Public lands and the outdoor recreational opportunities they afford offer economic assets to communities around the country. The quality of life they permit improves the health and wellbeing of citizens, while their ability to attract not only recreationists, but also tourists, baby boomers retiring to greener pastures, and entrepreneurs, who in turn create economic diversity, is well documented. As Headwaters Economics notes, “[C]ounties with more federal lands or protected federal lands perform better on average than their peers with less federal lands or protected federal lands in key economic measures.”
This track focuses on investments in public lands as a way to drive economic growth in communities around America.
Specific panels include:
Transition Towns: How communities around America—particularly ones for which logging, mining, and oil and gas have been the historic economic engines—are using investments in public lands and outdoor recreation to drive economic growth
Moderator: Jason Keith, Public Land Solutions (2017 SHIFT Award Official Selection)
Beyond Tourism: How public lands and the quality of life they permit can attract entrepreneurs, who in turn can create economic diversity
The Designation Effect: How the economies of national monument gateway communities around the country have been impacted by the designations
Moderator: Kyle Sullivan, Manager, Mojave Trails National Monument (2017 Emerging Leader)