U.S. Representative Jared Polis

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Polis welcomes summer and winter Outdoor Retailer trade shows to Colorado

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Boulder , July 6, 2017 | comments
Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), co-founder of the Outdoor Recreation Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, is pleased to welcome Outdoor Retailer trade shows to Colorado.

The trade shows will begin in Jan. 2018 and are expected to boost the Colorado economy by an estimated $45 million.

Outdoor recreation already directly contributes $28 billion in consumer spending annually and employs over 229,000 people in Colorado, according to a study released by the Outdoor Industry Association.

“In Colorado, outdoor recreation helps sustain us as a state - culturally and economically.  Outdoor recreation is an important part of what makes Colorado special for so many of us.  Coloradans value our environment and public lands because we know what it means to go for a hike with your family or take visitors up to the slopes for skiing,” said Polis.  “There is no better place to keep the outdoor recreation industry thriving and growing than Colorado!”

Polis launched the Outdoor Recreation Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives in April 2017.  The caucus promotes policies that invest in the outdoor industry, and educates lawmakers on how outdoor recreation is an integral economic driver for local and regional economies in every part of the country.

In addition, Polis co-sponsored the Outdoor REC Act of 2016, which was signed into law last December.  The legislation ensured that the government track the economic contributions of the outdoor industry, which is responsible for an estimated 6.1 million American jobs and $646 billion in the national economy.  Prior to the legislation, the federal government did not quantify what affect the outdoor industry had on the Gross Domestic Product.

Polis has been a longstanding advocate for the outdoor industry, serving on the Committee of Natural Resources this past Congress.  He has introduced the Continental Divide Wilderness and Recreation Act which would preserve 60,000 acres of wilderness and recreational lands in Summit and Eagle counties. 

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