If a trade show that brings more than $40 million to your state's economy threatened to move locations, would you listen?
Since 1996, one of the world's largest outdoor promotions fairs, Outdoor Retailer, has taken place in Salt Lake City, Utah. But now the show's coordinators are threatening to take it elsewhere -- unless the state's governor is willing to make some changes.
According to CBS News, the Outdoor Industry Association, which helps organize the Outdoor Retailer twice a year, is asking Gov. Gary Herbert to "pursue public land policies that support the outdoor industry." And unless it receives a positive sign from the governor, the trade show will likely move to another venue.
"We have not and will not sit silently on threats to the nation's recreation infrastructure," said association president and CEO Frank Hugelmeyer in a statement.
In March, Herbert signed a bill that "demands the federal government relinquish control of public lands in Utah by 2014" -- a move that did not sit well with the association.
Outdoor Retailer's organizers are looking at venues in Denver, Las Vegas, and Orlando.