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The Business of Outdoor Recreation Summit

December 4, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - December 5, 2018 @ 9:00 pm MST


The 2018 Business of Outdoor Recreation Summit will take place December 4-5th, 2018 at the beautiful Grouse Mountain Lodge, in Whitefish, Montana. Montana Governor’s Office of Outdoor RecreationCrown of the Continent Geotourism Council, and Whitefish Legacy Partners will host the region’s, first ever Business of Outdoor Recreation Summit, capped at 250 participants, from Montana and the Greater Crown of the Continent Region, ranging from industry, community, and conservation. Summit will offer tools that will help facilitate interaction between attendees and create concrete opportunities to utilize and integrate into future work. Join the conversation to:

  • Turn community vision into community planning; Balance infrastructure growth with sustainable long-term management and funding; Project planning across multiple landowners and land managers.
  • Communicate outdoor recreation and conservation needs to local, state and federal elected officials; Mechanics of money circulating back to recreation maintenance.
  • Increase understanding of the economic value of open spaces and outdoor recreation; Help communities in transition create a vision and action plan for sustainable expansion of their tourism economy; Entrepreneur support and integration of sustainable practices into business plans (conservation & community).

Expect two days of networking, panels, dynamic guest speakers, film festival and celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and National Trails Systems, along with the kick off of the National Parks Conservation Association Centennial.

Outdoor recreation is an economic driver and integral to the economic diversity and wellbeing of communities in the State of Montana and greater transboundary Crown of the Continent region including Alberta and British Columbia. Knowing now that outdoor recreation is 2% of US GDP and is growing at almost twice the rate of the US economy as a whole, it is important that we take an in-depth look at maximizing this segment of our economies potential while addressing population growth and user pressure. Outdoor recreation, especially on our public lands, is the foundation of our lifestyle, offering opportunity for quality of life that is unsurpassed, thus making our communities attractive places to live, do business, and visit.

Registration period is open September 20th, 2018 to November 30th, 2018. Event is filling up quickly, so register early! Registration for two day summit is $125.00 USD. Click HERE to register.

We are thrilled to bring you a diverse lineup of keynotes, guest speakers and panelists for this year’s Summit. Check out the speakers page often to see who has joinied the lineup as we add speakers and biographies over the next couple of weeks.

Many thanks to our incredible line-up of sponsors who understand the importance and value of bringing diverse stakeholders to the table to discuss the future of outdoor recreation, in the region. Interested in an opportunity to sponsor this event? Click HERE to learn more.

Interested in having a booth at this year’s Summit? There are a few exhibit booth spaces left. Contact Sheena Pate (sheena@crownofthecontinent.net) for more information.

Thanks to the support of generous sponsors (2) $5,000 checks have been earmarked to be awarded to conservation/recreation groups that have on the ground projects. Six selected groups will be spotlighted during the Summit and have an opportunity to win, per attendee voting, $5,000 to put towards their project. More information to come!

Grouse Mountain Lodge is the exclusive summit venue and lodging and will offer attendees special room rates starting at $87.00 USD plus tax per night. (When booking reference “The Business of Outdoor Recreation Summit” to receive special rate).Governor’s


December 4, 2018 @ 4:00 pm MST
December 5, 2018 @ 9:00 pm MST
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