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North Carolina site for national outdoor recreation summit

July 10, 2018

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Nearly a dozen states are represented at a western North Carolina gathering designed to focus how to make their regions attractive to outdoor recreation companies and enthusiasts.

Gov. Roy Cooper and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper planned to participate in a panel discussion Tuesday at the “Outdoor Recreation Industry Confluence” summit, which is going on through Wednesday in Asheville.

The meeting is the second such summit nationally and is being held to improve collaboration in supporting and expanding the outdoor recreation industry.

The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina — which helps recruit industries — is helping put on the summit. The partnership says the industry creates $28 billion in consumer spending annually and supports 260,000 jobs. The partnership recently hired someone specifically focused on outdoor recreation matters.

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