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Outdoor Industry Association Endorses Gail Schwartz

Press Release    On October 13, 2016

Outdoor Industry Association & OIAPAC endorse Gail Schwartz

(Boulder, CO) October 13, 2016 – Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is proud to announce our endorsement of Gail Schwartz who is running to represent Colorado’s Third Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

OIA is the national trade association for suppliers, manufacturers and retailers in the $646 billion outdoor recreation industry with more than 1,300 member companies, large and small. The outdoor industry supports more than 6.1 million American jobs, provides $80 million every year in federal and state tax revenue and makes other significant contributions toward the goal of healthy communities and healthy economies across the United States.

In Colorado, the outdoor recreation economy accounts for $13.2 billion in consumer spending, 125,000 jobs, $4.2 billion in wages and salaries and $994 million in state and local tax revenue. Gail Schwartz clearly understands the significant contribution the outdoor industry makes to the state and will stand up for industry values if elected.

“It is an honor to stand with small businesses and hardworking retailers who make up this important industry,” said Gail Schwartz. “Coloradans and visitors alike love nothing more than recreation, sports and adventure! We rely on the innovative and reliable equipment and clothing made by OIA companies to help us enjoy the great outdoors. I am running to represent Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, which includes our most iconic public lands and recreation areas in the country. Our outdoor recreation economy provides enormous opportunity for Colorado businesses which will continue to grow into the future. I’m proud that the Outdoor Industry Association has recognized my commitment to our great outdoors!”

OIA believes that Schwartz understands the significant role the outdoor industry plays in Colorado and the importance of growing sustainable economies across in the Third District and across Colorado. She also understands the importance of providing funding for and maintaining access to our public lands and waters. She fought for these values during her time in the Colorado State Senate and we she will be a great addition to the House of Representatives.

“It is important to us to support individuals running for office who understand the values of the outdoor industry and who will stand up for them,” said Amy Roberts, Executive Director of OIA. “Gail Schwartz not only has a passion for the industry but understands our values and would represent them well in the U.S. House of Representatives.”


Outdoor Industry Association

Based in Boulder, CO, with offices in Washington, D.C., Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the leading trade association for the outdoor industry and the title sponsor of Outdoor Retailer. OIA unites and serves over 1300 manufacturer, supplier, sales representative and retailer members through its focus on trade and recreation policy, sustainable business, market & consumer insights and industry trends. For more information, visit outdoorindustry.org or call 303.444.3353.


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