From Gary Garrett, 2015 Council Chair:
I'm honored to have the opportunity to serve as Chair for the Municipal Council this year. As a city-wide representative I have enjoyed being able to focus on the entire city. My wife, Jana, and I have lived in Provo for over 25 years, and I am currently the vice president for corporate relations at Nu Skin Enterprises. I'm also a Brigham Young University alumni, having received a Master's in Public Administration from the Marriott School of Management.
There are many great ways to be involved in our community and I've been able to serve with organizations such as United Way of Utah County, Downtown Provo Alliance, Transit-Oriented Development Task Force, and the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce. One highlight for me was being a subcommittee chair for Provo's Vision 2030 project because we were able to shape the strategic vision for the city.
A couple of priorities stand out to me this year. The Council was tasked with creating a sustainable budget. There are a lot of pieces to that, and we have started by examining the City's user fees to determine how direct and indirect costs should be covered as well as which items should be subsidized at some level. Other high priorities include the area of land use and the continuing work on our neighborhood master plans. There are great benefits to looking at the needs and characteristics of each neighborhood and getting input from stakeholders on their vision for the future of that area. Along with my fellow Council Members, I look forward to being part of shaping Provo's future by establishing policies that ensure financial stability and neighborhood development.