Colorado officials won't seek refund of incentives given to downsizing Outdoor Retailer shows

Ed Sealover
Colorado officials won't seek refund of incentives given to downsizing Outdoor Retailer shows

Colorado officials spent five months pursuing the Outdoor Retailer shows with the ardor of a smitten teenager, presenting detailed business plans on why the event should leave its longtime home in Salt Lake City to move east and offering up a $1.7 million incentive bouquet for organizers to use to help market themselves to their new community. Nathan Fey, director of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, said Thursday morning that he believes the group’s decision to combine the November show with its already scheduled Outdoor Retailer Snow Show in January will “best represent the industry,” and Gov. Jared Polis later in the day lauded the economic impact of the downsized event and said the state could look at other ways it may be able to help the show.