Natalie Gochnour
Natalie Gochnour is an associate dean in the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah and chief economist for the Salt Lake Chamber.

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A hallmark of the governor’s economic summit is a mindset toward the future. As a speaker at the summit I will present several trends for attendees to contemplate as we plan for a prosperous future.
This week the light in the world got a little brighter because of renewed efforts to serve the world’s refugee population. The source of that light came from Utah. The world is a brighter place today.
Many Americans are beyond belief and need to escape for a while. Fortunately, there are many other worthy escape plans.
Conservative principles like limited government and free enterprise are lost in the rhetoric of building walls and inciting trade wars. I find myself yearning for something better.
The gravel pit will need to be reclaimed into a mix of developable and preserved lands. I envision a beautiful urban park with convenient access to the Wasatch Mountains and Jordan River Parkway.
As we continue on the path of understanding, I hope we will continue to try to find the right words to express our religious convictions and our love for people with different viewpoints.
It doesn’t matter if you are a Republican or a Democrat, you recognize the system is not working. The division between and within political parties is crushing this country’s ability to lead.
I looked into my crystal ball of world events, technology, sports and politics and have a handful of serious and fun predictions for the new year.
Next week the Christian world will celebrate Christmas. I write this column from a Christian perspective with the hope that people from all faith traditions will benefit.
This is my more personal perspective of pure Olene moxie and a life of grit, determination and sense of humor. Let us all find more inspiration and love in life as a tribute to a stateswoman who will long be re...