Obama Environmental Policy Adviser in Bend: "I like what you've done here" | Bent
The Source Weekly’s reporting is made possible by the power of your support. Be a part of it!
Search
Settings

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Obama Environmental Policy Adviser in Bend: "I like what you've done here"

What Bend can teach other communities about trail building and making money.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 10:40 PM

Bend-ites have known for some time that we have something special here — particularly when it comes to recreational opportunities.

Now the White House knows too and they want to learn from Bend.

During a brief meeting Wednesday morning, Nancy Sutley, Obama's principal environmental policy adviser, asked Sunnyside Sports co-owner Don Leet what he thought about the impact of recreation on the local economy (specifically at the Phil's Trail system).

"I just told her how wonderful and important it is, said Leet, whose bike and ski shop has helped serve Bend's recreating needs since 1972. 


Sutley is touring in support of the White House's recent America's Great Outdoors initiative. The initiative seeks to gleam lessons from community grassroots organizations across the country that help folks get out and enjoy the out of doors. And given our current economic situation, anything that stimulates the economy is being carefully studied, scrutinized and, if possible, replicated by those in positions of power. There's no denying the sizable boost outdoor sports and tourism have had on Bend's economic situation.

"Other communities would benefit if they could build trails too. It's been huge for economies in Bend, Oakridge and Hood River, and that's the whole thing," Leet added.

Sutley's next stop is Portland.

photo credit: USDAgov (L to R: Sutley, Obama, Environmental Protection Agency's Lisa Jackson, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack).

 

Pin It
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Newsletter Signup

Get Central Oregon daily news
directly in your inbox

More by The Source Staff

  • Water Issue 2021

    Water Issue 2021

    From droughts to dams to glaciers and canoeing, there's lots to explore with water in Central Oregon
    • Jun 9, 2021
  • 2021 Summer Music Guide

    2021 Summer Music Guide

    Get your dancing shoes out from the back of the closet. These are all the shows we know about in Central Oregon this summer.
    • May 26, 2021
  • May 2021 Election Results

    May 2021 Election Results

    The latest election returns see conservative school board candidates in Bend-La Pine trounced by a 2-1 margin
    • May 18, 2021
  • More »

Latest in Bent

© 2021 LAY IT OUT INC | 704 NW GEORGIA AVE, BEND, OREGON 97703  |   Privacy Policy

Website powered by Foundation