The outdoor recreation industry is roughly an 8 billion dollar industry in Washington State and we are only capturing a small share here in Whatcom County. I think the recreation industry is an incredible opportunity for us to grow and leverage the natural resources that we are blessed with. Recreation and conservation go hand in hand, so this is an opportunity to boost our economy and stay true to our values of environmental stewardship. With three international bike companies, world class mountain expeditions, diverse vendors, and an active community we have all the right ingredients to be a powerhouse in outdoor recreation. As your mayor you can expect that the City will play a larger role in sponsoring outdoor recreation expos and local events that celebrate our great companies and natural resources.