Blog Props from Forbes

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The blog has been so much fun for me. It’s been an unfiltered tool to communicate with residents and build the image of our great City. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading half as much as I’ve loved sharing.

Yesterday, Cheryl Snapp Conner wrote an article for Forbes about the way we use social media and specifically the “EPIC” announcement of Google was coming to town.

Give her article a read and let me know what you think. You can get it here.

Our RDA Can Beat Up Yours – But What to do with the Dollars

Our Redevelopment Agency (RDA) is asking for the community’s help.
As part of the long range planning and spending Federal HOME and CDBG dollars, the RDA has put together a survey and is asking for feedback on what you would like to see as priority project categories.
If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please contact the RDA directly at 801.852.6160.

Passport to Provo

Provo City has teamed up with Google Fiber and Downtown Provo to bring an exciting new event to Provo called, Passport to Provo! To celebrate all of Provo’s accomplishments and raise awareness of the 9/20 Google Fiber sign-up deadline, Provo will host a record-breaking scavenger hunt on Saturday, September 13, 2014. This FREE community event will send provo residents, students, family and friends all over Downtown Provo (in teams of 2-8 people) to local businesses and landmarks.  A judge from Guinness World Records will be on site to see that the record is broken, and to make it official! To break the record which was previously …


The Rivergroves had another great service project last week.Thanks to the seventy-plus neighborhood volunteers who helped make quick and enjoyable work of moving nearly 96 tons of gravel from the road to the excavated area on the two and half blocks on 800 West to prepare for a new sidewalk. We don’t keep good stats but if we did Rivergrove would be off the charts for service in their neighborhood.

Free Trees for Provo Residents

Got central air conditioning? If your answer is yes and you are a Provo resident then Provo City Power would like to help you lower your electric bill and energy consumption by offering you a free tree! Provo Power gives away trees once a year to shade homes and reduce energy consumption for their Trees for Energy Conservation Program. HOW TO GET YOUR FREE TREE Have central air conditioning in your home. Sign up for your free tree at and submit the online form located under Trees for Conservation. Once determined that you are eligible, a voucher for your free …

How to get rid of stuff

The simple truth of trash talk is that we Americans generate a lot of garbage. We represent only five percent of the world’s population yet we generate 30 percent of the total amount of the world’s garbage. So what can we do with all of the trash we produce? I’ve put together a helpful list that will hopefully answer your questions about where you can recycle glass, large items, batteries, household waste, yard waste, etc. If you notice anything missing from this list, please let me know by leaving a comment.   How do I dispose of Large Items? If it can …

Redevelopment Agency Survey + Giveaway

We need your input! The Provo City Redevelopment Agency is needing feedback from Provo residents on priorities for spending Federal dollars granted to Provo City for HOME and CDBG programs. The Redevelopment Agency is hosting a meeting on Tuesday, August 26 from 5:30-7:00 pm in the Provo City Council Chambers for residents to learn more about this process. Attendees will be able to participate in a survey and be entered in a drawing! HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) The HOME program is a federal block grant program directed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The purpose of the program is …

Jordan Avenue Flood

We received quite a bit of rain in a small time this past weekend. I thought I’d pass along a few of the pictures that our Public Works Dept captured of the damage. It should have been safely filled in today but I’ll keep updating you here.

Provo on Instagram

Every Saturday I share pictures of Provo that I find on Instagram. Trending on Instagram this week: Fresh Wednesday, Movies in the Park, and Aerial shots of Provo. 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 »

Vote for Provo Mayor Blog

The Best of Utah Valley Magazine competition for local bloggers is going on right now and guess what? The Provo Mayor Blog has made the list! It’s fun to look back and think about when I started this blog – I wasn’t even sure if anyone on the other end was reading it. I remember during the Freedom Festival parade in July 2010 hearing people shout from the crowd, “I love your blog!” It was an ah-ha moment for me. I feel like this blog has given residents a chance to get to know me. I can say things on the blog …