- Associated Press - Thursday, October 13, 2016

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Gov. Matt Mead is creating a new task force to promote the outdoor recreational industry in Wyoming.

A statement from the governor’s office says the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources will work with private and public stakeholders to develop recommendations to grow Wyoming’s outdoor recreation economy.

Mead said in the statement that the task force will offer ideas to improve outdoor recreation opportunities, marketing and business recruitment.

A 2012 Outdoor Industry Association report found that outdoor recreation in Wyoming generates about $4.5 billion annually in consumer spending, $1.4 billion in wages and salaries, $300 million in state and local tax revenue and accounts for about 50,000 jobs.

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