With the news of a new $3M investment in growing the WNC outdoor industry and communities, we’re excited to announce the opening of our first full-time Executive Director Position.  

With support from the Appalachian Regional Commission’s POWER program as well as the Dogwood Health Trust, the OGB will work with the Growing Outdoors Partnership in embarking on an ambitious new three-year program designed to accelerate the region’s outdoor communities and companies, and cement Western North Carolina’s reputation as the Outdoor Industry Hub of the East.  

This new funding will help us expand our support for our growing network of outdoor companies.  The foundation that has been laid by our volunteers, staff, and partners has set us up for this next phase of growing our outdoor economy and supporting our member companies here in WNC.  

Our current Executive Director, Andy Williamson, will be transitioning to a new role designed to help build our outdoor communities across the region and continue to drive the WNC: Made By Mountains brand initiative, all intended to support our entire outdoor ecosystem and enhance our region’s outdoor recreation assets and business support.  Andy will still be intimately involved in the OGB as a key partner in his new role and he is excited to work closely with the new Executive Director in helping WNC outdoor businesses grow and thrive here.  

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