Digital Literacy

I recently learned of a free online course offered by United Way of Utah County that is such a good resource that I wanted to share it.  It is part of their effort to increase digital literacy in Utah Valley and is called “Empower Provo: Get Online for Good“.  In...

STEM Education Success Story – Parental Involvement

Earlier this year, Timpview High School cancelled its design classes – including a Computer Aided Design (CAD) class that my youngest son had taken.  He learned so much in the class that he now works after school a few days a week helping the engineers at my company with CAD...

Economic Development Part 4 (Sewell Direct)

My best credential for economic development and job growth is that I have actually created jobs in Utah Valley – about 50 of them.  This article helps you understand my background as an entrepreneur by introducing you to the company I founded – Sewell Direct. I started my career...

Economic Development Part 1 (Kirkham Motorsports)

Today I toured a very interesting small business in Provo – Kirkham Motorsports. According to the company’s website, they have become one of the leading manufacturers in the component car industry. It all began in 1994 when brothers David and Thomas Kirkham were restoring their...

Chamber of Commerce Executive Summit

Last Wednesday the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce held their annual Executive Summit at Sundance. I was glad that I attended – it was an amazing event that stimulated my thinking in a number of areas.  Chamber President Val Hale and Executive Vice President Donna Milakovic...

Nanning – Provo’s Sister City in China

Today Provo hosted a delegation from its sister city in China – Nanning. I took the first picture at a luncheon honoring Mayor Zhou Hongbo of Nanning, and his delegation of 5 city and district officials. I was invited to the luncheon because my company does a lot of...

Provo Primary Election

Provo has an easy tool to help you find out where to vote. Enter your address and in the left column, click on “My Polling Place” at the top is your polling place. Provo City tries to use the same polling locations for elections in odd-numbered years as Utah County...

Balance and Synergy

Our first cottage meeting Tuesday night, at the home of David and Christie Margetts, led to an important discussion about the proper roles of the executive (administration) and legislative (Council) branches of our city government. My belief is that the Council currently leans...

Balance – Developers and Neighborhoods

What is the significance of the 16 acre parcel shown in this Google Earth image? For many years it had been the subject of contentious debate between a developer who wanted to change the General Plan designation for it (since 1997 it had been designated for detached single family...