My Last Day

Photos by Justin Hackworth

While I have been preparing my last message to you, I have been reflecting on my time as the Mayor of Provo. When I look back on all we’ve accomplished together and we’ve done some big things, I feel an immense amount of gratitude and love for the people of this city.

You have allowed me in your homes, you’ve invited me to your weddings, you’ve shown me your socks (and I’ve shown you mine), you’ve given me your passion and compassion and both have made me a better person for it.

We’ve seen downtown Provo grow with new businesses and restaurants. We built ourselves a rec center and filled it with events, activities, and parties that have brought our community closer together. We’ve made things more accessible with improvements in transportation including commercial flights to and from our airport. Provo has been at the top of lists for the best place to start a business, the best place to start a family, and the best place to live.

So how did we become an award-winning city these last eight years? You. You were the reason. Without a city full of salt of the earth, hardworking, honest and talented residents we are nothing.

You trusted our amazing employees and city leaders to help solve problems. You engaged your neighbors on important issues. You offered your solutions in meetings. You brought your children to events and taught them how to engage in civil ways. You took to social media to solve problems and celebrate success. Your contributions have made this city better and better each year.

I am grateful for all the things we were able to accomplish and hope that you are as proud of the work we’ve done as I am. In the end, the greatest success I will feel leaving this office is that more than ever we have folks in Provo who know what we mean when we say to them, “Welcome Home”.

Yesterday I officially resigned as Provo Mayor and was sworn in as US Representative for Utah’s Third Congressional District. This is bittersweet for me. I will miss my work as mayor tremendously. I feel fortunate though, that I will be able to continue on as a public servant with Provo in my constituency. Which means, good or bad, you haven’t completely gotten rid of me yet!

I look forward to working with Mayor Kaufusi and her incredible staff. I have no doubts that they will breath fresh new life into the mayor and city work. In the meantime, David Sewell, current council chairperson will be in the interim mayor. He has expressed his hopes for the next few weeks, “I have three goals during this time.  First is to keep the ship (the city) moving in the same direction at full speed, working with the excellent administrative staff that Mayor Curtis left in place.  There won’t be any sudden course changes during my brief tenure as acting mayor.  My second and most important goal is to help the mayor-elect have a smooth transition into office.  The third goal is to take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn more about how the administrative side of our city government works so that I can be more effective as I continue to serve on the Council.” For more information about the transfer, read here.

I don’t like goodbyes, so for now I’ll just say this—I can’t wait to see you again on the streets of Provo.


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Get Ready for Volume Four!

We’ve had so much fun and reaped so much joy from producing a unique and creative Christmas CD that we’re doing it again! We’ve gathered some of Provo’s most gifted artists together to create a fourth-holiday album that not only celebrates the abundance of talent in our community but helps us raise money for the United Way Sub for Santa effort. And so we are excited to announce that our annual Merry Christmas Provo album is available digitally TODAY!

That’s right! Starting today – Monday, November 13th you can purchase a digital download of the songs at MERRYCHRISTMASPROVO.COM or you can wait till Monday, November 20th to pick up a copy at the Provo City Center, Provo Recreation Center, and participating local businesses. (I’ll be posting an update on my blog soon revealing the list of participating businesses so please stay tuned.)

Each CD is being sold for $10 and ALL of the money we raise will help fund Christmas for children and families identified on United Way’s list as needing some cheer, food, and presents. So if you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift, this is a win-win!

But wait there’s more! If you order online before December 1st, we’ll throw in our entire 2014, 2015 & 2016 collection for FREE!! (While supplies last.)

And now for the album details! You’re going to love this year’s CD. There are your classics like “Deck the Halls” (performed by Pinguin Mofex), “What Child is This?” (beautifully performed by Jenn Blosil), “Jingle Bells” (lively performed by Braden Wilcox), and so much more. From the creative mind of producer Lindfield to your home, just in time for the season to get jolly! Check out the full song list below:

  1. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear – The Solarists
  2. With Wondering Awe – Julianne Brough
  3. In the Bleak Midwinter – Mia Grace
  4. Deck the Halls – Pinguin Mofex
  5. O Come O Come Emmanuel – Grey Glass
  6. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day – Goldmyth
  7. Once in Royal David’s City – Hannah McLaughlin
  8. Jingle Bells – Braden Wilcox
  9. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Salem Witch Doctors
  10. The Holly and the Ivy – Madge
  11. What Child is This? – Jenn Blosil

Press play to listen to a sample track of this year’s album:

We’ll also be rolling out music videos made for this album every day starting November 20th! In the meantime, head on over to and watch all of our amazing videos from the last few years.

As in times past 100% OF THE PROCEEDS from the sales of Merry Christmas Provo go to helping United Way’s Sub for Santa! Thanks to our great sponsors – Zion’s Bank, Google Fiber, Nu Skin, Swire Coca-Cola, and Intermountain Health Care – we are able to donate ALL that we raise this holiday season.

So how can you help? Visit MERRYCHRISTMASPROVO.COM and purchase a digital download of the songs today!

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Come Tour Two New Facilities!

We are excited to announce that the UMPA Power Plant is now operational! The benefit of the power plant near the downtown district offers stability and reliability to the electrical grid, in addition to offering a backup power option for critical city services in the case of an emergency.

We’d like to thank UMPA and CAT Wheeler Power Systems for diligently working with Provo Power and going above and beyond in the design and construction process to make the power plant look like it belongs.

Anyone is welcome to attend and tour the facilities. Please see the date, times and location details below:

Tour Details

November 15, 2017
3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Light refreshments will be served


UMPA Office
696 West 100 South, Spanish Fork

Provo Power Plant
669 North Freedom Blvd

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2017 General Election Results

The following election results have been reported on Provo’s Election Map. There are still ballots that need to be counted and the results won’t be final until the election is canvassed. Utah County will post election results again at 3:00 pm on Thursday, then on November 14th, November 17th and then finally November 21st.

The images above show the election results from last night.

The Daily Herald has updated the results from Tuesday’s municipal races for many Utah County cities. You can view the results here.

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Today’s the Day!

If you weren’t able to mail in your ballot yesterday, you can visit the Voter Service Center located at the Provo Recreation Center from 7:00 am – 8:00 pm today. A drop box will be available for anyone wishing to hand deliver their completed mail-in ballot in the signed and sealed envelope.

If you don’t have a ballot or have a problem with your ballot, you can visit the service center and cast a provisional ballot. (Bring a current ID or two items bearing your current address.)

Let’s keep Provo’s momentum going! Get out, cast your vote, and make your voice heard!

Where to watch election results?

After the polls close at 8:00 pm you can watch Provo’s election results at You can watch the special election results at

Feel free to visit if you have any questions.

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Today is the LAST day!

Today is the LAST day to mail in your ballots!

Make sure you get yours postmarked by today. The post office is requesting you take it to the counter to ensure it is postmarked by November 6th to be counted in the election tomorrow. A secure drop box is also available today and tomorrow at the Provo City Center lobby for anyone wishing to hand deliver their completed mail-in ballot in the signed and sealed envelope.

If you don’t get your ballot mailed in today, the Provo Recreation Center is the only voter service location open on Election Day – Tuesday, November 7th (7:00 am – 8:00 pm). If you don’t have a ballot or have a problem with your ballot, you 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.

As you know your local government has the potential to affect you the most and it’s important you send in your ballot TODAY!

Let’s keep Provo’s momentum going!

Feel free to visit if you have any questions.

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Guns & Hoses 2017

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 on Saturday, November 4, 2017.

Keep the date open on your calendar and bring the kids to enter a craft competition, eat a hot dog, watch the football game and cheer on their favorite team!

Activities start at 11:00 am and the football kick-off starts at 12:00 pm at the Provo High Football Field on 1125 N University Ave.

Everyone is invited to attend! This game is free to watch and there will be concessions and awesome T-shirts available for sale. You can buy a Police or Fire Team T-shirt for $10 and there are limited youth sizes available for $5.

Wrap up warm, bring the family, and enjoy an afternoon of football!

**Firehouse Subs in Provo has announced they will donate 20% of sales between 1:00 – 6:00 pm on Saturday, November 4th if “Guns and Hoses” is mentioned at time of ordering.**

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You’re Invited to Attend Provo’s Veterans Day Tribute

Friday, November 10th is Provo’s annual Veterans Day Tribute held at Timpview High School (3570 North 650 East). The program will start at 10:00 am and is free and open to the public. The Friday morning program is planned by students of Timpview High School with the support of the Provo City Veterans Council and America’s Freedom Festival at Provo.

The tribute will include musical numbers and performances by the Timpview High School Symphonic Band and Timpview Quartet. Miss Provo Laken Hemsley will give the Pledge of Allegiance, students Abby and Summer Lundberg will sing the National Anthem, students from Timpview High School will spotlight honored veterans, and the keynote speaker will be Steven Shallenberger.

Veterans are especially encouraged to attend the event, where they will enjoy inspirational music, hear from captivating speakers and attend a free lunch. Veterans and their immediate family are invited to stay after the program for a free lunch provided by Costa Vida at 11:00 am. Veterans planning to attend the free luncheon should RSVP to Timpview’s main office at 801-221-9720.

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Emergency Notification Testing + Giveaway!

FYI – On Tuesday, November 7th (Election Day) Provo City will be testing its Emergency Notification System!

It is important to note that we will no longer be testing the emergency sirens on this day since they have been taken down. Our city has outgrown the sirens – bigger trees, car sound systems and overall city noise drown out the sirens. You can read more about the siren removal here.

The best most reliable way to receive emergency notifications is to opt-in to our new method to be informed – Provo’s Emergency Notification System aka Everbridge. Everbridge, a countywide emergency alert system and Provo’s choice for residents to get information. Residents can register on their cell phone, computer, tablet and other connected devices.

This system enables us to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, law enforcement activity, missing persons, evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods, etc. 

When we issue a notification about a potential safety hazard or concern, you will receive a message on the voice or text communication methods that you have registered, such as your home, mobile or business phones, email address, text messages and more. You pick where, you pick how.

Go to to subscribe now!

Notification Giveaway

Those who subscribe before November 7th will be able to participate in the test notification AND will be entered to win a prize giveaway! A lucky winner will receive a $20 gift card to Provo Towne Centre, a coveted Provo Bike Shirt, Provo Beanie and other awesome items in their swag bag.

The city conducts this annual test so the public can experience the operation of the system before a real emergency. In the event of a real emergency, you are advised to turn to local emergency broadcast stations, KSL-AM 1160 OR KBYU-FM 89.1 for further information.

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Redevelopment Survey + Giveaway!

Did you know Provo City receives federal dollars to help fund these projects?

Maeser Park Wall Mural
Provo Town Square updated facade
Pioneer Park Splash Pad

Provo City participates in the Federal Community Development Block Grant program. The CDBG-funded activities often include, but are not limited to: acquisition of real property, relocation and demolition, rehabilitation of residential and nonresidential structures, construction of public facilities and improvements (such as water and sewer facilities, storm drain improvements, street and sidewalk repair/replacement), economic development projects, parking structures, removal of architectural barriers, park improvements and equipment, childcare, healthcare, education, job training, public safety, fair-housing counseling, recreation activities, drug-abuse counseling and treatment and the overall administration of the grant. You can learn more about the program here »

As part of our anticipation of annual funding, we are asking citizens to help prioritize the needs in our city. We need your input!

We ask that you help us by filling out this short survey:

Completed surveys will be entered into a drawing for free movie tickets! Winner will be contacted via email address given on the survey. Thank you for your feedback!

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