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16 February 2017

Raising Awareness of the Importance of the Outdoor Recreation Sector to Washington State

This is How We Rally

This year's 5th annual rally day was held -- appropriately -- in a large tent on the Capital
grounds in Olympia, and it was open to the public. Some 60 vendors and organizations had information and display booths on site. Representatives describe their part of the outdoor recreation sector.
Governor, Lands Commissioner, Lawmakers & Outdoor Recreation Leaders from Washington and Colorado 10 February 2017

Governor, Lands Commissioner, Lawmakers & Outdoor Recreation Leaders from Washington and Colorado

Big Tent Rally Day - Feb 15, 2017

(OLYMPIA) -- Governor Jay Inslee, newly elected Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz, leaders on Washington’s and Colorado's outdoor recreation policy, and Washington State Legislators will join over 60 organizations that have a deep passion for the outdoors in celebrating the 5th Annual Big Tent Outdoor Recreation Rally Day.  Festivities take place midday February 15th on the State Capitol grounds. 
Big Tent Outdoor Coalition Rally Day 31 January 2017

Big Tent Outdoor Coalition Rally Day

Wednesday, February 15, 2017: Advance Registration Recommended (free entry)

Join the Big Tent Coalition on the grounds of the capitol as we bring awareness to the critical economic importance of the outdoor recreation economy in Washington State.

AGENDA
10:00am - Registration and Big Tent Displays Open
11:00am-1:00pm - Legislative & Industry Presenters
(Hear from those shaping the future of the Washington State Outdoor Recreation Industry.)
2:00pm - Big Tent Closes

Lunch and refreshments will be served throughout the event. Grab a cup of Ivar's Chowder, coffee. snacks or hot chocolate and explore the displays of over 30 outdoor recreation organizations. This event is FREE and open to industry partners and the public. Please register so that you have a pre-printed name badge and quick access to the event and to join the Big Tent information list to receive updates and news from our coalition.  

Register Here
22 January 2017

Statewide Tourism Marketing Program Ready for Legislators

The Suburban Times

Washington would no longer be the only state in the nation without a statewide tourism marketing program under legislation introduced in both the state House and Senate this week.  The legislation would create an industry-led Tourism Marketing Authority and provide performance-based industry funding mechanisms without additional taxes.  Both HB1123 and SB 5251 (the same legislation but entered in both the Senate and House) have bipartisan support from legislators representing urban and rural districts throughout the state.
Opinion: National monuments drive economic growth 31 December 2016

Opinion: National monuments drive economic growth

The Mercury News

In addition to fueling the growth of fast-growing entrepreneurial companies, national monuments give a shot in the arm to local economies.
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A state study completed by the Recreation and Conservation Office in January 2015, finds that people in Washington spend nearly $22 billion each year hiking, skiing, boating, golfing, and in other outdoor pursuits.  See Study

 

January 2014 - Outdoor recreation is an economic powerhouse in the United States, each year generating $646 billion in customer spending and 6.1 million direct jobs.  See Study

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