Building the Outdoor Industry Voice
Get InvolvedIf you have questions or would like to know how you can provide quality places to play and spread the word about the economic impact of outdoor recreation in your area, contact Lindsay Bourgoine at 303.327.3490.
From the halls of Congress to your local city council, the conversation is about the economy and jobs.
The outdoor industry has a good story to tell. During the recession, Americans had to choose where to put their money—and outdoor recreation made the list. In good times and bad, outdoor recreation and the protection of diverse, accessible places to play are good for business.
But despite the fact that 1 in 20 jobs in the U.S. relies on access to the outdoors, lawmakers and land agencies have slashed funds for public lands, diminished access, and are instituting policies at the local, state, and federal levels detrimental to recreation lands and waters. The outdoor industry produces some of the most innovative products in the world, yet U.S. federal trade policy accesses outdoor products with disproportionately high duties.
Simply put, the outdoor industry continues to be viewed as a “nice-to-have” industry rather than a “must-have” industry.
Our job: to convince policy makers that investment in the national outdoor recreation system will pay dividends for the American people and the economy by building a strong, distinct outdoor industry voice in Washington and beyond.
But we can’t do it alone.
The messenger matters. The business voice is the most effective voice in getting policy makers to protect special places and invest in the national outdoor recreation system.
OIA is building an army of messengers on message.
We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the information in our library of resources and get involved in your community.