Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry Development

The Department of Business and Economic Affairs is the lead economic development and marketing arm of New Hampshire state government. The addition of the Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry Development (ORID) was established to support New Hampshire’s diverse outdoor economy and connect our state’s world class outdoor assets to broad economic development strategies such as workforce and business recruitment. In a post-COVID world and the new remote work environment, these connections will take on even more importance. The new outdoor recreation office and its director will put exclusive focus on this effort and will be fully integrated into our department, working with our economic and tourism development teams and partnering with our growing outdoor industry.

April 1, 2021: Scott Crowder announced as the state’s first director of Outdoor Recreation Industry Development. He will be responsible for coordinating outdoor recreation policy with partners both in and out of state government, such as the newly formed Granite Outdoor Alliance.  Crowder has extensive professional experience in recreation management, marketing and economic development.  Scott is the founder of the Pond Hockey Classic; was Principal of Ekal Consulting, overseeing marketing, web design and creative services as well as event consulting and execution; and was a founding partner of Ekal Activity Center in Meredith. Crowder has also served on various tourism, economic development and non-profit boards around the state. 

Scott's contact information:
Scott Crowder

Associated Links

Granite Outdoor Alliance
NH Travel and Tourism
NH Travel Research
Leave No Trace New Hampshire
Outdoor Industry Association