OIA Hosts Business Roundtable with Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO)

November 12, 2014

On Tuesday, October 28, Outdoor Industry Association hosted a roundtable with Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) at the REI in Boulder, Colorado. Local industry executives from companies including La Sportiva, American Recreation Products, Polar Bottle, Eco Vessel, REI, Active Interest Media and organizations including Active Boulder, Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition and Boulder Economic Development Council gathered to discuss the industry’s policy issues.

On recreation, the discussion focused on Polis’ bill, the Rocky Mountain Recreation and Wilderness Preservation Act. Polis has worked with outdoor user groups to assure the bill ensures recreation access. Questions for Polis were around the inability of federal agencies to manage public lands due to underfunding, where Polis asked businesses to help sign appropriations letters for funding support later in the year.

We also discussed leveraging the National Park Centennial in 2016 and building a story around the outdoor recreation economy.

On trade, Polis discussed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and the importance of the agreement for the outdoor industry. Companies discussed how they could hire more employees or could export with more competitive pricing if the negotiations proceed. Polis asked the industry to help push the remainder of the Colorado delegation on board.

Lastly, we discussed business issues including compliance on children’s products and the discrepancy in labeling laws for “Made in the USA.” Polis also mentioned his personal focus on education, and his work on the “No Child Left Inside” legislation to increase environmental education.

We were pleased to gather industry leaders to speak with Rep. Polis about the issues that affect their businesses everyday and discuss how he can best represent the outdoor industry’s interests in Washington, D.C. We appreciate REI hosting this important event. To learn more or to organize a congressional business roundtable in your district, please contact Lindsay Bourgoine, OIA’s Advocacy Manager.