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Gearhead Outfitters Expands to Colorado With Store Acquisitions

The deal for two Summit Canyon Mountaineering stores grows Gearhead's footprint to more than 20 locations in seven states. read more >
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Final 13.4 Miles of Delta Heritage Trail Within Sight

The most expensive section of the trail so far is under contract with work poised to begin in Desha County. read more >
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State Awards $4.34M for Outdoor Recreation Projects

The grants fall into two categories: Facilities for Underdeveloped Neighborhoods Park grants and matching grants. read more >
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Outdoor Recreation Accounts for 2.5% of Arkansas GDP

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis on Nov. 17 released statistics measuring the outdoor recreation economy for the nation, all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The new U.S. […] read more >
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Arkansas Leaders See Utah’s High-Tech Success as Model for Economic Transformation

Utah, with its emphasis on research, entrepreneurship and quality of life, has become one of the top states for high-tech industries. Arkansas is looking to borrow from the western state's playbook. read more >
The 64,000-SF inclusive playground at Two Rivers Park

Pulaski County Set to Open State’s Largest Inclusive Playground

The 64,000-SF playground features an open-air pavilion, paths connecting to existing facilities in the park and rubber and turf surfaces ensuring no physical barriers for people using wheelchairs. read more >
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Public Companies / Retail / Tourism / Transportation

Camping World Agrees to Buy Breeden RV in Van Buren

The acquisition is anticipated to close in the second quarter of 2023 and will increase the company’s Arkansas location count to four. read more >
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State Awards $6.5M in Outdoor Recreation Grants

Projects in 35 counties across the state will receive funds. read more >
Bryan Sanders, husband of Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders, speaks after the governor announced the establishment of the Natural State Initiative on Tuesday Jan. 24, 2023, at the Arkansas State Capitol.
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Outdoor Recreation is ‘Big Business,’ With Room to GrowLock Icon

Outdoor recreation contributed nearly 40,000 jobs and $3.5 billion to Arkansas’ gross domestic product in 2021, but state officials believe that is just a fraction of what the industry can accomplish. read more >
Bryan Sanders, the first gentleman of Arkansas
Government & Politics / Tourism

Sanders Appoints Husband to Lead New Recreation & Tourism Council

He won't be paid. Other members of the council have yet to be appointed. read more >
Nonprofits / Tourism

Wilderness Conference Set For Bentonville

The conference will be co-hosted by Visit Bentonville, the city’s visitors bureau, and the Runway Group. read more >
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Sanders Picks Mike Mills to Lead Department of Parks & Tourism

Mills, who has nearly 50 years of experience in the tourism industry, would replace Stacy Hurst, who was appointed by outgoing Gov. Asa Hutchinson. read more >
Outdoor recreation GDP map
Manufacturing / Retail / Tourism

Outdoor Recreation Accounts for 2.4% of Arkansas GDP

Nationwide, it accounted for 1.9%, or $454 billion, of current-dollar GDP in 2021. read more >
Education / Nonprofits / Tourism

Walton Family Grants $4.1M For UA Outdoors Entrepreneurs

The money will help fund three new programs. read more >