Fall '21 Building Outdoor Communities Digital workshop - LIVESTREAM

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Agenda and Session Details

Wednesday, October 13

Thursday, October 14

  • 12:00pm EST Opening Welcome & Reflection
  • 12:10pm | Building Outdoor Communities Session #4: Building a Destination Stewardship Roadmap
  • Bobby Chappell, Tourism Impact Services 
  • 1:15pm | Building Outdoor Communities Session #5: Funding Your Outdoor Economic Development Plan
  • Arthur Salido, Amanda Whitaker, and Gary Warner – Withers Ravenel 
  • 2:30pm | Reflection & Stretch Break
  • 2:35pm | Building Outdoor Communities Session #6: Doing the Work: Key Pathways and New Tools for Outdoor-Driven Economic Development
  • 3:50pm | Final Acknowledgements and Wrap-Up

2021 Building Outdoor Communities Digital Workshop Overview

This workshop is all about building outdoor communities to meet our shared moment, with a focus on economic recovery and resilience, inclusive access for all communities, and place-based culture creation. Guided sessions and a supportive workspace will be provided for addressing the shared needs and opportunities brought forth throughout this pair of half-day trainings.

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. The session will connect you with other leaders and doers from both your own region and around the country to identify your community’s top action areas and get hands-on with valuable tools and expert facilitators to help you build strong and lasting partnerships and tell community-driven stories that attract funding and get things done.

Through this session, participants will:

  • Understand the importance and impact of the outdoor industry on rural and urban communities, with data and talking points to be the best salespeople themselves
  • Leave with understanding of existing public and private resources to execute plans
  • Get connected with key resources, models, and leaders to have the tools and network they need to succeed
  • Hear from communities around the country about their successes and challenges thus far in developing economies around outdoor recreation

Thank you!

We are so excited to see you in October, and to help you build a thriving outdoor community. If you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to email Andy Williamson ([email protected]) or Noah Wilson ([email protected])

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