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Shaheen lauds Commerce Department report showing significant economic contributions from outdoor recreation sector

09 November 2022

** The economic impact report is the result of Shaheen’s bipartisan bill that was signed into law in 2016.**

(Washington, DC) – US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) praised a report from the US Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), which shows the significant economic impact of the recreation sector on outdoors by 2021. The Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account estimate, provided by the BEA through the Department of Commerce, is the result of Shaheen’s bipartisan legislation, the Jobs Act ‘outdoor recreation and economic impact of 2015, which he introduced with former Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and which was signed by President Barack Obama. in 2016. Shaheen also chairs the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Commerce Department.

“These new numbers reaffirm the economic strength of America’s vibrant outdoor recreation sector,” Senator Shaheen said. “After several years of these reports, we have consistent and comprehensive data on the financial impact of the outdoor recreation sector, which is key to guiding policy priorities that drive job growth and economic development. A New Hampshire, investments in outdoor recreation, including the Great American Outdoors Act, help our local outdoor recreation industries thrive.I encourage policymakers at all levels of government to review the findings of “this report and to work with me and other legislators in support of outdoor recreation opportunities in our communities.”

Shaheen’s legislation required the federal government to measure the impact of outdoor recreation on the economy to help inform policymakers and business leaders about the number of jobs created and consumer spending driven by outdoor recreation industries. According to preliminary estimates today, inflation-adjusted gross domestic product (GDP) for the outdoor recreation economy rose 18.9 percent in 2021, compared to an increase of 5 .9 percent for the overall US economy and represents approximately 1.9 percent of GDP. The total economic contribution of the outdoor recreation industry in 2021 was approximately $862 billion.

Prior to 2017, the federal government did not measure the economic impact of outdoor recreation, despite independent estimates, including a report by the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA). In April 2016, following a letter from Senator Shaheen, US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that the Federal Recreation Council would work with the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis to assess the economic contributions of the outdoor recreation industry. The Shaheen Outdoor Recreation Work and Economic Impact Act ensures that this work continues into the future by requiring it by law. The law also requires the Department of Commerce to submit a comprehensive analysis to Congress detailing the contribution of the outdoor recreation sector to the economy.


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