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The Outdoor Industry Summit for the Central Colorado Region is set for Oct. 25, right here in Chaffee County at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Event Center. At least five local residents involved in the outdoor recreation industry or in adjunct issues will be speakers at the event.

The event can be attended in two ways: as an in-person conference (pending COVID-19 restrictions) or as a hybrid live-virtual experience. The day-long conference is an exploration of growth/scale opportunities, stewardship, and education for those operating an outdoor recreation business or nonprofit in the Central Mountain region of Colorado.

The Oct. 25th conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information and to register go to:

The conference features a whos-who of outdoor industry experts and entrepreneurial start-up funding, including Deputy Director Region 9 Economic Development District Brian Rose, the Vice President of the Colorado Impact Fund Alice Havill, Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) North Central Program Officer Dan Omasta, Founder/CEO of Sara Bella Fishing April Archer, and the Co-Founder and CEO of Town Hall Outdoor Co. Robin Hall.

Among local speakers at the conference:

  • Travis Hochard, GM River Runners & VP of Arkansas River Outfitters Association
  •  Dominique Naccarato – Director Greater Arkansas River Nature Association
    “GARNA: Inspiring a Conservation Ethic by Providing Educational Opportunities and Experiences”
  • Angel Rowell – Founder Discovery Pass, LLC “Our Support Local and Save on Your Next Adventure Initiatives”
  • Scott Peterson – Director Chaffee County Visitors Bureau “The Adventure by Nature Program Benefits and Storytelling Features”
  • Cindy Williams – Co-Lead Envision Chaffee County “The Chaffee County Outdoor Recreation Management Plan”

Conference planners say they welcome anyone who has an interest in Colorado’s Outdoor Industry to attend.