Board appoints founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer of proposed Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine in Provo

Dr. John J. Dougherty to assume responsibilities in July

PROVO, Utah, June 11, 2018 – The board of directors for the proposed Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine (NCOM) today announced the appointment of John J. Dougherty, DO, FACOFP, FAOASM, FAODME as founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer. Dr. Dougherty will shepherd the college through the accreditation process and identify and recruit a renowned team of professionals.
Dougherty’s appointment begins mid-July 2018.
“Dr. Dougherty is a proven transformational leader,” said Dr. Richard P. Nielsen, board member, and vice president of Wasatch Educational, the entity who will manage the development of the medical school. “He has impeccable credentials and experience ensuring the proposed NCOM will become a world-class institution of osteopathic medicine. We are pleased he will join us in the delivery of the highest quality medical education available with this new and advanced medical school.”
Dougherty and his family are relocating to Utah County. They currently reside in Henderson, Nevada where Dougherty served as Dean for the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Touro University Nevada.
“NCOM’s mission falls in line with my personal and professional philosophy,” said Dougherty. “We will focus diligently on accomplishing our accreditation. Our priority will be to gather a team of professionals to craft an innovative curriculum and design a campus that will empower our students with the essential personal and professional skills needed to transform the future of healthcare. It is truly a privilege to be selected to be part of this extraordinary opportunity.”
About Dr. Dougherty
Dougherty has a 26-year history in Osteopathic Medicine with significant experience in College of Osteopathic Medicine leadership and graduate medical education. He is Board certified in Family Medicine and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine. Dougherty holds a fellowship in three Osteopathic Colleges – American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine, and Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators. He completed the American Osteopathic Association national Health Policy Fellowship and currently instructs for the Fellowship. Dougherty also serves as an inspector for AOASM, ACOFP, Council on Postdoctoral Training, and as Inspection Team Leader for the Council of Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).
About the proposed Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine
The proposed Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine would be an independent and freestanding institution overseen by a governing board located in Provo, Utah.
Founded and located in Provo, Utah in June 1998, Wasatch Educational will manage the development of the proposed Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine. Wasatch Educational is the holding company of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. The mission of Wasatch Educational is to promote and develop healthcare education institutions.

Company matches donations during annual fundraiser to fight hunger in the U.S.

PROVO, UTAH—This year, Community Action Services and Food Bank is partnering with CenturyLink for its annual Campaign to Fight Hunger, June 4-15. During this fundraising drive, the company will match donations up to $1 million.

Nonprofits around the U.S. participate in the fundraiser, which last year raised more than $900,000 from community members and employees for food banks in CenturyLink communities. The CenturyLink Foundation then matched that amount. Since 2009, CenturyLink has donated more than 56 million pounds of food because of the drive. The company started the fundraiser in 1999, which is held during the first two weeks of June every year.

“More than 13 percent of Utah County residents are food insecure, including more than 29,000 children,” said W. Dave Smith, Food Bank Manager. “These families rely on school meal programs for their children, but during the summer those may not be available. So we need to ensure our food pantry is stocked to help these families fill that gap—and this drive will help significantly.”

To donate and have your donation benefit Community Action Services and Food Bank—and matched by CenturyLink—go to starting June 4. For more information about Community Action Services and Food Bank and how you can help the community, go to

About CenturyLink Foundation

CenturyLink’s Clarke M. Williams Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life and well-being of the people who live in CenturyLink communities. CenturyLink endows the foundation to support initiatives and encourages its employees to give time, talents and resources to improve their communities. For more information about the foundation’s work, go here.

About Community Action Services and Food Bank

Community Action Services and Food Bank is a non-profit organization in Provo, Utah that provides a two-step process to solving poverty: first, to stabilize the person and then rebuild their lives. Since 1967, the agency has stabilized persons in need by meeting their basic critical needs (such as housing and food) while providing them with the long-term solutions they need to rebuild their financial and social self-sufficiency, enabling them to break out of poverty.



MountainWest Capital Network 2018 Utah 100 Awards Program Recognizing Utah’s Fastest Growing Companies

MountainWest Capital Network (MWCN) is now accepting applications for the 2018 MWCN Utah 100 Awards, and we are inviting your company to apply.  This year is the 24th anniversary of the Utah 100 Awards Event and we continue our tradition as the pre-eminent tribute to the fastest growing and most exciting companies in Utah.  Our awards luncheon will be held on October 30, 2018 at the Grand America Hotel.

There are 3 categories: Fastest Growing, Top Revenue Growth and Emerging Elite. To qualify for consideration, a company must be a Utah-based, for-profit entity.

The Fastest Growing and Top Revenue Growth category companies must have been in business for, at least, the last five full consecutive years (2013-2017) and must have had a minimum of $50,000 in total revenue in fiscal 2013.  Winners will be selected and ranked based upon percentage increases in revenue during the five consecutive year measuring period.

Candidates for the Emerging Elite Awards are Utah-based, for-profit companies with less than five years but at least two years of operating history, and show great promise for future success.  Winners will be selected by our Selection Committee based on financial data and other factors.

MWCN encourages all companies to apply regardless of their percentage growth rate.  The percentage growth necessary to qualify varies from year to year, and if your company qualifies, it deserves to be recognized.

 There is no cost to apply.  All financial information submitted will be held confidential and utilized only by the Selection Committee.  No financial information will be published or made publicly available.  Companies selected for inclusion in the 2018 MWCN Utah 100 Awards Event will be notified by the end of August 2018.

To honor the winning MWCN Utah 100 companies, an awards event will be held on October 30, 2018 at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, with an exclusive winners and sponsors reception scheduled for the hour before the event.  Winners are encouraged to share the excitement of winning by inviting company employees, customers and other guests to the awards event.  The awards program will attract more than 1,200 attendees, who will include local business and government leaders and many media representatives.  Winners will receive a MWCN Utah 100 Award plaque. A book listing all winners and their rankings will be provided to all attendees.  Winners will also be recognized in local publications.

All applications must be submitted by June 30, 2018.  Instructions for applying are available at, where you can apply online with further directions for submitting your completed application.  Please note that there are two official application forms – the standard form for those companies applying for either the Fastest Growth or Top Revenue Growth category applications, and one for Emerging Elite category applicants.  You may submit only one application; please submit the one that fits your situation.  Questions regarding the MWCN Utah 100 Award Event should be directed to the MWCN Utah 100 hotline at (801) 966-1430 or email at

Whether your company is selected as a MWCN Utah 100 winner or not, we encourage you to attend the awards event.  Please RSVP your attendance online at  We look forward to your participation in the 2018 Utah 100 Program!


Local non-profit seeking nominations for low-income families to help Community Action Services is partnering with Feed the Children and STAR Touring & Riding to distribute food and household supplies to local low-income families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—PROVO, UTAH—Community Action Services and Food Bank is partnering with Feed the Children and STAR Touring & Riding to hold a statewide food distribution event on Wednesday, July 18. In anticipation of this event, Community Action Services is seeking the names of hundreds of low-income families who could potentially benefit from this event.

STAR Touring & Riding members will deliver up to 80,000 pounds of food to low-income families living here in Utah. Community Action Services and Food Bank is seeking out 400 families who have an income of less than 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Level to participate. Vouchers good for food and household items will be distributed  a week before the July 18 event. Families will bring the vouchers to the event to claim their boxes. The value of items will be approximately $450 per family

“Hunger is a serious problem in our community, with 13 percent of our friends and neighbors experiencing food insecurity, including more than 29,000 children,” said Karen McCandless, executive director of Community Action Services and Food Bank. “But we can make a difference and end hunger, especially with help from groups like STAR Touring & Riding.”

The STAR Touring & Riding event will be held 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, July 18, at the the Lindon Walmart, 585 S. State St., Lindon. To nominate a family, please contact Community Action Services and Food Bank at (801) 373-8200. For more information about Community Action Services and Food Bank, visit For more information about STAR Touring & Riding, visit

About Community Action Services and Food Bank

Community Action Services and Food Bank is a non-profit organization in Provo, Utah, that provides a two-step process to solving poverty: to first stabilize the person and then rebuild their lives. Since 1967, the agency has stabilized persons in need by meeting their basic critical needs (such as food and housing) while providing them with the long-term solutions needed to rebuild their financial and social self-sufficiency, enabling them to break out of poverty.

About STAR Touring & Riding

STAR Touring & Riding is a family motorcycle riding organization committed to giving back to its members’ communities. The organization has partnered with Feed the Children since 2001 to combat hunger in the U.S. In addition to the 80,000 pounds of food and supplies it donates to hungry families at its annual STAR DAYS event, it’s raised more than $1.1 million for Feed the Children in the past few years and organized local food drops in communities around the country.

Declan Roe: Clothing for a Cause Catches Immediate Traction

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Provo, Utah: Declan Roe is a local children’s boutique website that donates 15% of its profits to families struggling with the rising cost of adoption/IVF due to infertility. In less than two months of business, Declan Roe has exploded, and has already pledged $5,000 to the annual infertility auction hosted by its non-profit partner on September 8th.

Customers are raving about their experiences:

“It can’t get better than this darling shop!” – Angie D.;

“Declan Roe is THE place to shop for children’s clothing”- Liz M.; “Cute Clothes + Giving Back = Huge WIN”- Angie D.

With cute clothes, free/fast shipping, amazing customer service, and of course, giving back, it is almost impossible not to love this company!

About Declan Roe: Declan Roe was started by a family that had personal experience with the devastating effects of infertility. Upon seeing the extremely high costs of adoption and IVF, they wanted to help others that were going through similar, difficult experiences. With Declan Roe, they are able to fulfill that dream.

Utah Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau unveils new name and branding to encourage visitors to ‘Explore Utah Valley’

New branding reflects the valley’s unique urban vibe and stunning natural beauty

PROVO, UTAH—May 30, 2018Melding the accessibility of Utah’s stunning natural beauty with the vibrancy of an eclectic urban community, the Utah Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau unveils a new name as well as a new vision, inviting residents and visitors alike to experience every city, escape into nature and make memories by exploring Utah Valley. 

The Utah Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau will now be known as Explore Utah Valley (, a name and brand capturing the true spirit of this county located in the heart of Utah. 

“Utah Valley uniquely combines urban adventures and beautiful mountain escapes,” said Joel Racker, president and CEO of Explore Utah Valley. “Utah Valley offers family-friendly, award-winning entertainment and dining options and is a short drive to world-class mountain playgrounds as well. brings the best of Utah Valley together to help you plan all of your activities.”

Whether it’s a mom trying to keep her children active and entertained during the summer months, a wife looking for date night ideas beyond dinner and a movie, a family in a nearby state looking for a great weekend escape, or a group of young single friends hoping to discover the latest up-and-coming band, offers a wide variety of ideas appealing to all interests, budgets, activity levels and beyond. 

Utah Valley’s travel economy generated more than $500 million in taxable sales in 2017, resulting in $17.2 million city and county tourism taxes. These statistics reflect the number of visitors near and far who are exploring an array of Utah Valley activities, ranging from mountain and lake adventures to dining and cultural events, confirming that the county is an ideal location for family explorations, group events and more.  

When looking to build memories, create family traditions, discover new adventures and take time to truly explore Utah Valley, visit for details on all the activities, festivals, recreational opportunities and shopping and dining options found in Utah Valley.

About Explore Utah Valley

For busy people who want to strengthen connections, provides quick family-focused escapes in the heart of Utah. Utah Valley offers a welcoming culture, picturesque mountain vistas and an array of affordable season-specific experiences that are conveniently close while still fitting everyone’s tastes. Discover travel the way it should be—easy, inviting and memorable. Visit for more information on events, dining, shopping, recreational opportunities, mountain excursions and other family-friendly activities. 

Axe-Throwing Craze Continues to Grow in Utah County

Prodigious Entertainment Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to be held Friday, June 1, 2018

PLEASANT GROVE, UT – Prodigious Entertainment (P.E.), an entertainment venue featuring axe-throwing, spear and atlatl-throwing, and virtual reality gaming, will hold its Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony this coming Friday, June 1, 2018 at 564 W 700 S, Suite 201 in Pleasant Grove at 4:00pm.

P.E. is founded by local BYU graduates Taylor Reynolds and Michael Albright, both of whom are military veterans. The concept behind P.E. is to provide groups with unique experiences in a relaxed, social environment. “We want our guests to have fun and form deeper connections with their friends and co-workers as they participate in our activities. It’s all about creating an experience that everyone will enjoy while also encouraging conversation and easy-going competition,” says Taylor Reynolds.

P.E. was built with large groups in mind and can host up to 80 guests at a time but is also open to groups as small as two, which makes it perfect for corporate events, group dates, family outings, church youth groups, birthday parties, and bachelor / bachelorette parties. Jake Conlin, who lives in Utah County, shared about his recent experience: “This place is so much fun! My friend set us up to come for my bachelor’s party and it was a blast. The staff was so friendly and fun. We loved competing in group contests and the root beer was amazing.”

Reservations are strongly encouraged, but walk-ins will be accommodated as much as possible. When customers arrive, they are assigned a Hospitality Coach to ensure they are able to pick up the skills necessary for the various games utilized with each attraction. As Taylor likes to say, “this will be the best ‘PE’ you’ve ever had.” P.E. offers special rates for larger groups, and outside food and drink is allowed although you’ll be tempted to try some of the gourmet root beer they keep in stock. P.E. is open to guests ages 12 and up. Minors (guests under 18) must have a liability waiver signed by a legal guardian. For more information customers can visit the P.E. website at


Utah County Commission approves tax break for mystery Eagle Mountain data center

Story by Katie England – Daily Herald
Photo by Evan Cobb – Daily Herald

From left, Utah County Commissioners Greg Graves, Nathan Ivie and Bill Lee are seated at the head of the Commission Chambers on Tuesday Feb. 13, 2018, in Provo.  

The Utah County Commission approved an inter local agreement — with some contingencies — Tuesday morning, giving a tax break to a data center looking to build in Eagle Mountain.

The agreement between Utah County and the Eagle Mountain Redevelopment Agency creates a community reinvestment area, which is an economic development tool used by municipalities to allow those building within the project area to put money towards development that otherwise would have been spent on taxes.

Eagle Mountain City Administrator Ifo Pili told the commissioners Tuesday that the project area is more than 400 acres in Eagle Mountain between a wastewater treatment plant and a mink farm.

According to the agreement, the project area contains “vacant and underutilized land,” which is anticipated to be developed as a data center. The data center is not named in the agreement.

A 1,000 percent return on investment is expected from the proposed development, Pili said, and the company is planning on investing more than $100 million in infrastructure. Pili said Eagle Mountain began actively seeking to bring data centers to the city about 10 years ago.

The project area has historically generated a total of $66 per year in property taxes split among the various taxing entities including Utah County, Eagle Mountain and the Alpine School District. The school district receives about $40, or 60 percent, of the $66 the property generates currently. Upon full development, the data center is expected to produce more than $8.3 million per year for all the taxing entities, according to the interlocal agreement with Utah County.

The commissioners expressed several concerns with the proposed contract, and originally proposed delaying a decision to work out language, but Pili said the timeline was tight and asked for the language to be worked out in the meeting.

The Alpine School District Board of Education voted May 16 to delay their vote on a similar agreement with the Eagle Mountain Redevelopment Agency, and will likely vote on the agreement Wednesday. Eagle Mountain has already approved its part of the deal.

The redevelopment agency is requesting the city, county and school district to agree to the tax break in the community reinvestment area for a specified period of time.

The property would be developed in different phases, and the agreement outlines that the county would remit, or give up, 100 percent of the county’s portion of the annual tax increment generated from personal property tax within the project area, and 80 percent of the annual property tax.

Pali said that the company, though asking for the tax break, will pay all impact and development fees in full.

That money, which would normally be paid as taxes, would instead be reinvested back into the development including into construction of buildings, infrastructure improvements and other development costs, the interlocal agreement states.

Nathan Ivie, chair of the Utah County Commission, said he was concerned that there was not a performance guarantee specified in the contract ensuring that the company would do what it said it would do, and Commissioner Bill Lee echoed the concern, saying the county needed something in the agreement that was measurable.

Pali said the company will have to put in infrastructure before the tax incentive will really benefit them.

“They have to make all these investments before they get a dime of anything,” Pali said. “If they were to leave and say no, six months from now, we’re out nothing. Not even a development fee.”

When the commission passed the contract, it stipulated several changes, including stipulation that company will not receive any tax increment past 2059, in the 40th year of the project, and that the tax break was conditional on the infrastructure being completed as outlined in the development agreement with Eagle Mountain.

The commission also put a condition on the passing of the agreement that it is contingent to passage by the Alpine School District.

Expressing support for the agreement was Theresa Foxley, president and CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah.

When the agreement was discussed by Alpine School District, Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce President Rona Rahlf spoke in favor of the project, as did Val Hale, the executive director at the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

The agreement states that Utah County has determined that significant additional tax revenues will likely be generated by the development of the project area, though that development is not likely to happen in the foreseeable future or to the degree desired without the tax break to encourage the development activity.

Business Spotlight May 2018: Blendtec

Blending form and function
Blendtec’s founder continually strives for improved innovation
It all started with an inferior wedding present. When inventor and entrepreneur Tom Dickson and his wife got married in 1968, like most newlywed couples, they received a blender as a wedding present. That thoughtful gift didn’t last long, however, prompting the ever-inventive Dickson to begin tinkering, seeking out ways to improve this common kitchen appliance.
Amid his tinkering, Tom, a BYU Manufacturing Engineering graduate, first turned his attention to another kitchen appliance — a wheat grinder. The Kitchen Mill, weighing just eight pounds, launched in 1975 and produced flour twice as fast and twice as fine as a 60-pound stone mill. Capitalizing on the success of The Kitchen Mill, Tom continued on to then invent the Mix N’ Blend, an all-in-one kitchen mixer and blender that mixed four times as much dough as competitors and out-blended other commercial blenders.
Blendtec-Chef775-ImageWith the rise in popularity of smoothie shops in the ‘90s, Tom refocused his attention back on the blender, eventually creating the Blendtec Total Blender. Today, Tom’s company boasts more than a dozen different residential and commercial Blendtec models that are used in businesses and homes in more than 90 countries.
Over the years, Tom has been credited for creating a number of blending firsts, including the first self-serve smoothie machine, one-touch pre-programmed settings, and the quietest high-powered commercial blender available. In addition to his drive to continuously improve his blender designs, launching new models and accessories on an ongoing basis, Tom gained notoriety for his viral, CLIO award-winning “Will It Blend?” video series, where he would pulverize everything from the latest iPhone to a wooden broom handle, all to prove the speed, durability and power of his invention.
Establishing his company in Orem more than 40 years ago, Tom is extremely proud to proclaim that not only are his blenders manufactured here in the USA, they are also made right here in Utah Valley.
“We made a commitment early on to have the highest-quality products without sacrificing a good environment for our employees,” Tom said. “Supporting our local economy and employee base is at the top of our priority list. In return, we have a wonderful and loyal employee force who truly care about what they do.”
Blendtec constantly strives to make a difference by creating more jobs and bringing quality manufacturing back to the USA. Today, Tom is still actively involved in the day-to-day operations at Blendtec in his roles as founder and chief engineer. He is a prominent figure in the community and in 2014 donated $2 million toward the construction of The Museum of Natural Curiosity. As recognition and appreciation for his contribution, the museum’s education arm will be named The Dickson Academy of Curiosity.
To learn more about Blendtec or to search for delicious and healthy recipes, visit

Clyde Recreation Center in Springville

The Clyde Recreation Center will hold ribbon cutting on May 16, 2018 at 7 pm and is set to open on May 24, 2018

SPRINGVILLE, Utah, May 9, 2018 — A ribbon cutting for the Clyde Recreation Center will be on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 7 pm and will be immediately followed by an open house. Attendees can also purchase or finalize their memberships for the center at the event. The center will officially open on May 24, 2018. It will be open Monday through Saturday, 5 am to 10 pm.

The Clyde Recreation Center is the first of its kind in South Utah County. It will offer many amenities and services including fitness classes, swim lessons, party rooms, gymnasium, leisure pools, competition pool, water slides, play areas, outdoor pool, hot tub, child care services, workout equipment, indoor track, youth camps, and concessions.  Tom Holdman, a local artist was commissioned to create the beautiful stained glass windows.

For more information, you can find the Clyde Recreation Center online at or on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Penn Almoney is the Recreation Center Manager and may be reached at 801-491-7881.