About Mayor John Curtis
Provo Mayor John R. Curtis began his second term in January 2014. During his first four years the City of Provo ranked #1 in the nation for business and careers by Forbes as well as #1 for well-being by Gallop. The City has also received national recognition for quality of life, family environment, a rising tech and entrepreneurial culture, along with a vibrant downtown. With the help of the City Council, employees and residents, Mayor Curtis’ administration has brought Google Fiber to Provo, regularly scheduled air service at the airport, expanded parks and trails, and completed Provo’s state-of-the-art recreation center.
John is known for his accessibility and staying close to the residents of Provo. His cell phone number is listed on the City website and he reads and personally responds to the hundreds of email messages sent to him each day. He enjoys social media and his blog, provomayor.org isreferred to as a gotta-read-it-to-believe-it place to find news on all things Provo. It has steadily grown in popularity and reaches thousands of Provo residents each day.
On weekends John can often be seen at one of his kids’ soccer games or attempting the daunting task of beating his wife at tennis. He enjoys a good laugh, solving hard problems, and showing off his sock collection.
About The Provo Insider
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 started the Provo Mayor Blog to give residents a chance to get to know me. I’ve felt all along that if someone doesn’t like me or if they disagree with me, it is OK, as long as they know me and that is how this blog was born. I can say things on the blog I can’t say with a formal camera and the press in front of me. I can joke and be quirky and poke and prod at sensitive issues in a way I can’t in any other venue. It is an easy way to get the word out, vent a frustration, and to share some good or thrilling news. It’s my way of saying “Hello!” every day and staying in touch with all of you short of appearing on your doorstep each morning.
Thanks for visiting, reading and sharing your comments. This blog has been so much fun for me and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading half as much as I’ve loved sharing.