How has Tourism Effected Our Favorite Town?

Being “America’s Favorite Town”: The Impact of Tourism on Park City

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It doesn’t take much to realize that tourism means big business for Park City. When you look around at the number of hotels, taxis, restaurants and other tourism services, it is evident that people are visiting and enjoying our town in great numbers. In fact, a Travel and Leisure reader survey from 2015-2016 named Park City “America’s Favorite Town”.
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Let the Ski Season Begin!

What’s New with Park City Skiing in 2016-2017

Last Thursday, the Park City Board of REALTORS hosted a luncheon and invited Bill Rock from Park City Mountain Resort, Steve Issowits from Deer Valley Resort and Nathan Rafferty from Ski Utah (a ski trade organization in Utah) to give us an update for 2017. I took a few notes to share with my blog readers.

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Interesting Trends in Park City Real Estate Today (Q3, 2016)

The story of the Park City real estate market continues to be the same—newer or remodeled properties that are in move-in condition are in demand.

At the same time, older, dated homes take longer to sell. And they sell for less. We see this in the both the condominium and single family markets. While trends in Park City real estate continue to vary by neighborhood, the trend is directly reflective of the neighborhood’s age. Newer areas like Promontory have strong sales. Neighborhoods with older homes, like Deer Valley, have fewer sales.

Median Park City Sale Price

The above chart shows Park City zip codes of 84060 and 84098. Overall, the median sale price is rising at a healthy rate. At the same time, the number of sales is relatively flat over the past 2 years. If you would like to receive a copy of the Park City Board of REALTORS market statistics press release or the full statistics packet, contact me.

Forget all the Boring Stats, Here are Some Interesting Market Trends

Market Trend 1: Single family homes in the heart of Park City with an 84060 zip code are expensive.

  • Median sale price in Old Town is up 7% to $1.4 million.
  • Median sale price in Prospector is up 17% to $840,000.
  • Median sale price in Park Meadows is flat at $1.5 million.

Market Trend 2: Buyers who want to be in the heart of town but are shut out of Park Meadows due to price are buying in the Prospector neighborhood.

The Snyderville Basin (84098) continues to remain active with large increases in number of sales and median sale price. Buyers shut out of 84060 or who want to be closer to Kimball Junction or Highway 80 are snapping up these homes. Affordable neighborhoods like Summit Park and Trailside showed the highest increase in median sale price. Buyers who don’t have $500,000 to spend on a single family home will be unable to purchase a single family home in Park City.

  • Median sale price in Summit Park increased 22% to $619,000.
  • Median sale price in Trailside rose 13% to $715,000.
  • Median sale price in Kimball Junction rose 5% to $525,000.

Market Trend 3: Condominium sales in 84098 outpaced sales in 84060. My hypothesis that buyers are attracted to newer inventory is supported by this sales trend.

  • The Canyons neighborhood saw a median sale price increase of 50% to $590,000.
  • Pinebrook saw a 19% increase in median sale price to $455,000.
  • The Jordanelle area, which is located in Wasatch County and outside of Park City mailbox, saw a median sale price increase of 13% to $475,000. Most of the inventory at the Jordanelle is new. Buyers are attracted to the higher end finishes and proximity to Park City and Highway 40 even if it means they have a Kamas zip code.

How Should Buyers & Sellers Look at the Park City Real Estate Market Today?

So what do the third quarter statistics mean to buyers and sellers in Park City? Homes that have been updated sell faster and for more money. Before undertaking any improvements prior to selling your home, it is imperative that you consult with a REALTOR to ensure you are making the right and most cost-effective improvements. If you are unable or unwilling to update your home, you will need to price your home realistically based on the supply and demand for such homes.

There are great purchase opportunities available for those buyers willing to undertake renovations. As Park City becomes less affordable, buyers are moving to neighboring Wasatch County and Kamas Valley neighborhoods, or purchasing condominiums instead of single family homes. Currently, there is about a 10-month inventory of homes in Park City, creating a buyers’ market (6 months of inventory is considered “balanced”). However, the inventory varies greatly by neighborhood, creating an assortment of micro-markets. For example, Summit Park is a sellers’ market, with less than 3 months of inventory, while Upper Deer Valley is a buyers’ market with over 2 years of inventory.

Please contact me if you have questions about your own neighborhood or an area where you are considering making a purchase.

Looking for Office Space in Park City? Here are some Options…

Quick Guide to Park City Office Space

Park City Office SpaceOur little town isn’t just a wonderful place to live and play, it is also a great place to do business. Entities such as Skullcandy, Rossignol, Armada Skis, Backcountry.com and Nutraceuticals call Park City home. Park City office space options are as varied as the landscape, so there are office spaces for all types of businesses. Those looking for a short-term, long-term or a more permanent purchase option can find the perfect office space ready to accommodate. Here is a quick overview to get you started.

City Limits

The Gateway Office Business Center

The Gateway has a wonderful Old Town location. The Gateway offers rentable office suites as well as a variety of professional services and even virtual office amenities for flexible businesses. They have 26 fully wired and rentable offices as well as a conference room, office equipment, kitchen, parking and a full support staff.

Oftentimes, businesses relocating to Park City will utilize the space temporarily. As will start-ups and others that simply do not need a dedicated office full-time. The Gateway has been around for over 20 years. The staff is very capable and provides a professional environment.

Prospector

The Prospector neighborhood has a number of office space locations. The Bellemarc building and the neighboring Belleaire building have long held local businesses. They are a simple two-story rectangular design and both offer ample parking. You will enjoy endless lunch options from favorites such as Uptown Fare, Sammy’s Bistro, El Chubasco and Good Karma. If you seek an in-town office location without a lot of bells and whistles, this place is for you.

Kimball Junction

Park City Tech Center

Park City’s Tech Center or PCTC was completed in 2012. One of the goals of the space is to help bring diverse jobs to the area. It’s the first of many more buildings to be developed in the technology park. The building is well-designed with incredible views. It boasts easy access to Salt Lake City and Park City. The PCTC houses the Visitors Center for the Park City Chamber of Commerce and the local coffee shop, Hugo.

The PCTC is located in Kimball Junction on the public transportation system as well as the local trail network. A number of commuting options are available. Recreational trails through the aspen-dotted hillside are literally right outside of the door. The plans include over 1.2 million square feet of office space. Build-to-suit sites are available.

Assemble

Assemble offers collaborative office space and co-working space memberships to entrepreneurs, professionals, corporations and other members. Assemble is located in the Kimball Junction area of Park City, an area known for shopping and restaurants.

Co-working Space Members are invited to use work stations within the business lounge and can use private offices when available. There is a conference room with flat screen TV’s, internet access and a full office equipment suite with printers, copy machines, scanner and fax. There is also a shared kitchen. Professional office support services are available.

The Office

Park City’s newest office space, The Office opened September 2016 in the New Park area of Kimball Junction. It is a co-working space similar to the others we have mentioned. The Office offers a relaxed and comfortable work space with private offices available and the coffee bar is always stocked. To encourage visitors The Office is currently offering free day passes.

Near the Highway

Silver Creek Business Park

The Silver Creek Business Park is a great option for anyone not requiring an in-town location. Located near the I-80 and I-40 interchange, it has easy access to Salt Lake City, Park City and the surrounding areas. Business spaces are available for lease and are designed to house a variety of users. Space options include warehouse, office and retail space. Spaces have showrooms and/or retail storefronts and there is ample parking.

MSPACE

MSPACE is a modular building and can be designed to fit the need. The development company offers a number of creative lease-options and finance options. Conveniently located at the interchange of highway 40 and 80 it is an easily accessed location. The company offers an impressive rental building inventory. For any need, they have a building they can rent, lease or sell to you. The CMO (Chief Mascot Officer) Chance, a handsome Golden Retriever, is reason enough to stop by.

PandoLabs

PandoLabs is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is a collaborative hub and co-working space. They bring together entrepreneurs in Park City and neighboring towns. Users of the space pay a membership, and currently they have about 40 members. The basic $150/month membership includes access to the facility and amenities. These include a furnished co-working space, broadband internet access, shared conference room, shared common area, kitchen and lounge. Private offices are available. The workspace is conveniently located in Jeremy Ranch between Park City and Salt Lake City.

From Nancy:

Are you wanting to move your business to Park City? Busting at the seams and need more space? Seeking an investment opportunity in the Park City office space market? I am happy to point you in the right direction no matter what you’re looking to do. Contact me anytime!

Real Estate Negotiations: How Get What You Want

negotiationsLast month, I took an 8-hour course on negotiation.

Before I became a REALTOR, I negotiated health care contracts for a living. After attending the 8-hour negotiation course, I learned that the concepts of negotiation are pretty simple and they haven’t changed since the beginning of civilization when people bartered instead of using money.

Overcome Fear to find a Win-Win

JFK Negotiation QuoteSince I utilize my negotiation skills every day, I forget how hard negotiating can be for my clients. I often hear “I don’t want to go back and forth.” My clients fear rejection or offending someone. My advice is to think of real estate negotiations as a conversation and not a win or lose proposition. In fact, the best negotiations are win-win, where both sides get what they want in a transaction.

I was recently involved in a Park City real estate transaction where a buyer told me he was thinking of making a low offer on one of my listings and asked for my opinion. I told him that I didn’t know how my client would react, but any offer is better than no offer. It is a tool to start a conversation to see if we can get to win-win. When I presented the offer to my client, her first response was that she was “offended” by the low offer. I told her that she should not be offended. The buyer raised his hand and said he wanted to buy her property. Now it was up to us to figure out if we could come to a price that made sense for both parties.

Approach Real Estate Negotiations as Joint Problem Solving

Here’s how corporate negotiation consultant Jeff Weiss explained it to Harvard Business Review:

“If you frame the negotiation as adversarial, you will ensure it becomes adversarial. Instead, approach it as an act of join problem-solving: What are the critical issues at hand, what are my interests and their interests, and what are some different options for satisfying those various interests? Negotiation isn’t about conceding, it’s about being creative.”

The purpose of negotiating in real estate and any application is to produce something better than you can without negotiating.

When The Outcome is Not What You Want

In my example, if the buyer did not present his offer, he would have no other way of knowing whether he could buy the home for what he was willing to pay. From my sellers’ perspective, she had to really think about her what she was willing to take for her home. After some back and forth, we realized that buyer and seller were too far apart for this transaction to come together.

The negotiation was positive and friendly and the door was left open in the event the buyer reconsiders his position and is willing and able to come up in his price. What started off as emotionally scary for both parties turned into an educational and positive interaction, even though it did not result in an immediate transaction.

What Negotiating is Not

Negotiation ProcessNegotiating does not have to be confrontational, insulting or rude. It should be approached like a conversation. Sometimes the needs of both parties can be brought together and sometimes they cannot. The only way to find out is to enter into the negotiation process. It helps if you have an experienced professional to guide the process.

What are your thoughts on negotiation? Have you been turned off by someone who came on too strong? Have you ever reached an agreement when you never thought it would happen?

Historic Park City Buildings – My Top 10!

10 Historic Park City Buildings & Why They’re Still Important

Park City is home to a number of historical buildings. They add real charm to our little town, especially for a real estate geek like me. Fortunately, ample foresight has been taken by stakeholders to preserve these beloved structures. They dot the local landscape like old friends and are well preserved and utilized to this day.

The best part about these historic Park City buildings is that they all can still be enjoyed by the public. And they can all be accessed year-round. You can get married in Miner’s Hospital. Grab a cup of coffee at the Park City Library. And spend the afternoon at the Museum. For dinner, head on over to Zoom for the short ribs.

Miner’s Hospital

Miners Hospital Park City Historical BuildingsThe Park City Miner’s Hospital was built in 1904 to provide medical services to the miners in the area. Its original location was at the north side of the Park City ski area. At the time, the closest hospital was in Salt Lake City. That 30-mile journey would have been especially cumbersome in winter. The hospital remained a clinic until the 1950’s. Then it was renovated into a restaurant, bar and youth hostel. In the 1970’s, development plans threatened to demolish the structure and it was moved to the present site in City Park. In 1982, the building was remodeled to contain the Park City Library.

Currently, the Miner’s Hospital is a meeting and event space and can be reserved for meetings, parties or weddings. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens and is easily accessed by public transit, foot or bike.

Park City Library

Park City Historic LibraryThe High School building was built in 1928 and in 1993 the Library moved in. Coincidently, the library did a brief visit back to the hospital in 2015 while the structure went through an extensive renovation.

Now known as the Park City Library and Education Center, the building is truly a location where old meets new. The library has state-of-the-art computer labs, an extensive children’s library and the Park City Roasters coffee shop. Plenty of community activities take place here. Community classes and programs for all ages, the Park City Film Series, the Park City Cooperative Preschool to name a few. Even dogs can enjoy the library as the outdoor field is pet friendly and leash-optional. It’s the only off-leash area in Park City proper.

Park City Museum

Park City MuseumThe Park City Museum can be found in the historic City Hall, which was built in 1885. The original cost to build city hall was $6,400! At that time, Park City’s Main Street was boom town central and many buildings were being built. City Hall was home to the police and fire department as well as the Territorial Jail, all of which remain as exhibits today.

A fire in 1898 destroyed much of the building and others on Main Street. In an effort to prevent future fire catastrophes, a Whistle Tower was built in 1901 to warn residents of fire in the area. In 1905, the whistle was replaced by an electric siren and sounded each night at 10:00 p.m. to warn youngsters of curfew. This prudent tradition continues signaling to Old Town visitors and residents that it is 10 o’clock.

Union Pacific Train Station

Union Pacific Historic RailroadIn 1886, an iconic train station was built at the bottom of Main Street. Its main purpose was to accommodate the transport of silver from the mines. Upon completion, the Park Record wrote, “The building is one of the finest in Park City…the design is modern [and] tasteful and brilliant yellow paint adorns it on all sides.” For about 100 years, this building facilitated travel for freight and passengers. It ceased operations in 1977.

In 1995 Robert Redford renovated the historic Park City building into Zoom Restaurant, part of the Sundance properties. Patrons can enjoy quality American continental cuisine in a fun, memorable atmosphere. As a hallmark of the past, the rail bed remains in place today.

McPolin Barn

McPolin Barn Park CityThe timeless White Barn that marks the corridor into Park City began as a 160-acre farm in 1886. In 1908, the barn was erected with recycled timber without the use of nails. It operated as a dairy farm for many years until the city purchased the property in 1990.

McPolin Farm House

McPolin Farm HouseThe McPolin house was relocated to its current location in the 1920’s. Prior to being a farm house, the charming structure served as a mine office. Park City purchased the farm in 1990 and has refurbished all areas of the farm.

Currently the White Barn is under construction. Yet the bike path, skiing and hiking trails remain available for use. A beloved location for family photos, vista seeking families can often be seen snapping shots around the farm house.

High West’s National Garage

High West Old GarageHigh West’s Old Town location is in two historic buildings. The Saloon is in an old Livery Stable built sometime around 1907. Horses that pulled carts of ore out of the mines were kept there. In fact, the horseshoe seen in the High West logo was a horseshoe found while renovating the livery. The livery would later become the National Garage. When a building across the street went down in flames, the heat was so intense that it peeled other layers of paint from the building.

The National Garage sign boasts a layered patina look that High West has preserved. Whisky lovers and hungry patrons can enjoy a beverage or a delicious meal at the world’s only ski-in-ski-out gastro distillery. A favorite amongst locals and tourists alike.

High West’s Ellsworth J. Beggs House

Ellsworth J. Beggs HouseNext to the National Garage sits the stately Victorian-style Ellsworth J. Beggs house. E.J. Beggs was a master carpenter and built his home in 1914. At the time, it was one of only two Victorian homes in town. Beggs constructed the house right after completing the Summit County Courthouse in Coalville, which stills serves as the County seat.

Now connected to the National Garage, High West patrons can enjoy a meal or expertly mixed drink in one of the charming rooms or on the inviting patio.

Swaner Farm

Swaner BarnThere’s not just one historic white barn in town. This white barn next to Highway 224 is a welcome site as one passes through the bustling Kimball Junction. In fact, the farm was purchased in 1884 by the Kimball family who operated a stagecoach service between Park City and Salt Lake City. The barn itself was built in 1933. It was a farm until the property was purchased by the Swaner Nature Preserve in 2003.

Swaner Stone House

Swaner Stone HouseThe stone house next to the white barn was built in the 1990s. A number of families farmed the area until 2003.

Currently, the house and barn mark a corner of the Swaner Nature Preserve. They are connected via boardwalk to the paved bike path perimeter of Kimball Junction. Eventually, the barn will be fully restored to host community events. But is not currently in use.

A walk around Park City is like a walk through a history book. Whether you are hiking past an old silver mine or viewing fine art in a Main Street gallery. We consider ourselves lucky to be able to enjoy the rich and vibrant history that these buildings offer. These are only ten of Park City’s historic buildings but there are many, many more. Which are your favorites?

References: Park City History | Zoom Park City High West Distillery

What I’ve Learned from Being Hacked!

Cyber Fraud – It Happened to Me Last Week

Cyber FraudI received a panicked call ten days ago. The agent who listed the home my client was buying told me he needed to talk with me right away.

My client had signed his closing documents the day before and we were just waiting for the lender to transfer money to the title company and close the sale of the house. What could go wrong at this stage of the transaction?

The listing agent, Mike, told me that two hours after the sellers signed their closing documents, the title company received an email from him asking them to change the account where they were to send the seller proceeds. (The amount was approximately $200,000). The email was from Mike’s email address, had his exact signature block and even referenced the file number. Because Mike had a long relationship with the title company, and it was unusual to receive such a request, the escrow officer called Mike to confirm. Sure enough, someone had hacked into Mike’s email account and sent that email to the escrow officer. Mike and I both breathed a sigh of relief that the experienced escrow officer thwarted the criminal activity.

What would have happened if the proceeds had gone into a mysterious bank account instead of the sellers’ account? Would my buyer still owe a 30-year mortgage and have no house to live in? The ramifications were frightening to Mike and me. My client has no idea about this close call.

Exactly one week later, on October 12th, my gmail account was hacked. Hundreds of people received an email from me asking them to open a document. Every one of my saved emails was gone. It felt like someone had robbed my house. Fortunately, I learned of the hack 10 minutes after the fake email was sent and I was able to change my password and add 2-step verification to secure my account. I received tons of emails the day of the hack and the next day from people asking me if I had sent them the email, informing me I was hacked, etc. To say this was a distraction is an understatement.

So, what can we all learn from this?

  1. I’m no longer saving emails in my gmail account. It is not a safe place.
  2. Although my brokerage requires buyers and sellers to sign a “wire fraud” disclosure, I am having a verbal discussion with each client about the danger of wire fraud. Under no circumstances should clients wire money unless there is a verbal confirmation.
  3. I will coordinate very closely with the escrow officers involved in my transactions to ensure they understand that they should not wire proceeds without a verbal confirmation from the client. Generally the seller provides a hard copy of wiring instructions either in person or as part of a Fed Ex pack. Any instructions sent via email should always be confirmed verbally. Financial services companies have followed this protocol for years.

Cyber crime is here to stay. If a candidate running for President of the United States can be hacked, so can you. Take steps to secure your email account and verify all wire transfers to ensure you are not a victim of cybercrime.

Has your email ever been hacked or have you been a victim of cyber crime? Please comment.

Park City versus Aspen: Comparing 2 Resort Towns

Aspen, Colorado vs. Park City, Utah Real Estate (2016)

Aspen Colorado
Some of these things are not like Park City.

Two weeks ago, I attended the Luxury Real Estate conference in Aspen, Colorado. I was excited to attend the conference, in part, because I had never been to Aspen.

As I was warned, the airport landing was pretty dramatic. As I looked out the window, the golden hillside seemed close enough to touch. My clients have told me that the Aspen airport was a strong reason why they chose to invest in Park City vs. Aspen. Winter landings at the airport can be unpredictable and delays are typical.

While I was prepared to dislike Aspen, in all honesty, there were things about the town I loved. The aspen leaves were peaking and the town was visually stunning. I like how the town is flat and easy to navigate. I couldn’t believe how close it is to the slopes. The couture shops reminded me of the time I spent growing up near Rodeo Drive. Why does someone in a ski town need to shop for Louis Vuitton? If you look at the photo above, you’ll see a few other things Aspen has that Park City does not.

Aspen Compared to the Park City Real Estate Market

But let’s talk about Aspen real estate. I spoke with the owners of Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s as well as brokers from Coldwell Banker Mason Morse. The word on the street is that Aspen just suffered its worst first half real estate market since 2010.

The Aspen real estate market is broken into two parts, similar to Park City’s market, “Aspen” and “Snowmass Village”. Each area has its own ski resort and character. Aspen is the more expensive and exclusive between the two.

In Park City, we have 84060, which is Park City proper or within the city limits. We also have 84098, which is referred to as the “Snyderville Basin”. It is Park City mailbox and school district, but is located outside of the city limits.

The following compares Aspen, Snowmass, Park City 84060 & Park City 84098 numbers from January through August 31, 2016.

Aspen

Year to date Sales – 107
Dollar Volume – $354,427,175
Listing inventory – 500 (38-month inventory: a buyer’s market)

Snowmass

Year to date Sales – 78
Dollar Volume – $166,305,975
Listing inventory – 286 (29-month inventory: a buyer’s market)

Park City Limits – 84060

Year to date Sales – 288
Dollar Volume – $392,215,585
Listing inventory – 410 (17 month inventory-a buyer’s market)

Park City Mailbox – 84098

Year to date Sales – 517
Dollar Volume – $653,028,702
Listing inventory – 557 (13-month inventory: a buyer’s market)

In Aspen, unit sales were down 43% from the previous year, yet Snowmass sales were down only 6%.

For Park City, I could only obtain comparisons through June of 2016. Our unit sales of single family homes and condominiums in 84060 were down 26% from the previous year; however single family homes in 84098 were down only 2% from the previous year and condo sales in 84098 were up 5%.

Sotheby’s Aspen Snowmass agent Tim Estin reported that Aspen prices are coming down and buyers are paying less. He notes the list-to-sale price of Aspen single family homes is 88%. In comparison, Park City has held at a steady 95% for many years.

What Does it All Mean?

In spite of the overall market slowdown in Aspen, one particular property, a penthouse downtown, set a record price/square foot when it closed at $15M, or $4,275/sf. In contrast, the most expensive condominiums in Park City real estate, (located at the St. Regis), are asking about $1800/sf and the most expensive homes are just over $3,000/sf.

In summary, it appears that Aspen buyers are looking at its more affordable Snowmass neighborhood, similar to Park City buyers who are choosing to buy properties outside of the city limits. Yes, there are always the people with plenty of money who will buy that one rare penthouse, but those buyers are a needle in a haystack. Aspen agent Estin advises his sellers to “get ahead of the downward trend and price accordingly, which means realistically.”

Will Park City follow Aspen’s trend? Our market is a little bit different. Aspen is almost a 100% resort/second home market (although I was told that is changing), but Park City is home to 20,000 full time residents. The median single family home price in Aspen is about double that of Park City’s. It will be interesting to see what the second half of the year brings. I was told that Aspen’s third quarter, especially in more affordable Snowmass, was excellent.

Have you been to Aspen? Have you shopped for real estate there? What are your thoughts?

What do Schools Have to do With Real Estate?

Can Park City’s Schools Do Better?

Park City SchoolsMany of Park City’s full time residents are thinking about education now that school has been is session for about a month. Last month, I wrote about the 4 school districts in the Park City area.

What do schools have to do with real estate? Park City’s excellent schools are a draw for families considering relocation to. They are a reason why executives working for Wasatch Front based companies commute down the canyon.

Today, I’d like to share a conversation that has started between the Park City School District, Park City Education Foundation, Park City Day School, and Weilenmann School of Discovery. That conversation revolves around the way we are educating and assessing students in Park City’s public and private schools.

This Thursday, September 29th, the Park City Film Series will screen the documentary “Beyond Measure”, a film by Vicki Abeles, based upon the book she wrote with the same name. The film asks us to consider what would happen if we imagined a more creative approach to public education, one that is student-centered and project-based.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring James Harvey, Executive Director for the National Superintendents Roundtable. James will moderate the discussion and share some innovative programs that are making a difference nationally.

Abby McNulty, Executive Director of the Park City Education Foundation, told me that the purpose of the screening is to promote a conversation about education and bring our community together through a partnership between all the schools in Park City.

I also spoke with Park City School District Superintendent, Dr. Ember Conley about the screening. She shared that this film provides “a map” for where we want to go in terms of the way students are taught and measured.

The film suggests that schools place a greater emphasis on critical thinking, communication, exploration, experimentation, collaboration, and creativity as the key to good education and less emphasis on standardized testing. Placing a greater emphasis on skills vs. memory recall creates better outcomes for students of all backgrounds and abilities.

The Park City School District has the PCCAPS Program, a project based learning program, for 11th and 12th graders. How does our community of schools bring project based learning to middle schoolers? This is an especially timely question since the PCSD is contemplating the construction of a new middle school.

“We have an educational system that people are comfortable with because we all went through it. Changing the way we teach students creates uncertainty”, says McNulty. Using the film “Beyond Measure” to initiate a community dialogue of possibilities in our educational system is a great first step. McNulty shared that James Harvey would be doing professional development to select teachers from the Park City School District, Park City Day School, and Weilenmann School of Discovery.

Having community discussions which revolve around the screening of this film, along with commentary and professional development by a national expert, is a great first step to ensuring that Park City’s schools remain on the cutting edge. “Beyond Measure” offers a positive picture of what’s possible in American education when communities decide they are ready for change.

Whether or not you have children in Park City schools, I encourage you to attend the free screening of “Beyond Measure” this Thursday, 9/29 at 6:30pm at the Jim Santy auditorium.