(Jan. 23) – The House of Representatives welcomed the Outdoor Retailer show to Denver today and noted the policy decisions that attracted the show to Denver.

The organizers of the Outdoor Retailer show moved the twice-a-year event from Salt Lake City to Denver in recognition of Colorado’s strong support for the outdoor recreation industry, its forward-thinking conservation policies and its commitment to public lands.

“The Outdoor Retailer show is further proof that our magnificent natural environment, coupled with sound policies to preserve it and develop recreational opportunities, continues to yield economic benefits for Colorado,” said Rep. Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango.

“Other states have great spaces too, but they don’t see the levels of recreation that we do,” said Rep. Faith Winter, D-Westminster. “It’s not an accident — we’ve been working as a state to promote recreation here.”

In addition to welcoming the trade show, HJR18-1002, sponsored by Reps. McLachlan and Winter, also requests that Colorado “continue its support for the state’s thriving outdoor industry and the many benefits the outdoor industry affords this state” and “continue its legacy of funding and expanding access to public lands.”

Outdoor recreation is a pillar of our Colorado way of life. Nearly three-quarters of Coloradans engage in outdoor recreation, which generates $28 billion in annual consumer spending and provides jobs to 229,000 Coloradans.

The Denver show will draw an estimated 85,000 visitors each year, with an estimated economic impact of $110 million. It begins Thursday at the Denver Convention Center and will return to Denver in July.

 

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