Take Me Outdoors
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Take Me Outdoors is dedicated to bringing visibility and engagement around important topics in and around the outdoors, such as conservation and access, The Outdoor Recreation Economy, Increasing participation and interest for the outdoors and conservation, landmark developments within our world (could be gear, athlete accomplishments and other big news), and more! If you love the outdoors, this podcast is for you! Please subscribe!
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04: Possible Big Wins to Come for the Outdoor Industry with Luis Benitez
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“It has less to do with political party, and much more to do with conversation around how to take care of it, how to grow it, and how you focus on the next generation of leadership.” - Luis Benitez Luis Benitez is the state of Colorado’s first director of the newly created office of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry, which was created mid year 2015. We had an important milestone sneak in, close to the very last day of November of 2016. The US Senate passed HR 4665 the Outdoor Rec Act. This bill will instruct the department of Commerce in Federal Land Agencies to provide statistics on how the outdoor industry, including bicycling, and many other disciplines we all love, how they contribute to the US economy. Luis Benitez joins us today to discuss the future and impact of this bill, and how you can become involved with all the interesting and amazing things that are coming out of this bill being hopefully passed. House passed it earlier this year, the Senate just passed it November 29th, 2016, and the legislation is now headed to President Obama’s desk. We are hoping it will be signed by President Obama before he leaves office. Bulletpoints This Outdoor Rec Act encourage the government to fully measure, recognize, and enhance the economic benefits of outdoor recreation to communities, businesses, and our nation This bill could help us build jobs, innovation, and help with conservation. What the bill aims to do is count all outdoor industry jobs and revenue towards the GDP. We’re still counted right now, but in a very fractured way. If the bill is passed, it could show that outdoor industry jobs are worth more than the automotive and pharmaceutical industry combined For the first time there is a heightened awareness that we all need to take care of what we love, and how that is measured and counted Each sta