Outdoor Recreation in WV: 90,000 Jobs and $90 Million in Consumer Spending

By Local News | September 29, 2017
Outdoor recreation means 90,000 jobs and $9 billion in consumer spending for West Virginia, according to a new report

The Outdoor Industry Association found recreation pays $2.4 billion in wages and more than $650 million in state and local taxes, even before that money moves out through the local economy. 

Kenny Parker, co-owner of Water Stone Outdoors in Fayetteville, says the best part is that there's room to grow.

"Go to say, Bar Harbor, Maine, or any of those places and just count the number of businesses," he says. "This place could accommodate a lot more businesses that are owned by individuals who create their own job."

Observers sometimes downplay the outdoor industry's impact, arguing it creates many part-time, low-pay jobs. But Parker says when the number is 90,000 jobs, there's going to be room at the top. Plus, he says the money that comes in with tourists rolls over into other, unrelated businesses.
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Photo by Kenny Parker.

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