Provo Mayor Signs Property Title Transfer Clearing Path to Proposed Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine

Developer obtains property title; design and construction on new East Bay Golf holes to begin

PROVO, Utah, Oct. 9, 2018 – Following an extensive and productive process working with the Provo Mayor’s office, Provo Municipal Council and other involved parties to approve and obtain the location for the proposed Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine (NCOM), Provo Mayor Michelle Kaufusi signed a title transfer to the developer for Wasatch Educational to acquire the property. here.>

The proposed medical school site location is on approximately 21 acres of the northwestern portion of the East Bay Golf Course, which was approved as surplus property by the Provo Municipal Council in January. An additional 7.8-acre contiguous parcel was purchased by the developer from a private source to expand the site location.

Under the agreement, the developers of the proposed medical education campus, which will include the proposed NCOM campus as well as the relocated Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions campus, will fund relocation costs of three current golf holes to the southeastern portion of the course. These new holes will be designed, relocated and playable before construction on the proposed medical education campus begins possibly by the end of 2018.

“This is an exciting time for Provo,” said Dr. John J. Dougherty, founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer of NCOM. “We are grateful for the work of Mayor Kaufusi, the Provo Municipal Council and City Administration to make this all come together for the benefit of the people of Provo and Utah. This planned medical education campus will give the students the opportunity to pursue whatever specialty they choose in medicine helping to address the growing medical shortages throughout the state.”

“Provo is a college town through and through,” said Kaufusi. “Education is at the heart of what we’re all about here. So, I’m very excited about the addition of a proposed medical school here in Provo.”

One of the critical goals of the proposed medical school is to recruit, train, and retain students in Utah. “Our plan is to have no less than 50 percent of our enrolled students from or with ties to Utah,” said Dougherty.

Along with other medical schools in Utah, the proposed NCOM would supply doctors to help offset a growing physician shortage. Research from the Utah Medical Association Council estimates that Utah will need approximately 375 new physicians each year to meet increasing access to healthcare needs. In 2015, the American Medical Association ranked Utah 49th in primary care physicians to population ratio and 43rd in overall physicians to population ratios.

Named after the Ray and Tye Noorda Foundation, who funded a significant portion of the money for the project, the proposed Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine is positioned to be a premier, world-class medical education and research institution. The proposed curriculum will be a new hybrid based on some of the most innovative and progressive medical education programs in North America designed to prepare physicians to provide high-quality healthcare with a focus on wellness.

The Noorda financial commitment, along with a significant funding commitment from the developer, provides the majority of the funds needed for construction and operation of the proposed Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine.

“The proposed NCOM will not cost the taxpayers a penny and may make a large economic impact to the county each year,” said Dougherty.

According to a recent independent economic impact study by Bonneville Research, the proposed Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine could potentially provide more than $62 million in the construction business, 236 construction-related jobs and bring more than 121 institution-related employment positions to the county. It may attract other health, medical, biomedical, biotechnology, retail, and related spin-off businesses.

In a later phase, a new Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions campus will be built adjacent to the proposed medical institution. At full operation, the local economic impact of the combined schools could be approximately $100 million annually and could include 1,500 jobs with more than $83 million in the construction business. All of this may increase the property tax base including an estimated $8 million directed to the Provo School District in the first 15 years.

The development plans include significant green space in and around the proposed medical education campus, creating a park-like atmosphere to protect and preserve the environment, nature, wildlife, and birdlife.

“Preserving the natural beauty and environment of the existing East Bay Golf Course and that wildlife and birdlife is undisturbed is one of our highest priorities,” said Dougherty. “We intend to have lots of green space, walking trails, biking trails, and preserving the existing golf course waterways as we design the proposed medical education campus.”

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 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.

Cushman & Wakefield’s ‘Tech Cities 2.0’ report profiles 25 North American cities making their mark in Tech

Tech Cities 2.0 highlights the tech industry’s critical impact on commercial real estate in the Salt Lake City and the Provo-Orem areas

 Salt Lake City, September 27, 2018 – Cushman & Wakefield today released Tech Cities 2.0 an annual report that identifies existing and emerging tech centers increasingly driving the North American economy and details their impact on the commercial real estate sector.

“Over the past few decades, Utah and in particular Salt Lake City and Provo-Orem areas have been at the heart of technological innovation,” said Gary Mangum, Managing Principal of Cushman & Wakefield in Salt Lake City. “The new Tech Cities 2.0 report validates that the Utah economic stability and growth is due in no small part to the many tech companies have been established in Utah as well as the many global brands that are choosing to lease additional office space in Salt Lake City and in the Provo-Orem area.”

A follow-up from last year’s inaugural Tech Cities 1.0 report, this year’s research reviewed all major North American markets, and groups the top cities into three categories based on how important the tech sector is to the local economy and real estate market: ‘tech is a critical component’ / ‘tech is a key driver’ / ‘tech is important’.

“As tech companies continue to dominate headlines and grow, a key question is how this affects commercial real estate. Building upon our inaugural Tech Cities report from last year, Tech Cities 2.0 offers new data and a further in-depth analysis of the marketplace,” Revathi Greenwood, Cushman & Wakefield’s Americas Head of Research, said.

“Tech is no longer limited to just traditional technology companies – media companies, retailers and even law firms are competing for the same spaces and talent as traditional tech companies. While the result can be seen in nationwide trends, we’ve identified key insights that impact companies across every industry,” Greenwood said.

Ken McCarthy, Cushman & Wakefield’s New York-based Principal Economist and Applied Research Lead for the U.S. said Tech Cities 2.0 demonstrates the profound impact the tech sector has had on commercial real estate in what appears to be one fell swoop but has been building since the financial crisis of 2008.

“Although we expect established markets like Silicon Valley to see continued investment, new tech hubs are emerging across North America, from Provo to Philadelphia, sustaining a period of tech-driven, economic growth unseen since the dot-com boom of the late 1990s.”

McCarthy said New York City had seen significant growth in the TAMI sector (Technology, Advertising, Media and Information). “If Silicon Valley is the brains of the tech sector, then New York City is the creative center. In this cycle, tech has been very important to New York City. TAMI employment growth has been much stronger than many other sectors and that growth has been centered in that Midtown South of Market, and that market in particular has seen significant growth in terms of both property values and rents.”

The tech industry has changed the way its companies and also those traditionally non-tech approach commercial real estate said Robert Sammons, Cushman & Wakefield’s Senior Director, Northern California Research.

“Both start-ups and big tech companies have recognized they need a footprint in the central cities to keep attracting millennial workers, and as a result, they are taking large chunks of high-rise buildings and trophy assets in dense urban areas – in addition to keeping their sprawling campuses in the suburbs,” Sammons said.

As well, he added that tech companies are driving demand as they continue to hunt for space and grabbing it in certain hot markets when they can find it. “With unemployment at 4.0% or lower in each of these markets, tech companies of all sizes are in a war for talent and must do their utmost to hold on to and recruit employees – and that means the best salaries, the best incentives, the best space and the best location. That last point has generally meant an urban or even suburban location that is mixed-use, walkable, bikeable and near mass transit,” he said.

“The trend for the start-ups and tech companies to occupy large spaces in metropolitan areas is occurring all over North America and especially in the cities our report identifies as ‘Tech is a critical component of the local economy and CRE market,’” Sammons said.
Combining employment, occupations, venture capital investment, and demographics statistics, this year’s list from Tech Cities 2.0 is separated into three major categories:

  • Tech is a critical component of the local economy and CRE market:
    • Austin
    • Boston
    • Provo
    • Raleigh/Durham
    • Salt Lake City
    • San Diego
    • San Francisco
    • Silicon Valley
    • Seattle
    • Washington, DC Metro
  • Tech is a key driver of the local economy and CRE market:
    • Atlanta
    • Dallas/Fort Worth
    • Denver
    • Minneapolis/St. Paul
    • Montreal
    • Portland, OR
    • Toronto
    • Vancouver
  •  Tech is important to the local economy and CRE market, but there are other important sectors as well:
    • Baltimore
    • Charlotte
    • Chicago
    • Greater Los Angeles
    • South Florida
    • New York City
    • Philadelphia

Key findings from Tech Cities 2.0 include:

  • In the first of half of last year, 42% of the square footage in the top 100 leases in North America were signed by tech companies.
  • The fastest growing tech employment market since 2010 is Provo, Utah. Though a smaller market than the others on the list, the number of people employed by tech companies increased 64.9%, surpassing the 62.7% increase in San Francisco.
  • Average asking rents in cities like Atlanta, Austin, Seattle, and San Francisco have increased more than 50% since 2010.
  • Property prices are skyrocketing. Among the Top 25, property prices have increased on average by 59%, with the greatest increases happening in Austin, Silicon Valley, and San Francisco.
  • Cities that are targets for venture capital funding are the most important tech cities in North America. Among the Top 25, VC funding grew by an average of $2.0 billion compared to $457 million for the top 101 markets.
  • The top four cities for new construction are all cities where tech is a critical factor in the local real estate market, including: Austin, Raleigh/Durham, Seattle, and San Francisco.

Bank of Utah to Acquire American Bank of Commerce

unnamedOGDEN, Utah, Sept. 13, 2018 – Two great, Utah-owned banks will soon join forces as BOU Bancorp, Inc., the holding company for Bank of Utah, plans to purchase AmBancorp, the holding company for American Bank of Commerce (AmBank). Douglas L. DeFries, President and CEO of BOU Bancorp, Inc. announced that both boards of directors have approved the merger and a definitive agreement has been signed. The transaction will be subject to approval by regulators and AmBancorp shareholders and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018. The three AmBank locations, with over $75 million in deposits, will bear the Bank of Utah name in Lindon, Provo and Heber City, Utah following the purchase. This will be the fifth acquisition in Bank of Utah’s history.

Bank of Utah currently operates 14 full-service bank branches, additional mortgage offices in St. George, Price, Logan and Sandy and trust services in both Ogden and Salt Lake City, Utah. The merger will increase Bank of Utah’s presence in Utah County by adding two more retail branches and will add the first Bank of Utah branch in Wasatch County.

“The union of these two great Utah organizations will provide a strong set of local banking experts and the most up-to-date products and services for individuals and businesses in what will be 17 deposit branches from Logan to Provo,” said DeFries. “We are very pleased to create a stronger, independent, Utah-based network of retail bank branches, with combined assets of over $1.4 billion.”

“The partnership with Bank of Utah allows our trusted bankers to continue offering locally-processed and financed commercial and residential loans, with the significant new benefit of more robust cash management services and greater choice in deposit accounts and online banking,” noted Leonel E. Castillo, President and CEO of AmBancorp. “Further, our customers will now enjoy trust services, including self-directed IRAs, insurance offerings, wealth management, larger lending limits and other excellent services. We are confident that our customers and staff will experience a smooth transition and will soon greatly appreciate the new opportunities available.”

BOU Bancorp, Inc. was advised in the transaction by Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, A Stifel Company, as financial advisor, and Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP as legal counsel. AmBancorp was advised by Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P. as financial advisor and Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough, PC as legal counsel.


Pamper Yourself, Shop and Help a Local Charity at Shopping Extravaganza at Outlets at Traverse Mountain

PROVO, UTAH—September 6, 2018—Enjoy lunch, a chocolate dessert bar, extra shopping discounts, swag bag and more, all while giving back to a local charity at the Sixth Annual Shopping Extravaganza on Saturday, Sept. 29. Tickets for the fundraiser held at the Outlets at Traverse Mountain in Lehi are $25 with $15 from every ticket going to the buyer’s charity of choice, which this year includes Community Action Services and Food Bank.

Each ticket holder will have access to exclusive discounts and saving offers, chocolate tasting at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, drinks and desserts in the Diva Lounge, and a special shopper lunch. They’ll also be entered to win fantastic prizes, including more than $30,000 in gift cards to participating retailers at the Outlets at Traverse Mountain. The fun starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, and tickets are available now.

Last year shoppers raised more than $30,000 for charities along the Wasatch Front.

“We live in a community full of generous people and businesses,” said Karen McCandless, executive director of Community Action Services and Food Bank. “We’re excited to be part of the Shopping Extravaganza this year — an event where people have fun while donating to their favorite charities.”

The Shopping Extravaganza, sponsored by Mountain America Credit Union, goes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at 3700 N. Cabelas Blvd. in Lehi. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online at And don’t forget to designate your charity of choice! To avoid processing fees you can purchase tickets at Community Action Services and Food Bank at 815 S. Freedom Blvd., Ste. 100, Provo, or email Carol Barker at For more information about the Outlets at Traverse Mountain, visit


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 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. For more information, go to


The Outlets at Traverse Mountain is located in Lehi Utah just off of I-15, exit 284. It is the first and only outlet in Utah County and brings with it several unique-to-Utah stores. For more information, visit

Community Action Services and Food Bank Opens New Food Pantry

New Heber Food Pantry will provide food for teens in need

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—HEBER, UTAH—Community Action Services and Food Bank has opened a new school pantry at Wasatch High to serve junior high and high school students facing food insecurity. Approximately 1 in 6 students struggle with hunger issues in Wasatch County. The pantry is located at 800 South 200 East in the old middle school just west of Wasatch High School.

Community Action Services and Food Bank, along with 20 student leaders and volunteers, recently unloaded 4,000 pounds of food to provide the initial pantry stock in preparation for opening with the new school year. Administrators will set pantry hours based on need. Officials estimate the new pantry will initially help 20-30 children per week, based on experience with other school pantries. Studies show that having consistent access to enough food for a healthy, active life will enhance educational outcomes and improve student experience.

The idea for the new food pantry was generated by the Wasatch Community Service Wasatch Food Bank 3Alliance, the service arm of the Wasatch Community Foundation. Heber is unique in some ways due to the number of lower-income families who live there but the parents work in Park City. Often those children may be left without much food while their parents are working — especially during the holidays.

“The goal of the pantry is to help students who are struggling with food insecurity,” said Dave Smith, food bank manager for Community Action Services and Food Bank. “Children who are hungry have more learning challenges, behavioral issues, and physical and mental health concerns. We want the kids to be able to focus on succeeding in school without worrying about being hungry. When kids do well it is better for everyone. Communities are healthier and futures are brighter.”

Community Action Services and Food Bank continues to run its food pantry for individuals and families in Heber at 34 W. 200 South. It also provides Nutrition Paks to elementary students in need.

For more information about Community Action Services and Food Bank and how you can help go to or call (801) 373- 8200.

About Community Action Services and Food Bank

Community Action Services and Food Bank fosters self-sufficiency in families and individuals. The focus is on stabilizing families with housing and food assistance, then providing help with programs, education and referral support to assist those who are struggling with poverty. Since 1967 the agency has been meeting basic human needs (like food, shelter and housing) while providing individuals and families long-term solutions to rebuild their financial and social self-sufficiency. This can enable people to move out of poverty.

Community Action Services and Food Bank changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community and are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other. We envision vibrant and sustainable communities where each resident has safe and affordable housing, economic opportunities and people in their life they can count on.

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Back to School Shopping Just Got Kinder

Community invited to support a mission of kindness and acceptance

 A new school year is time for a new start and an exciting time for students. They get to see their friends, meet new teachers, learn new subjects and ramp up their extracurricular activities. But for students who regularly get bullied, going back to school comes with a feeling of dread. In fact, in Utah, in a school-based survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 18 percent of students reported being bullied online and 19.4 percent reported being bullied on school grounds. Add to that the 8.9 percent of students who said they did not go to school because they felt unsafe at school or on the way to school and Utah’s bullying statistics are some of the highest in the country. That is why this year, Outlets at Traverse Mountain is promoting kindness for the back-to-school season with its inspirational Rock Your Style special event.

Rock Your Style will be held August 11 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. During the event, shoppers can take part in The Kindness Rocks Project (#kindnessrocks), which encourages people to leave rocks painted with inspiring messages along the path of life, or in this case, throughout the shopping center. A graffiti artist will be on site to paint a barricade with his inspired message for students heading back to school. The event will also include student-friendly activities such as airbrush tattoos.

In addition to these activities, Outlets at Traverse Mountain has some special events planned throughout the day. At 1 p.m., attendees can check out Stunt Masters BMX athletes performing on portable ramps. The inspirational BMX performers will then be available from 2–3 p.m. for a meet and greet. At 3 p.m., The BBoy Federation will perform breakdance and hip-hop dance routines. The BBoy Fed is a non-profit organization that showcases hip-hop arts as a viable path to success through practice, performance and education.

“Our goal is to make a lasting impression on our shoppers about the importance of kindness and acceptance. Not only will Rock Your Style be a fun event, it will remind people about the importance of looking out for each other,” said Crystal Jones, marketing director, Outlets at Traverse Mountain. “Our community is important to us, and our stores have been very supportive of this event.  I look forward to seeing the different ways each of them promote kindness!”

To further support the community, Outlets at Traverse Mountain’s Customer Service will accept shoppers’ receipts from the Outlets on behalf of their chosen Utah school and then award $1,000 to the school with the day’s highest receipt totals to support students’ needs. For additional information, visit


About Outlets at Traverse Mountain

The Outlets at Traverse Mountain is located in Lehi Utah just off I-15, exit 284. It is the first and only Outlet in Utah County and brings with it several unique-to-Utah stores, including: ASICS, Under Armour, and Le Creuset. The center hosts outlet favorites: Banana Republic, J. Crew Factory, H&M, Nike, Coach, Michael Kors and MORE. Sit-down dining options include Johnny Rockets and Bona Vita Italian Bistro, with lighter fare available at Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory or Zogo Natural Yogurt. Outlets at Traverse Mountain has MORE brands, MORE savings, MORE amazing. For additional information, visit 

About Craig Realty Group

Outlets at Traverse Mountain is owned and operated by Craig Realty Group. Craig Realty Group is a shopping center development and management firm founded by Steven L. Craig and is based in Newport Beach, Calif. A leader in the development and management of high income-producing, upscale factory outlet centers, Craig Realty Group owns, operates and manages nearly five million square feet of existing retail development in nine states. Additional centers include: Outlets at Anthem in Phoenix, Ariz.; Outlets at Barstow in Barstow, Calif.; Cabazon Outlets located near Palm Springs, Calif.; Citadel Outlets in Los Angeles, Calif.; Outlets at Conroe located near Houston, Texas; Outlets at Castle Rock located south of Denver, Colo.; Outlets at the Dells in Baraboo, Wis.; Outlets at Hillsboro in Hillsboro, Texas; Kapolei Commons, Oahu, Hawaii; Outlets at Loveland located north of Denver, Colo.; Outlets at San Clemente in San Clemente, Calif.; Outlets at Silverthorne located west of Denver, Colo.; Outlets at Vicksburg in Vicksburg, Miss.; and East Hills Mall in St. Joseph, Mo. Projects in development include Outlets at Richmond, Va.; Outlets at Lacey, Wash.; a power center in Garfield Heights, Ohio (Cleveland) and the redevelopment of Outlets at Conroe, near Houston, Texas. Craig Realty Group founder Steve Craig previously developed Desert Hills Premium Outlets, Carlsbad Company Stores and Woodburn Company Stores, three of the most successful manufacturer outlet centers, and was instrumental in developing Camarillo Premium Outlets. For more information, visit

How one master-planned community turned the tide in a tiny Utah town

VINEYARD, Utah (Aug. 3, 2018) – Vineyard, Utah has gone from 139 residents in 2010 to over 14,000 today—a growth rate of nearly 10,000 percent that makes it the fastest-growing city in Utah. Nestled in the heart of Utah County between Orem and Utah Lake, Vineyard has contributed to the Provo-Orem metro area being ranked third on Forbes’ 2017 list of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. and by USA Today as no. 11 in its 2018 list of fastest-growing cites.

The reason for Vineyard’s growth can be largely attributed to the development of more than half the city’s landmass—1,700 of 2,800 acres—formerly occupied by Geneva Steel. Since the purchase of the mill site by developer Anderson Geneva in 2005, the land continues to undergo extensive cleanup and environmental remediation, opening to residential tenants in 2011 as part of the @geneva mixed-use master-planned community. It is no coincidence that the city’s growth rate began picking up around the same time—and still shows no signs of slowing, with approximately 300 new residents calling Vineyard home each month.

“Vineyard is experiencing explosive growth, and we are in the thick of it,” said Stewart Park, project manager for @geneva. “By 2025, @geneva is expected to have over 26,000 residents, contributing significantly to Vineyard’s expected population of 50,000 by 2030. It will also employ about 20,000 people—five times the number that was employed at Geneva Steel during its peak. @geneva has already proven to be one of the city’s primary contributors of economic growth and is poised to become one of the state’s most vibrant live/work/play venues.”

Anderson Geneva will soon begin the final phase of remediation for @geneva, making the last 550 acres available for development. The focal point of this newly developed land will be the Vineyard Town Center, which will include office space, retail shopping, restaurants and various residential units.

Utah Valley University will also have a presence at @geneva as it doubles its current footprint with plans that include the relocation of its special events center, a new soccer stadium, administration buildings, classrooms and a convention center.

All of this development will be supported by one of three intermodal hubs in the state to house both FrontRunner commuter rail and Trax light rail, as well as the new 7-lane Vineyard Connector and three 1-15 exchanges.

About @geneva

@geneva, a project of Anderson Development, is a 1,700-acre master-planned mixed-use community in Vineyard, Utah. Learn more about one of the country’s premier live/work/play developments at

Apiary Fund to host largest bi-annual Trader Summit in Salt Lake City

Traders to attempt more than $1 billion in trade volume

OREM, Utah, July 25, 2018 – Apiary Fund will host its bi-annual Trader Summit in Salt Lake City bringing one of the nation’s largest gatherings of traders for four days of live currency trading and training with professional instructors and risk managers. More than 150 attendees make this the largest Trader Summit ever and who will attempt to achieve collectively over $1 billion in trading volume during the event.

“The Traders Summit has become one of the premier events in the U.S. for traders to learn new strategies and techniques,” said Nate Allred, principal trader at Apiary Fund. “This year we are optimistic we can hit a major milestone of $1 billion in trading volume as traders learn from each other as well as from professional traders. Our goal is to send everyone home with a bit of profit along with new skills to help them continue trading successfully.”

In 2017, 120 traders from around the world processed more than $848 million in currency trades.

The Trader Summit:

Dates:                         August 13 -16, 2018

Time:                           6:00 am to 3:00 pm each day

Location:                     Salt Lake Community College (Miller Conferencing Center)

                                     9750 S 300 W, Sandy, Utah



During the Trader Summit, each trader uses the Apiary Fund trading platform and manages an active funded trading account.

“We have a lot of fun,” said Allred. “But we work hard. We’re up early every morning trading. We then conduct several sessions of instruction, strategy and sharing of ides. Everyone leaves the summit with large numbers of trades and new ideas for their own trading.”

Apiary Fund develops traders by offering the training, tools, and financial resources to actively manage an investment portfolio. The focus is on helping people develop trading skills in less time and at lower costs through proven trading solutions composed of education, technology and funding.

About Apiary Fund

Located in Orem, Utah, Apiary Fund is a private company that develops traders and gives people the opportunity to seek the freedom of flexible income by trading with its money. Through technology and education, Apiary empowers traders to work toward their path to success.

Building a community that thrives, one resilient child at a time Natural community supports: helping our kids and community thrive

Every three years, United Way of Utah County and several of its community partners work together to conduct a comprehensive community assessment. This assessment is used to ensure that community members and organizations have the most accurate data available as they identify pressing local needs.

Reviewing the data from this year’s assessment, there are several areas of concern that can only be addressed through broad community support in the areas of education, income and health.

Current Utah County needs

Our community continues to experience large growth, much of which comes from growing families already living in the area. Utah County is a very young county—the youngest in the nation. While parents and individuals have a very high level of education, we continue to see a decrease in the number of students reading at grade level in third grade, a critical benchmark for students’ future learning. In education, we are working to bring together the voices necessary to change that trend.

From an income perspective, the poverty rate in Utah County has decreased, but we continue to experience a severe lack of affordable housing for Utah County families. Median home values are too high for the median income, and Utah County rental rates continue to rise. This is a problem that no one group or agency can solve on its own—only as a unified community can we address this issue.

Our recent research, however, indicates that our community health is where we presently need to focus the majority of our efforts, particularly when it comes to anxiety and depression in our youth.

Addressing mental health—a community effort

Many individuals claim that the solution to increases in youth anxiety and depression is to increase the number of psychologists in the area. These visits, however, are often out of reach for the individuals who need it most due to the difficulty to get an appointment at mental health facilities and the cost of treatment.

What United Way of Utah County promotes instead is the use of natural supports, the actions and initiatives of those who are already in our community, who are dedicated to the cause, and who are ready to help. These natural supports are our community’s parents and children’s trusted adults.

Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, older siblings, church leaders, teachers and neighbors all have a lot more influence than they know. These individuals are the ones who already recognize the increase in anxiety and depression, who are interacting with children and youth on a daily basis, and who are the ones who are looking for ways to help.

United Way’s EveryDay Strong initiative seeks to give parents and children’s trusted adults—the natural supports in a child’s life—the resources and tools they need to help children develop resilience to difficult emotions such as anxiety and depression. With these resources, such as the EveryDay Strong Resilience handbook, children’s need to feel emotionally safe, connected and confident will be met through purposeful activities and conversations about emotional wellness.

You are a child’s trusted adult and you can make a difference.

For more information on available support, tools and resources, please visit

Child mental health is currently a major issue in Utah County, but by supporting children and ensuring that their needs for safety, connection and confidence are met, it is an issue that we can solve. When we strengthen the children in our local neighborhoods, families will be strengthened and our unified, emotionally resilient community will thrive.

Cory Maloy opens Maloy PR in the heart of Silicon Slopes

Full-service PR firm for purpose-driven organizations

SILICON SLOPES, Utah, Jul. 10, 2018 – A. Cory Maloy announced the opening of Maloy PR, LLC, a full-service Utah public relations firm located in the heart of Silicon Slopes offering high-value public relations programs for purpose-driven organizations.

“After more than 20 years providing successful public relations services for some of the best PR firms and corporations in the country, I’m proud to open Maloy PR to serve purpose-driven organizations,” said Maloy. “Some of the most successful PR programs are for organizations driven by a purpose to help the world become a better place – a clear mission. Maloy PR’s mission is to assist organizations in achieving their mission through public relations.”

Maloy PR looks at mission as much more than a statement but as a determined understanding of how an organization wants to help people live better lives – a belief permeating their culture and driving every decision they make.

“There is much satisfaction in helping organizations help other people,” said Maloy. “We’re not talking just nonprofit organizations either; there are plenty of profit-driven causes doing much for the world.”

Maloy PR is in Lehi City the fast-growing economic engine in Utah. “We get to live and work in the heart of one of the fastest growing business locations in the country – Silicon Slopes,” he said. “There isn’t an organization anywhere that isn’t looking at Lehi individually and Utah overall to locate primary operations or businesses. Utah is where business is happening, and we’re excited to be a part of it.”

Maloy PR offers high-value public relations programs at reasonable prices. “We have no expensive operating costs or overhead, which allows us to provide greater service at better rates,” said Maloy.

Maloy PR’s founding clients include Fishbowl Inventory, Apiary Fund, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions and Wasatch Educational.

Maloy is a strategic PR pro experienced in defining public relations vision for organizations of all sizes. He has executed programs for companies such as Fishbowl, Apiary Fund, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Waterford Institute,, CenturyLink, Nelson Laboratories, Plantronics, Maxtor, Iomega, and others. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and serves as a Representative in the Utah House of Representatives.