Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative

Leveraging Vermont’s Outdoor Recreation Assets to Stimulate and Improve Economic Outcomes

In Vermont, a healthy outdoor recreation economy directly supports related businesses and organizations. Moreover, It also contributes to numerous other aspects of the Vermont economy and culture, including the encouragement of healthy communities and individuals, enhancement of the Vermont lifestyle and the Vermont brand, increased connection to nature and attraction of high quality employers and a sustainable workforce in all economic sectors.

We know the economy in Vermont benefits from our shared love of the outdoors. Direct spending at outdoor retailers and service providers (gear outlets, manufacturers, sales reps, guide services, marketing firms that specialize in outdoor recreation, etc.) as well as per trip expenditures (meals, gas, hotels etc.) add up to a whopping $2.5 billion annually in consumer spending. Nationally, the $646 billion outdoor recreation industry is now being measured as part of America’s gross national product.

By promoting our outdoor recreation assets and businesses we will be able to sustainably support this sector and help drive overall growth in the Vermont economy. 

The VOREC steering committee is made up of Vermont businesses and non-profits including outdoor manufacturers, retailers, brand representatives, trail and user groups and conservation organizations, as well as state government.  A list of the steering committee members can be found HERE.

The VOREC steering committee’s purpose is to engage with businesses, government, the nonprofit sector and the public to identify specific outcomes that promote business opportunities, increase participation opportunities, and strengthen the quality and stewardship of our recreational resources.

Take our Online Survey Here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VORECPublicInputSurvey

NEW! VOREC Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economy Public Forums:

 

We will be looking for feedback and ideas on how Vermont might achieve the following principal objectives:

  1. Promote business opportunities.
  2. Increase participation opportunities.
  3. Strengthen the quality and extent of our recreational resources.
  4. Strengthen the stewardship of our recreational resources.

Meeting Materials:

June Meeting Agenda

June Meeting Minutes

July Meeting Agenda

July Meeting Minutes

August Meeting Agenda

Learn more about our work by reading the documents below:

Executive Order

VOREC Background

VOREC Charter and Bylaws

Economic Impact Studies and Relevant Data:

Mad River Valley Active Transportation Plan 

Vermont Trails and Greenways Council Economic Impact Study

Vermont ACCD Tourism Research (link to webpage)

Vermont Outdoor Industry Assocation Report

The Gund Center's Economics of Conservation Study

For more information, please contact:

VOREC Chair: Commissioner Michael Snyder at michael.snyder@vermont.gov

VOREC Staff: Jessica Savage at jessica.savage@vermont.gov or 802-249-1230.