Shooting, hunting and outdoor activities are alive and well in South Dakota, and this January, members of the Rushmore Region Economic Development Alliance will be working to further support the industry in our state.
Lori Fredrick, Mutch Usera and Pat Kurtenbach of the Rushmore Region are taking part in a cooperative opportunity offered through the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) to team up with representatives from across the state and promote South Dakota at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas, Nev.
In 2016, there were nearly 100 companies in the shooting, hunting and outdoor industry doing business in South Dakota. These companies range from manufacturing firearms and firearms components, to hunting and fishing accessories, to archery materials, among many other products and services.
As we are well aware, in South Dakota, the outdoors is more than a hobby – it’s a way of life. We have natural amenities that provide ample opportunities for hunting, fishing, boating, camping and hiking; and our passion for the outdoors has cultivated a responsible, gun-friendly culture.
Our business climate is also second to none. South Dakota companies enjoy a stellar tax structure and a favorable regulatory climate, so promoting those assets to shooting, hunting and outdoor companies only makes sense.
While we work hard to recruit new businesses, we also work to support and promote the companies that already call South Dakota home, whether it’s by making introductions to a supplier, finding a buyer for a product or helping promote the company.
The SHOT Show is the largest and most comprehensive trade show for professionals in the industry. It features more than 1,600 exhibitors filling booth space covering nearly 13 acres, and attracts more than 64,000 industry professionals from all 50 states and 100 countries.