Bannock Development Corporation President & CEO John Regetz participated in the annual Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in January. Regetz met with executive level officers from over 45 recreation technology companies to identify those with expansion projects and recruit them to Bannock County and Idaho.
The SHOT Show is the largest annual trade show for outdoor industry professionals and the world’s premier exposition of combined hunting, shooting sports, firearms, ammunition, law enforcements, military, cutlery, outdoor apparel, optics and related products and services. The show featured over 1,600 exhibitors whom are a primary market for prospecting by Bannock Development Corporation.
Regetz also attended the Idaho Reception organized by The Idaho Dept. of Commerce of which Bannock Development Corporation co-sponsored. The event provides an opportunity to showcase Idaho’s business advantages and a forum to engage prospects. Over 250 guests attended this year’s reception.
Regetz brought a solid lead to the reception for introduction to Governor Otter and the Idaho Commerce Team, which made a great impression on the prospect. Regetz said, “The SHOT Show offers Bannock Development an opportunity to support Idaho Commerce’s efforts and recruit recreation technology companies, whom offer advanced manufacturing jobs”.
According to the Outdoor Industry Association, outdoor recreation is a $7.8 billion industry in Idaho and accounts for over 78,000 direct jobs. “Recreation technology companies are attracted to the outdoor resources and recreation culture in Idaho for developing and testing their products. They are a great fit for Bannock County’s excellent manufacturing resources and recreation opportunities including world class skiing, mountain biking, hunting and fishing”, said Regetz.