As a business leader, or employer of any type in North Carolina, you’re facing new challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic. EDPNC is here to help you navigate these unique economic challenges in the days ahead.


With majestic mountains in the west and pristine beaches in the east, it’s no wonder that outdoor recreation in North Carolina generates $28 billion in consumer spending annually. An economic powerhouse with exceptional landscapes in every direction, North Carolina offers a diversity of outdoor recreation opportunities parallel to none.

Foundation for a strong outdoor recreation economy

North Carolina’s Outdoor Recreation Industry Office works to grow and support the outdoor recreation economy at the state level through collaboration with existing outdoor businesses, local governments, and communities who rely on a richly diverse outdoor recreation landscape. The office focuses on economic development, education and workforce training, conservation and stewardship, and public health and wellness, to ensure the state’s strategic growth as a place where outdoor businesses and recreation communities can thrive.

Economic Development

Education & Workforce Training

Conservation & Stewardship

Public Health & Wellness


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“Operating a company in the Outdoor Industry from North Carolina is just a natural fit. There is no better place in eastern North America to enjoy the outdoors. Add that we are a one-day drive from 70 percent of the US population, and you’ve got the best outdoor business climate imaginable.”

— Tom Dempsey, Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, SylvanSport


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For more information on the North Carolina Outdoor Recreation Industry, please contact:

Amy Allison