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 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 enforcement, 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 Idaho Commerce, of which Bannock Development Corporation was sponsor. 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 two active prospects to the reception for introduction to Governor Otter and the Idaho Commerce Team, which was well received by all parties. 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.