EV and Next Generation Tech for Outdoor Recreation Summit

Thank you for joining our membership, cross-sector businesses, federal agencies, and members of Congress for a thought-leadership summit on next generation technologies and the recreation economy.

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Summit Program

PANEL I: RECREATION INDUSTRY TECH CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

The impacts of climate change are a threat to outdoor recreation’s growing contribution to the U.S. economy and to the enjoyment of the outdoors for current customers and future generations. For these reasons, and many others, the outdoor recreation economy is uniquely suited to lead the way on strategic deployment of electric vehicle (EV) and other green technologies that will help grow jobs and local economies and ensure Americans and international visitors enjoy recreation for generations to come. There is incredible momentum across the recreation market for electric vehicles, boats, and more. There are also real challenges around consumer demand, technology, and workforce. This panel will be led by industry business leaders who will explore:

  • Issues of climate change impacting recreation access
  • Momentum and opportunities for recreation vehicles of all types going electric
  • Recreation’s ‘state of readiness’ and measures of consumer demand
  • Challenges of going electric on land and water near recreation assets
  • Other green economy solutions such as biofuels, solar, wind, and more

Moderator: Callie Hoyt, Director of Federal Government Affairs, National Marine Manufacturers Association

Speakers:

  • Dr. John Reid, Vice President for Enterprise Technologies, Brunswick Corporation
  • Jake Roach, Co-President and Co-Founder, QuietKat
  • McKay Featherstone, Vice President for Product Development and Engineering, THOR Industries/Airstream
  • Ashis Bhattacharya, Senior Vice President for Business Development, Advanced Technology & Enterprise Marketing, Winnebago Industries
  • Dan Quick, Director of Communications, Zero Motorcycles

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PANEL II: INFRASTRUCTURE ON PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LAND AND WATER

To support EV charging and other green technologies on and near public lands and waters, the outdoor recreation industry must explore public-private partnerships. Working with other sectors will help us fund infrastructure and recreation resources that support new technologies, vehicles, and products. Together, we can ensure a diverse array of outdoor recreationists have access to greener transportation, recreation vehicles, and charging infrastructure at and near trailheads, marinas, and other important outdoor recreation locations. Through education and collaboration, our sector can lead the way by identifying opportunities for green economy solutions, ensuring existing and future grant and infrastructure dollars are accessible through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and close gaps in infrastructure on our public lands and waters, as well as in surrounding gateway communities. This panel will explore:

  • Electric charging infrastructure needs on public lands and waters
  • Electric charging infrastructure needs in gateway communities, on private campgrounds, and on concessionaire operations
  • State and regional pilots and programs
  • Implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
  • Grant and incentive programs for private businesses
  • Utilizing Youth and Veteran Service Corps for greening projects

Moderator: Janelle Hartley, Board Member, Hispanic Access Foundation

Speakers:

  • Brad Garmon, Director, Michigan Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry
  • David Basler, Vice President for Membership and Marketing, National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds
  • Dan West, Director of Public Policy, Rivian
  • Mary Ellen Sprenkel, President & CEO, The Corps Network
  • Will Healy, Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

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