Colorado leaders support the outdoor recreation industry


Colorado Leaders Support Outdoor Recreation Industry with Future of Outdoor Retailer Show

DENVER, CO (STL.News) Governor Jared Polis and US Senators from Colorado Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper voiced support for advertisement outdoor industry leaders reiterating that Denver remains the natural location for future outdoor retailer trade shows. Governor Polis, Senator Bennet and Senator Hickenlooper join the outdoor industry in supporting a rally that recognizes the many elements, values ​​and needs of the $374.3 billion outdoor recreation economy by year.

Colorado is a national leader in outdoor recreation and a natural place for outdoor retailers to trade show. Colorado’s strong support for public lands and its national leadership on climate change are aligned with the values ​​and vision of the outdoor industry.

Governor Polis, Senator Bennet and Senator Hickenlooper released the following joint statement:

“Colorado’s outdoor recreation industry is critical to our economy and our way of life. Many top industry brands call Colorado home, and with good reason – we’re proud to care for our public lands and support our tribes while taking bold climate action and remaining business-friendly. Today’s announcement from the outdoor recreation industry and its top executives highlights that the Outdoor Retailer Show belongs in Colorado. We stand with the outdoor recreation community to support an inclusive and meaningful outdoor recreation gathering that will always have a home in the Centennial State.

The outdoor recreation industry has always been ingrained in Colorado’s DNA, which is why Colorado was proud to be the second state in the nation to create an office dedicated solely to outdoor recreation. The Outdoor Retailer Trade Show serves as a gathering place for important efforts to protect our country’s public lands, including the launch of the CORE Act to protect more than 400,000 acres of public lands in Colorado.

Colorado leaders have also supported the efforts of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe of Colorado to protect Bears Ears as a national monument. The state recently advanced a new sustainable funding model from the outdoors, while reducing costs for Coloradans, through the Keep Colorado Wild Pass, and increasing equitable access to the outdoors through the new Outdoor Equity Fund from the state.

Recognized for its long-term commitment to protecting public lands and a strong outdoor recreation economy, Colorado became the new home of the outdoor retailer show in 2017. Five years later, Colorado continues to be the main site for outdoor recreation businesses and the workforce. training and as a hub for policy discussions. Last month, Governor Polis, Senator Bennet and Senator Hickenlooper requested that the show stay in Colorado after the current contract expires.

Emerald Expositions (Emerald X), the company that owns the rights to the Outdoor Retailer Show, has yet to confirm plans to keep the show in Denver. The outdoor industry made it clear today that a potential move would not win support from the majority of brands in the industry.


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