4th Annual OUTDOOR ECONOMY CONFERENCE: "Stewards of Opportunity"

Working Together to Ensure a Vibrant Future for the Outdoor Economy and Our Outdoor Communities

New Digital Workshop, October 13+14! - Building Outdoor Communities

This workshop will help outdoor communities across WNC and throughout the nation meet our shared moment, with a focus on economic recovery and resilience, inclusive access for all communities, and place-based culture creation.

In partnership with the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable and our workshop sponsor, the NC Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, the Building Outdoor Communities workshop will feature leading voices on the ins and outs of building a sustainable, dynamic outdoor recreation economy that benefits local communities and visitors alike.

All registered Conference attendees get a free pass to this $50 workshop, as well as other exciting content to come over the next ~6.5 months between now and April 4th, 2022. Or you can register directly for the workshop, and get access to the livestream as well as recordings for later viewing. 

why you should join

The Outdoor Economy Conference connects, educates, and inspires leaders and doers working to grow the outdoor industry and craft an economy that’s intimately tied to the well-being of their places and communities. Outdoor CEOs, conservation leaders, federal agencies, local officials, state parks to local parks, economic developers to land managers… the Outdoor Economy Conference brings everyone to the table to focus on what matters. 

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Stewards of Opportunity Conference Tracks:

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Sustainable Outdoor Recreation Tourism

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Outdoor-Driven Economic Development

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Balancing Conservation and the Outdoor Economy

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Responsible Outdoor Product Innovation

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speakers

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.

James Melonas
North Carolina Forest Supervisor, USFS

Dr. Aby Sène-Harper
Assistant Professor, Clemson University

Reid Wilson
Secretary, North Carolina Department of Natural Resources

Earl B. Hunter Jr
CEO, Black Folks Camp Too

Amy Allison
Director, NC Outdoor Recreation Industry Office

Chris Perkins
Senior Director, Outdoor Recreation Roundtable

Dr. Melissa Weddell
Chair, Appalachian State Department of Recreation Management 

Dr. Ryan L. Sharp
Associate Professor, Applied Park Science Lab, Kansas State University

Erin McCombs
Southeast Director, American Rivers

We can't do this without our sponsors

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…

what makes this event great

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…

venue and rooming info

harrah's cherokee conference center

777 Casino Dr. Cherokee, NC 28719

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ticket info

tickets On Sale Now

Early Bird tickets will be available until March 1st. Connect with and exchange ideas with outdoor industry and thought leaders from around the world.

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