Land Use Agenda Noticing

The Council Development Approval Process Review (DAPR) Committee will present a significant proposal in Tuesday’s Work Meeting to streamline and strengthen the land use agenda noticing process.  The proposal would shave two to four weeks off the time to move an item from the...

Running Again

I am announcing that I am running for a second term as one of your city wide representatives on the City Council.  I have worked hard and learned much serving you for over three years.   I hope to put those lessons to good use in serving you even more effectively in a second...

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 5 (STEM education and UVEF)

At the Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum (UVEF) lunch today, speaker Sara Jones delivered a message of technology literacy.  Sara, founder and CEO of KoDefy, discussed the challenge of building great technology teams. Nationwide, there are not enough computer science graduates to...

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 3 (Stephen Hales Creative)

Friday I visited Stephen Hales Creative – a full service ad agency providing design, branding, advertising, and editorial services to their clients.  The list of current clients on their website is impressive.  The company founder, Stephen Hales, holds a BFA in graphic...

Economic Development Part 2 (Nu Skin)

Today I toured the soon to be completed expansion of the Nu Skin facility.  The current main entrance from Center Street is shown in the picture.  Inside, you will find a facility that is designed to be very functional but also to act as a showcase for thousands of distributors...

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...
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