Outdoor Recreation Roundtable Hails First-Ever Report on Economic Impact of its Industry

Feb 19, 2018 | Member News

The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) says new data showing that the outdoor rec industry contributes $673 billion to the country’s GDP – more than agriculture, petroleum and coal, and computer and electronic products – will help convince lawmakers to invest more on upgrading and maintaining public lands. The  Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), the government agency responsible for reporting U.S. GDP, earlier this week released the first-ever government report recognizing the outdoor recreation industry as a significant economic contributor.  The report marks a critical step forward for the outdoor recreation industry by formally recognizing its economic influence. “This is great news as we continue to move forward to advance access and investment in the nation’s public lands,” says RVDA President Phil Ingrassia, who serves as ORR’s secretary.

The BEA report “affirms what those of us in the outdoor community already know – outdoor recreation has a far-reaching, positive impact across the United States and our economy,” says Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association and chairman of ORR. “As an industry, we’re proud to generate millions of jobs and be a driving economic force, and we’re grateful BEA and the Department of Commerce decided to recognize that. This report is further evidence of the need for sound public policy that encourages continued growth in the outdoor recreation industry.”

ORR was formed this month with the merger of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable, a coalition of America’s leading outdoor recreation trade associations, and the American Recreation Coalition, an organization of recreation interests. ORR’s purpose is  to advance and grow the outdoor recreation industry  through sound and sustainable management of public lands and waters, including updating infrastructure on those lands. 

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Courtesy of Outdoor Recreation Roundtable