Provo is home to local, state and national government

(DOUG JESSOP – JESSOP’S JOURNEYS) In this Jessop’s Journeys I had the opportunity to visit with Michelle Kaufusi, Mayor of Provo. It’s a bit obvious that we were going to talk about government. The place of our visit was the top of the new town hall. There was an almost 360 degree view with many familiar landmarks. Mayor Kaufusi said one of his main goals is to plan what Provo will look like thirty years from now.

To go along with the “people, places and things you may not know” theme, it was interesting to note that a number of buildings were unknown. Did you know that Provo is a center not only for local government, but also for state and national government?

  • Local government, new 200,000 seat town hall,
  • Nationally Recognized Parks and Recreation Department and New 100ac Sports Complex Planned
  • Utah County Government Headquarters
  • Utah County Health Department Headquarters
  • Utah State Government Regional Center, 4and District Courthouse
  • BLM Region 7 Headquarters, Other Regional Federal Offices

There are over 20,000 incorporated communities in America. While many are thriving, others are struggling. Provo City sets the standard for the city, not just locally, but nationally, as evidenced by its being named the Nation of 2001. Best run city.

So what’s the secret sauce that Provo City saidcover that earned them the nickname “Central Business District of Utah County?”

City leaders call it the “Provo Advantage.” What don’t you know about Provo? You can sign up for a monthly email at discover.


Everyone has a story. I feel it strongly “stories have power”. Chances are if you’re going through something, someone else has probably been through it too. The shared experiences that humans have can help each other. That my friend points out that the stories “Help us understand each other.

You don’t have to agree with everyone, but in my opinion, if people took more time to find out more about each other and where they’re from, we might just find that we have more similarities than differences.

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With another entry in Jessop’s Travels, “People, Places, and Things You May Not Know” I am Doug Jessop.

For Doug Jessop, it all started with a cassette tape recorder he received for Christmas when he was 12 growing up in Southern California. Doug interviewed relatives, friends and anyone else who might have a good story. You can follow Doug on www.DougJessop.comto @DougJessopNews on Facebook, instagram and Twitter.

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