. 1 city in state, Money magazine says (Billings Gazette); The year in beer: Cheers, there’s more than 7,000 breweries operating in the US (USA Today).

University of Texas at El Paso Border Region Modeling Project. During December 2018, UTEP Border Region Modelling Project (BRMP) personnel were interviewed for 15 separate television, radio, and newspaper interviews regarding United States and border region economic prospects. The latter also included a 30-minute live segment on Wharton Business Radio on Sirius XM Satellite Channel 132 about recent oil and gasoline price declines. Recently published Border Region Modeling Project research includes: T.M. Fullerton, Jr., S. Mukhopadhyay, and A.G. Walke, 2018, “Econometric versus Neural Network Transportation Forecasts,” Asian-African Journal of Economics & Econometrics 18 (1), 79-91.

University of Arizona, Economic and Business Research Center. Buckmaster Show 12/18/18: 2019 AZ Economic Forecast; Arizona minimum wage goes up to $11 on Jan. 1 (Tucson.com); Arizona housing market projected to be hot in 2019 (Chamber Business News); Eller reports positive outlook for Southern Arizona economy (Tucson Business); Economic Forecast: recession possible by 2020 (Arizona Public Media); New report predicts strong Tucson economy (KVOA); Arizona drawing in Mexico visitors (Chamber Business News); Tucson economic growth expected to be strong through 2019 (Tucson.com)

 

November 2018

University of West Florida, Haas Center. Economic impact of Hurricane Michael is $1.5B and growing according to HAAS Center dashboard (Pensacola News Journal); Haas Center Studying Hurricane Michael’s Economic Jolt (WUWF).

Georgia State University, Economic Forecasting Center. Santelli Exchange: Consumers come out to play after tax cuts (CNBC); As stocks tumble, the U.S. wonders: Is this economy as good as it gets? (Washington Post); Nashville Chosen for Amazon Operations Hub (Transport Topics); GSU: Metro Atlanta’s economy will continue to grow in 2019 (Atlanta Journal Constitution); Amazon headquarters decision: It’s not Atlanta (Atlanta Journal Constitution); Forecaster: Corporate Sector Bounce-Back Leads Georgia Job Growth (SaportaReport); Did Foreign Graduates Help Lure Amazon Away From Atlanta? (Global Atlanta); Georgia’s Economy Remains Relatively Healthy For Now (NPR); Economic Forecast: Midterm Results Should Ease Corporate Anxiety (Georgia Association of Business Brokers); Corporate Sector Bounce-Back Leads Georgia Job Growth (Georgia Association of Business Brokers).

University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Bureau of Business Research. Nebraska Economy Could Slow in Coming Months (WNAX); Nebraska BBR Webinar: Skills Gap in Nebraska Regions (Webinar Recording / YouTube); Consumer, business confidence rise in Nebraska (Lincoln Journal Star); UNL survey shows rise in consumer, business confidence in Nebraska (NTV/ABC); October surveys show rising confidence, workforce challenges (Nebraska Today); Rising Confidence and Workforce Challenges (Business News); Rising Confidence and Workforce Challenges (Business News); Omaha-area companies say they expect to sell more in 2019, but worry about finding workers (Omaha World Herald); Impact of shopping local (1011 Now); Lancaster Event Center has $40 million economic impact annually, report finds (Lincoln Journal Star); Nebraska Bureau of Business Research Leading Economic Indicator – November 2018 (BBR Podcast / YouTube); UNL report predicts economic growth in Nebraska (NTV/ABC); Nebraska Leading Indicator Rebounds in October (Business News); Nebraska leading indicator rebounds in October (Nebraska Today); UNL economic indicator rebounds in October (Lincoln Journal Star).

University of Arizona, Economic and Business Research Center. Nogales no longer top spot for Mexican tomato imports (Fronteras); Job report shows Tucson has finally recovered from recession (KGUN); Pima and Pinal Counties Work Together to Entice Employers, Workers (SanTan Valley.com); Good news: Tucson economy is back in the groove (Tucson Business); Nebraska BBR Webinar: Economic Impact of Businesses Supported by the NBIA (Webinar Recording / YouTube);

University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization. Report: Hawaii Construction Spending Expected to Reach $9B (U.S. News and World Report); ‘Real Dollars’ Applied to Hurricane Damage (Hawaii News Now); National honor for UH economic research director (University of Hawai’i News); Dr. Frank Wolak: “How Should the Public Utilities Commission Regulate Hawaiian Electric Company for Better Integration of Renewable Energy?”;  New research on urban landlords and the Housing Choice Voucher Program .

University of Texas at El Paso Border Region Modeling Project. During October and November 2018, UTEP Border Region Modelling Project (BRMP) personnel were interviewed for 21 separate television, radio, and newspaper interviews regarding United States and border region economic prospects. Recently published Border Region Modelling Project research includes: T.M. Fullerton, Jr. and L.M. Sáenz-Rojo, 2018, “Yield Spreads, the Exchange Rate, and Recession Predictability for Northern Mexico Border Economies,” 2018, Asian Journal of Economic Modelling 6 (1), 56-64, doi: 10.18488/journal.8.2018.61.56.64; K.R. Allen and T.M. Fullerton, Jr., 2018, “Analyzing Small Industrial and Commercial User Demand for Electricity,” 2018, Theoretical Economics Letters 8 (14), 3109-3115, doi: 10.4236/tel.2018.814193.

University of Wyoming, Center for Energy, Economics and Public Policy. Cloud Peak mulls sale of company, Executive team approved to get 100 percent bonuses to stay on (Gillette News Record); One of Wyoming’s largest coal firms considers sale, doubles executive pay (Casper Star-Tribune);
Cloud Peak Energy Considers Selling Company; Gives Executive Bonuses, Cuts Retirement Benefits (Wyoming Public Media); New wind may be cheaper than old, reliable coal (Casper Star Tribune), Wyoming’s good financial news could be short-lived (Wyoming Tribune Eagle); Gillette business owners, officials see improved air service as key to economic rebound (Casper Star Tribune); Mountain West Coal Producer Strips Health Benefits For Retired Miners (Mountain West News Bureau).

University of Montana, Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Brawl of the Wild, UM athletics benefit Missoula’s economy (NBC Montana); Future of Montana Medicaid expansion uncertain as HELP Act sunset nears (Missoula Current); Hard-rock mining in Montana digs up $2.7B a year, report says (Great Falls Tribune).

October 2018
University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Center for Business and Economic Research.
Giorgio Canarella (senior economist) and Stephen M. Miller (director) had their paper, “Did Okun’s Law Die after the Great Recession,” selected by the Board of Editors of the NABE journal Business Economics for the Abramson Scroll Award, Outstanding Paper, published in the four issues from October 2017 to July 2018. They also had their paper “Firm Size, Corporate Debt, R&D Activity, and Agency Costs: Exploring Dynamic and Non-Linear Effects,” selected by AUBER as the 2018 Polzin Prize as Best Paper.

University of Utah Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. Utah Valley Executive Summit encourages intelligent planning for the future (Daily Herald); Zions Bank joins Utah Outdoor Partners as founding member (Utah Policy); Utah researchers to target ways to help middle class achieve the American Dream (Deseret News); Amazon wage bump will help push Utah employees into ‘fair and decent’ earnings (Deseret News); Get to know the 10 teams that were picked out of 152 proposals to be the ‘American Dream’ Utah finalists (Deseret News); American Dream Finalists include single parent shared living, coal country team (KSL); Evictions: the dark side of Salt Lake City’s housing boom (Salt Lake Tribune); Utah executives have strong, but declining sentiment on state’s economic future (Utah Policy); Governor’s Office presents analysis of economic development plans (Utah Policy).

A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research, Chapman University. Orange County Business Journal, On Economics: “So You Believe the Chapman Forecast: Now What?” by Jim Doti, September 24, 2018 issue.

University of Hawaii, Economic Research Organization (UHERO).  Hawaii’s Governor David Ige has invited UHERO to speak at the Western Governors’ Association Biosecurity and Invasive Species Initiative Workshop in Waimea, Hawaii, on Dec. 9-10, 2018.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bureau of Business Research. UNL’s indicator reporter predicts improved economic growth in 2019 (The Daily Nebraskan); A UNL Professor Reacts to Amazon’s Minimum Wage Increase to $15 An Hour (KLIN); Nebraska BBR Webinar: The Economic Impact of Nebraska Military Assets and Spending (Webinar Recording / YouTube); Consumer, business confidence diverge in September, survey shows (Lincoln Journal Star); U.S. Trade Gap Rises for Third Straight Month (KLIN); Consumer Confidence Turns Negative in Nebraska (Business News); Consumer confidence turns negative in Nebraska (Nebraska Today); U.S. Unemployment Rate Slides to 3.7 Percent (WNAX); Manufacturing jobs back to pre-recession levels in Nebraska (Fremont Tribune); Rent decreases while cost of homes increases (1011 Now); Nebraska Economist Cautions Against Panic Over the Stock Market (WANX); Nebraska’s economic forecast dims slightly for first time in 11 months, UNL indicator finds (Lincoln Journal Star); Nebraska Bureau of Business Research Leading Economic Indicator – October 2018 (BBR Podcast / YouTube); Economists say not to panic as Stock Market swings wildly (AUDIO) (Nebraska Radio Network); UNL: Economic indicator fell in September (NTV/ABC); Nebraska Leading Indicator Drops in September (Business News); Nebraska’s leading indicator drops in September (Nebraska Today).

University of Wyoming, Center for Energy, Economics and Public Policy. Wyoming: Microsoft Expansion Of Cheyenne Data Center Underway: The $200-million project, announced in 2015, was not needed until this year due to improved server efficiency (Business Facilities);Oil and gas sector pushed state’s economy forward in second quarter (Wyoming Tribune-Eagle).

 

September 2018
Ball State University, Center for Business and Economic Research. Opinion: 7 ways to invest in the automation megatrend (MarketWatch); RV industry sees shipments down by 11.4% in recent months (The Gulf Today); Indiana Manufacturing Has Been On Trump’s Mind. What’s The State Of The Industry Now? (Here and Now); A Different Economic Development: Embracing Equity in Rural Settings (Nonprofit Quarterly); Hicks: Finally, a government answer to job losses caused by automation (IndyStar);

Middle Tennesee State University, Business and Economic Research Center. Housing Tennessee 2nd Quarter 2018; Tennessee Trade Report (Global Commerce: Tennessee and the International Economy; Interview with Center Director Murat Arik about BERC Projects (view interview on BERC website here or on YouTube here.

Chapman University, A Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research. A Puzzlement by Jim Doti and Raymond Sfeir (Orange County Business Journal).

University of Montana, Bureau of Business and Economic Research. The 25 Best Economics Podcast of 2018 (Intelligent Economist).

University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization of Hawaii (UHERO). Forecast: UHERO State Forecast Update: Hawaii’s Growth Down, but Not Out; Blog/News: Hybrid Forest Restoration Benefits Communities and Increases Resilience; Forecast: Hawaii Construction Forecast: After Pullback, Construction Prospects Firm; New Report Reveals Hawaii’s Not-So-Booming Economy (Honolulu Civil Beat); Tourism (but not much else) is booming in Hawaii (Hawaii News Now); UHERO forecast: Hawaiʻi’s growth down, but not out (University of Hawai’i News); Reforestation helps culture (Hawaii News).

Georgia State University, Economic Forecasting Center. Santelli Exchange: The economic impact of trade tariffs (CNBC); Most Economists See Tariff Effects on U.S. Economy as Limited (Wall Street Journal); Economists: Strong retail sales to continue rest of year despite August slowdown (S&P Global); Economists Split Over Path of Interest Rates in 2019; (Wall Street Journal) Economists: Retail sales remain strong despite China tariffs (S&P Global); Economists See Two More Fed Rate Increases This Year (Wall Street Journal); Study: Job growth should continue in Georgia this year (Atlanta Journal Constitution); Forecast: Domestic-Demand Sectors Will Drive Georgia Job Growth (SaportaReport).

University of Wyoming, Center for Energy, Economics and Public Policy. Is a state with no income tax — like Washington — better or worse? (The Seattle Times); Deregulation Nation: Coal-Fired Power Plants” Studio 1A (WAMU and NPR); Coal Country: EPA Plan Is Short Term Boost, No Solution For Industry Decline (Maine Public Radio).

University of Utah, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. University of Utah, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. Salt Lake City hiring a full-time census coordinator to avert an undercount many fear is likely with Trump’s new immigration question (Salt Lake Tribune); Guest opinion: The solution to the housing crisis? Compromise (Deseret News); Utah’s Housing Market is Becoming the Next California (Utah Business);  Herald editorial: Work needed to solve housing affordability (Daily Herald); U.S. cities used to have low-rent, short-term, dorm-style housing. Is that what Utah’s homeless need? (Deseret News); Local conferences focuses on the well-being of women in Utah (Good4Utah); Commentary: Wasatch Choice 2050 is a blueprint for how Utah will grow (Salt Lake Tribune); Inland port board member raises warning about not-noticed vote to negotiate deal with Stadler Rail (Deseret News); Dealing with Utah’s Growing Population (Good4Utah); Politics about town: Strong economy and legislative reports (Utah Policy); Census: Utah ranks No. 1 for equality of incomes – at least for now (Salt Lake Tribune);  Minorities’ are now the majority in West Valley City (Fox 13 Now);  Census: West Valley City is now ‘minority majority,’ where minority groups outnumber the white population (Salt Lake Tribune);  Minority’ now a misnomer in West Valley City, census data show (Deseret News);  Inauguration symposium explores future of America’s public universities (KSL); Unlike anything in Utah, this huge new retirement community offers a ‘life plan’ (Salt Lake Tribune).

Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research, University of Tennessee. UT Knoxville Has $1.7 Billion Annual Economic Impact on the State;  VW plant, Chattanooga may benefit by NAFTA deal, economist says (Times Free Press); Great Recession: Nashville’s opportunities, challenges 10 years later (Tennessean);  Business startups add to economic momentum in Tennessee (Times Free Press); A Battle Worth Fighting (Tennessee Alumnus).

University of Texas at El Paso, Department of Economics & Finance.  During September 2018, UTEP Border Region Modelling Project (BRMP) personnel were interviewed for 14 separate television, radio, and newspaper interviews, including one with German Public Radio, regarding prospects for a trade agreement between the United States and Mexico. Recently published Border Region Modelling Project research includes: T.M. Fullerton, Jr., and A. Bujanda, “Commercial Property Values in a Border Metropolitan Economy,” Asia-Pacific Journal of Regional Science 2 (2), 337-360, doi: 10.1007/s41685-017-0065-x.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bureau of Business Research. Grow Grand Island: Economic impact of Grand Island’s ‘welcome’ mat (The Grand Island Independent); LPED’s new LaunchLNK initiative recruits early-stage startups to Lincoln (siliconprairienews); Nebraska businesses are optimistic; consumers, not so much (Omaha World Herald); Rising Costs and Fading Consumer Confidence in Nebraska (Business News); August surveys show cost concerns, fading consumer confidence (Nebraska Today); Consumer, business confidence head in different directions (Lincoln Journal Star); Consumer Confidence Down In Nebraska (KLIN); Concerns over cost of living contribute to falling consumer confidence (The Daily Nebraskan); Consumer confidence down in Nebraska; business confidence remains strong (Nebraska Radio Network); Nebraska Bureau of Business Research Leading Economic Indicator – September 2018 (BBR Podcast / YouTube); Nebraska Indicator: The Outlook Improves for Early 2019 (Business News); Nebraska indicator: Economic outlook improves for early 2019 (Nebraska Today); Economic growth predicted in Nebraska for early 2019 (NTV); UNL: Solid NE economic growth through early 2019 (KSNB); Solid growth expected for Nebraska economy for remainder of the year (Nebraska Radio Network); UNL economic indicator jumps 1% in August (Lincoln Journal Star); Big Red Business: Oct. 27 game could be worth over $6 million to businesses (Husker Online); Nebraska Poised For Solid Economic Growth (WNAX); Nebraska Indicator: Economic Outlook Improves For Early 2019 (Sidney Sun Telegraph).

August 2018

Georgia State University, Economic Forecasting Center. Economists See Two More Fed Rate Increases This Year (Wall Street Journal); Economists: Retail sales remain strong despite China tariffs (S&P Global).

University of Texas at El Paso, Department of Economics & Finance. During August 2018, UTEP Border Region Modelling Project (BRMP) personnel were interviewed for five separate television, radio, and newspaper interviews published in the U.S. and Mexico. Tom Fullerton was interviewed regarding NAFTA modernization prospects at a recent USA-Mexico Border Summit held in El Paso. View the Albuquerque Journal here.  Recently published Border Region Modelling Project journal articles include: T.M. Fullerton, Jr., and W.A. Miller “Rivalries, Tradition, and Recession Proof Collegiate Football Attendance in El Paso,” Journal of Sports Economics & Management 7(2), 58-77; T.M. Fullerton, Jr. and A.G. Walke, “Mexico Evidence on the Regional Retail Effects of Violent Crime,”Journal of Economics & Public Finance 4 (3), 244-259, doi: 10.22158/jepf.v4n3p244.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bureau of Business Research. Study: Nebraska innovation grant program successful (Lincoln Journal Star); Report: Hiring issues increasing in Lincoln area (Lincoln Journal Star); UNL Study: Lincoln businesses struggle with hiring (1011 Now); Business confidence in Nebraska falls after month of growth (NET News); Economy faces challenges, but University of Nebraska economist doesn’t fear recession (Nebraska Radio Network); Nebraska Economist Doesn’t See a Recession (WNAX); Business and Consumer Confidence Moderate in Nebraska (Business News); Business, consumer confidence moderate in Nebraska (Nebraska Today); Survey finds business, consumer confidence moderate in Nebraska as Grand Island’s economy continues to grow (The Grand Island Independent); Digital thrift store: Is Facebook marketplace the new corner boutique? (NET News); Grow Lincoln Segment with Dr. Thompson  (SoundCloud); Nebraska Bureau of Business Research Leading Economic Indicator – August 2018 (BBR Podcast / YouTube); Nebraska indicator: Economic growth will slow significantly (Nebraska Today); Nebraska Indicator: Slower Economic Growth in Early 2019 (Business News); UNL economic indicator flat in July (Lincoln Journal Star); HHD by the economic numbers (Western Farm Press); Nebraska Economic Growth Rate Expected To Slow Down In Upcoming Months (NET News); University of Nebraska report suggests economic slowdown may be coming to the state (Nebraska Radio Network); Nebraska Economy May Slow Down (WNAX).

Indiana University, Indiana Business Research Center. Where Hoosier kids rank (Herald Times); Christina Hale: Trump’s words matter to American allies (Indy Star); Consumers: Tariffs’ loser (Journal Gazette).

University of Utah, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. Salt Lake City hiring a full-time census coordinator to avert an undercount many fear is likely with Trump’s new immigration question (Salt Lake Tribune); “Prehab,” not rehab, may be key to opioid crisis (KSL NewsRadio); Top government official in Utah to address opioid outbreak (Good4Utah); Utah Leads on National Health Care Thought Leadership (Newswise); ‘Where do they go?’: With prices rising, advocates urge Utah leaders to focus on affordable housing to help reduce homelessness (Salt Lake Tribune); In southwestern Utah, unceasing growth means increased tension (High Country News).

West Virginia University, Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Mountain State Momentum: State business experts say economy on the rise (WV News); The push must continue (The State Journal); Governor reports surge in state revenue collection, economy (West Virginia Record).

University of Montana, Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Report: Montana ranks 9th in US for new business survival rate (Missoulian); Working Families Struggling to Get Paid Time Off (Montana Business Quarterly); Report: Montana’s High-Tech Sector Continues to Outpace Montana’s Economy (Missoula Current); Report: Montana’s Manufacturing Sector Adding Jobs Faster Than the Nation (MSU News Service); BBER Researchers Cited in Forest Service Land Management Litigation Article (Forest Science); BBER’s Forest Industry Research Program was cited in an academic article on U.S. Forest Service litigation and its effect on land management projects (Forest Science).

University of Wyoming, Center for Energy, Economics and Public Policy. Coal Country: EPA Plan Is Short Term Boost, No Solution For Industry Decline (NPR);   In addition to the nationally run story above, this story also ran regionally on Wyoming Public Radio (view story here) and Minnesota Public Radio (view story here); Proposed Wyoming Wind Farm Could Feed Northern Colorado’s Renewable Needs (Colorado Public Radio); Wyoming could support 2,600 carbon tech jobs, Laramie Boomerang (Gillette News-Record); Report: Carbon technology could support 2,600 jobs in Wyoming (Casper Star Tribune);  Wyoming, US economies growing for different reasons (Laramie Boomerang); Is Wyoming Prepared For A Recession? (Wyoming Public Radio);  Is a state with no income tax better or worse? (Bankrate.com).

July 2018

Middle Tennessee State University, Business and Economic Research Center. Tennessee in the Trade War (Global Commerce); Housing Tennessee: 1st Quarter 2018.

Georgia State University, Economic Forecasting Center. Economist: Trade Disruption, Not Rate Hikes, Is Real Concern for Commercial Real Estate (Rebusiness Online); Discretionary spending consumer confidence boost June retail sales(S&P Global); Electronics, furniture most exposed to latest tariffs on China (S&P Global); Supreme Court ruling gives brick-and-mortar stores hope for level playin… (S&P Global).

University of Arizona, Economic and Business Research Center. Tucson still far behind Phoenix metro area in recovery from Great Recession (AZCentral); Tough border stance may see ripple effect (Tucson News Now); Understanding economic impacts (Sun); Tucson Housing Market Bounces Back But Still Short on Labor (Arizona Public Media): Forecast: Tucson will see continued job growth (Sun); How U.S. vs. Mexico trade war will affect you (Tucson News Now); Tucson Economic Update: More Jobs, Housing Activity (Arizona Public Media); Buying a house in Tucson getting tougher as prices keep going up and wages lag (Tucson.com).

University of Montana, Bureau of Business and Economic Research.  Montana’s manufacturing sector adding jobs faster than rest of the nation, MSU/UM report says (MSU News); ATG set to begin office construction in Old Sawmill District, move by January (Missoula Current).

West Virginia University, Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Smoldering trade war worries experts (The Register-Herald); Trade Troubles: Escalating Trade Threats Could Hit Ohio Valley Coal, Natural Gas (WOUB Digital); Interstate 68 Meetings Continue in Washington (The Intelligencer – Wheeling News-Register); W.Va. economic indicators show progress but challenges too (The State Journal).

University of Utah, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. Utah works to enforce, explain Medicaid expansion scenarios (KJZZ); Utah execs upbeat about economy, unsure of future, report says (KSL); Security experts raise 2020 Census hacking concerns (Deseret News); As Utah’s Economy Grows, Proper Infrastructure-Building Is Key, Especially in Education (Utah Business); Spatial Development And Design Drive Water Use, According To New Study (Utah Public Radio); Utah Opportunity Zones announced, Pacific Court Senior Living open house, Lehi Hilton opens, Four Foods moving to Valley Grove (Daily Herald); Utah County construction still humming but seeing some dips (Daily Herald); Utah may see a wave of wealthy people buying million-dollar homes. And it could drive up prices for everyone (Salt Lake Tribune); Utah picks up speed on path to greater diversity (Deseret News).

University of Wyoming, Center for Energy, Economics and Public Policy. US ‘mine-mouth’ coal mines at risk, (Argus Media); Can Wyoming’s wind be harnessed … to power California? (The Week – republished PRI/BBC story); America’s leading coal state looks to the wind, (PRI/BBC The World).

A. Gary Anderson Center for Economics Research, Chapman University. Despite strong economic growth, clouds loom on the California horizon (Orange County Register); On California_July ’18, Doti’s article (Orange County Business Journal).

University of Texas at El Paso, Department of Economics & Finance. During June and July 2018, UTEP Border Region Modelling Project (BRMP) personnel were interviewed for 12 separate television, radio, and newspaper interviews published in the USA, Switzerland, the UK, and Mexico. Tom Fullerton was interviewed for several articles, including: Economists Are All Over the Map on Trade War’s Duration, Scope (Bloomberg); Trump angered by Harley-Davidson’s decision to move some production out of US (Channel 4 News of London); Gundlach Sees 6% Yield in 3 Years. Anyone Else? (Bloomberg). Border Region Modelling Project journal articles published last month include: D. Barai, T.M. Fullerton, Jr., and A.G. Walke, 2018, “Exchange Rate Forecast Futility for the Taka,” Eurasian Journal of Economics & Finance 6 (2), 1-7, doi: 10.15604/ejef.2018.06.02.001 S. Coronado, T.M. Fullerton, Jr., and O. Rojas, 2018, “A Nonlinear Analysis of Oil Price Co-movements,” International Journal of Energy Economics & Policy 8 (3), 290-294.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bureau of Business Research. Omaha Barometer (Omaha Chamber of Commerce); Nebraska in the national news: June 2018 (Nebraska Today); June Surveys: Business Confidence Surges in Nebraska (Business News); June surveys: Business confidence surges in Nebraska (Nebraska Today); G.I. chamber says trade war would hurt local economy (The Grand Island Independent); Business, Consumer Confidence rise in Nebraska (Nebraska Radio Network); UNL index falls in June, suggesting slower economic growth (Lincoln Journal Star); Nebraska Indicator: Slow Economic Growth at the End of 2018 (Business News); Nebraska indicator predicts slow economic growth at end of 2018 (Nebraska Today); Nebraska Bureau of Business Research Leading Economic Indicator – July 2018 (BBR Podcast / YouTube).

June 2018

University of Wyoming, Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy.  Trump Tariff war is unlikely to hurt Wyoming coal export prospects (Casper Star-Tribune, Sheridan Press); SCOTUS OKs taxes on internet sales in win for states, brick-and-mortar stores (Wyoming Tribune Eagle); PRB could see short reprieve under coal plan (Gillette News Record); In Wyoming wind, a conservative billionaire sees California’s future (Desert Sun/USA Today – updated interview – original story Feb. 1, 2017); Revenue Committee to consider tax barriers to economic diversification (Sheridan Press); Iran Sanctions Could Drive Mountain West Oil Production Up (KUNC); In killer year for wind, Wyoming lags behind (Casper Star Tribune).

Chapman University, A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research.   Don’t Believe the Doomsday Scenarios on our Housing Needs (Orange County Register); On Economics: “In Defense of a Defensive Strategy,” Jim Doti (Orange County Business Journal), May 21, 2018; On California: “Read Any Good Books Lately?  I Have!,” Jim Doti (Orange County Business Journal), June 18, 2018.

University of Texas at El Paso, Department of Economics & Finance.  UTEP Border Region Modelling Project (BRMP) personnel A.G. Walke and T.M. Fullerton, Jr., along with R.J. Tokle of Idaho State University, published the following journal article using regional credit union data from across the United States: “Risk-Based Loan Pricing Consequences for Credit Unions,” 2018, Journal of Empirical Finance 47, 105-119, doi.

University of Montana, Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Post-Colstrip economy will be rough for all of Montana, state Chamber of Commerce says (Billings Gazette); Study Forecasts Economic Effects of Colstrip’s Early Closure (Flathead Beacon); Study: Fewer Montana kids in poverty, more insured (Great Falls Tribune);

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bureau of Business Research. 2018 Omaha Barometer Report (Greater Omaha Chamber); Grow Lincoln Segment with Dr. Thomspon 5/12 (KLIN); Report: Consumer, business confidence drops in state (Lincoln Journal Star); Confidence in Nebraska economy slips (Nebraska Radio Network); Consumer and Business Confidence Slip In Nebraska (KLIN); Consumer, business confidence dip in Nebraska (Nebraska Today); Consumer and Business Confidence Fall in Nebraska (Business News); Nebraska Economic Survey Shows Increasing Worries (WNAX); Omaha unemployment rate challenges local employers (Sioux City Journal); Omaha unemployment rate challenges local employers (San Francisco Chronicle); The problem with Omaha’s low unemployment rate (Omaha World Herald); Strong industrial sector to boost Nebraska economy (1011 News); Forecast: Manufacturing, construction to drive Nebraska economy (Lincoln Journal Star); Manufacturing expected to help drive Nebraska economy (Bristol Herald Courier); University of Nebraska economists expect strong growth over next 3 years, though ag will suffer through another down year (Nebraska Radio Network); Strength in manufacturing sector expected to boost Nebraska economy (NET News); Manufacturing expected to help drive Nebraska economy (WOWT News); Strong Industrial Sector to Boost Nebraska Economy (Business News); Strong industrial sector to boost Nebraska economy (Nebraska Today); Kelly: Omaha ranked second to Honolulu among metro areas with 200,000 to 1 million people (Omaha World Herald); Nebraska Economy Expected to Continue Growth (WNAX); With more open jobs than available workers, who will fill the positions? (NBC News); Grow Lincoln Segment with Dr. Thomspon 6/16 (KLIN); Nebraska BBR Webinar: Nebraska Long-range Economic Forecast (Webinar Recording / YouTube); Nebraska Bureau of Business Research Leading Economic Indicator – June 2018 (BBR Podcast / YouTube); Economic Growth to Slow During the 4th Quarter of 2018 (Business News); Indicator: Economic growth to slow during fourth quarter (Nebraska Today); Economic indicator points to slower growth in state (Lincoln Journal Star); State economy moving at slower pace due to trade worries (Nebraska Radio Network); Report: Economic growth in Nebraska to slow near end of 2018 (Nebraska TV); Economic Slowing Predicted (KLIN); Economic Growth in Nebraska Expected to Slow Down (WNAX).

May 2018

University of Texas at El Paso, Department of Economics & Finance. During April and May 2018, UTEP Border Region Modelling Project (BRMP) personnel were interviewed for 8 separate television, radio, and newspaper interviews published in the USA and Mexico.
On May 16, Tom Fullerton was interviewed about rising oil and gasoline prices in the Texas Standard:
http://www.texasstandard.org/stories/rising-gas-prices-are-a-break-even-proposition-for-the-texas-economy/
BRMP research presented at the 2017 AUBER conference in Albuquerque was also published as a journal article last month:
T.M. Fullerton, Jr. and L.M. Sáenz-Rojo, 2018, “Yield Spreads, the Exchange Rate, and Recession Predictability for Northern Mexico Border Economies,” Asian Journal of Economic Modelling 6 (1), 56-64, doi: 10.18488/journal.8.2018.61.56.64.

Penn State Behrend, Economic Research Institute of Erie in the Black School of Business, in collaboration with former AUBER president Dr. Jim Kurre, has completed An Analysis of Cost-of-Living Data for Pennsylvania Counties, a study that was funded by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania (CRP), a legislative agency of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.  The study has been officially released and is now in the mailboxes of members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.  The full study is available at the CRP’s website: http://www.rural.palegislature.us/documents/reports/Cost-of-Living-Study-2018.pdf  A brief summary of the study is available in the May/June 2018 issue of the CRP Newsletter: http://www.rural.palegislature.us/publications_newsletter.html

University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research. University of Montana podcast features Tester, Gianforte, on higher ed levy (Missoulian); Firearms, alcohol and electronics driving Montana’s manufacturing sector (Missoulian); Does density promote affordability? Economists say yes, Minneapolis residents are skeptical; (Star Tribune); Our great outdoors fueling state’s tech growth (Bozeman Daily Chronicle); Benefits of Medicaid to be discussed at Great Falls forum (Great Falls Tribune);

University of Utah, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.  What Rapidly Rising Prices Mean for Housing Affordability (Gardner Business Review);  Housing shortage evident across Utah, report says (the Spectrum); Trying to stem the skyrocketing price of Utah housing is goal of new Salt Lake Chamber coalition (Salt Lake Tribune); St. George, Utah, is nation’s fastest-growing metro area, Census says (USA Today).

Georgia State University, Economic Forecasting Center. GDP in US to expand 2.9% in 2018, recession not in sight: Forecast (Staffing Industry Analysts); GSU Economist Urges Patience as Full Impact of Tax Cuts Ripples Through System (Rebusiness Online); Georgia Small Businesses Set to Benefit from Tax Cut, But Not Enough to Break Moderating Trend (Georgia Association of Business Brokers); GSU Economic Forecaster Advises Patience for Remainder of 2018 (Georgia Association of Business Brokers); Georgia Small Businesses Set to Benefit from Tax Cut, But Not Enough to Break Moderating Trend (Saporta Report); Georgia economy tightly tied to global factors, says GSU forecaster (Atlanta Journal-Constitution); Economic Forecaster Advises Patience for Remainder of 2018 (Middle Georgia CEO); Georgia State economist cautions patience with tax cut impacts (Atlanta Business Chronicle).

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bureau of Business Research. 89 Nebraska faculty receive promotion, tenure (Nebraska Today); Nebraska indicator: Economic growth expected through summer (Nebraska Today); Nebraska Indicator: Economic Growth Through Summer 2018 (Business News); UNL economic indicator rises in March (Lincoln Journal Star); Civitas Consulting Students Aid Nonprofit Startups (Business News); Moze-Kadavy, Villota earn Boren Scholarship (Nebraska Today);  Nebraska Bureau of Business Research Leading Economic Indicator – April 2018 (BBR Podcast / YouTube); Nebraska BBR Webinar: Bureau Scholars Research Results (Webinar Recording / YouTube); Consumer, business confidence drop in April (Lincoln Journal Star); Business and consumer confidence slips slightly in April (Nebraska Radio Network); April surveys: Business, consumer confidence moderate in Nebraska (Nebraska Today); Nebraska ag land values fall 2.77 percent, the 2nd straight decline (Omaha World Herald); Nebraska ag land values fall 2.77 percent, the 2nd straight decline (Sandhills Express); Nebraska ag land values fall 2.77 percent, the 2nd straight decline (KWBE); Nebraska Business and Consumer Confidence Remain Strong (WNAX); Nebraska farmland values drop by 2.8 percent (1011 Now); Nebraska farmland values drop by 2.8 percent (The Grand Island Independent); Nebraska farmland values drop by 2.8 percent (Herald Courier); Nebraska Farmland Values Drop by 2.8 Percent (KTIC); Nebraska Labor Availability, Skill and Training Studies (Networks/NET); DUI cases on the decline in Lancaster County, study finds (Lincoln Journal Star); Nebraska Indicator says economic growth to continue (Nebraska TV);  Nebraska indicator: Economic growth to continue through fourth quarter (Nebraska Today); Nebraska BBR Webinar: Annual Business Indicators for the Lincoln Area (Webinar Recording / YouTube); LINCOLN’S 2018 BUSINESS CONDITIONS & INDICATORS REPORT (LPED Research & Reports); Nebraska economists bullish on state economy for remainder of 2018 (Nebraska Radio Network).

University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization. UHERO State Forecast Update: Ready or not, Hawaii is set for more growth;   Rethinking Hawaii Tourism: Time to Shift from Marketing to Managing Tourism?;  Making Sense of Mandatory Resort Fees; Who are Driving Electric Vehicles? An analysis of factors that affect EV adoption in Hawaii; Variable Pricing and the Cost of Renewable EnergyA Pocket Full of PIMs; Should regulators fear bond-rating agencies?

April 2018

University of Tennessee, Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research. 
With Fed ‘at or near’ goals, Bostic wants more rate hikes (Reuters); Bostic, Kaplan See Two More 2018 Fed Rate Hikes If Outlook Holds (Bloomberg); Chattanooga job growth outpaces nation (Chattanooga Times Free Press); Dialogue: Coal in Appalachia (WUOT); Tennessee jobless rate steady at record low 3.3 percent in January (Chattanooga Times Free Press); Census: Nashville Continues to Lead State’s Population Growth (News Release).

Ball State University, Center for Business and Economic Research. The Future of America’s Economy Looks a Lot Like Elkhart, Indiana (Wall Street Journal); Anguished Families Shoulder The Biggest Burdens Of Opioid Addiction (NPR); Is Donald Trump right that China slaps a 25 percent tariff on American cars? (Politifact); Automation risks costing people their health as well as their jobs (The Hill).

University of Wyoming Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy. One year after bankruptcy, Peabody expresses optimism — though challenges remain for coal industry (St Louis Post-Dispatch); Enzi: It’s Time to End this EPA Attack on Wyoming’s Coal Industry (Coalzoom-org);  Zinke’s Plan to Fund the Park Service Is Pure Fantasy (Outside Magazine); Dispute Over Coal’s Effects on Climate Change Heads to Court (Bloomberg News); US Coal Saw Gains In 2017. So, How Did Colorado Jobs Fare? (Colorado Public Radio); Coal Jobs Have Gone Up Under Trump, But Not Because Of His Policies (National Public Radio);  Wyoming officials optimistic about Trump’s infrastructure proposal (Wyoming Tribune Eagle);  Peabody Energy Reports Higher Revenue, Tough Outlook (Wyoming Public Radio);  Wyoming coal production likely faces more declines (Wyoming Casper Star-Tribune).

Georgia State University, Economic Forecasting Center. Georgia and Atlanta growth will slow this year, GSU forecasts (Atlanta Journal Constitution); Nussbaum Transportation Begins Employee Stock Ownership Plan (Transport Topics); Trucking Industry Posts Big Job Gains in March (Transport Topics); Georgia Predicted to Add Jobs, Personal Income Growth Anticipated for 2018 (Saporta Report); Economic Forecaster Says Decisive Year Ahead for Federal Reserve (PR Web). US auto exports to South Korea under revised trade deal face low demand (S&P Global); Tit-for-tat tariffs to impact billions of dollars in US China trade (S&P Global); Economists: Spending ‘hangover,’ volatile stock market drive weak February sales  (S&P Global); Consumer companies brace for fallout from US steel, aluminum tariffs (S&P Global).

University of Hawaii, Economic Research Organization. UHERO State Forecast Update: Not much lift from tax cuts in Hawaii’s soaring economy;  Time to End the Preferential Taxation of Timeshare Occupancy?Determinants of Residential Solar Photovoltaic Adoption;   Linking land and sea to inform ahupua‘a (ridge-to-reef) management in Hawai‘i – NSF Coastal SEES;   The Conversation: Aida Arik on Home Solar Batteries.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bureau of Business Research. Nebraska Business and Consumer Confidence Settle at High Levels (Business News); UNL confidence indexes rise in March (Lincoln Journal Star);  Nebraska business, consumer confidence settle at high levels (Nebraska Today); Tariffs could have big effect on Nebraska — if Trump follows through with tough talk (Lincoln Journal Star); Nebraska BBR Webinar: Climate Impacts on Water Quality and Cattle Feeding (YouTube); Jobs In Nebraska: What’s Hot, What’s Not, What’s Changing (NET Nebraska); Grow Lincoln 3/24 Seg 4 -Eric Thompson (Grow Lincoln / KLIN); Nebraska Bureau of Business Research Leading Economic Indicator – March 2018 (BBR Podcast / YouTube); Continued Expectations for State Economic Growth (Business News); February’s leading economic indicators point to continued growth into third quarter (Nebraska Radio Network); Economic indicator shows continued growth in Nebraska (Nebraska Today); Midlands Voices: NU is an investment in our state’s future (Omaha World Herald); Nebraska Business and Consumer Confidence Fall From Peak Levels (Business News); Surveys: Nebraska business, consumer confidence slip from peak levels (Nebraska Today); Report: Nebraska consumers, businesses less confident in Feb. (Lincoln Journal Star); Bureau of Business Research to Present Spring Webinar Series (Business News); Platte River diversion to Republican River would be Nebraska’s first (Omaha World Herald); Grand Island’s economy hits $1 billion net taxable sales mark for the fifth straight year (The Grand Island Independent).

University of Arizona, Eller College of Management. Brewing co-op latest sign of heady Tucson craft beer scene (Arizona Daily Star); UA economist: Arizona industries could be vulnerable to retaliatory tariffs (video) Tucson economy: MAP Dashboard (Arizona Daily Star); More Arizonans join job hunt as employment opportunities abound (Tuscon.com); Economist: Trump tariffs could cost jobs in places like Arizona (Arizona Public Media).

University of Texas at El Paso, Department of Economics & Finance. During the first quarter of 2018, UTEP Border Region Modelling Project (BRMP) personnel were interviewed for more than 18 separate television interviews aired in the USA and Mexico.

BRMP Economists Tom Fullerton and Adam Walke authored two books recently published by the Water Research Foundation:

  • T.M. Fullerton, Jr. and A.G. Walke, Improving the Accuracy of Short-Term Water Demand Forecasts, Denver, CO: Water Research Foundation, ISBN: 978-1-60573-298-5.
  • T.M. Fullerton, Jr. and A.G. Walke, Short-Term Water Demand Forecasting Manual, Denver, CO: Water Research Foundation, ISBN: 978-1-60573-299-2.

University of Montana, Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Economists offer suggestions to tackle Montana’s looming severe workforce shortage (Missoulian); Governor touts Medicaid expansion benefits with health care officials (Missoulian); I-185 Links Tobacco Taxes To Medicaid Expansion Funding (Montana Public Radio); Medicaid Expansion Stimulates Montana Economy, Report Shows (Montana Public Radio); Lawmakers should read report on Medicaid expansion (Bozeman Daily Chronicle); Bullock touts economic impact of Medicaid expansion (KPAX).