Recreation Industry Leaders Thank Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Jr., Suggest Continued Partnership

Recreation Industry Leaders Thank Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Jr., Suggest Continued Partnership

The Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) expressed its appreciation to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Jr. for meeting with recreation industry leaders on July 27. Secretary Ross and ORIR members met to discuss how outdoor recreation can expand and document its already sizable impact on the American economy.

In an August 11 letter to the Secretary, ORIR said, “We were delighted to discuss the health of our industry sector with you and to review the opportunities available to benefit the nation even more with government attention to a variety of issues. These issues include: documenting the economic impact of outdoor recreation; managing recreational fisheries; supporting international trade; and encouraging visitation to America’s Great Outdoors, including national marine sanctuaries. As we noted during our abbreviated discussion, our $887 billion per annum industry includes hundreds of thousands of American manufacturing jobs and is vital to the well-being of rural America.”

ORIR also suggested that its members meet twice a year with the Secretary to discuss how the Department and the outdoor recreation industry can successfully partner to continue to strengthen outdoor recreation’s contribution to America’s economic well-being.

Read the full text of the letter here.