Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) released the state-by-state Outdoor Recreation Economy Report, which demonstrates the powerful impact that outdoor recreation has on Connecticut’s economy. The report shows that the outdoor recreation economy in Connecticut directly contributes 69,000 jobs and annually generates $9 billion in consumer spending and $734 million in state and local tax revenue.
As demonstrated by the state data report, the outdoor recreation economy of Connecticut is thriving and playing a major part in the state’s overall economy. To ensure this continued growth and success, Outdoor Industry Association urges state policymakers to do the following:
- Adequately fund state and local parks and trails to make them attractive and accessible to families and friends seeking to get outside.
- Take steps to raise awareness of the importance of the outdoor recreation economy.
- Develop and plan urban areas in a way that means every citizen can get outside and recreate within 30 minutes of their home.
- Support policies that encourage outdoor innovators to start businesses in Connecticut.
The state-by-state report comes after OIA issued its 2017 Outdoor Recreation Economy national report earlier this year, which found that the outdoor recreation economy generates $887 billion in consumer spending annually and sustains 7.6 million American jobs. To review all state-by-state reports, visit outdorindustry.org