William Pickrum, Kent County Commission President and MACo First Vice President, became a representative of the Maryland Outdoor Recreational Economic Commission (MORE) by appointment of Governor Hogan.
As part of the commission, he will aid in developing strategies and making recommendations to the governor to strengthen the state’s outdoor recreation industry and help ensure increased investment in our state’s outdoor recreation resources.
Kent County Press Release:
Maryland is abundant with natural, cultural, historical, and recreational resources that contribute significantly to our economy and quality of life. This commission will help ensure that our state’s natural heritage is strengthened, bringing new businesses, increased tourism, and ultimately preserving our resources for future generations.
– Governor Hogan
What Is MORE?
MORE comprises 17 members representing Maryland gateway communities, towns, or cities; outdoor recreation manufacturing and retail industry companies; representatives of companies representing small business outdoor or heritage recreation service providers; and nonprofit organizations. The Commission is co-chaired by the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources Mark Belton and the Secretary of the Department of Commerce Mike Gill.
Maryland’s Outdoor Recreation Economy
Maryland’s outdoor recreation generates 109,000 jobs, $14 billion in consumer spending, $4,4 billion in wages and salaries, and $951 million in state and local tax revenue. Investment in outdoor recreation and nature and heritage tourism economies support many outdoor activities in Maryland, including hiking, biking, horseback riding, paddling, boating, fishing, hunting, camping, swimming, wildlife-viewing, and visiting historic sites.