CONCORD, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs (BEA) announces Scott Crowder as the state’s first director for outdoor recreation industry development (ORID).
“New Hampshire’s outdoor economy plays a vital role in the state’s development strategies,” said BEA Commissioner Taylor Caswell. “Scott’s entrepreneurial experience in the outdoor industry is exactly what we need to open the new Government Office for Outdoor Leisure Industry Development (ORID) and accelerate the potential of the state’s outdoor leisure asset.”
ORID was formed to support New Hampshire’s diverse outdoor economy as a primary strategy for growing the state workforce and attracting businesses interested in New Hampshire’s growth economy. In that role, Crowder will be responsible for coordinating outdoor recreation policies with partners inside and outside the state government such as the newly formed Granite Outdoor Alliance.
Crowder has extensive professional experience in leisure management, marketing, and business development. He is the founder of the North American Pond Hockey Classic; was principal of Ekal Consulting and led marketing, web design and creative services as well as event consulting and execution; and was a founding partner of the Ekal Activity Center in Meredith. Crowder has also served on various tourism, economic development, and not-for-profit bodies across the state.
“I am honored and excited to be named the first Director of Outdoor Recreation for the state of New Hampshire,” said Crowder. “We have an amazing opportunity in the state to use our outdoor resources to improve the lives of our residents and visitors, our communities, and our overall economic position. I look forward to working with individuals and organizations across the state to balance the conservation and management of our natural assets while promoting and developing the unique outdoor recreational opportunities that we have before us. “
New Hampshire’s outdoor industry provides 37,000 jobs and $ 1.3 billion in wages and $ 528 million in state and local taxes, according to the Granite Outdoor Alliance.