Patti Smith, VP of Silver Spray Sports in Fenton, Mich., and Chairperson of the Michigan Boating Industries Association, represents the boating industry on the Outdoor Recreation Advisory Council, now responsible for making recommendations to the newly created Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry by Governor Whitmer.
“The state of Michigan has so many boating opportunities to offer with the Great Lakes, and more than 11,000 inlands lakes,” said Smith. “The recreation opportunities in Michigan are endless, I’m happy to be on the Outdoor Recreation Advisory Council to represent boating, a big business in Michigan with a large economic impact.”
Outdoor recreation generates $26.6 billion in consumer spending annually in Michigan. Recreational boating has an annual economic impact of $7.4 billion in the state.
According to the Michigan DNR, the Outdoor Recreation Advisory Council also makes recommendations to the DNR and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation on ways to improve partnerships, collaborative strategies and policies that will increase the outdoor recreation economy, employment and consumer spending, and support conservation and public recreation assets. Members are appointed jointly by the DNR director and NRC chair.
The Michigan Boating Industries Association is a non-profit trade association representing more than 350 marine businesses and serves as the voice for Michigan’s $7.4 billion marine industry. MBIA is dedicated to the advancement, promotion and protection of recreational boating in Michigan. For more information about the MBIA call 734.261.0123 or visit www.mbia.org.