Website creates central source for outdoor recreation industry education and advocacy
DENVER – Wednesday, January 30 – The Colorado Office of Outdoor Recreation, in conjunction with nine other member states of the Coalition of States, today announced the launch of confluenceofstates.com, a web portal dedicated to the bipartisan stewardship of natural resources.
The Coalition of States began in January 2018, when eight member states signed the original Confluence of Accords. The eight original states are: Colorado, Montana, North Carolina, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Washington and Wyoming. Maine and Michigan are slated to join the accords in 2019. The Coalition is committed to four shared principles and the responsible cultivation of a shared $62 billion outdoor recreation industry.
These four guiding principles are:
By promoting the practice of these four pillars, member organizations and states can protect and sustain our water, air, land, and wildlife for current and future generations and for the betterment of the economy. These accords are based on the belief that the more nurturing states can be now of their great outdoors, the more they will get in return in the future.
“The outdoor recreation industry in Colorado employs 511,000 people and generates $37 billion in consumer spending. Nationwide, that number grows to 7.6 million people and $887 billion in consumer spending,” said Luis Benitez, Director of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office. “Our goal in spearheading the Confluence of States is to expand on the original signatures and involve all fifty states in nurturing and building a stronger, more sustainable outdoor recreation economy.”
Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry
The mission at the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office (OREC) is to inspire industries and communities to thrive in Colorado’s great outdoors. We do this by focusing on four impact areas: economic development, conservation and stewardship, education and workforce training, and health and wellness. OREC is a resource for constituents, businesses, and communities that rely on the continued health of the outdoor recreation industry. Learn more at https://choosecolorado.com/key-industries/outdoor-recreation/.
About Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) works with partners to create a positive business climate that encourages dynamic economic development and sustainable job growth. Under the leadership of Governor John Hickenlooper, we strive to advance the State’s economy through financial and technical assistance that fosters local and regional economic development activities throughout Colorado. OEDIT offers a host of programs and services tailored to support business development at every level including business retention services, business relocation services, and business funding and incentives. Our office includes the Global Business Development division; Colorado Tourism Office; Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office; Colorado Creative Industries; Business Financing & Incentives division; the Colorado Small Business Development Network; Colorado Office of Film, TV & Media; the Minority Business Office; and the Colorado Innovation Network. Learn more at www.choosecolorado.com.