IMG_5654Several weeks ago I received an email from the Riddell family. It’s a pretty cool email for those of us that love Provo.  I’m pleased to announce that they have since found a place in downtown and will be new residents in January.

Hello, Mr. Curtis.

My family has been traveling the U.S. full-time in an RV for the past two years. We are originally from Iowa, but sold our home in order to embark on this long-time dream and educational adventure. During our travels, we’ve visited dozens of cities in 39 states, with Provo, UT being one of our stops last summer. The plan was to continue traveling for another year, but all members of my family just can’t seem to get that time spent in Provo out of our minds and hearts.

We are not independently wealthy or running from the law, I assure you. We are your fairly typical family of four. Somehow we managed to downsize from a 2500 sq. ft. house to a 224 sq. ft. RV — living simply, growing closer, accommodating one another’s needs and space, and learning about this great country and its people along the way. But leaving Provo actually felt like leaving “home,” and we have decided to forgo our usual snowbird winter among the palm trees and ocean breezes for a beautiful snow-packed experience in Provo.

Tim, Tracey, Lucie, & Sylvia Riddell

Seriously Thursday Night: Food Truck Roundup

Food Truck Collage

Our Downtown rocks! It rocks so much that it’s playing host to KSL’s Nightside Project for a total of 4 consecutive weeks. Last week Nightside’s Ethan and Alex visited Guru’s Cafe for a night of food and fun. This week it’s Provo Food Truck Roundup’s turn to play host to KSL news radio for a Seriously Thursday Night!

The fun starts this evening, October 30 from 7:00pm – 10:00 pm at The Startup Building Parking Lot (560S 100W). There will be lots of great trucks, music, and people!

In addition to the live radio event, the Food Truck Roundup will be giving out candy to trick-or-treaters from 5:00 – 7:00 pm! This foodtacular event invites all little trick-or-treaters and their families to come out and go trick-or-treating from truck to truck!

For more information visit the Food Truck Roundup Facebook Page.

*Be sure to stop by the KSL radio remote at the event to get a punch card & redeem it at the end of the 4 weeks to claim a prize! We’ll be giving away some awesome Provo Swag to anyone who attend 3 of the 4 evenings.

Stay tuned for the next downtown location. I will be announcing the next Provo restaurant soon!

An Important Investment

All neighborhoods are important but our central neighborhoods surrounding downtown are, in many ways, the heart and soul of our city. During the last 5 years the council has used Community Development Block Grant funds and Down Payment Assistance loans to help foster home ownership in our central neighborhoods. The Community Development Block Grant funds are federal funds that have helped pay for important improvements like the splash pad, Spring Creek Park, Franklin Park and many of our sidewalk improvements. To learn more about Community Development Block Grants visit the city web site here or here for information on Down Payment Assistance programs.

Provo Halloween Carnival 2014

Are you looking for something fun to do on Halloween? Come to the Recreation Center for Provo’s Annual Halloween Carnival on Friday, October 31 from 5:00 – 10:00 pm. Entertainment, crafts, and character meet-and-greets will give every member of the family something to enjoy. ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: How to Train Your Dragon Course – Do you have what it takes to be a dragon trainer? Go on a legendary quest and learn more about your favorite fire-breathing friends. Carnival Games – Join other ghosts, super heroes, witches, and princesses for a chance to wander the Wonderland Cake Walk, take a shot at Angry …

Downtown Provo is Terror-ific!

On Friday, October 31, Downtown Provo is throwing a terror-ific evening of free candy, pumpkin decorating, carnival games, and more! Come downtown on Halloween for trick-or-treating along Center Street from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Check out the list of events: halloween activities 3:00 – 6:00 pm Trick or Treat – Every year on Halloween, businesses on Center Street open their doors and pass out candy as Provo children of all ages come downtown to trick-or-treat. Stop by the City Center Building first (located at 351 W Center Street) to pick up your FREE trick-or-treat bag w/ coloring book, flashlight, and candy! Cookie …

Google Fiber “Hearts” Provo

Google Fiber is proud, invested, and passionate about Provo City and are excited to be a part of Provo’s future. Take a sneak peek of the video above that Google Fiber has provided for tonight’s Provo Accelerated Community Forum. Google Fiber believes that Provo is going to be a place where innovation happens – a place where we are actually going to see cutting-edge developments over the next decade that will really showcase what a Gigabit network can do to drive entrepreneurialism in a city and move people forward economically. So what are you going to do with a Gigabit? Help …

Voting Matters

Election day is on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Polls will be open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. To view voting information that is specific to you, visit vote.utah.gov, enter your address, and click on “Sample Ballot, Profiles, Issues.” If you have further questions regarding voting information contact Utah County’s Clerk, Bryan Thompson at bryant@utahcounty.gov | 801-851-8128 Early Voting You still have time for early voting! Early voting is Tuesday, October 21 through Friday, October 31, 2014. To view Early voting locations and times view the Early Voting Schedule. For more information visit: utahcounty.gov/Dept/ClerkAud/Elections Voter Information Here are some other important links and sites to help …

Provo Accelerated Community Forum

Between Google Fiber’s offering in Provo and the large number of incumbent Internet providers, Provo will be a leader in the United States for both access to broadband at homes and businesses and for the average speeds available. To ensure Provo’s success, we are engaging in a Strategic Planning and Implementation Process called Provo Accelerated. Provo Accelerated is an effort to engage the Provo community in figuring out how to maximize the value of our new status as one of the most connected cities in America. Tomorrow, October 28 we invite the community to attend our Provo Accelerated event where …

Provo On Instagram

Every Saturday I share pictures of Provo that I find on Instagram. Trending on Instagram this week: More “Rock You Provo Shirt” contest submissions, New Provo Businesses – Taste, Foxglove Flowers, & Burgess Waffles, and of course more pictures of Provo’s fall foliage. 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 » Yesterday was my first time taking skateboarding photos. I think they turned out alright. #provorocks #provo A photo …

Guns N’ Hoses 2014

Please join us for the Annual Guns N’ Hoses Football Fundraiser where Provo Police play against Provo Fire & Rescue in a football game to raise money for Sub for Santa and Fight for Cancer on Saturday, November 1, 2014. Kick-off for the charity event is at 1:00 p.m. on the Provo High School football field but come early to get a good seat, enter to win door prizes and a join our gun safe raffle. There will also be concessions so don’t forget to bring cash if you want to buy something. Everyone is invited to attend! This game is …