Provo (population 112,488) is a city within the state of Utah. The city of Provo is 69 km south of the city of Salt Lake along the Wasatch Front, a chain of cities and towns to the west of the Wasatch mountains. Provo serves as the county seat of Utah County and the principal city within the Provo-Orem metropolitan area population of approximately 526,800. It is the 3rd largest metro area within Utah State after Salt Lake City and Ogden-Clearfield.
Etienne Provost, a French-Canadian explorer, named the area after visiting during the year 1825. During the late 1840s, Mormons created a community within the city of Provo, that was later incorporated during 1849. Due to its abundance of fruit orchards and gardens, Provo was called the "Garden City". Brigham Young Academy was established in the city of Provo in 1875. The Academy later became Brigham Young University (or also known as BYU), the country's biggest church-affiliated university. The university has been extremely vital to the city of Provo. They have been growing hand-in-hand, encouraging nationally significant academic and sports programs and a local high-technology industry.
The city of Provo hosts numerous local celebrations, the biggest of which is America's Freedom Festival. It is amongst the largest celebrations of American Independence in the nation, with more than 30 events taking place during 21 days prior to and including the 4th of July. The Stadium of Fire Spectacular is the climax of the event, held at BYU's Cougar Stadium. Another major event is the yearly WinterFest, a series of events starting with the December Christmas Parade in downtown Provo and ends with a Firework Finale on New Year Eve's.
The Provo area has a rather diversified economy. There are numerous software technology companies in the region. Software businesses located in the Provo region including Novell, Inc., Corel and the prominent Symantec. Some of the high tech firms located in the area are Covergys, Ameritech Library Services, PowerQuest Corp., Micron technology, Nimbus Manufacturing, Folio Corporation and Viewsoft. The region also has numerous biotech firms.
The major companies operating in the city of Provo includes: Nature's Sunshine, Banta Press, Sears Telecatolog and Powder River Manufacturing. Work is provided by the following sectors: healthcare, education, transportation and utilities, trade, manufacturing, government, professional, scientific and management and leisure and hospitality.