Ogden to Host an Inbound European Outdoor Recreation Industry Trade Mission to Grow Market
Vanuit het EU4sportsAlliance project (zie link), staat er binnenkort een handelsmissie van meerdere clusters geprogrammeerd naar de VS. Onder meer wordt een bezoek gebracht aan het cluster in Ogden. Zie hieronder de aankondiging van deze missie vanuit de VS.
OGDEN, Utah – Ogden, in partnership with EU4SportsClusters Alliance, will host European businesses in outdoor sports, cycling, skiing and tourism at an inbound trade mission, Sept. 17-20, to create opportunities for business expansion, collaboration on product development and market growth, and to foster trade relations.
The European Commission created the EU4SportsClusters to help develop new business and
international opportunities. The alliance is made up of five European partners: INDESCAT from
Catalonia, Spain; Sports & Technology, The Netherlands; European Platform for Sports Innovation,
Cluster Montagne, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France; and Flanders’ Bike Valley, Belgium.
“The opportunity to come to Ogden is unique in the way that the area has everything that the
EU4SportsClusters Alliance is looking for -- the support, the geography and the sports facilities for
cycling, skiing and outdoor recreation,” said Bert Celis with EU4SportsClusters Alliance. “This trade
mission allows companies to explore the possibilities of this promising market, and go into dialogue with
established US companies and business experts of all kinds.”
During the trade mission, attendees will:
- Participate in business-to-business meetings to discover cooperation possibilities
- Engage in innovative EU4Sports company pitches
- Develop new trade relations with European companies of outdoor sports
- Meet with top business leaders and government officials
“Hosting this trade mission will connect Ogden with outdoor industry partners and discover synergies for business growth,” said Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell. “We want to open doors to global outdoor brands and support their efforts as they look to Ogden’s mountain to metro community as their partner for US market expansion.”
Trade mission attendees will have the opportunity to engage in business meetings with Ogden area
outdoor companies and tour Utah ski resorts, the Ogden Business Exchange, a lifestyle themed
business park for cycling and outdoor companies, and Ogden innovation resources like White Clouds 3D printing, Darko Technologies wind tunnel testing, Weber State University’s Concept Center, and the Ogden-Weber Technical College Composites Center.
Both Ogden City and the State of Utah have identified outdoor products as a target economic cluster. The outdoor recreation industry in Ogden contributes to the region’s manufacturing strengths, wellqualified labor force, business opportunities and creates a robust supply chain network. The Outdoor Industry Association credits Utah’s outdoor recreation industry for generating $12.3 billion annually with $737 million going back in state and local tax revenues.
Outdoor companies and trade business resources can register to attend the mission and schedule
About Ogden, Utah
Ogden Utah is nestled against the mountains of the Wasatch Front, forming a scenic backdrop for the city and backyard access to outdoor recreation. Ogden has received national recognition as an outdoor recreation mecca, attracting outdoor companies and visitors alike. The Wall Street Journal has named Ogden “the center of outdoor sports gear in the U.S.,” while Outside Magazine recognized it as one of the “Best Towns in America” and National Geographic ranked it as a “Top 10 Emerging Ski Town.”
Ogden is now home to many high-profile brands in the outdoor recreation industry, including Atomic, ENVE, Goode Ski, Mavic, Mercury Wheels, Osprey Packs, Rossignol, Salomon, Scott USA, Suunto, and Tektro/TRP Brakes.
About EU4Sports Cluster Alliance
EU4Sports Clusters Alliance is a project co-financed by the European Commission to implement and test a Joint Internationalization Strategy for the European Strategic Sport Clusters Partnership, developing new value chains and international opportunities for SMEs, especially those existing in third markets outside the EU. The alliance is made up of five European partners: INDESCAT from Catalonia, Spain; Sports & Technology, The Netherlands; EPSI (European Platform for Sports Innovation), Cluster Montagne, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France; and Flanders’ Bike Valley, Belgium.
About the Trade Mission
Find more information on businesses and participants visit https://missionusa.b2match.io/