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Outdoor Recreation

Snapshot: Impact of Outdoor Recreation

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snapshot outdoor recreation economic impactWGA and five industry associations produced this economic snapshot of the sales of outdoor recreation equipment and services in the West and the nation. The report highlights jobs supported by the industry and tax revenues from related sales.

The study that included work by the Outdoor Industry Association, Motorcycle Industry Council, Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association, Specialty Vehicle Institute of America, and the National Marine Manufacturers Association marks the first time the non-motorized and motorized recreation industries have joined forces to provide a complete picture of the economic impact and importance of outdoor recreation for the economy in this 2012 report.

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Connecting Kids and Families to the West’s Great Outdoors

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connecting kids families great outdoorsPeople in the west are spending less time enjoying the region's great outdoor spaces. We have additional leisure time options not available a couple generations ago – gaming devices, 24 hour cable TV, movies on demand on mobile devices.

The "Get Out West Advisory Group" offers nine recommendations on actions Governors could take and roles they can play to help kids and young families connect to the West's outdoor opportunities and heritage in this 2012 report.

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The West's Competitive Advantage: Landscapes, Open Lands and Unique History

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The Western U.S. is blessed with world-class tourism and outdoor recreation assets. These assets generate a significant number of jobs and income for Western states (between 6-22% of total income, depending on the state). 

The Get Out West Advisory Group offers 10 recommendations in this 2012 report on actions Western Governors could take and roles they can play to help industry create jobs and revenues in the West. 

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Managing The Region's Recreation Assets

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gow-managingassetsSuccessfully managing the West's recreation assets is a key factor in facilitating positive outdoor recreation experiences for the region's citizens and tourists and for local economic development and job creation in communities around these places.

The recreation managers interviewed and members of the Get Out West's Advisory Group recommend in this 2012 report that Western Governors work together to ensure that the West's unparalleled recreation assets continue to provide wonder and enjoyment – and the foundation for a powerful economic sector – for generations to come. 

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Recreation Assets: Case Studies

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The Get Out West! initiative interviewed 24 recreation managers from a range of jurisdictions and geographic areas to identify their recommendations for how to continue to provide world-class recreation opportunities despite ever-changing conditions.

Interviewees were selected by an advisory group for having demonstrated especially innovative responses to recreation management challenges. this report highlights these innovative approaches to managing recreation assets.

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