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Devin Felix

April 8, 2013

The longer-term growth trajectory and “needs list” of the show remain subjects of discussion. In the short term, the Summer Market will continue to use an expanded outdoor structure space adjacent to the convention center.

In the last four years, the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market show has seen a 13-percent average growth in overall attendance and an average 11-percent growth for the Winter Market show, with both shows experiencing double-digit percentage growth in the number of attending stores over those same four years. The show matched attendee growth with an increase in net-sold square feet—7 percent for Summer Market and 6 percent for Winter Market.

“Discussions about longer-term solutions beyond 2016 are still ongoing with Salt Lake and other potential host cities,” says Haroutunian. “We understand everyone is anxious for a longer-term decision, but making sure the show has a home that fits the needs of the industry is hugely important. The extension period will help us make sure we get it right.”


Salt Lake City – THE LANDING, an iconic apartment building near the University of Utah formerly called the Charleston Apartments, was sold. The 12-story building, constructed in 1950, is located on the corner of 500 South and 1300 East and consists of 129 units.

Salt Lake City – BIZVISION launched its nationwide network of professional videographers. These videographers are trained to provide webcasting and video streaming services for organizations of all sizes across the country on the company’s turnkey, cloud-based video solution.

Salt Lake City – JACKSON & LEROY REMODELING was recognized as one of America’s Top Remodelers for 2012 by Professional Remodeler magazine. It was the only company in Utah to be honored by the magazine.

Salt Lake City – UTAH MEDICAL INSURANCE ASSOCIATION terminated its agreement to be acquired by The Doctors Company. It entered instead into an agreement to be acquired by MMIC, a medical professional liability company.


Salt Lake City – The Salt Lake Office of COLDWELL BANKER COMMERCIAL NRT was selected to represent VISTA STATION, a transit-oriented development located in Salt Lake County.

Salt Lake City – KIMPTON’S HOTEL MONACO was named as one of the best hotels in Salt Lake City for 2013 by U.S. News & World Report. The best hotels are calculated based on the aggregate opinion of travel experts and guests as shown through awards, recommendations and ratings.

Salt Lake City – THE DAVID ECCLES SCHOOL OF BUSINESS at the UNIVERSITY OF UTAH created the JAMES LEE SORENSON CENTER FOR GLOBAL IMPACT INVESTING. Created through a $13 million personal gift from James Lee Sorenson, the center will engage students at the University of Utah and partner universities in creating sustainable change on regional and global levels through social investment, innovative curriculum and research.

West Valley City – The American Concrete Pavement Association and the UTAH DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION presented WEST VALLEY CITY with a paving award for The Fairbourne Station Phase I roadways.

Salt Lake City – PACKSIZE INTERNATIONAL’s iQ FUSION won the first-ever ProMat Innovation Award in the Best New Innovation category. The award serves to educate and provide insights on the latest manufacturing and supply chain products and services.

Salt Lake City – Fast Company magazine ranked WESTERN GOVERNORS UNIVERSITY No. 28 on its The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies list for 2013.

Salt Lake City – MOUNTAIN STATES FENCE COMPANY celebrated its 50th anniversary. It opened in 1963 and shortly thereafter became a member of the Associated General Contractors.

Salt Lake City – SMITH’S FOOD & DRUG STORES introduced its newest private label brands, Simple Truth and Simple Truth Organic, which were created to take the confusion and expense out of selecting organic and natural foods by making the choices honest, easy and affordable.

Salt Lake City – RAY QUINNEY & NEBEKER was awarded two W3 awards. The RQ&N website received a Gold Award in general website categories - law and legal services and a Silver Award in website features, structure and navigation.

Salt Lake City – MERCATO PARTNERS invested $7 million in GOAL ZERO, a creator of portable solar power systems. The company partnered with Mercato to accelerate retail, online and international sales.

Salt Lake City – The OFFICE OF THE PROPERTY RIGHTS OMBUDSMAN launched a website to help the public access information about property rights. The site can be accessed at

Salt Lake City – THE SUMMIT GROUP COMMUNICATIONS teamed up with the UNIVERSITY OF UTAH’s Career Services department to provide professional clothes to current students looking to find jobs
after graduation.

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