Oregon State University's Center for the Outdoor Recreation Economy emerged from extensive conversations with industry leaders.
These industry partners described a growing skills gap and challenges in recruiting and retaining a truly diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce.
Through research, partnerships and industry-informed technical skills and leadership training programs, we’re dedicated to meeting these needs and connecting the outdoor recreation economy to its full economic, social and environmental potential.
An unrecognized powerhouse
In terms of its contribution to the GDP, the outdoor recreation industry rivals high-profile sectors like mining, agriculture and big pharma.
Grounded in local communities
With outdoor businesses in communities of every size and region, outdoor recreation economy contributes to the quality of life for rural and urban communities.
Supporting a small business renaissance
At a time when business consolidation is increasing inequality in the United States, the outdoor recreation economy is an engine for small business growth.
Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR is located in the traditional territory of the Chepenefa ("Mary's River") band of the Kalapuya. After the Kalapuya Treaty (Treaty of Dayton) in 1855, Kalapuya people were forcibly removed to what are now the Grand Ronde and Siletz reservations, and are now members of Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon (https://www.grandronde.org) and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians (http://ctsi.nsn.us).