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.
NEXT STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING (open to the public): December 5, 9am-2pm, Brattleboro (meeting location coming soon)
Annual Report to the Governor (September 15, 2019)
Public Forum Notes and Survey Data:
2019 Meeting Materials
2018 Meeting Materials
2017 Meeting Materials:
Learn more about our work by reading the documents below:
Economic Impact Studies and Relevant Data:
For more information, please contact:
VOREC Chair: Commissioner Michael Snyder at firstname.lastname@example.org
VOREC Staff: Jessica Savage at email@example.com or 802-249-1230.