From the invention of windshield wipers to the Saturn V rocket that put man on the moon, Alabama is rooted in innovation. Innovate Alabama is harnessing this ingenuity to prepare the state for the economy of the future. For the past several years, public and private leaders have come together to advance innovation and technology through public policy, focusing on talent recruitment and retention, economic development and entrepreneurship.
To foster a robust, inclusive economy and drive Alabama forward, Innovate Alabama joined forces with Alabama native Condoleezza Rice and Stanford University’s Hoover Institution to conduct extensive research to help us grow smart. A primary takeaway from this research was the opportunity to leverage Alabama’s natural resources to help innovators grow roots here, thus the Innovate Alabama Council on Outdoor Recreation was formed.
Council on Outdoor Recreation
Expand Alabama’s outdoor recreation industry
Enhance the state’s attractiveness for a skilled workforce
Yield substantial returns for both rural and urban communities
The Council on Outdoor Recreation and its advisory roundtable seek to expand, promote and protect Alabama’s outdoor recreational assets for the enjoyment of current and future Alabamians. The council will also provide recommendations for the utilization of those assets as innovative economic development tools.
Commissioner Chris Blankenship
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (Council Chair)
Chair, Innovate Alabama Board of Directors
Private Sector Representative, CFO, NXTsoft
Private Sector Representative, Director of Diversity Equity & Inclusion, HudsonAlpha
Outdoor Recreation Advisory Roundtable
Recommend how to expand, promote and protect Alabama’s outdoor recreational assets
Identify creative ways to utilize Alabama’s outdoor recreational assets to enhance Alabamians’ quality of life
Organize outdoor recreational assets into sectors and provide strategies to achieve the goals of the Council on Outdoor Recreation
Advisory Roundtable Members
Chief of Development and Strategic Partnerships
Sen. Andrew Jones
Fred Couch Jr.
Alabama Scenic River Trails
Mayor Jack Tibbs
Rep. Kyle South
Coastal Resources Manager
Community Relations Manager
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