• Michelle

Provo-Orem has been ranked #3 Most Dynamic Metropolitan by Heartland Forward! Provo has become an entrepreneurship haven. Over the last two decades, the region has experienced phenomenal technology sector growth building on STEM talent graduating from Brigham Young University. The tech boom has attracted new residents to the region and supports an expansion of advanced manufacturing around technology components. The result has been one of the fastest GDP growth rates in the country.

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  • Michelle

Everyone in our community remembers where they were when they heard the iconic Provo Tabernacle had been destroyed by fire. For many, it seems unbelievable that 10 years have passed since that early morning of Dec. 17, 2010. Some people wept as they tried to focus their camera lens on the charred building. Others looked on with dismay. Cars drove by at a snail’s pace, their occupants looking at the singed remains. Residents of Provo and elsewhere were in shock about the news the tabernacle was destroyed.

Shock of a different kind was also felt when news was announced of its unexpected transformation into the Provo City Center Temple. As I heard this official announcement my heart filled with great emotion. Thankfully, the tremendous loss of this beloved community gathering space ultimately became a community win as it continues to be a beautiful reminder of Provo’s history and a key contributor to our downtown economic vitality.

And our downtown hasn’t been the same since. The new addition to our downtown has been transformative. Until the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, businesses had been booming, mixed-use apartments had gone up and more people were coming to Provo to work, live, shop and play. Perhaps in 10 years residents will contemplate the 20th anniversary of the tabernacle burning and the 10th anniversary of the worldwide pandemic and say how bittersweet it was, but look at what good things have happened since.

Please read the full tribute article about the Provo Tabernacle on the Daily Herald here.

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  • Michelle

2020 has been a rough year! In a year filled with political arguments, health concerns and community unrest, we are all feeling worn down by the negativity. We wanted an easy way for everyone to end 2020 on a note of positivity. We can all definitely use it. Provo School District, Provo Kindness, and Provo City are hoping a little community gratitude will help.

CommUNITY Gratitude Trees encourages all to celebrate the season by honoring their personal hero, whether that is a parent, a sibling, a teacher, a coworker, a frontline worker or even stranger who gave an unexpected gift of kindness. Who made 2020 more bearable? Let’s give them a shout-out.

Citizens can participate either in-person or online. Just download your printable here and then follow these steps:

  • Color the ornaments

  • Write a message to your hero on the back

  • Personally hang your ornament on one of three CommUNITY Gratitude Trees located at Provo City Hall in 311 Customer Service, Provo Police, or at Peaks Ice Arena

  • Those not wanting to hang their ornament, can post on their social media or ours with the hope being that we can brighten up online with a colorful wave of gratitude

Continually building on the culture of kindness in Provo is exactly why the Provo Kindness Initiative was established in September. This activity does exactly that as adults and youth alike remember the kindness they've received this past year and make a small effort to honor the person(s) who made their world a little better.

As we focus on the good, we will create more kindness and goodness in the process. We are looking forward to more fun family and community activities during our first annual Provo Kindness Week on February 15-19!

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