Today, Utah County
is best known as the home of the Geneva steel plant and Brigham Young
University. Geneva was constructed at this inland location during World
War II in case the steel plants near the coast were destroyed in the
war. BYU was established in 1875 as a small high-school level "academy,"
but it has grown to become a major university with 27,000 students.
The Utah Valley Community College at Orem has grown rapidly and plans
are being developed to make the institution a four year college. Other
major Utah County employers include WordPerfect Corporation and Novell,
two companies that began in Utah County and have become international
leaders in the computer software industry.
Each of the major
communities in the county have high schools and libraries. A culturally
active area, the county has its own symphony--the Utah Valley Symphony,
and one of the state's finest art museums: the Springville Art Museum.
Provo's Fourth of July Celebration is the largest in the state and other
special community celebrations include Pleasant Grove Strawberry Days,
the Lehi Round-up, Steel Days in American Fork, Fiesta Days in Spanish
Fork, Golden Onion Days in Payson, and the World Folkfest in Springville.