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Recreation Economy

Bringing the outdoor recreation community together to learn from each other, raise the profile of this key sector of our economy and advocate for the value of outdoor recreation and our public lands at the state and local level.

Outdoor Recreation Summit
Building on momentum at the state and national level we are bringing Recreation Industry Professionals – retailers, manufacturers, tourism promoters, land managers and stewardship organizations – together to explore and share ways to grow and promote Washington State’s flourishing recreation economy.

Recreation Northwest EXPO
Highlighting our regional outdoor recreation businesses, lands and opportunities to help people find new ways to get outside and play.

Basecamp Networking
Bringing together outdoor recreation business owners & employees for networking and conversation. 

Recreation Economy Study

RecreationEconomyStudy

In 2015, Recreation Northwest released The Economic Contribution of Outdoor Recreation to Whatcom County. This is the first study of it’s kind for Whatcom County and we are excited to highlight the impact of outdoor recreation. The study was done by Earth Economics, in Tacoma and funded by Whatcom County, City of Bellingham, Port of Bellingham and Bellingham Whatcom Tourism.

Outdoor recreation an important part of why people choose to live in Whatcom County, it is a foundation of our local economy.

Economic Contribution of Outdoor Recreation to Whatcom County

Download the Full Report

Download the Full Report

Download the Factsheet

Download the Factsheet

Download the Study Presentation

 

 

Other Washington Recreation Economy Reports:

Washington Recreation and Conservation Office Study, 2015: 
Economic Benefits of Outdoor Recreation in Washington Fact Sheet 
Economic Benefits of Outdoor Recreation in Washington 

Outdoor Industry Association, 2017. The Outdoor Recreation Economy.
https://outdoorindustry.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/OIA_RecEconomy_FINAL_Single.pdf 

Outdoor Industry Association, 2017. The Outdoor Recreation Economy: Washington.
https://outdoorindustry.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/OIA_RecEcoState_WA.pdf 

 

Read on-going articles and recreation economy research through our blog The Confluence

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