We Need Provo Flash Fans

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Have you ever wanted to be in a Flash Mob? Well here’s your chance! We are secretly taking an Adult City League Basketball Championship and turning it into the biggest event since the 2002 Olympics. And we want YOU to be part of it!

If you would like to help us fill the stands at a city league basketball game, all you have to do is meet us discretely at Provo High (1125 N University Ave) in the parking lot – west gym entrance by the Stadium at 7:00PM on Monday, March 9, 2015.

Help spread the word and bring your friends and family. Come dressed in your jerseys and be ready to make some noise! We’ll have noisemakers, signs, and face paint available for you. There will also be some amazing prizes and giveaways for the Flash Fans!

For more information & to RSVP, visit the event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1374642462858191/

Trader Joe’s Giveaway – Week 1


Last week I shared a few steps you can take to help us share Provo’s message of opportunity, community and prosperity to Trader Joe’s. One of those steps was to write a letter to Trader Joe’s. We are currently in the process of collecting all of these letters and we have already received a handful but we need more! I plan on personally delivering these letters to Trader Joe’s corporate office in Monrovia, California and we need enough letters to fill a wheelbarrow or two!

So let’s start writing our letters. Do you have a story why you love Trader Joe’s? Hate driving up to Salt Lake City or Cottonwood Heights to get your Triple Ginger Snaps? Do you dream about Speculoos Cookie Butter? Write down why you love Trader Joe’s and email your letter to provotraderjoes@provo.org or drop off your letter in the Provo For Trader Joe’s Mailbox located at the Provo 311 counter at the Provo City Center, 351 W Center Street.


To reward residents who are involved in this fun process, we will be hosting weekly giveaways and challenges! For this week, I am giving away an awesome “Trader Joe’s Goodie Bag” full of your favorites – Joe’s O’s, Triple Ginger Snaps, Cookies & Creme Cookie Butter, and a Provo Rocks Shirt!

If you would like to win this awesome goodie bag all you have to do is get your letter turned in by Wednesday, March 11. I will randomly pick 1 winner from the submitted letters.

Good luck!!

I Need Your Votes!

The Golden Post Awards – an award program for U.S. state and local government social media efforts is going on right now and guess what? I’ve been nominated as one of the top elected officials on social media! If you love reading my blog or enjoy following me on Facebook and Instagram I would love to get your votes! The contest is based off of likes, comments, and a review of the supporting materials. It would be awesome if you could vote “thumbs up” for my entry. You can also leave a comment and even share the contest with your friends and family! …

Google Fiber for Small Business!

Today, Google Fiber for Small Business is coming to Provo! Small businesses in Provo can sign up for Google Fiber’s Early Access program and get gigabit Internet for just $100 per month! Provo has already shown what’s possible when an emerging technology hub has access to gigabit Internet — from the DevMountain coding school, to a growing community at the Startup Dojo, or a geneticist who is using gigabit Internet to download an entire human genome in under an hour. We can’t wait to see what the city’s small businesses do with Google Fiber. If you’re a small business in Provo, visit Google Fiber’s website to get the …

Provo #7 Most Innovative Tech Hub

Provo has been ranked #7 Most Innovative Tech Hub in the Nation by NerdWallet! According the NerdWallet, Provo is another city that benefits from having a large community of young, well-educated workers. The national spotlight recently fell on a Provo startup, Cerebral Success, which focuses on brain health, and it earned a chance to compete on the TV show “Shark Tank.” Factors that NerdWallet considered: Number of patents per 1,000 residents. We looked at the number of patents granted in the technology class by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in each metro area from 2009 to 2013 to find the …

Casting Call for Trader Joe’s Video!

Channel 17 is filming a video at Trader Joe’s tomorrow – Tuesday, March 3 and they need Provo residents to be in the film! They will be filming the video from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Salt Lake location, 634 E 400 S. The video will be shown on TV and on Provo City’s Youtube Channel. If you are available and would like to be in the video, RSVP to Channel 17 by the end of today. Email Whitney Booth at wbooth@provo.org to confirm your availability and your interest to be in the video. We will have a shuttle leaving the City …

Yard Waste (Green Can) Season 2015

Provo’s Yard Waste Season has started and will run from March 2 through November 27, 2015. Your green yard waste cans will be emptied the same day as your regular garbage pickup. Please have your cans on the side of the road by 6:00 am. Make sure that you are only putting yard waste in your green cans. We are unable to pick up green cans with unacceptable materials in them. No rocks, dirt, sod, paper, building materials, stumps, roots or animal waste The lid should be able to close – brush/limbs no longer than 3’ or hanging over can Acceptable Materials Yard Waste: …

Provo on Instagram

Every Saturday I share pictures of Provo that I find on Instagram. Trending on Instagram this week: Provo Walls, Provo Fashion Week, Eat Downtown Provo: Black Sheep Cafe, Hot Potato, & Estrellita del Sur. If you would like to be featured in future posts, use the hashtag #Provo or #ProvoRocks when posting your picture. I am also on Instagram and you can follow me at @ProvoMayor. Check out last week’s photos here » Nice one! Thanks for the inspiration @alishastamper #nofilter A photo posted by N A T A S H I A M (@natashialaurene) on Feb 27, 2015 at …

Now That’s a Good Mayor

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com Have you seen the video clip of Mayor Barkat of Jerusalem? After a women had been stabbed he ran to the scene and tackled the man. I had the chance to meet Mayor Barkat in Jerusalem several years ago. I was impressed with him when I met him but even more so now. I loved his comment to the press when describing his actions, “The residents of Jerusalem are part of me.”  

Fat Bike Race Coming To Provo

Fat Tire bicycles came about a little over a decade ago when adventurous cyclists began modifying traditional mountain bikes to conquer the Iditarod trail to Nome Alaska. Several years later the bicycle industry slowly started to adopt the fat tire model and production began. Within the past five years this segment of off road bicycles has exploded, in part because the bikes are more than just a snow bike. Fast forward to 2013, noticing a need to coordinate the Fat Tire bicycle community in Utah Randy Gibb (Owner of Mad Dog Cycles in Orem and Provo, UT) started a group …