SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (February 17, 2017) – Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, issued the following statement regarding Outdoor Retailer’s decision to leave the state of Utah.
“Utah is an incredible location for outdoor recreation, home to hundreds of companies that employ thousands of Utahns. We regret the decision by the Outdoor Retailer show to leave our state for political reasons. We hope that they will reconsider and give state leaders an opportunity to work more closely with them in our shared goal of protecting our lands. We have been great partners for more than 20 years. Few can question the mutually beneficial relationship we have had.
“To be clear, our outdoor recreation and tourism sectors are essential components of Utah’s culture, economy and quality of life. Our spectacular natural environment is a legacy passed to us from preceding generations. We all have an obligation to preserve this legacy, even if we do not always agree about the specific tactics or means.
“Utah is blessed to have incredible sporting facilities, vistas and views with our endless mountain ranges, rivers, lakes, wildlife, and the largest ski resort in North America. The state of Utah is a remarkable product-testing location, with recreational opportunities and natural beauty that attracts great companies and employees from every industry.
“As Utah’s business leader, we believe all voices on these issues should be heard. We regret that this may not have always been the case in the past. Moving forward, we should work harder to make sure all perspectives are fairly included.
“We would also like to thank Governor Herbert for his leadership. He recognizes the value of our natural resources, natural beauty, and natural environment.
“With or without the Outdoor Retailer Tradeshow, we will continue to encourage all stakeholders to collaborate to find consensus-based solutions that bolster Utah’s outdoor recreation industry, enhance our quality of life, respect and strengthen rural communities, and to find sensible lasting solutions to balance development, recreation and conservation of public lands.”