Washington Outdoor Business Alliance -We exist to Connect, Protect and Grow the outdoor recreation ecosystem in Washington state. We serve as the collective eyes & ears, heart & mind and voice for outdoor recreation in local locations around Washington State.
We exist to Connect, Protect and Grow the outdoor recreation ecosystem in Washington state. Alliance Mission. We serve as the collective eyes & ears, heart & mind and voice for outdoor recreation in local locations around Washington State. Members Represented and Reach.
Alliance Gatherings Held regularly in Bellingham/North Sound and Seattle.
Bringing outdoor recreation business owners, employees and students together for networking, conversation and fun!
Recreation Northwest EXPO Saturday, May 2nd, 2020
Highlighting our regional outdoor recreation businesses, lands and opportunities to help people find new ways to get outside and play.
Outdoor Recreation Summit Friday, October 9th, 2020
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.
Great Outdoors Awards Saturday, October 10th, 2020
Your chance to recognize and celebrate colleagues, organizations and businesses who inspire and enable people to enjoy, preserve and improve the places we play in Washington State.
Recreation Economy Studies
Washington Recreation and Conservation Office Study, 2015:
Economic Benefits of Outdoor Recreation in Washington Fact Sheet
Economic Benefits of Outdoor Recreation in Washington
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
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Recreation Economy posts from our blog, The Confluence
Jon Snyder’s OREC Hot List – February 2020From the desk of Jon Snyder Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Jay Inslee February 2020 Discover Pass changes considered in Olympia: Who Doesn’t Like Free? Legislature Ponders Washington State Park Entry Fees Legislation to discard Discover Pass ‘dead’ New state studies on hiking and biking:... Read More →
2020 EXPO CREWPeople! It’s all about the People. We pride ourselves in the quality teams we build to host our events- no matter the size. We are building a great team to perform as our 2020 Recreation Northwest EXPO CREW. In addition to our Staff and Board of Directors, we also rely on independant contractors and a... Read More →
Letter in Support of House Bill 2587 – Establish a Scenic Bikeways ProgramFrom our hometown headquarters in Bellingham, representing the 40th District, our new State Representative Alex Ramel, has introduced the Washington Scenic Bikeways bill, HB 2587 in Olympia. Recreation Northwest wrote a letter of support for this legislation- Support of HB2587 – Recreation Northwest (PDF) text below. The bill will be heard in the Housing, Community... Read More →