• Economic impact: Outdoor recreation national figures in line locally | News, Sports, Jobs
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    Economic impact: Outdoor recreation national figures in line locally | News, Sports, Jobs

    Times Observer file photo State-wide data show significant increases in the size of the state’s outdoor recreation economy. That total is up to $13.64 billion and accounts for 152,000 jobs. It’s become a pretty familiar refrain that the future of our region is closely tied to outdoor recreation. The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, citing federal data, reports that outdoor recreation contributed $13.64 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy, accounted for 152,000 jobs and was 1.6 percent of the state’s GDP. The most recent county-level data from the state’s Economic Impact of Travel Report shows $124.6 in tourism-related spending in Warren County. But that number doesn’t tell the whole story.…

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  • WVU Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative celebrates new trail openings | WVU Today
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    WVU Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative celebrates new trail openings | WVU Today

    Several West Virginia University officials, including President Gordon Gee (center) and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Maryanne Reed, joined executives with the WVU Brad and Alys Smith Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative to cut the ribbon on the new West Run Woods Trail System Sept. 27, 2022. (WVU Photo) The West Virginia University Brad and Alys Smith Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative is a few steps closer to delivering trail access within a mile of every home in Morgantown.  This week marks the official opening of the initial three miles for the new West Run Woods Trail System, a purpose-built, multi-use trail project. The new trail system aligns with the Collaborative’s mission to…

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