Outdoor Recreation Listening Tour coming to Troy

The North Carolina Department of Commerce Outdoor Recreation Industry Office will hold a listening session in Troy on Tuesday, May 8, to help inform efforts to promote North Carolina’s outdoor recreation economy and recruit new outdoor industry businesses to the state.


This event is by invitation only, and you are invited to cover the session and to interview David Knight, director of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Office. Local government officials and business leaders in Montgomery, Scotland, Richmond, Moore, Anson and Stanly counties have been invited to attend.


Created in the most recent state budget, the Outdoor Recreation Industry Office has been established to support, promote and expand outdoor recreation employment opportunities in North Carolina.


David Knight joined the North Carolina Department of Commerce as the state’s outdoor industry recruitment director in January. He is a former Assistant Secretary for Natural Resources at the N.C. Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, now known as the Department of Environmental Quality.


“The outdoor recreation industry currently supports 260,000 jobs in North Carolina and is growing,” North Carolina Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland said in announcing Knight’s appointment. “David will work with public and private-sector professionals and industry advocates to promote this growing industry and help recruit more outdoor recreation businesses to the state.”


WHO: David Knight, director of the N.C. Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, meeting with local leaders

WHAT: Outdoor Recreation Listening Session

WHEN: Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 10 a.m. – Noon

WHERE: Montgomery Community College, Capel Hall (1011 Page St., Troy, NC)

WHY: The objectives of the meeting, the second in a series of scheduled listening sessions that Knight is conducting during a statewide tour, are to:

  • Build relationships and a common understanding of the opportunities and barriers around growing the outdoor recreation industry in your region.
  • Analyze what is working to grow an outdoor recreation economy in your region, and what challenges current efforts face.
  • Highlight key outdoor recreation assets and attractions in your region.
  • Identify new ideas to support, promote and expand outdoor recreation employment opportunities locally and regionally.