REMARKS AS PREPARED
Governor Kate Brown
Oregon Outdoor Paradise
November 16, 2019
Thank you all for being here today! I know our incredible Oregon companies are really excited to show you what they got. But before I turn the mic over to them I wanted to say just a few words.
I am thrilled to be joined today by First Gentleman Dan Little so that we can talk about a topic that’s near and dear to our hearts: the fabulous natural beauty of Oregon.
Oregonians share a special connection with the outdoors.
People flock to our beautiful state for its majesty and gorgeous views. But they stay because this is a great place to put down roots — to build their families and their lives — because we value our environment.
We value the land.
We value clean air and water.
We value its contributions to our industry, to our spirits and our livelihoods.
While we are surrounded by incredible natural beauty, we are also infused with something more: a need to get outside and stay there.
Getting outdoors is good for well-being, for both physical and mental health.
It’s part of what keeps us grounded. Dan and I have loved the outdoors all of our lives, but Oregon opened new opportunities.
We are incredibly privileged to have at close range an incredible diversity of sights, ecosystems and experiences.
By and large, outdoor enthusiasts come from backgrounds of privilege. It takes know-how and equipment to explore. And our First Gentleman has been trying to make the outdoors more accessible to young people of all backgrounds. Take it away, Dan!
Thanks Dan! Oregon is a fantastic place to explore, but it’s also a great place to own and operate a business.
Our outdoor industry is unmatched compared to most states. And don’t just take my word for it: I know that Snow Peak just opened their U.S. subsidiary in Portland last July!
So thank you all for taking time out of your busy day to learn a little bit about the great state that we call home.
And now I’ll pass the mic to director of Business Oregon, Chris Harder.