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
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