Don’t Overlook Recreation as an Economic Asset

March 23, 2014

Read an Op-Ed by Barb Chamberlain and Tom Teigen examining how Governor Inslee intends to use recreation as an economic asset in Washington.

Excerpt: “Of course money doesn’t grow on Washington’s famous evergreen trees, but our outdoor recreation industry is an often-overlooked gold mine. Gov. Inslee recently launched a commendable effort to enhance and promote this vital economic sector. This is welcome news considering that outdoor recreation supports more than 227,000 jobs in Washington and generates $22.5 billion in retail spending. News headlines talk a lot about the importance of aerospace and technology as job creators, but it is time we looked to our mountains, valleys and rivers as a sustainable economic asset.

Read the complete story in the Everett Herald.