Utah Ponies Up $2.7 Million to Keep Outdoor RetailerBy Steve Casimiro on January 14th, 2013
The outdoor industry has a much bigger contribution to the U.S. economy than you might think — $730 billion and 6.5 million jobs — and over the last decade it hasn’t been shy about flexing its muscles, particularly in Utah, where its twice-yearly Outdoor Retailer trade show has a major impact on the Salt Lake economy ($40 million annually). And with the trade show running out of room for exhibitors at the Salt Palace convention center, the industry has been threatening to go elsewhere. Utah, it seems, doesn’t want to kill the golden goose — it’s just kicked in $2.66 million to build additional space in a 150,000-square-foot tent north of the Salt Palace. Nielsen, the company the puts on Outdoor Retailer, had no comment on the move, but one thing’s certain: Nobody wants to do business in a tent in Salt Lake’s winter cold or summer heat. Via Salt Lake Tribune.
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