Outdoor trade show gives Utah governor ultimatum

Wednesday , August 01, 2012 - 4:47 PM

Paul Foy

SALT LAKE CITY— Organizers of an outdoor gear trade show that is said to be among the world’s largest are threatening to pull the bi-annual expo from Salt Lake City if Utah’s governor doesn’t change course on environmental issues.

Outdoor Retailer show officials say they’re considering relocating to Denver, Las Vegas, Anaheim, Calif., or Orlando, Fla. The shows draw more than 25,000 people and inject $40 million into the economy. They have taken place in Utah since 1996.

Organizers gave Gov. Gary Herbert 30 days to renounce Utah’s push to take over federal lands. Herbert signed a bill in March demanding the federal government relinquish control of public lands in Utah by 2014.

The group also wants more space for the shows.

Herbert says outdoor industry leaders misunderstand his position on public lands.

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