Jon Snyder Selected as First Outdoor Recreation Economic Policy Advisor to the Governor

Washington's First Outdoor Recreation Economic Policy Advisor

Jon Snyder Selected as First Outdoor Recreation Economic Policy Advisor to the Governor

In creating this position the Legislature set ambitious goals of fostering economic development and opportunity tied to the outdoors across the state. Jon will be charged with working with communities, stakeholders and legislators to realize those goals.  Matt Steuerwalt, Executive Director of Policy, has asked him to begin with an effort to get to know those who are engaged in this area and to develop a strategy for moving forward.

Please join us in welcoming Jon to the job, and feel free to circulate this announcement to others you know will be interested.

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February 2018: A federal government analysis of outdoor recreation's economic impact reaffirms what many conservation groups have said for decades.  Outdoor recreation is big business. For the first time ever the U.S. Department of Commerce looked specifically at the economic impact of outdoor recreation and found that it contributed $373.7 billion to the nation's Gross Domestic Product in 2016, comprising 2 percent of the GDP.  See Report


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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