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By the Numbers: Why Outdoor Retailer Chose Denver

Denver beat out cities such as Chicago, Minneapolis, and Reno to bring Outdoor Retailer, the largest outdoor trade show in the U.S., to the Mile High City.

In 2017, divisive politics were everywhere. And last February, companies such as Patagonia and Arc’teryx boycotted Salt Lake City’s Outdoor Retailer show over Utah lawmakers’ push to rescind Bears Ears as a national monument. Seeking political refuge, organizers agreed in July to relocate to Denver (sorry Chicago, Minneapolis, Reno, and other bidders). To explain why, we consulted a nonpartisan group: the numbers.

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