Provo has been ranked the #7 happiest city in the United States! National Geographic, bestselling author Dan Buettner, and Gallup’s social scientists teamed up to develop an index that assesses measurable expressions of happiness and identifies where Americans are living their best lives. The study established 15 metrics—from eating healthy and learning something new every day to civic engagement, financial security, vacation time, and even dental checkups—that signal happiness.
In happier places, locals smile and laugh more often, socialize several hours a day, have access to green spaces, and feel that they are making purposeful progress toward achieving life goals.
The greater message, for locals and travelers alike, is that happiness doesn’t just happen. “There’s a genesis to it. Enlightened leaders make conscious decisions to favor quality of life over economic development or political expediency,” Buettner notes.
Does a fun, leisurely ride on bikes through town followed by a great dance sound like fun to you? If it does, don’t forget to sign up for Provo’s Bike Prom! Dress up in your finest prom attire or sport your bike shorts, but be prepared to hit the town and then dance all night on Friday, October 27th from 6:00 – 10:00 pm.
The ride will begin at 6:00 pm starting at the Provo Bicycle Collective (397 E 200 N). Bring your bike and meet at the shop dressed in your prom best for a casual ride around town (about 45 minutes, 5-10 miles an hour), ending up at The Startup Building where we’ll have the most AMAZING dance party. We’re inviting local food trucks and will be cracking open a ton of LaCroix, everyone’s favorite!
Riders will meet together to cruise through town en masse, riding through iconic parts of Provo. Check out the route below:
The Provo Bike Prom serves as Provo Bicycle Collective’s annual fundraising gala but with bikes, dancing, and all of your best friends. Your ticket includes the ride, dance, and complimentary bike valet services! Add a donation during checkout to help pay for new parts on the bikes we give away to people in need!
The Provo City Redevelopment Agency (“RDA”) is a separate agency from Provo City, with the municipal council acting as the governing board, and the mayor as the chief executive officer. It is charged with revitalizing Provo’s central business district, administering Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) programs and other initiatives to help you make improvements to your home or business.
Here are some of those programs:
For your Home
Egress Window Program: Provo City code requires that all bedrooms have windows large enough for emergency escape and rescue. This means that below grade (ground) windows should have an openable area of at least 5.7 square feet. Basements and all sleeping rooms must have at least one opening, either a window or exterior door, for escape or rescue, also referred to as egress, in case of fire or other emergency.
Do you have non-conforming bedrooms in your home because the windows are too small? The Redevelopment Agency provides egress window loans/grants for low to moderate-income owner-occupants of single-family residential properties within the City. Find out more here.
Home Purchase Plus Program: This down payment assistance program began in 2000 to help individuals, couples and families buy their first house. In 2015, they helped more than 20 families purchase their first home. Available for low-income families/individuals you can learn more about the qualifications here.
For your Business
(New!) Downtown Redevelopment Improvement Program “DRIP”: Remember Provo Towne Square’s facade renovations last year? Well, this program has been expanded to include even more of our downtown!
Business owners in these areas can take advantage of up to $50,000 in grant money for eligible improvements. The new guidelines emphasize job creation in addition to revitalizing Provo. Contact the RDA for more info at 801-852-6160, or go to provo.org/departments/redevelopment/services.
For more information about Provo City’s Redevelopment Agency’s programs please call 801-852-6160.
Today’s the day! All registered voters will have their ballots mailed out today, October 17th. In the next couple of days you should see your ballots in the mail – so keep your eyes out. Voters then can make their choices and mail them back. No standing in line. No waiting. No pressure. Ballots must be postmarked on or before Monday, November 6, 2017. A drop box will also be available at the Provo City Center lobby for anyone wishing to hand deliver their completed mail-in ballot in the signed and sealed envelope.
Those who are uncertain about whether their registration status is current can check online at vote.utah.gov. If you have moved, you need to ensure your address is up to date. If you are not registered, you can get a registration form from the Utah County Clerk’s Office at 100 E Center Street or register online at vote.utah.gov by October 31st. Call 801-852-6524 with questions.
On Election Day, a voter service center will be set up at the Provo Recreation Center (320 W. 500 North) from 7 a.m. through 8 p.m. Those who do not receive a ballot in the mail or who lose it can visit the service center and cast a provisional ballot. (Bring a current ID or two items bearing their current address.) A drop box will also be available at the voter service center for anyone wishing to hand deliver their completed mail-in ballot in the signed and sealed envelope.
Meet the Candidates
Sherrie Hall Everett and Michelle Kaufusi emerged from the primary election as the candidates vying for the city’s top office in the Municipal General Election, making it possible for Provo to have its first-ever female mayor.
For City Council positions, voters can pick between George Handley and David Clark for District 2; between David Harding and Tinesha Zandamela for District 5 and Dave Sewell and Wesley Marriott for the citywide seat.
The 2017 Municipal Election is also an opportunity to take part in shaping a democratic future, a chance to speak up. I urge every Provo resident to vote. It’s important that every one of us do so. So lets all vote!
Visit voteprovo.com for candidate information, council district maps, vote-by-mail details, and election announcements.
In this day and age, electricity is a commodity (or habit) that gets taken for granted time and time again and in Provo, understanding what you use and when you use it has been a mystery – until now.
Introducing a new and improved online portal where our customers now have the ability to track their electrical consumption by the month, the day and by the hour. In addition to tracking electrical consumption, you can also track your water consumption on this same site. Both of which are great resources to monitor usage and have an idea of where our customers can conserve and make a difference.
Go to: myusage.provo.org where you’ll need to register your account. Because of the security and privacy laws we abide by, there is a utility account verification process, so you’ll need your utility bill in front of you to get the proper information, or you can always call our Customer Service Department by dialing 3-1-1 or (801) 852-6000 and they can help you with specific details on your account.
Once your account is registered, you’ll be able to dive in to some fascinating facts about your consumption, even down to the average temperature of the day and how that may have affected your electrical consumption, see what time of day you use the most power, and quite possibly, be able to use this resource as a stepping stool for energy conservation which can equate to a lower utility bill. Who doesn’t like the sound of that?
As always, Provo Power is looking at ways of offering reliable electrical service to our customers, in addition to providing tools and resources that creates an understanding of the commodity of electricity that life revolves around.
Recycling saves money AND energy and cuts down on air pollution. (It takes the same amount of energy to make one aluminum can out of new material that it takes to make 20 out of reusable material. A single salvaged aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours.) The figures are impressive but we can save more. The more residents participate, the more we all save.
Provo’s fantastic weekly curbside recycling program is for those who want to have the convenience of simply dropping recyclables into their blue can and rolling it out to the curb. Simply look at the city map at maps.provo.org and enter your home address to find which day garbage is collected at your home. Your cans will be picked up every week. Make sure your cans are out by 6:00 am on pickup day to avoid being missed. Keep in mind that your recycling can will be emptied at a different time during the day than your trash can. Please remove cans from city streets within 24 hours after cans have been emptied.
HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?
A friendly customer service rep can help you sign up for recycling at 311 or (801) 852-6000.
$6/month per blue recycling can ($2 automatic discount on black can service)
If you have a 2nd black can, switch one out for a recycling can to save $12/a month!
All plastic bottles #1-7, aluminum, aluminum & tin cans, paper products (books, newspaper, junk mail, magazines), cardboard boxes, milk cartons, soda bottles, cereal, packaging boxes, and tied together plastic grocery bags. See more here »
Don’t put yard waste or regular garbage in your blue recycling cans
Don’t put Styrofoam, glass, aluminum foil, electronics or anything with food scraps in blue recycling cans
A fine may occur if garbage is found in blue cans
You can get a green can from the city specifically for food and yard waste
Allow 3 feet of space around cans and have lid closed
Autumn is upon us. Soon all the trees and shrubs in our city will be brilliant, dressed in a host of shades of red, yellow, orange, and even purple among the varied greens. It’s breathtaking and gorgeous. It’s also a signal that winter will soon follow so now is our opportunity to dig in and organize and clean up our yards, our garages, and sheds. And Provo City is set up to help.
Dumpsters have been positioned at six locations within Provo and will be in place through November 4th, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday to Friday, and from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturdays. The remaining locations include:
➤ October 9 – October 14
1150 S 1350 W — Footprinters Park
1625 S Industrial Parkway — compost yard
➤ October 16 – October 21
2620 N 1200 E — Rock Canyon Park
1625 S Industrial Parkway — compost yard
➤ October 23 – October 28
100 N Seven Peaks Blvd — Peaks Arena
1625 S Industrial Parkway — compost yard
➤ October 30 – November 4
3850 N Canyon Road — Field
1625 S Industrial Parkway — compost yard
Be aware that the dumpsters are closed each night and nothing for disposal may be left on the ground.
Material to go in the dumpsters should be separated from yard waste and metals. Items that ought not to go into and weigh down the cans designed for household garbage are accepted into the dumpsters. Broken items that don’t qualify for everyday disposal options can go in the dumpsters, even pieces of used furniture. Please note unacceptable items include: rocks, tires, concrete, tree stumps, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, or household hazardous waste such as pesticides in the dumpsters or at the transfer station. Call the Provo City Customer Service at 801-852-6000 or the transfer station at 801-489-3027 for information and questions about what is acceptable.
Provo residents may take trash directly to the South Utah Valley Solid Waste District transfer station (2450 W. 400 South, Springville) free of charge (using the coupon on page 2 of the September Newsletter) September 25 – November 4, during normal business hours, Monday – Saturday, 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. Cover loads to avoid a $4 tarp fee. You can also find a Leaf Bag Coupon in the September Newsletter good for five free leaf bags that can be picked up at the Public Works Dept., 1377 S. 350 E. Leaf bags are collected curbside November through December.
So if you’re ready to clean out your garage, reclaim some space for your cars, now’s the time. Look around, pick up, gather the unwanted and never-used things that clutter your yard, shed and garage. Do yourself and your neighbors a favor. It spruces up your property, makes everything safer and improves the general look of our community.
Take advantage of this opportunity. It’s a good one!
Provo has been ranked #1 in the nation for Most Compassionate City! Realtor.com ranked the 250 largest cities using the following criteria:
Percentage of income donated
Percentage of people working in social services, such as special ed teachers, therapists, nurses, etc.
Percentage of people working for nonprofit organizations
Public charities per capita
Animal shelters per capita
Residents of Provo donate an impressive 6.4% of their income to charities, according to tax return data from the IRS. It’s the highest rate in the U.S. Provo residents aren’t stingy with their time, either. Volunteers can be found helping victims of child abuse at the Children’s Justice Center and serving meals for the needy at the Food and Care Coalition.
To read the full list of compassionate city rankings and the details of each, click here.
Mental Health Awareness Night is a free evening workshop for community leaders to outline and explain counseling and other resources available in Utah County to help people dealing with mental or emotional conditions. The workshop includes keynote presentations as well as informational booths from more than 30 local agencies.
If you are a community leader or hold a position for your neighborhood, church, school, or business – please save the date for Thursday, October 12th.