The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable yesterday called for governors in all 50 states to establish an Outdoor Recreation Industry Office and reaffirmed its commitment to work collaboratively with state leaders to advance outdoor-recreation priorities across the country.
This call follows last week’s National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C., during which ORR met with several governors and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to discuss the importance of the outdoor recreation industry to state economies.
The group discussed the need for outdoor recreational offices in each state with Govs. Matthew Mead, R-Wyo., John Hickenlooper, D-Colo., and Gary Herbert, R-Utah, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, which is part of ORR.
The group says those offices will facilitate greater public participation in outdoor recreation activities and generate stronger local economic activity.
Each governor was honored for his contribution to the outdoors and was presented with a commemorative challenge coin for the commitment to delivering prosperity and fun through outdoor recreation.
“OREC offices have proven to be exceptionally effective at encouraging greater use of the great outdoors,” said ORR president Derrick Crandall, according to the NMMA. “Greater participation in outdoor recreation means a stronger economy — something each of the governors we honored last week fully understands. As the prime months for outdoor recreation are upon us, we encourage all governors to join their peers who are already experiencing the benefits of an OREC office in their state.”
OREC offices work with local communities to improve infrastructure, coordinating recreation efforts statewide and promoting the benefits of engaging in outdoor recreation among the citizens of their state.
To date, OREC offices have been established in eight states: Colorado, Montana, North Carolina, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Washington and Wyoming.
“It was an honor to welcome so many leaders who share in our enthusiasm for enhancing outdoor recreation in the United States,” said Frank Hugelmeyer, ORR vice chair and president of the RV Industry Association. “As the nation’s premier outdoor recreation coalition, ORR looks forward to working with the nation’s governors to develop OREC offices in all 50 states so that we can maximize the rapidly growing economic impact of our industry nationwide.”