Missouri Chamber: Missouri loves the great outdoors; Economic impact of Rock Island Trail on rural MO | Missouri Chamber of Commerce

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Dan Mehan, President and CEO of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce:

I love the outdoors. I realize this perspective is far from unique. Outdoor recreation is an $887 billion industry in our country, supporting 7.6 million jobs, according to the latest data from the national Outdoor Industry Association.

Missourians are blessed with incredible natural resources that enable us to experience the outdoors in many ways. Hunting and fishing are a big part of our state’s culture, as are canoeing, powerboating, bicycling and hiking.

Our outdoor resources are important tourism drivers. The most recent annual report from the Missouri Division of Tourism shows that 13 percent of the visitors to our state came to see our state parks. Nine percent traveled to Missouri for our fishing and boating opportunities.

Our state’s love of outdoor recreation has spawned several major businesses here. Bass Pro Shops, headquartered in Springfield, draws more than 120 million visitors annually. This massive Missouri business is poised to double in size with its $4.2 billion acquisition of Cabela’s. . . .

we visit businesses in Chilhowee and Windsor to learn about the economic impact being felt along a new bike and equestrian path there. Economic growth along the trail has many small communities hoping for a possible trail expansion. Read more here.