• Happy Holidays from the City of Orem! 

    Wishing you a happy holiday season full of family, friends, and service.
     

  • Historic State Street: 1947 & 1966

    With all of the buzz about the new State Street Master Plan, here's a look at State Street from 1947 and 1966. Some buildings from the time period are still here, like the SCERA, City Hall, and Miracle Bowl.

    There's a near wreck at 0:47 that proves the more things change, the more they stay the same.

    1947



    1966

  • State Street Master Plan Open House

    Please attend a public open house to learn and ask questions about the new State Street Corridor Master Plan. Issues to be discussed include transportation, land use, economic development, housing density, landscaping, and infrastructure. 

    • December 11th
    • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    • The meeting will be held at the SCERA (745 S. State Street)


    Contact Brandon Stocksdale, City of Orem Long Range Planner, at 801-229-7055 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions or concerns. 







  • Orem: Your place to play

    If anybody needs convincing that Orem is a great place to live, work, and play, just watch this video of all that Orem has to offer.

  •  #prepareAthon - Winter is coming: Are you prepared? 

    Utah winters can be brutal, but being prepared for them makes all the difference. The City will be participating in FEMA's #prepareAthon campaign to help get citizens ready for the cold.

    Be on the look-out for more winter readiness tips and resources.

  • Orem-Provo is the 4th Most Educated Metro Area in America

    WalletHub recently released a study that named the Orem-Provo metro area as the 4th most educated area in the United States. With two exceptional 4-year universities and a great public school system, the area is an educational hotbed. 


    Here's a breakdown of WalletHub's assessment of the area: 

    • 4th– Percentage of High School Diploma Holders
    • 18th– Percentage of Bachelor’s Degree Holders
    • 69th– Percentage of Graduate or Professional Degree Holders
    • 19th – Percent of Workers with Jobs in Computer, Engineering and Science Fields
    • 25th – Average Quality of Top Universities
    • 9th – Number of Enrolled Students in Top 200 Universities per Capita
    • 7th – Public School System Ranking

    You can see the full study by clicking here.  

  • Utility Master Plan Update



    The City of Orem is planning for the future. The Utility Master Plan Updates will be the basis of our plan to ensure that future generations have access to reliable and sustainable water, storm sewer, and wastewater systems.

    You can see the master plan here.

     

  • New State Street Redevelopment Plan


    The Orem State Street Corridor Master Plan is a long term plan being led by the City of Orem to envision the future of State Street in its continued role as the Main Street and retail center of Utah County. The City will be working with the Mountainland Association of Governments, Utah Department of Transportation, Utah Transit Authority and Provo City to create a plan that meets the needs of both residents and businesses.

    The plan will create a vision for State Street's future and identify achievable short and long term goals revolving around the issues of transportation, land use, population density, economic development, and urban design.

    Citizen input is an important part of this process and there will be public meetings and workshops scheduled so that you can help create this plan.

    If you have any questions about the plan, please call City of Orem Long Range Planner, Brandon Stocksdale at 801-229-7055 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Olmsted Power Plant

1600 East 600 North

In 1830 Michael Faraday of England discovered that when a coil of wire was moved near a magnet, the magnet induced a current of electricity in the wire. Faraday's experiments resulted in the dynamo which generates electricity.

Anxious to capitalize on this exciting new power source, investors throughout the world began to develop and build these dynamo machines. Installation of the electric lines began which would transform the world from a labor-intensive planet to one in which electrical energy could multiply the efforts of people by thousands of times.

One of the unique features of the Olmsted Power Plant was that it used some of the most knowledgeable engineers in the country to establish on-the-job training programs for its employees. At the time, Olmsted offered one of only two competent training programs in electrical engineering in the entire United States, with the other one offered at Ohio State University.

In 1912, with lest than 1,000 residents living on the Orem Bench, poles were erected to carry electric wires which were supplied with power generated at the Olmsted Power Plant.

Also in 1912, Utah Power and Light Company purchased the Telluride Power Company, which included the Olmsted Power Plant. This plant is still a fully operational power plant, operated by PacifiCorp, Utah Power's new owners.

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About Orem City

The City of Orem was organized in 1919 and named after Walter C. Orem, President of the Salt Lake and Utah Railroad. Orem is now the commercial and technological center for Central Utah and is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States. Housing, educational, and employment opportunities continue to be in high demand as Orem's population passes 91,000 residents.

The City of Orem is located on the eastern shore of Utah Lake and extends on the east to Provo and the foothills of Mount Timpanogos. It shares the general location with Provo, and its history is closely related to that of Provo. Its recent explosive development and growth have resulted in Orem becoming the fifth-largest city in Utah according to the 2010 US Census.