Table of Contents

Mayor & Council Message

Orem's Fitness Founders

Sub for Santa

Come See the Lights!

HEAT Program

New Pins from Library

Resident Resources

Fitness Pass Sale

Everyday Strong

Orem Chat

Utah County Housing First Fund

Orem Business Alliance

Recycle Coach

The City of Orem is Hiring

Mayor's Message
  Boy 2020 has been a Doozy

2020 could be called a "Doozy" of a year. We have had the world wide Pandemic
affecting every area of our lives. We have had wildfires. We have had a tumultuous
election season. And across the US there have been many hurricanes and tornadoes.
While 2020 has been a bleak year, I thought I would bring you some numbers of cheer.

In 2000, a group of Utah Leaders set out on a Quality Growth Strategy to help guide Utah for the next 20 years to 2020. This group was part of the Envision Utah team. I would like to list how Utah has done following their strategy from then to today.

Utah was projected to grow by 1 Million new residents. In fact Utah had a 1.6 Million 
population in 1998 and today we have over 2.6 Million in population. But while that growth increase is pretty large, some interesting things have happened. Utah has added over 300,000 additional housing units of which single family homes comprise
67% today versus 71% in 1998. But also apartments comprised 25% then of the total and do the same today in 2020. 140 square miles though have been saved as agricultural space, saving over $4.5 Billion in infrastructure spending for roads, sewers, water and stormwater pipelines in the process. 260 square miles were projected to be developed, but only 126 square miles were developed for growth in Utah. In other words that is a 52% REDUCTION in projected developed land growth.

We used 319 gallons of water per person per day in 1998. It was projected that we would be using 298 gallons per person in 2020. But we are actually using only 225 gallons per person in 2020 or 30% less today even with an additional 1 Million more residents in our state. This is due to education, water metering, a smaller quantity of land developed per person, and there is less area to be watered per person. Again that is a 30% REDUCTION in water use per person per day over the last 20 years. In 1998 over 2,000 tons of air polluting emissions were produced per day along the 4 Wasatch front counties. Today in 2020 it was projected that we would emit 2,634 Tons per day, but in fact we now emit only 964 tons per day for a 64% REDUCTION.. Utah has now also reached full compliance with the EPA standards for air pollution for the first time, even before COVID 19 hit.

Since 1998 over 140 miles of mass transit rail has been built. It was projected to have over 45,000 people live within 1/2 mile of a transit station. In fact today the state has over 354,000 people living within 1/2 mile of a transit station. In 1998 daily transit ridership was at 54,000 people per day. It was projected that in 2020 that we would have 120,000 people riding transit rail per day; in fact the actual figure is at 145,000 people riding the transit rail per day. 

The Quality Growth Strategy goes on into the future. Envision Utah worked with the State Legislature to instigate tax incentives for the gas refineries in Utah to start producing Tier 3 gas which they are now doing. This gas eliminates 70% of the sulfur from the current fuel we use. This will lower the pollutants in the air by 70% in the future as more and more vehicles use it. New building codes being put in place will lower the air emissions from buildings by 30% as well.

There are a lot of good things happening in Utah to make our environment better and our lives healthier for the future. I just thought it would be helpful to know that good things are happening in Utah. These truly are numbers to cheer about for the future in our wonderful state.

Mayor Brunst
Message from Councilmember Debby Lauret
โ€œPeople are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway."

-Mother Teresa

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
from the 
Mayor and Orem City Council
Councilwoman Debby Lauret

Sub for Santa Applications Open and Volunteers Needed
United Way of Utah County is a temporary Christmas assistance program, matching sponsors from the community with families looking for help. If your family is in need, applications are now open for residents of Utah County.

If you are looking to donate monetary gifts, goods, or your time, there are several opportunities available! Currently the program is especially in need of donations of new books and teen gift items. The program is also looing for volunteers to help with applications and sorting and delivering gifts.
Come See the Lights!
Even though COVID stopped us from hosting our annual Lights On celebration, we would still like to invite you and your family to come onto City Center campus and take a socially-distanced stroll under the beautiful light display. The lights are on every night so come visit at your convenience. We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season!
HEAT Program
Do you need help with your utility bills? The HEAT Program helps low-income individuals and families by providing one-time utility assistance each year. Help is available if you have lost your job or have reduced income due to COVID-19. Visit or call 801-229-3855 for information on how to apply.  
New Pins from the Orem Public Library
The Orem Public Library is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Children's Wing and the completion of the new Library Hall with this five-piece collector's pin set. The pins can be purchased individually or as a complete set. This is a must-have for anyone who has fond memories of visiting the library over the last 25 years.
Resident Resources
The Utah Housing Assistance Program can help renters who are unable to pay their rent and utilities due to COVID-19. Visit for more information.

The City of Orem understands many area residents are struggling to pay for their housing and utilities and meet basic needs due to job loss and other effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We as a City want to make sure you have the needed information and resources to help you weather the current storm. Click on the button below for information on local resources, including flyers in both English and Spanish, that can assist you during this difficult time. 

We're just a few months away from the opening of the new Orem Family Fitness Center and to celebrate we're offering 20% off on all annual passes until the grand opening. Be sure to get your pass now to lock in the best possible prices for this amazing facility.
Everyday Strong Webinar
Learn how to build resilient kids online at a one hour webinar! More information available here.
Have an Issue? We'd love to chat!
As part of our effort to provide ever-improving service to our residents, we want to make sure you know that you can chat with a real-life city employee through

Instead of calling or coming into city offices, chat offers a quick and simple way to get questions answered, report problems, or let us know what is on your mind.

To access the chat window, just visit and look for the blue box in the bottom corner that says "๐Ÿ‘‹ Chat with Us!" and follow the prompts from there.

We look forward to chatting with you!
Utah County Housing First Fund
You can help make a real difference for the local homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless this holiday season by donating to the Mountainland Continuum of Care Utah County Housing First Fund! 100% of Utah County Housing First Fund donations go towards removing barriers to permanent housing for local homeless individuals and families or to prevent people from becoming homeless. All requests are made by service provider staff and no funding is ever given to the client directly. Since the fund was created in October of 2015, over 105 local residents have been served by these generous dollars.

Help the Continuum continue to help these vulnerable populations now and in the future! Donate today at! For questions or more information, contact Heather Hogue at
Orem Business Alliance
Do you run a business in Orem? Are you tuned in to what's happening with the Orem Business Alliance? The OBA currently holds webinars and regularly sends out informative emails about funding sources, trainings, and other important information to help Orem Businesses. Check out last month's webinar titled "Networking Amid the Pandemic." Also, sign up here to receive emails and get the inside scoop!

Recycle Coach
Sometimes all we need to do the right thing is a simple nudge. When it comes to being a good recycler, we've got a FREE app that will provide all the nudges you need.

Recycle Coach is Orem's free app for both iPhone and Android that provides simple reminders for your trash pick-up day, how to recycle pretty much anything, and monthly tips on how to be a recycling all-star.

Just search for "Recycle Coach" in your app store.
The City of Orem is Hiring
We are hiring for multiple full-time and part-time positions. To view a list of available job openings and to submit an application, follow the link below.
Know somebody with a great yard? Nominate them for one of our beautification awards. Just click here.