Outdoor Industry Association

Resources & Research

Outdoor recreation can have an enormous economic impact in your community. OIA has developed a library of resources  including state and national reports, videos, case studies and more  that details how outdoor recreation benefits cities, companies and families across the United States. Use these materials to educate your local policy makers and encourage them to support legislation that strengthens the outdoor industry. 

You can also learn about how OIA works to protect our places to play, nationally, regionally and in local communities. We need your help to build the industry voice to convince policy makers that investment in the national outdoor recreation system pays dividends for the American people and the economy.

Get Involved

Learn how you can help provide quality places to play and spread the word about the economic impact of outdoor recreation in your area by contacting Lindsay Bourgoine at 303.327.3490 or lbourgoine@outdoorindustry.org.


Watch the Videos

The recreation economy means business. Learn more about the industry's enormous economic and social benefits with these videos.


Let's Take it Outside (OIA)

Outdoor recreation is now a “must have” as leaders across the country recognize its undeniable economic, social and health benefits.

Confluence Watersports

Learn how the world's largest manufacturer of kayaks is creating high-paying, US manufacturing jobs.

Conservation Alliance: We All Need Our Wild Places

The Alliance partners with businesses and organizations to protect wild places for their recreation and habitat values.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: Outdoor Recreation a Boon for New Hampshire Economy

On the economic importance of New Hampshire's tourism and outdoor recreation industries.

Sen. Mark Udall: Public Lands Are Critical Drivers in Rural, U.S. Economies

Public lands preserve quality of life, shore up rural economies, and create jobs that cannot be outsourced.

Sportsmen Spending Billions in Virginia

Virginia's Lt. Governor, Bill Bolling, on the importance of hunting, fishing, boating, and wildlife to Virginia's economy.

Case Studies

Our growing library of case studies demonstrates how companies and communities can do good while doing what they love by investing in outdoor recreation.

Confluence Watersports

The Greenville, SC boat builder creates jobs through public/private partnerships.

Darn Tough Vermont

This family-owned hosiery mill preserves Vermont community, jobs and craftsmanship.

Exxel Outdoors Inc.

Exxel brings American manufacturing jobs back to a shuttered Alabama factory.

Knoxville/River Sports Outfitters

Recreation transforms Knoxville into a top outdoor destination.

Ogden, Utah

A bygone railroad hub reinvents itself through adventure recreation.


Innovation is key at the nation’s top outdoor retailer.

Member Resources

More tools to help you spread the word and make the case for outdoor recreation in your community.

Recreation Economy Key Messages

These messages make the case for supporting the recreation economy.

Advocacy Toolkit for Outdoor Professionals

How to promote the recreation economy in your community.

2006 Outdoor Recreation Economy

The groundbreaking, first of it kind report on the economic impact of outdoor recreation.

Technical Report for 2006 Outdoor Recreation Economy

Includes methodology, definitions, statistics and more on the 2006 national report.


You can help establish a political environment conducive to the growth and success of the outdoor industry by taking part in OIA PAC.

Awards & Recognition

Learn about the leaders of outdoor companies, organizations and policy makers who who have significantly contributed to the industry.


Team up with the OIA community and start enjoying the benefits of membership. Provide your staff with the tools to run your business more efficiently and effectively.