Zions Bank announced that it has joined Utah Outdoor Partners as a founding member. Utah Outdoor Partners is a new non-partisan, non-profit charitable organization dedicated to promoting the broad economic value of Utah’s outdoors.

Zions First National Bank was founded in Salt Lake City in 1873 and is one of the oldest financial institutions in the Intermountain West.  From Logan to St. George and from Park City to Moab, Zions Bank operates 98 branches across Utah, including in many communities where outdoor recreation plays an important role in the local economy.

“Utah’s world-famous natural landscapes and unparalleled access to outdoor recreation opportunities are key to our state’s economy,” said President and Chief Executive Officer A. Scott Anderson. “We are proud to join Utah Outdoor Partners to help raise awareness of the economic value of Utah’s outdoors and promote investment in our state’s outdoor infrastructure.”

Utah Outdoor Partners was launched earlier this summer by bipartisan leaders Doug Owens and Congresswoman Mia Love, along with representatives from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. The organization presented the results of a new study by the University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute that showed Utah’s outdoors were key to the success of Utah’s fastest-growing businesses. According to the study, fast-growing businesses cited “access to recreation opportunities” and “Utah’s outdoor lifestyle” as the second and third most important reasons they located or expanded their business in Utah. The complete findings of the survey are available on Utah Outdoor Partners’ website.

Utah Outdoor Partners welcomes Zions Bank and applauds its commitment to strengthening Utah’s economy through its membership. To learn more about Utah Outdoor Partners and its mission to promote the broad economic value of Utah’s outdoors, please visit utahoutdoorpartners.org.