Green Mountain State Gold
Today, Governor Phil Scott (R-VT) signed an executive order creating the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Collaborative (VOREC) with the goal of growing the Green Mountain State’s outdoor recreation economy. Members will include outdoor industry professionals and representatives from the non-profit and outdoor recreation community as well as from state and local government. Outdoor industry representatives include: Drew Simmmons, Pale Morning Media; Bill Supple, Mammut NA; Marc Sherman, Outdoor Gear Exchange and Hal Ellms, Pinnacle Outdoor Group.
“The VOREC Committee shall develop a strategy and specific action plan with measurable outcomes to, at a minimum, address the following:
- Contribute to efforts to market the outdoor recreation values and attributes of Vermont to effectively foster economic growth;
- Examine and promote laws, policies and initiatives that encourage outdoor recreation business;
- Strengthen stewardship of outdoor recreation resources and the organizations that support them;
- Mobilize the members of the VOREC to develop and implement the initiatives of the VOREC Committee; and
- Encourage, incentivize and guide the development of community-oriented outdoor recreation assets increasing economic impacts.
VOREC will report all findings and recommendations to the governor on or before September 15 of each year, beginning September 15, 2017.” You can read the full executive order here.
Similar collaborative efforts in Washington under Governor Jay Inslee, Rhode Island under Governor Gina Raimondo and by Wyoming Governor Matt Mead have elevated the role of outdoor recreation in state economic development discussions, and yielded real policy wins.
OIA applauds the formation of the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Collaborative. This, following an announcement earlier in June that Vermont is joining a host of other states committed to upholding the Paris Accord, shows that Vermont will continue to be a strong partner with the outdoor industry and with OIA as we work to promote smart climate and recreation policy to support the growing recreation economy. Outdoor Industry Association looks forward to continuing to work proactively with all states to harness the power of good that outdoor recreation provides.