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History of Orem, Utah
Taken from the Utah History Encyclopedia (Links Added)
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The third major evolution of Orem has been caused by the city's recent development as a center of computer technology and development. Giant WordPerfect Corporation, founded by a former Brigham Young University professor and one of his graduate students and headquartered in Orem, has provided the impetus for the creation of other computer software companies in the city. A fledgling entertainment industry, begun with the construction of Osmond Studios in northeast Orem, has also helped change the face of Orem.

Many of the past developments in Orem can be seen in the city's present form. Orem's proximity to the Wasatch Mountains and Utah Lake make it an all-season center of recreation. *Geneva remains a large employer and a center of controversy. Often unchecked commercial development of the city continues. New high tech firms such as WordPerfect now compete with Geneva as the largest private employers in the city. Orem has come a long way from its days as the sleepy unincorporated Provo bench and even from its early days as an incorporated town comprised of scattered farms and orchards. It is now a vital city that must confront the issues that urbanization brings.

See: Kenneth L. Cannon II, A Very Eligible Place: Provo and Orem, An Illustrated History (1987); Orem Bicentennial History Committee, It Happened in Orem, A Bicentennial History of Orem, Utah (1976).

Kenneth L. Cannon II
*After a second bankruptcy hearing in 2002 and the unwillingness of creditors to lend money, the plant closed.
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