OREC was created in 2015 by then-Governor John Hickenlooper, making it at the time only the second such statewide office in the country. OREC has accomplished much in its short existence, such as increasing the awareness of the impact of outdoor recreation on Colorado's economy, and bringing the prestigious Outdoor Industry Association's Outdoor Retail show to Colorado after the association cut ties with it's long time show venue in Utah. You can learn more about the goals of the office and what it has accomplished in my interview with its original director, Luis Benitez.
Since the office was created by appointment by Hickenlooper, and not by legislation, its existence is subject to the whim of whomever is governor. Under Senate Bill 1191, OREC would become a permanent part of state government under the Office of Economic Development and International Trade.
See related PDF In other news, the El Paso County Parks Department and the county's Board of County Commissioners is looking for a volunteer to fill a forthcoming opening on its Parks Advisory Board to represent commission district 5.
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Editor's note: This blog has been updated to state the Outdoor Recreation Industry Office is actually independent from the CTO and answers directly to the executive director of OEDIT. Bob regrets the error.
Bob Falcone is a retired firefighter, photographer, hiker, business owner and author of Hiking Bob's Tips, Tricks and Trails, available via his website. He has lived in Colorado Springs for almost 28 years. Follow him on Twitter (@hikingbob), Facebook (@hikingguide), Instagram (@HikingBob_CO) or visit his website (Hikingbob.com). E-mail questions, comments, suggestions, etc to Bob: firstname.lastname@example.org.