Get to know John

John Curtis is a longtime businessman and has served as mayor of Provo since 2010. One of the most popular leaders in the history of the city, Mayor Curtis led the transformation of Downtown Provo into a thriving business center. He's earned a strong track record of success and his achievements as mayor include:

  • Over 94% approval rating
  • Trimmed 5.5 million in the city budget in his first year
  • Scheduled service at the Provo airport
  • Over 80% of citizens say they are getting a great value for their taxpayer buck
  • $1.5 billion of investment in the city
  • Massive transportation improvements
  • Negotiated with Google to take over iProvo, saving tens of millions of dollars
  • The creation of Vision 2030, a roadmap for the future of Provo

Beyond that, over the last eight years Provo's downtown has been completely revitalized. When you walk through the streets today you can't miss the palpable good vibe in the city.

Mayor Curtis' efforts have brought Provo unprecedented recognitions:

  • #2 Best-Performing City, Milken Institute, 2016
  • #1 Most Entrepreneurial In America, Smart Asset, 2016
  • #1 Lowest Unemployment Rate, CNBC, 2016
  • #1 For Career Opportunities, Smart Assets, 2016
  • #3 Best City for Tech, DataFox, 2016
  • #1 Fastest Job Growth, Brookings Institution, 2015
  • #1 Best City to Move to, Simple Moving Labor, 2015
  • #1 For Volunteering, Corporation for National and Community Service, 2015


Quick facts about John:

  • Utah native and graduate of Skyline High School
  • Graduate of BYU with degree in Business Management
  • Speaks Mandarin Chinese
  • Known for his quirky and cool sock collection
  • Former business leader at Citizen and O.C. Tanner
  • Owner/Partner at the Action Target Company where he helped grow sales by 700% over 10 years
  • Father of six children along with his wife Sue, a physical therapist and former member of the Provo Board of Education
  • Won re-election in 2013 with over 86% of the vote, making him one of the most popular mayors in Provo's history