TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) ― Five local officials from Utah, including Mike Caldwell, the mayor of Ogden, Utah, are walking the halls at the Taipei Cycle Show meeting with more than a dozen companies in hopes they will open offices in the Beehive State.
This is Caldwell’s second trip to Taiwan and he and Steve Fishburn, Ogden’s business development director, will join a group of riders for a cycling tour of Taiwan after the show closes Saturday. KindShock is sponsoring the tour.
“We’re still working on this and there’s a phenomenal interest in Utah,” said Caldwell, noting that Ogden is already a growing center for cycling and outdoor companies whose employees want to enjoy the lifestyle offered by Utah’s scenic countryside and its modest living costs.
Last September, Ogden city officials hosted 25 Taiwanese executives from companies like KMC, Topeak, VP Components, KindShock, Prowheel and others on a multi-day bicycle tour of Utah’s national and state parks. The group ended the ride at Interbike’s Outdoor Demo.
Caldwell said the city, along with other state agencies, are planning to put together a similar event this year right after Interbike, although there may be a bit more sightseeing and a bit less cycling. “I think some of them wanted to spend more time visiting the parks,” Caldwell said.
Ogden, an old railroad town built on the edge of the Wasatch Mountains, is unique in its pursuit of new business focused on the bicycle industry. TRP, for example, moved there last year from California. Enve Composites has a factory there and Scott USA recently opened offices in the Salt Lake area. QBP also operates a warehouse in Ogden.
Also with the group is Joel Racker, chairman of the Utah Board of Tourism Development and president of the Utah Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau. He hopes to spark more interest among the Taiwanese in coming to Utah to visit. Also among the group is Brad Petersen, director of Utah’s Office of Outdoor Recreation and Todd Brightwell, CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah.