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.
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.
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
Secretary, North Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Earl B. Hunter Jr
CEO, Black Folks Camp Too
Director, NC Outdoor Recreation Industry Office
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
Southeast Director, American Rivers
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
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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