Greater Tualatin Valley Outdoor Recreation Tourism Studio

For Oregonians, a strong connection to our great outdoors is part of our identity. As an industry, outdoor recreation significantly impacts the well-being of Oregon’s economy, communities, residents and visitors.

Travel Oregon’s Outdoor Recreation Tourism Studio program is intended to help communities focus on key strategies to build outdoor recreation-based tourism in a manageable and sustainable way. This two-day workshop was designed for those interested in developing unique visitor experiences that will help establish the Greater Tualatin Valley region as a thriving recreation destination.

COMMUNITY EVENTS & WORKSHOPS:

Workshop Part I
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 | 9 a.m. — 3 p.m.
Vernonia Springs | Vernonia, Ore.

Workshop Part II
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 | 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Vernonia Springs | Vernonia, Ore.

Evening Networking Social
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 | 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Vernonia Springs | Vernonia, Ore.

WORKSHOP PRESENTERS:

Scott Bricker, Director of Product Development, Travel Oregon

Scott Bricker spearheads Travel Oregon’s product development programs, including projects related to outdoor recreation, bicycle tourism, agritourism. He also manages the Oregon Outdoor Recreation Initiative. Scott has over 18 years of experience helping communities implement active transportation programs, leading strategic advocacy plans, and managing active transportation organizations. Scott served as the Executive Director of America Walks for six years, ending in December 2015, growing the organization from an all-volunteer group to a powerful national organization with six staff and over 600 partners pushing for an invigorated national walking movement. Prior to America Walks, Scott served for 11 years at Oregon’s Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Scott earned his Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University and Bachelor of Political Science from the University of Albany. Scott, his family, and their urban farm chock full of bees, chickens, produce and pets live in a Portland, Oregon neighborhood boasting a ‘Walk Score’ of 85 and world-class bicycle routes and transit service.

Stephen Hatfield, Outdoor Recreation Specialist, Travel Oregon

Stephen Hatfield is Travel Oregon’s Outdoor Recreation Specialist. Stephen is spearheading the Oregon Outdoor Recreation Initiative as well as Travel Oregon’s bicycle tourism programs. Previously, Stephen managed REI’s outdoor programs and partnerships in Oregon, and worked as stewardship director for the Forest Park Conservancy. He has also worked as a science teacher, naturalist, and outdoor guide. Stephen has a MBA in Sustainability and a MS in Environmental Education. In his free time, Stephen is an avid trail runner, skier, and bike commuter, and enjoys all types of outdoor adventures with his wife, two daughters and chocolate lab Tilly Jane.

Christopher Bernhardt, C2 Recreation Consulting

Chris’ passion is sharing the outdoors with others. He has developed cycling destinations across North America, Asia, and Europe, bringing his accumulated knowledge back home to help Travel Oregon and our state’s local communities appeal to visiting cyclists.

Maura Schwartz, Gravel and Road Riding Expert

A nationally and internationally recognized cooperative business consultant, Maura began her cooperative career by helping rural entrepreneurs analyze the feasibility of starting cooperative businesses. Professional positions included USDA/Rural Development, Minnesota Association of Cooperatives and with international development consulting firms. She has worked with cooperatives around the globe. Maura now provides technical assistance and training to new cooperatives, associations and rural community leaders, both overseas and in the Pacific Northwest. When not out riding her bike, you will find Maura either in her organic garden, home brewing beer, making cheese or participating in endurance sports.

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  1. Kayla Dunn