THIS THURSDAY: 10-11-12 Lecture Series “Coming to Our Census: Utah’s Demographic Transformation.”

Date – November 17, 2011
Time – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Place – The Leonardo, Salt Lake City, Utah

Part of the 10.11.12. Lecture Series, which features 10 urban planning professors in 2011-12.

Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Utah is in the midst of an unprecedented economic, demographic, and cultural transformation that has its origins in national and international trends. As Utah has emerged as an area of economic and educational opportunity, it has attracted new populations, particularly of young adults. These most recent in-migrants have come increasingly from other nations. As each of these new population groups has come to our state, new ideas, traditions, and possibilities enrich our communities. Importantly, these transformations are most profoundly experienced by our youth. We are privileged to be both witness to and participants in the emergence of this New Utah. Pamela Perlich’s expertise will provide an in-depth perspective on this phenomenon and its impact on Utah’s communities

Pamela Perlich, Ph.D. works as a Senior Research Economist in the Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the University of Utah, joining BEBR in 2000. Before joining the BEBR, she worked for seven years in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget concentrating on long-term economic and demographic projections. In addition, since 1998 she has served as Professor Adjunct in the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning (CMP). Her current teaching in CMP  includes courses on urban research and urban and regional analysis. She specializes in Utah demographics, applied regional economic studies, and economic and demographic modeling. She is also a faculty member in the University’s Graduate Certificate in Demography program and a member of the Center on Aging.

Recent publications include The Structure and Economic Impact of Utah’s Coal Industry, with Michael T. Hogue and John C. Downen; Utah’s Demographic Transformation: A View Into the Future; “Kennecott Utah Copper Corporation: Economic Impact on Utah – 2007 and Beyond”; “Salt Lake County’s Unique Demographics: Implications for the Aging Populations”; and “Utah’s Place in the Macro-Demographics of the U.S. in the 20th Century,” among numerous others.

Perlich is a member of the Utah Population Estimates Committee, and is the University’s primary contact with the Bureau of the Census through the State Data Center program. She serves as Chair of the Board for the Utah Council for Economic Education and is a member of the Envision Utah Steering Committee. She is also currently serving on Governor Herbert’s Education Excellence Commission. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Utah and B.S. in Economics and Business from the University of Tulsa.

The 10.11.12 lecture series is generously supported by APA Utah, EPG, FFKR Architects, Salt Lake City Corporation, the Utah Center for Architecture, and  VODA Landscape + Planning.