Provo mayor goals: Cleaner air, more women in government, financial stewardship

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Provo Mayor John Curtis rehearses for the first ever live broadcast of his state of the city speech. (Photo courtesy Provo city)

Provo Mayor John Curtis rehearses for the first ever live broadcast of his state of the city speech. (Photo courtesy Provo city)

Maintaining and improving quality of life, continuing to realize the importance of stewardship and helping city employees succeed — that is Provo Mayor John Curtis’s 2016 agenda.

Curtis gave his annual State of the City address Tuesday afternoon, and made sure anyone who wanted to watch or participate could. The speech was broadcast live and archived on Facebook (John Curtis) and Periscope (@CurtisUT), and live tweeted (@CurtisUT). There also were behind-the-scenes videos posted on Instagram (@ProvoMayor) and Snapchat (@ProvoMayor). After the speech, Curtis took questions from his in-person audience and from social media.

Quality of life

“Residents have been loud and clear that quality of life issues matter.”

  • Curtis wants more women involved in community and government. For the first time, Provo will celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8. There will be a lecture series at the city center featuring women who are business leaders, philanthropists, writers, innovators in tech and more. There also will be events and service projects that evening. Details to come on Curtis’s blog, provomayor.com.
  • “The inversion of 10 days ago was bad enough to remind all of us that we have more work to do with clean air.” Thanks for former Provo councilman Hal Miller, in several weeks the city will unveil a clean air toolkit to help residents, businesses and government reach clean air goals.
  • Curtis is committed to giving residents a high value for the new recreation, arts and parks sales tax, passed by voters in November.

Employees

“I feel like we owe it to employees to give them opportunity to improve and advance.”
Provo city is rolling out new benefits for employees:

  • Enhanced tuition reimbursement;
  • Mentoring to prepare for future leadership opportunities;
  • New software to better communicate, measure data and respond to residents.

Stewardship

“I believe, and I believe strongly, that during the last six years we’ve made more progress in laying a solid financial basis for the city than in any other time in the city’s history.”

  • Continue to invest in critical infrastructure;
  • Reduce the gap between revenue and long-term expenditures.
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Amie Rose has more than 14 years of experience writing and editing at newspapers in Utah and New Mexico. She graduated from BYU with a degree in journalism. She lives in Utah Valley with her husband, toddler and crazy dog.

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