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State of the Outdoors

The Business of Outdoor Recreation. Why it matters to you.

Join us to hear the exciting things happening in the outdoors in the Pikes Peak region!

Date:             Monday, March 20, 2017
Time:             4:00-6:30 PM
Location:     Colorado Springs City Auditorium

Why should you attend?

As a stakeholder in our community, you care about our region – as a place to do business, raise a family, and provide opportunities for better health and quality of life for our citizens.

Because you live here, you already have a certain amount of appreciation for our natural assets, such as Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods. What you know intuitively – that outdoor recreation matters to our community – we want to help you understand in dollars and cents. It’s time to think of outdoor recreation as an economic driver to this region, not just something locals do on the weekends and tourists do on vacation.

The State of the Outdoors event will help you discover why outdoor recreation should matter to you and how you can invest in your business by investing in the outdoors.

Plus, there will be opportunities to ask questions, engage with the speakers, and explore our region’s outdoor assets with local outdoor businesses and nonprofits.

*Your ticket includes light hors d’eourvres and beer/soft drink.

Speakers Include:


Luis Benitez


Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office


John Suthers


City of Colorado Springs


Dirk Draper

Pres. & CEO

Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC


David Leinweber


Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance


Dan Prenzlow

Regional Manager

Colorado Parks and Wildlife


Karen Palus


Colorado Springs Parks & Recreation


Tim Wolken

Director of Community Services

El Paso County


Jennifer Peterson

Executive Director

Rocky Mountain Field Institute


Susan Davies

Executive Director

Trails and Open Space Coalition

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Parks and Rec

Title Sponsor: Colorado Publishing House

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