Outdoor Recreation Summit
The inaugural Outdoor Recreation Summit got off to a successful start in Salt Lake City's Salt Palace. The sold-out event proved to be an unprecedented gathering of outdoor-related stakeholders ready to explore new opportunities, share best practices and promote the numerous economic, physical and social benefits of outdoor recreation in Utah. Speakers included Governor Gary R. Herbert, OIA President Frank Hugelmeyer, Office of Tourism Director Vicky Varela and Utah Environmental Advisor Alan Matheson. More info here.
The 2015 Outdoor Summit planning is already underway and the date for next year's summit is March 3, 2015.
Governor Herbert Signs Long-Awaited Land Swap at Outdoor Summit
Gov. Gary Herbert kicked off the first Outdoor Recreation Summit by finalizing a long-awaited swap of state and federal lands in eastern Utah. The land swap gave the BLM 58 parcels with high conservation and recreation value including world-class recreation sites like Corona Arch and Morning Glory Arch in Grand County. The State of Utah received in the exchange 34 parcels with high mineral development potential, mainly in Uintah County. See more.
RTCA Now Accepting Applications for Community Recreation & Conservation Projects
The National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program extends and expands the benefits of the National Park Service throughout the country. The program helps connect Americans to their parks, trails, rivers and other special places. A community can ask the RTCA for assistance with a project and NPS staff will provide free, on-location facilitation and planning expertise to guide a project from conception to completion. Applications are being accepted from now until August 1, 2014 for assistance beginning the next fiscal year (October 1, 2014 through Sept. 30, 2015).
Applications and further information can be found on the NPS website.
Olympic Park to Host Psicobloc Masters Series
Some of the top professional climbers in the world will converge on Park City August 6-8, 2014 for the 2nd annual Psicobloc Masters Series. Psicobloc is Spanish for “crazy bouldering” and is also known as “deep water soloing.” It is a form of solo rock climbing done over deep water which protects against injury during the highly technical climbs. The event will be held at the Utah Olympic Park in the freestyle aerial training pool.
Tour of Utah Unveils Race Routes
Organizers of the 2014 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah revealed a detailed race route that will go the distance as the longest professional cycling stage race in North America this year: 753.8 miles and 57,863 feet of vertical gain in seven heart-pounding days of racing. A world-class, 16-team field of riders will be tested by increases of 30 percent in climbing terrain and 32 percent in mileage on August 4-10 for the 10th anniversary of the Tour of Utah. Detailed routes are now available.
Concept to Company Opens Outdoor Recreation Contest
Grow Utah, in partnership with Zion's Bank, will host the Concept to Company Outdoor Recreation contest to award the best local outdoor recreation product or service entrepreneurs with $40,000 in cash and support services. The contest is for new products in the outdoor rec industry (camping, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, paddle sports, hiking, skiing, boarding and more.) Applications will be accepted until July 6. For more information: Concept to Company.
INDUSTRY NEWS & ACCOLADES
Utah Moves Up Several Spots to 8th in Bike Friendliness
Every year, the League of American Bicyclists ranks all 50 states on their bikeability and recently awarded Utah its highest ranking to date, as the 8th most friendly state for biking. It is based on a multi-faceted questionnaire answered by each state’s Bicycle Coordinator. The League looks at five categories: Legislation & Enforcement, Policies & Programs, Infrastructure & Funding, Education & Encouragement, and Evaluation & Planning. More info at Cycling Utah.
Moab Businesses Ask BLM to Protect Public Lands for Recreation Economy
Public lands are big business in Moab. More than 50 business owners in the Moab area are calling on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), urging a smarter approach to balance oil and gas development with tourism and recreation as the agency puts together its long-term plan for public lands in the region. The coalition asked that the BLM's Master Leasing Plan keep their needs to protect the local recreation economy in mind. See more.
Osprey Packs to Open U.S. Distribution Center in Utah
Osprey Packs, a Colorado-based company that makes backpacks and travel gear, announced recently that the company's distribution operations will relocate to Utah's Wasatch Front next year. While Osprey company headquarters will remain in Cortez, CO, the warehousing and shipping will relocate to Utah by mid-2015. The new DC is set to open with as many as 20 employees, a mix of current team members relocating from Colorado and new hires in Utah.
Utah Gateway Community Forum Website Launched
The National Parks Conservation Association, in conjunction with a diverse group of partners, has launched a new website that will foster collaboration, communication and partnerships between public land managers and national park gateway communities in Utah. The website is a component of the Utah Gateway Community Forum that was initiated last November. The site contains beneficial information, including links to community funding sources, an event calendar, a library of successful examples of collaboration, an interactive discussion board, and a directory of key gateway community and public lands contacts throughout Utah.
Utah’s Moab Adventure Center Suggests Menu of Nature-Based Activities That Equal In-Gym Cross-Fit Training
Taking a breather from the daily routine is the essence of a good vacation. For fitness enthusiasts, this may mean leaving behind the neighborhood gym and personal trainer, but it doesn't have to mean going without great cross-fit workouts. Set in Moab, within a natural playground surrounded by mountains, canyons and national parks, the Moab Adventure Center provides a resource for the ultimate workout and outdoor experience with a wide variety of activities to keep fit including: mountain biking, stand-up paddle-boarding, rock climbing and canyoneering, trail running, and more. More info.
Contour Camera Opens in Provo
Point-of-view camera company Contour Camera has re-opened under new ownership and moved its headquarters to Provo. New CEO Danny Lysenko feels that Utah is a great place to move the company. He told Bicycle Retailer, "It's an outdoor mecca, so a perfect backdrop for this product." Recently, Contour Camera announced their new global distribution partners.
Park City to Host 2019 World Freestyle Championships
The U.S. Ski & Snowbird Association, in partnership with Park City and the State of Utah, was awarded the International Ski Federation's 2019 World Championship for freestyle, freeskiing and snowboarding. The bid had featured a partnership of three resorts: Canyons Resort, Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort for an event that will attract the very best skiers and snowboarders in the world for a minimum of 12 competitions over 10 days in February 2019. For more information, see the Salt Lake Tribune article.
Wasatch Front Plays Host to Dealer Tour
For a few days in late May, Bicycle Retailer & Industry News staff led a special Dealer Tour visiting bicycle retailers in Salt Lake City and Ogden. The tour came away impressed with the quality of the region's bicycle retail shops, UTA's bike friendly trains, and how Wasatch Front city planners are adding bicycle friendly infrastructure. Mayor Mike Caldwell of Ogden joined the tour for a day, earning Ogden some great press. The magazine devoted 16 pages of the latest issues just to the Salt Lake City tour which can be accessed here.
Outdoor Retailer Cabela's Building New Shipping Center in Tooele
In late summer of 2015, gear for thousands of hunters, fishers, campers and boating enthusiasts across the West will be moving into a new Cabala's
facility in Tooele. The new, huge regional hub is located in an industrial park on Tooele's west side. S
ee Salt Lake Tribune article
2014 Wilderness Therapy Symposium To Be Held In Park City
Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature Deficit Disorder, will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 OBH Council Wilderness Therapy Symposium. The annual Wilderness Symposium, presented by the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council, will be held this year in Park City at the Canyons Resort August 28-30.
Cotopaxi Launched as Benefit Corporation
Cotopaxi, which was given a great launch in the spring with its Questival outdoor-adventure race held along the Wasatch Front, has been getting some great press, including a feature article in Outside Magazine. The company combines the sale of their outdoor gear with an internationally focused social mission. Cotopaxi is the first start-up to actually launch as a Benefit Corporation, a business that is required to have a measurable positive impact on society and the environment. (Of note: Recently passed Utah SB133 helps define such corporations.)
Ribbon Cuttings Held on Trails in South Jordan & Moab on May 31
Two grand opening celebrations and ribbon cuttings were held on Saturday, May 31.
Moab held their celebration for the opening of
Lions Park Transit Hub and Colorado River Pathway.
marked the completion of what started as an idea for a Colorado River pathway and grew into an entire network of trails and hubs.
On the same day,
Salt Lake County celebrated the official opening of the 9000 South tunnel, a new 1.6 miles of trail and a pedestrian bridge which connects the middle of the Jordan River Parkway, making it the longest section of continuous paved trail along the Wasatch Front (45 miles).
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Grants for Small Businesses Through New Air Assist Program
UCAIR, DEQ, and the Utah Department of Workforce Services have partnered to provide grants for small businesses with fewer than 100 employees. The grants assist companies in making upgrades to their current equipment to reduce emissions and improve air quality. See UCAIR website
June 19-21: Road Respect Bicycle Tour in N. Utah: Summit County, Morgan County & Cache County. Link to register to ride for free.
June 20: Olympic Day at the Utah Olympic Oval. Celebration w/ athlete appearances, autographs, ice skating, live entertainment, etc. Free admission.
June 20-21: Red Fleet Paddle Festival event at Red Fleet State Park. Try different paddle craft, enjoy music, fun & fireworks.
June 21: Olympic Day at the Utah Olympic Park The evening event celebrates both Olympians & Paralympians. Big air show, athlete appearances, fireworks & more. Details.
June 28: Ribbon-cutting ceremony for new 3-D Archery Range at Starvation State Park
July 10: Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee meeting. Held at GOED office from 2-4 pm.
July 19: Capitol Reef Classic Bike Race and Grand Fondo in Wayne County
July 24-27: Bike Dealer Camp/Cycle Fest Deer Valley Resort, Park City, Utah. (Cyclefest is open to consumers as well.)
August 4-10: Tour of Utah. Various locations around Utah
August 5: Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee meeting. Held at GOED office from 2-4 pm.
August 5: Outdoor Retailer Summer Market Open Air Demo, Utah location TBD (depending on water levels).
August 6-8: Psciobloc Masters Series climbing event held at Utah Olympic Park
August 6-9: Outdoor Retailer Summer Market Expo, Salt Palace Convention Center.
August 25: National Park Birthday. Free admission to all National Parks and special events.
August 28-30: Wilderness Therapy Symposium held in Park City.
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Programs for Utah
Matching Funds Available to Help Boost Your Global Sales with Utah’s State Trade and Export Promotion
If you've got a small business and you have wanted to exhibit at an international trade show, you may be able to qualify for matching grants to offset expenses related to exhibiting at international events. The grants also cover participating with trade mission delegations, and receiving Gold Key U.S. Commercial Service in countries identified to increase your global market.
Learn more about the STEP Program and find out if your company qualifies.
Health Insurance Plans for Utah's Small Businesses
Avenue H is an insurance marketplace created by the State of Utah to meet the new Affordable Care Act standards. The site allows small Utah companies with one to 50 employees to purchase health insurance from Utah-based insurance companies.
BUSINESS PARTNER PROGRAMS
Procurement Technical Assistance Centers
Utah outdoor businesses can find government contracts with the aid of the state's Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC), which provide one-on-one counseling, workshop training and a Bid-Match program to help small businesses expand their marketing success by identifying government contracting opportunities. These services are available at no cost to Utah businesses.
For help in getting in touch with one of the seven PTAC locations in the state and for additional information go to the GOED Utah Procurement Technical Assistance website or call Myrna Hill at (801) 538-8775.
Rural Enterprise Zones for Businesses
Eligible businesses locating or expanding in designated enterprise zones may be eligible for tax credits that can be claimed on Utah's state income tax forms. Tax credits can be used for job creation for full-time employees, investments in a plant, equipment or other depreciable properties and more. Non-refundable tax credits are available to eligible businesses in the designated enterprise zones in rural areas from the start of the tax year in which the designation is made. Learn more here.