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Utah Travel Headlines Blog

Monday, September 29, 2008

Ogden Lauded for Creating a Sports Mecca

The Baltimore Sun has this new article focusing on Ogden City and its rebirth as a major center for adventure sports. Below are excerpts.

With a 125,000-square-foot recreation center acting as an anchor, Ogden has reclaimed a huge swath of its crumbling center, filling it with restaurants, galleries and shops. The city has embraced projects that include a water park and mountain bike trails.

"We want to build our work force and our tax base and be known as the mecca for outdoors sports," (Mayor Matthew) Godfrey said.

"The growth in the outdoors industry is coming from start-ups," Godfrey said. "We want to be a part of that, and that requires a commitment to recruit, develop and retain them."

Grow Utah Ventures hopes to improve the odds by supplying a healthy helping of expertise. Ogden has set aside office space near established outdoors companies. Zions Bank is providing $40,000 in seed money. Experts at the University of Utah, Utah State and Weber State will advise the fledgling businesses. Venture capitalist Alan Hall will help devise marketing and sales plans.

Read the entire article.

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