Industry Buzz: Election Day, trash on Mt. Everest, Camping World, WakaWaka, retail employment data, and more

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  • "Let our people go vote": This November, Patagonia is giving workers the day off for Election Day. And CEO Rose Marcario is urging other companies to do the same. "Because no American should have to choose between a paycheck and fulfilling his or her duty as a citizen," Marcario said. Back in 2016, Patagonia closed stores, its headquarters, distribution centers, and customer service centers to encourage workers to make a trip to the ballot boxes.
  • For the first time in six years, Rocky Mountain National Park has banned campfires inside the park based on the extreme fire danger, the extended weather forecast and the current level of fire activity in the state. Huge wildfires continue to burn across the West.
  • Rest in peace, Cleve McCarty. He passed away last Tuesday at age 85. Back in his prime, the climber hiked the then-52 acknowledge Fourteeners in 52 days and was the co-author of High Over Boulder, a guide to rock climbing routes in the area.
  • More than 70,000 pounds of trash were picked off Mt. Everest after this season, most of the garbage from Base Camp and at Camp II. “Locals collected more garbage in the region this season than in the past two seasons,” said Sagarmartha Pollution Control Committee Chairman AngDorje Sherpa.
  • The National Retail Federation reported that retail industry employment in June increased by 50,200 jobs unadjusted over the same time last year despite a seasonally adjusted drop from May of 25,800. Overall, U.S. businesses added 213,000 jobs over May. But the trade war between the U.S. and China could become a turning point.
  • North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and First Lady Kristen Cooper paid Brevard's SylvanSport a visit to chat with Tom Dempsey, the store's founder and CEO, to discuss the importance of the outdoor industry to the state’s economy. North Carolina was the fourth state to create an office dedicated to elevate outdoor businesses and organizations.
  • Camping World expects to open 40 Gander RV stores next year, adding to its portfolio of 133 RV dealerships nationwide. Most of the stores will be located on the East Coast.
  • The quarterly print magazine Conscious Company has named WakaWaka co-founder and co-CEO, Maurits Groen, one of its Top Conscious Business Leaders 2018. Groen was named to the list of Global Impact Entrepreneurs honoring both the thinkers who have advanced the conscious business movement over the years and the entrepreneurs making a difference on the ground.