Thank you to everyone who made our 4th Annual Outdoor Economy Conference an incredible event! With over 600 in attendance, it was the largest Economic Development gathering in North Carolina, and it wouldn’t have been possible without your support. The level of enthusiasm was igniting and the connections made truly inspiring. We look forward to that momentum continuing to build a bright and beautiful future of outdoor recreation in North Carolina, the Southeast Region, the United States and worldwide.
Be sure to fill out your Attendee Experience Survey, and save the date for the 5th Annual Outdoor Economy Conference, September 18-21, 2023 in Cherokee!
For Conference attendees, all session recordings and speaker slides are coming to WHOVA soon! Be on the lookout in this month for announcements as we release content from plenary programming and breakout tracks.
Miss the fun? No worries! If you couldn’t join us in person, online-recording only passes will be available for purchase.
Photos by Steven Reinhold — The Appalachian Adventure Company & Joanna Brown — MADE X MTNS
We’re excited to hear from some of the most prominent movers and shakers in the outdoor industry. Check out some of these all-stars below.
North Carolina Forest Supervisor, USFS
Dr. Aby Sène-Harper
Assistant Professor, Clemson University
D. Reid Wilson
Secretary, North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Earl B. Hunter Jr
Founder & President, Black Folks Camp Too
Director, NC Outdoor Recreation Industry Office
Interim Vice President, Travel Oregon
Dr. Melissa Weddell
Chair, Appalachian State Department of Recreation Management
Dr. Ryan L. Sharp
Associate Professor, Applied Park Science Lab, Kansas State University
Southeast Director, American Rivers
Director of Outpost Operations, Nantahala Outdoor Center
Megan Lawson, Ph.D.
Economist, Headwaters Economics
This event is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors, who recognize the value that the outdoors brings to our communities and our companies. Our 4th Annual Conference sponsors include…
Our attendees regularly rate the Outdoor Economy Conference as one of the best events of the year, noting our top-notch production, engaging speakers and topics, and the awesome community of people they’ve connected with. Here’s just a few testimonials…
777 Casino Dr. Cherokee, NC 28719
2023 Early Bird tickets will be available soon. Connect with and exchange ideas with outdoor industry and thought leaders from around the world.
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