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Missoula tour spotlights Montana’s outdoor recreation economy

One of Montana’s newest government offices established by Gov. Steve Bullock in 2017 aims to grow and enhance the state’s multi-billion dollar outdoor recreation economy.

The Montana Office of Outdoor Recreation (ORE) started their Great Outdoors Brewery Tour in Missoula on Wednesday.

Montana is one of eight states that currently has an ORE agency but several other states are in the beginning stages of creating their own offices. The goal of ORE is to "oversee state efforts to grow and enhance Montana’s $7 billion outdoor recreation economy."

ORE director Rachel VanDeVoort says that means the outdoor recreation economy for tourists and locals who might not even realize that they are a part of that group.

More than 71,000 jobs are created by the outdoor recreation industry making it the second largest economic sector in Montana.

By Connor McCauley

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