CONNECT ISSUE 14
Provo City is Flying High
Airports connect us to the world! Regional airports, such as the Provo Airport (PVU), provide travel convenience by connecting communities to the national airport system while creating economic opportunity locally.
Since our terminal groundbreaking in November, 2019, six new destinations have been announced, bringing millions into our local economy and adding to our travel options as residents.
Now positioned as the 2nd busiest airport in the state, Provo City is truly taking flight, but this economic momentum would not have been possible without the collaborative partnership of federal, state, county and city governments.
While the economic impact is vital, in a post-COVID world that safely allows group gatherings, family events, uncovered faces, and hugs, it’s all the more impactful to remember the human importance of everything that we do. By investing in Provo’s future, our new Provo Airport is poised to showcase our community as never before, and “Welcome Home” more visitors than ever before.
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Register today at Alerts.utahcounty.gov
Provo's Annual Road Maintenance
Public Works has started work on our annual road maintenance projects to maintain the 645 city-owned lane miles within Provo boundaries. Every five years, Public Works has a road survey performed by the Utah Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP), to evaluate the remaining service life of each roadway. Based on the information we receive from LTAP, roads are selected for the appropriate treatment and when these treatments will be most effective to extend the remaining service life for each road. These treatments may include:
Crack Sealing – fills the cracks in pavement to prevent moisture and other materials from entering and causing further damage to the roadway.
Micro Surfacing – seals the roadway with a mix of slurry seal and an overlay, as well as putting new rock down for traction.
Slurry Seals – surface treatment to seal the entire roadway and prevent water damage.
Mill and Overlays – involves grinding down the top layer of asphalt and adding a new surface.
This year’s projects include performing 22 road miles of crack seal, 6 miles of slurry seals, 7.5 miles of micro surfacing, 11 miles of mill and overlays, and installing 3,900 feet of new curb and gutter and sidewalk. The city streets that are selected this year range from the north end of Canyon Rd to the south end of 500 West and many places in between.
For more information about locations for these projects check out our construction map.
We are now taking reservations for the 2022 park pavilion season, which runs 4/15/22-10/15/22. Reservations can be made online at 311.provo.org. For questions you can call Customer Service at 311 or 801-852-6000. For a list of park details and information please visit provo.org/reservations.
Some helpful reminders:
Electricity is provided at most pavilions; with only 15 amps of power, it’s enough to run a small slow cooker, radio, etc.
Events may require a Special Park Use Application and additional fees. See the website for more information.
Pets are allowed in all parks and trails as long as they are on a leash. Please be respectful and pick up after your pet.
Tips on keeping our yards and waterways clean.
Spring is finally here!
Many of us are moving outside and making improvements to our lawns and gardens. This time of year also brings spring showers to Utah, which in turn adds to the runoff and increases storm drain flows into Provo River and Utah Lake. To protect our storm drains during this time of year, please keep in mind the following:
After mowing your lawn, sweep up grass clippings and place them into a garbage can, personal composting bin, or green waste can.
Sweep up excess fertilizer and avoid fertilizing before rainstorms to prevent pollutants from entering storm drains.
Remove dirt, leaves and other waste from the gutter to avoid clogged storm drains.
Doing these simple things helps us preserve the water quality in Provo River and Utah Lake. Thank you for doing your part in keeping our waterways clean!
Remember: “Only Rain down the Drain!”
Provo is the Nation’s
We are the champions—twice! Knowing cities drive economic growth nationwide, the Milken Institute tracks municipal economic performance focusing on job growth, high tech industry performance and quality of life. Provo City ranked second in 2020, earned the top spot in 2021 and was just announced as 2022’s Best-Performing Large City.
Of the honor, Mayor Michelle Kaufusi said:
“Securing Provo’s long-term economic vibrancy is a top priority. Being honored as the nation’s Best-Performing Large City by the Milken Institute two years running is a reflection of what we have known all along – Provo IS the best place to live and do business,” said Mayor Michelle Kaufusi.
“Access to incredible employment capital from two universities and a thriving entrepreneurship environment make Provo a great place for businesses—and our cost of living and easy access to four-season outdoor recreation make Provo a perfect place to call home.”
Mayor Kaufusi will participate in the Milken Institute’s Global Conference this summer.
Chalk talk with
On March 2, Chief Ross met with members of our community in his first “Chalk Talk with Chief Ross.” It was a great evening where several well-founded and honest questions were asked and answered.
This is one of many community engagement events Chief Ross intends to hold and be involved in. A few of his upcoming plans include; monthly serving at the Food and Care Coalition, reading to children at the library, and many more.
For upcoming events, follow our social media.
Wildfire Community Preparedness Day
Wildfire Community Preparedness Day
Saturday, May 7, 2022
On Saturday, May 7, we encourage all residents of Provo to look for ways to decrease the risk that a wildfire will impact their homes. Contrary to popular belief, most homes do not burn down from direct contact with wildfire flames or radiant heat. Instead, embers, or small pieces of burning debris from a wildfire, can land on a home or in a yard and ignite flammable items. In addition, Embers can travel up to a mile in the wind, making it even more critical for all residents of Provo to clean up flammable debris and material from their yards. The Provo-sponsored Spring Clean Up runs from March 28 to May 7 and is a great time to reduce risk around your home by cleaning up yard debris. Here are some tips as you assess your home:
Clear needles, leaves, and other debris from roofs, gutters, porches, and decks
Firewood piles can ignite from wildfire embers and then ignite your home. Keep piles at least 30 feet away from buildings.
Keep lawns mowed and hydrated. Dry grass and shrubs are easily ignited by wildfire.
Install mesh screening in the attic and crawl space vents to reduce potential wildfire ignitions.
Remove all flammable outdoor items from decks and porches (cushions, doormats, and portable propane tanks).
Dispose of debris and lawn cuttings in trash or green waste bins to reduce flammable fuels
PROVO'S FLIGHT HISTORY
Provo’s First Family of Flight
As World War II loomed in 1939, an urgent need arose for pilot training programs. With no operating airport in Provo, Merrill and Lucile Christopherson took up the call—eventually training thousands of pilots from the simple beginnings of a 2,500-foot runway built in a sugar beet field.
Pioneering Provo Aviation
Running an airport was a family affair for the Christopherson’s. Merrill managed the airport with Lucile at his side while their children lived in an apartment above the office. From 1942-1962, pilot programs included private, multi-engine and commercial training. When not used for training, Merrill gave hundreds of free plane rides to scout troops, sharing his love of flight with future potential aviators.
THE PROVO ADVANTAGE
So, what is the Provo Advantage? As the second oldest community in Utah (founded in 1850), Provo has always been and continues to be the center of Utah County and beyond.
The Provo Advantage is now a national commodity – the City has been recognized nationally as the #1 Best Performing City; #1 Most Charitable City; #3 Best Run City and numerous others.
A key advantage of Provo is that it serves as the Central Business District for Utah County being the hub for transportation with UVX, Front Runner and a new regional airport, the seat of government for Provo City, Utah County and State and Federal entities; regional medical services, education, and hospitality.
Another major advantage is that Provo has a viable and historic downtown. It is a destination environment with 75 restaurants, 35 artistic murals, live entertainment, and shopping.
One of Provo’s greatest advantages is that creative ideas and innovation have flowed from the Provo area for decades making Utah Valley a focus for technology and software development. From WordPerfect and Novell in the 1980’s, to the Provo/BYU inspired businesses of Qualtrics, Ancestry, Vivint, Podium and many more, Provo has been the seedbed for what is now called Silicon Slopes. Provo has been and continues to be a center for innovation.
Yes, there is clearly a Provo Advantage. Provo has always set a positive standard for surrounding communities and will continue to be a shining example of what a great City should be.