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Indiana could join 17 other states that have an outdoor recreation office.

Indiana Sen. Blake Doriot, R-District 12, has introduced a resolution to urge the establishment of an Indiana Office of Outdoor Recreation Development (Senate Concurrent Resolution #15) within the Indiana Destination Development Corporation (IDDC), according to the RV Industry Association’s (RVIA) News & Insights.

Doriot is joined on the resolution by State Sen. Linda Rogers, R-District 11, and State Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, D-District 25, On Jan. 30, this resolution was approved unanimously by the Indiana Senate Committee on Natural Resources and will next go to the state Senate floor for a vote. If the Indiana state senate passes this resolution and IDDC creates the office, Indiana will join 17 other states who have established offices of outdoor recreation.

The newly introduced resolution outlines the priorities for the outdoor recreation office, including increasing outdoor recreation-based economic development, tourism and ecotourism; promoting the growth of the outdoor recreation economy; and promoting the health and social benefits of outdoor recreation.

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb created the IDDC in October 2019 to enhance economic development, attract new talent to Indiana’s workforce, and enhance the state’s profile as a great destination for visitors. The IDDC is led by Elaine Bedel, the previous president of the Indiana Economic Development Corp., the state’s lead economic development agency.

“Having worked with Elaine on several RV industry initiatives in the past, including the creation of the RV Technical Institute, I know that her expertise in both public and private sector policymaking will be extremely valuable to the success of this office in growing the outdoor recreation economy in Indiana,” said RVIA’s Director of Government Affairs Mike Ochs. “We look forward to continuing to work together on this new initiative.”

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