2021 Stewards of Opportunity Conference Track:

Balancing Conservation and the Outdoor Economy

About the Balancing Conservation and the Outdoor Economy Track

Western North Carolina has the largest concentration of outdoor companies in the East. Ask our CEOs and industry leaders why they chose WNC to start and grow their business, and you will hear that public lands are a key factor to their success, providing a testing ground for their products and the quality of life and culture their employees desire. To build a stronger outdoor economy, we must protect and promote our most valuable assets, while also ensuring that our communities and their economies see direct benefits from conservation. This track will highlight best practices, case studies, and research that demonstrate how we can balance conservation with economic development.

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The past year has been life changing, not just for us as individuals, but for our communities, economies, and the outdoor industry as a whole. The need to grow and strengthen our respective outdoor economies is more relevant than ever. 

Since its inception, Outdoor Economy Conference has provided an invaluable opportunity to connect with, learn from, and be inspired by the leaders and doers who are working to grow the outdoor industry and craft an economy that’s intimately tied to the well-being of their places and communities.

This year’s conference is no exception. Our team is passionate about their work and has been busy crafting an amazing program centered around place driven community and economic development.

There truly are some incredible things in the works for this conference. But we know you haven’t seen the whole picture yet, so we’ll make you a deal. Show us that you believe in us by registering early, and save $200.

Plus, to show you that we think you’re as awesome as you think we are, we’ll hook you up with some free early bird swag. Your procrastinating friends will most definitely be super jealous.

Did we mention that the conference is in the legendary outdoor playground that is Western North Carolina? You’ll be just 5 minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 5 minutes from some of the country’s most epic mountain biking, and within walking distance of fantastic fly fishing.

Maybe you’re more of a luxe digs sort of person – well, we’ve got that too. The Outdoor Economy Conference will be one of the first events at the swanky, newly-constructed, Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center. And the room rates are crazy good. Oh, and it’s also during peak leaf season. So what are you waiting for? Register now! 

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2021 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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777 Casino Dr. Cherokee, NC 28719

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