Together We Are A Force For Policy
While the political tumult from 2017 didn’t end in 2018, OIA and our members focused on collaboration and collective action to make progress on tariffs and trade, outdoor recreation and close-to-home policy that supports the health and growth of the outdoor industry.
In 2018, we brought two new members onto the OIA Government Affairs team. Patricia Rojas-Ungar, based in Washington, D.C., was hired as the vice president of government affairs and David Weinstein, based in Bozeman, Montana, was hired as the state and local policy director.
Whether we were encouraging midterm voters to Vote the Outdoors, creating new state offices of outdoor recreation, supporting local policy to increase access to the outdoors, advocating for tariff reduction on outdoor goods or communicating the outsized impact of the outdoor recreation economy to elected officials, we came together and made our voices heard. Here’s a snapshot of what we were able to achieve in 2018.