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California Continues to Move Toward a New Economy Powered by Clean Energy

This week, California Governor Jerry Brown moved California a big step closer toward a future powered entirely by renewable energy. Brown signed SB100, legislation that requires California to obtain 100 percent of its power from clean energy sources by 2045, which was a priority for Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) in the California legislature. The new…

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For Sturtevants, Timing of Outdoor Retailer November Show is Everything

OIA: Tell us a little bit about Sturtevant’s. Stacey Weichbrodt: Sturtevant’s has been in Belleview, Washington, since 1977. We were purchased by Christy Sports in 2016. Currently we have three locations, Sturtevant’s in Bellevue, and Sturtevant’s Ski Mart in Bellevue and Tacoma. We also have a Labor Day sales event, SkiBonkers. OIA: How big is your buying…

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Congressional Trade Alert

Congressional Trade Alert: Miscellaneous Tariff Bills The House of Representatives approved a package of Miscellaneous Tariff Bills (MTBs) today, legislation that will lower costs for outdoor companies. The Senate passed the bill in July, and it now goes to the White House for the president’s signature. Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) strongly supported the MTB package….

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California State Legislature Passes New Office of Sustainable Outdoor Recreation

The nation’s largest outdoor recreation economy joins seven other states with offices of outdoor recreation. The California legislature gave final, unanimous, passage to AB 1918, the bill to create the Office of Sustainable Outdoor Recreation, yesterday. The bill now heads to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk, where he is expected to sign it into law. With the…

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Your End-of-Summer Advocacy Checklist

Your members of Congress are finishing up their summer recess at home this week and need to hear from you. When Congress returns in September, they will only have a few weeks left in session to work on critical matters for the outdoor recreation industry. Make sure you have connected with them on the following…

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November is a No-Brainer. Here’s Why.

Several years ago, Outdoor Retailer and Outdoor Industry Association surveyed brands and retailers to find out what they wanted most from the industry’s largest trade show. The overwhelming consensus: Better alignment with the front-end of the buying and sales cycle. We heard you, and we shifted the dates of the winter show to November and…

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Outdoor industry products facing $200 billion in tariffs

The Trump administration kicked off a week of public hearings today on the latest list of products from China that could face $200 billion in tariffs. I was proud to represent Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) and the $887 billion outdoor recreation economy to make the case that outdoor products should be removed from that list….

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Webinar: How Additional Tariffs on Imports From China Could Impact Your Business

Topic: President Trump has proposed adding an additional 10 to 25 percent tariff on imports from China, including certain outdoor products, in response to China’s intellectual property practices and forced technology transfers. These additional taxes on backpacks, sports bags, kayaks, leather ski gloves, headwear, camp chairs and other products could significantly raise costs for outdoor…

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OIA Welcomes Kristen Freaney to Lead the Skip Yowell Future Leadership Academy

Kristen Freaney joins OIA after 10 years in higher education, first at DePaul University in Chicago and most-recently at CU Boulder. During her time at DePaul she worked in employer engagement, helping companies develop and execute college recruitment strategies and events. In 2012, she and her husband relocated to the Front Range and she began…

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