Business Alliances Workshop

The Business Alliances workshop will take place November 3, from 1-5 PM at the Snow King Resort Hotel.

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State-wide and regional business alliances such as Colorado Outdoor Business Alliance and the Grand Valley Outdoor Recreation Alliance are successfully harnessing industry voices to advance public land issues. Other models, such as Business for Montana’s Outdoors and the Yellowstone Gateway Business Coalition, include business interests outside the outdoor recreation industry. Taken together, such alliances offer a powerful tool that is greatly under-leveraged in contemporary conservation: coalitions of business interests that advocate on behalf of public lands. This workshop features representatives from successful business alliances from around the country discussing how they were formed, the obstacles they’ve overcome and how they are applying their stakeholder coalitions for collective impact. A panel discussion will be followed by break-out groups who work with alliance representatives on how to build business alliances in their regions, and how they can take specific action to advance change.

Moderator: Ray Rasker, Executive Director, Headwaters Economics


  • Lana Weber, Idaho Outdoor Recreation Coalition
  • Sarah Schrader, Co-Chair, Grand Valley Outdoor Recreation Council
  • Gabe Kiritz, Colorado Outdoor Business Association (2017 SHIFT Award Official Selection)
  • Noah Wilson, Executive Director, Outdoor Gear Builders of North Carolina
  • Van Schoessler, President, Oregon Outdoor Alliance

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