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SALT LAKE CITY – (January 12, 2023) – The winners of the fifth annual Outdoor Retailer Innovation Awards were announced in a ceremony on the second night of Outdoor Retailer Snow Show on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, in Salt Lake City, Utah and includes Maine’s Opolis. — StokedSnow Goggles made with Opolis’ patent-pending blend StokedPlastic®

Axios: A smaller Outdoor Retailer show returns to Salt Lake City

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Salt Lake City is also less expensive, said Ponch Membreño, a spokesperson for Maine Outdoor Brands, a nonprofit that helps fund small Maine companies’ attendance at the show. For smaller companies, the show is still valuable because they can “potentially meet a big account, which always seems to happen,” Membreño said. “Even though it’s not 100 buyers a day, they meet …

Watershed: Maine’s outdoor recreation economy generated $2.8 billion in 2021, report shows

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Maine’s outdoor recreation economy generated $2.8 billion in economic output in 2021, representing a 19.3% increase over 2020, a new national report shows. The report, released Wednesday, marks the fifth consecutive year the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis has released government data on the sector. The latest edition shows how the outdoor industry continues to build on growing popularity during the pandemic. 

Outdoor recreation generates billions for Maine’s economy

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A report released by the U.S. Department of Commerce found that Maine’s outdoor industry made up about 3.6 percent of the total economy. The numbers show Maine is one of the top five states in the country when it comes to the value of outdoor recreation in the state’s total gross domestic product. Manufacturing and sales of gear and equipment …

Confluence of States Leaders Gather in Nevada, Elect New Leadership from Michigan and Maine

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State-level outdoor recreation leaders representing the Confluence of States gathered at the Outdoor Media Summit alongside industry partners to elect organization leadership, discuss key issues affecting the $689 billion outdoor recreation economy, and strategize about the continued advancement of the outdoor economy through their engagement with the Outdoor Recreation Industry Confluence of States Accords. Brad Garmon, Executive Director of the …

Report finds outdoor recreation racks up $188M in annual sales in southern Maine

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By Laurie Schreiber The outdoor recreation industry is responsible for a significant portion of southern Maine’s economy, attracting 5.5 million visitors in 2020 and generating $188.6 million in annual sales. The industry also contributed nearly $105.3 million to the regional gross domestic product and represented 12% of Maine’s total outdoor recreation. The findings came in a report commissioned by the Southern …

L.L.Bean x University of California Irvine Research Finds Time Outdoors Increases Resilience, Strengthens Relationships

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In celebration of its 110th Anniversary, iconic outdoor retailer L.L.Bean unveils new, proprietary research findings that experiencing awe in the outdoors makes us more resilient and strengthens relationships. L.L.Bean is turning these insights into action with partner Mental Health America (MHA) to fund programming focused on improving mental well-being through time spent outdoors.