Outdoor Gear Builders Awarded $124,250 to Advance Industry Jobs and Business in the Area

The Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC (OGB) - a 30+ brand collective based in Western North Carolina (WC) - are part of a brand new $940k funding initiative from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) POWER Program. The grant consists of $940,000 investment from the ARC matched with $787,000 in local funds for a total of $1.7m+, and will be used to help expand WNC’s outdoor recreation industry and to support economic development across rural areas.

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Outdoor Gear Builders Unveil 2018 Outdoor Industry Manufacturing Census

The Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC (OGB) - a 30+ brand strong collective - have unveiled their 2018 Western North Carolina Outdoor Industry Manufacturing Census demonstrating exciting growth in nearly every area. The census, with information from 33 members of the alliance, provides a snapshot of the current size and economic impact of this growing industry, and along with previous censuses can be used to measure the growth and trends in the industry over time.


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Outdoor Gear Builders 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Whether you’re on the look out for the perfect holiday gift for the outdoors adventurer in your life, or you're shopping to treat yourself this year, you don't have to look much further than right here in Western Carolina. From climbing equipment, to snuggly sustainable apparel, to new boats, welcome to your home-grown holiday gift guide by the Outdoor Gear Builders!

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Natalie DeRatt