This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.
I had a wonderful time during a recent visit to Kanab, the county seat of Kane County. I marveled at the grandeur of the surroundings, the graciousness of the people and the obvious entrepreneurial spirit of the business community.
Usually when people north of Nephi think of southern Utah communities, they think of St. George or Moab. I don't hear much about Kanab. This is strange, because Kanab is accessible, with great amenities and activities.
Kanab is adjacent to eight national parks and monuments: Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Grand Canyon, Zion, Cedar Breaks, Grand Staircase, Pipe Springs and Rainbow Bridge. Lake Powell, the Dixie and Kaibab National Forests, and six state parks are close by.
Fishing, golfing, hunting, boating, swimming, water-skiing and camping are all close at hand, and there are great historic sites, ghost towns and opportunities for scenic adventures.
I had the opportunity to visit with many business people during my stay. Everyone loves the area and the great quality of life. Things have not always been positive for the region's economy. The biggest industry was the timber and lumber business, but in recent years, environmental pressure caused the demise of the biggest employer in the county.
Now, tourism is the main stay of the community. September 11, 2001 had a devastating impact on visitors. Only now is tourism beginning to return to its previous level. While I was there, I noticed most of the visitors were on bus tours, and many were from Europe. Because the American dollar is so weak against the Euro, travel in the United States is a real bargain for foreign visitors.
For the next few "Speaking on Business" segments, I will tell you about some of the great business people and companies that I visited during my most enjoyable stay.
For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.