Creating an outdoor capital

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Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association CEO Tom Kern reflects on first trip to Outdoor Retailer.

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Location Natural: Steamboat joins growing group of cities looking to grow their stake in the outdoor manufacturing industry

Deep inside the convention center for the Outdoor Retailer's winter trade show in Salt Lake City this year, a new, high-stakes spectacle took place. And most spectators never saw it. Economic developers from Steamboat Springs and a small contingent of other outdoor-oriented cities across the nation methodically waded through the booths not looking to buy skis, socks, goo or jackets. They were looking to someday bring entire companies, and their high-paying jobs, back home.

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