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How do you spend your time outdoors?

Johnson City Press • Feb 3, 2020 at 6:00 AM

Local officials are planning for future support for outdoor recreation development, and are turning to the community to figure out how to best allocate money and efforts.

The Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership hired consultants to survey residents in eight counties in the region to determine how we spend our time and money outdoors.

The mailed survey will eventually be posted online, according to reporting by Press Senior Reporter Robert Houk.

The survey asks respondents to mark the recreation sites they visit, how much along with the outdoor activities they participate in. It also asks residents to list the amount of time and money they spend on these activities.

The survey also wants respondents to rate their satisfaction with existing recreational facilities, and to indicate the kind of outdoor recreational activities that can help contribute to economic development in the region.

The partnership aims to make our region an outdoor recreation destination, and believe people from all over the U.S. will come here to run, hike, bike, swim, paddle, zipline, climb, spelunk, hunt, ride and more.

We believe it has a lot of potential, too, and we’d like to know what you think.

What sorts of outdoor activities do you take part in? Is there potential for the development of activities in the region that you think could be better developed? If you had funding, how would you invest it to bring outdoor tourists to the region?

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