State office to promote outdoor recreation
Gov. Ralph Northam has created a state office to promote Virginia’s outdoor recreation industry.
The Office of Outdoor Recreation will assist an industry that contributes nearly $22 billion annually to the Virginia economy and employs more than 197,000 people.
Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade Cassidy Rasnick will serve as the office's director. It will be staffed by agencies currently working to promote Virginia’s outdoor assets.
The office is involved in efforts to recruit manufacturers of outdoor products such as kayaks, bicycles and gear to locate or expand in Virginia.
Virginia is the 15th state in the nation — and the third on the East Coast — to establish an office or task force dedicated to promoting outdoor recreation industry.