The Swift River is seen along the Kancamagus Highway in White Mountain National Forest..

The Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry Development included in New Hampshire’s budget means the state joins more than a dozen other states with a division to specifically focus on that trade, according to The Center Square.

“New Hampshire’s low tax environment and booming economy are a beacon for business in the northeast,” Gov. Chris Sununu said in a story posted on the website of the National Association of Marine Manufacturers. “This office will allow us to better leverage the tremendous outdoor recreation opportunities we have here in the Granite State to not only grow the industry, but attract the workforce of the future.”

The office will coordinate input from outdoor recreation stakeholders to enhance recreational experiences and tourism, recruit employees, and come up with user and economic impact data to help with investment and long-term planning.

The outdoor recreation business, which employs about 38,000 people in New Hampshire, accounts for 3.3% of the state’s GDP, among the highest in the nation.

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