May 16, 2019, marked our first Outdoor NRG large-group planning session with Noah Wilson and Emergent Opportunities. Recognizing West Virginia‘s rich outdoor assets, adequate development potential, and strong existing leadership workforce in the New River Gorge region, New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (NRGRDA) secured funding to launch Outdoor NRG. The outdoor industry in West Virginia is an untapped, under utilized path for regional growth, population attraction, and sustainable economic development.
Goals will be set and next steps determined with each convening to develop new strategies for growing the outdoor industry in the New River Gorge Region. We are beyond excited about the energy surrounding this project and can’t wait to share our outdoor industry work very soon!