Kevin Lewis, Greater Zion
The Greater Zion area is on a premier stage like never before. Over a span of 13 months, the communities here will host three world championship endurance events including the IRONMAN World Championship and two IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships. The IRONMAN World Championship is the longest running, most iconic endurance event in the world and St. George will be the first destination outside of Hawaii to host it. Leaders have said this will be the most globally significant event to take place in Utah since the 2002 Winter Olympics. This speaks volumes about the kind of destination we have become. Much like what the Winter Olympics did for northern Utah in 2002, hosting three back-to-back world championships will showcase the qualities of the area, demonstrate the capabilities of our people, and strengthen the fundamental economic value of our communities in an unrivaled way. Through events like these, the area gains credibility and respect from business owners and leaders throughout the world. This “street cred” enhances the economic development opportunities for business sectors far beyond tourism, sports and hospitality. This session will showcase the value and opportunities these events bring and explore the far-reaching benefits to the overall economic development efforts in the area.