The Outdoor Industry Association says Louisiana consumers spend $15.1 billion annually on outdoor recreation, supporting 146,000 direct jobs in the state and generating $4.6 billion in wages. The spending creates $1.1 billion in taxes for local and state coffers.
The association says the state offers spectacular outdoor recreation opportunities at destinations like Kisatchie National Forest, Chicot State Park and many others, bringing in dollars from residents and out-of-state visitors alike. OIA calls outdoor recreation an economic powerhouse in the United States, each year generating $646 billion in consumer spending and 6.1 million direct jobs.
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David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.