And to Chris Dallin, president of the Davis Chamber of Commerce, the best way to let people know about those amazing things is through the establishment of a county-wide cable television channel.
The channel could be used to broadcast news and information from the chamber, Davis County and each of the cities within the county. Each participating community would have the option of sending out a signal to its residents only or sharing the information with a county-wide audience.
Sound like a dream?
Well between now and this July, the dream will become reality.
Broadcasting from facilities at the Davis Applied Technical College in Kaysville, Channel 17 will be a conduit for community events schedules, emergency information, late breaking news and day-to-day reports on what's going on. Voter information, notices for public seminars televised discussions on fluoridation, school related events and recreation opportunities could be included, and even high school sports.
"While the chamber will often take a side in a political issue," explained Dallin, "the cable channel will not. Talk shows or round tables will always include people representing both sides of any issue."
Further, as a PEG or "public education, government" channel, the effort will include an editorial board with control over the type and quality of program. This is different than at a public information channel, where just about everyone who wants it gets it.
"The PEG format means parents can be assured that the content and quality of programming will be appropriate for children and families," said Dallin.
The creation of a county-wide cable television channel began with the annual, year opening retreat of the Davis Chamber's Executive Board. Each gathering begins with a list of ideas assembled by Dallin. This latest list included a cable television set-up.
Hardly had Dallin gotten the idea out when board member and Davis County Commission Dannie McConkie said, it "could be the best thing to hit Davis County in a long time." McConkie's enthusiasm was infectious and the idea grew rapidly from there.
"We assembled a 30-person Cable Channel Committee," Dallin said, "comprised of some of the most experienced and capable people in the county."
Included in the group, he added, are two Emmy Award winners, one Silver Microphone winner and two Tele Award winners.
"This is great evidence of how profound this concept has become," Dallin said. "The great thing about the endeavor is the people who are taking part in it."
Officially, the effort will be known as Davis County Cable Channel 17, although, some people have already chosen the acronym "DC-17" for short.
Building a cable channel from the ground up is not a cheap undertaking. And, as federal regulations do not allow PEG channel to air advertising, the only way to obtain programming and operating funds is through the obtaining of sponsorships. The Public Broadcast System uses this approach.
"Right now we're in great need of sponsors," said Dallin. "They will be recognized during the broadcast they sponsor, just like on PBS."
Businesses and organizations interested in becoming sponsors, or people desiring further information can call the chamber offices, 295-6944.