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Outdoor Economy Conference

  • Crown Plaza 1 Resort Drive Asheville, NC, 28806 United States (map)


The Outdoor Economy Conference is the Southeast's premier event for those looking to grow the outdoor industry in their communities, and craft an economy that's intimately tied to the quality and health of their places. Building on and connecting the vibrant outdoor community of businesses, nonprofits, community organizations, and supportive governmental & academic leaders in Western North Carolina and the surrounding area, this conference sold out in 2018, and has expanded into a new home in its second year.

Now based at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville, right next to Kolo Mountain Bike Park and the Treetops Adventure Park, 2019's conference will bring the region's best outdoor assets to the fore and find new ways to support them; unlock the capacity of regional supply chains to create and innovate; unveil and dial in new workforce development programs; and build an outdoor brand that holds up our Appalachian mountains as the East Coast hub for outdoor industry.

There's also a special track, "Building Thriving Outdoor Communities", designed to help rural communities capitalize on their outdoor assets. This track, led by acclaimed outdoor community builder Andy Williamson of Active Strategies, includes a special half-day workshop on the morning after the main conference to help communities move from learning to action.

**This workshop requires a special ticket; choose an "Conference Pass + Outdoor Communities" ticket at checkout. We also encourage a minimum of 3 people to come from any given place sending a team.**

The full agenda is available at

The conference will include both national and local outdoor industry speakers and media, CEOs and other leaders from top outdoor brands, and renowned experts in the fields of outdoor recreation infrastructure, building strong workforce programs and supply chains, and branding + building outdoor communities. With a mix of can't-miss shared sessions and high-engagement breakouts, as well as some special outdoor events and gourmet food and beverages throughout the morning and afternoon, this will truly be a spectacular day.

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