State of the Outdoors 2018

Featuring Colorado's first Gubernatorial Forum focused on the outdoors!

A lively gathering of celebration and engagement

DATE:               Thursday, March 15, 2018
TIME:                3:30-6:30 PM (Program begins at 4:30 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 more fully.

So join us!

Engage in the challenges and opportunities facing our outdoor spaces with our Gubernatorial Forum, moderated by the Colorado Springs Business Journal’s Editor, Bryan Grossman. Hear about the issues before us and the different candidates' perspectives so you head to the polls informed. Our community leaders will frame and pose questions focused on the outdoors as a key economic driver and significant factor in our community’s health and well-being. Visit with candidates following the forum to ask your own burning questions and learn more about their campaigns!

Confirmed candidates include:

  • Stephen Barlock, Republican
  • Noel Ginsburg, Democrat
  • Bill Hammons, Unity Party
  • Greg Lopez, Republican
  • Donna Lynne, Lt. Governor, Democrat
  • Michael Schroeder, Democrat
  • Erik Underwood, Democrat

Celebrate our outdoor community and learn the many opportunities available to you through the Outdoor Community Expo, showcasing the Pikes Peak region’s amazing outdoor businesses, nonprofits, and land management entities. Consider how you can volunteer and get involved in protecting our outdoor assets and supporting ongoing community efforts!

Special Announcement: The Outdoor Industry Association’s economic impact numbers for the 5th Congressional District, including the Pike Peak region, will be released for the first time at the event!

Plus, learn about the launch of the region's first collaborative website designed to serve as a hub for outdoor recreation in our region!

*Your ticket includes expo, program, hors d’eourvres, and two beers/softs.

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