For the last several months, administrative and public safety officials from Provo and Orem have been evaluating the feasibility of consolidating the Provo and Orem emergency dispatch centers. After looking at the pros and cons of such a project and exploring governance, financial and human resources issues, the working group has concluded that there is a high likelihood that such a project could be successful and beneficial for the residents of both cities.

A consolidated dispatch center has the potential to reduce overhead and costs while increasing service levels. With phase one showing promise, the study team is recommending phase two include broader participation to involve employees and elected officials at the local, regional and state levels.

Phase one suggested benefits outlined by the State legislature of reduced overhead and cost of service. The preliminary findings suggest that a consolidated Provo-Orem dispatch center would increase levels of service, enhance training and advancement opportunities for employees, reduce overhead and improve efficiency, reduce physical space needs for both cities, and create opportunities for even more cooperation and collaboration between the two cities. We are encouraged the consolidation would potentially make better use of state and local tax dollars.

While phase one of the study looked at improvements with function, efficiency and effectiveness, phase two, if approved by both councils, will dive deeper into the details with a goal of determining whether to move forward. If we continue to see significant advantages to both cities and to our residents, a proposed agreement will be presented to both cities.

Several key concepts and principles outlined by the working group include:

  • Starting with a short-term contract of service with a three-year goal of establishing an interlocal agreement.

  • Having Provo City assimilate Orem city dispatch employees with favorable benefit transfer, including compensation, benefits, seniority and employment conditions.

  • Increasing overall efficiencies.

  • Improving resident service levels.

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What an amazing weekend! On Friday, we celebrated the Airport Grand Opening with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and on Saturday with a Public Open House. As we celebrated the grand opening, Breeze Airways announced it will not only begin flying out of Provo, but the airport will be the airline’s Utah base! And Allegiant Air announced new service routes to four new cities to begin later this year.

Shortly after I was sworn in as mayor, I was told that a new airport terminal was on the 20-year horizon. So, if I take a deep breath, it feels like we found a way to reach into the future and pull it forward to today. And gazing at our new airport terminal, the future never looked so good!

Provo is poised for progress but we couldn't do it without the tireless work of those behind the scenes. It took a village of city employees, colleagues, businesses, legislatures, county commissioners, advisory boards, city council members, local and state governments, and numerous other great people to make this happen.

The story of this terminal is a story of partnership. And as you can see, the Airport Grand Opening was a day to celebrate more than a building. It was a day to celebrate vision and collaboration.

Having been born and raised in Provo, I know how important the airport has been and continues to be to the economic vibrancy to our growing community.

Thank you to all who have helped the Provo Airport take flight!

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I'm excited to announce that Breeze Airways is coming to the Provo Airport with daily service to five destinations, including nonstop to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas!!!

Breeze Airways will be the second airline servicing the Provo Airport, with Allegiant announcing on April 26 of their $95 million dollar investment with a new base of operations creating 157 new, high-wage paying jobs.

“It’s been the question on everyone’s lips since we first opened our offices in Cottonwood

Heights – when are you flying from Provo?” said Breeze’s Founder and CEO David Neeleman. “We’re excited to continue growing and hiring from here, and now flying from here. The beautiful, newly renovated Provo airport will give our Guests an easy-breezy way to travel to both coasts."

Breeze opened the Cottonwood Heights headquarters in February 2020, and employs some 70 Team Members at the facility, many of whom live in the Utah Valley. In March 2022, the airline debuted the Breeze Training Academy in Salt Lake City for initial and recurrent training for its pilots, flight attendants and Guest Empowerment teams. With the new base at Provo, the airline expects to hire an additional 200 Team Members, while continuing to add jobs across a range of positions including finance, operations, marketing and human resources at its headquarters.

The Provo Airport is establishing a niche for vacationers who appreciate affordable, convenient travel without the hassle of layovers and connections.

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