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- If you couldn't make it to this years' Outdoor Blogger Summit, get the skinny from this list of 10 things the Elevation Outdoors team learned—from Instagram best practices to fostering personal and professional lasting relationships.
- Big win for a small brand: One of the Camber Outdoors Pitchfest 2018 finalists—Heather’s Choice, a lightweight backpacking food producer based in Anchorage, Alaska—was named the winner of the Ready-To-Roll Award (a $10,000 cash prize) during the Bend Outdoor Worx (BOW) BreakOut event on Oct. 17 in Oregon.
- Once again, REI is getting the word out about #OptOutside. The retail giant is closing all 153 stores on Thanksgiving and Black Friday to encourage members to spend those days in the presence of nature. This year, REI and the University of Washington are launching a new initiative called Nature for Health. The new center of academic excellence within the university’s EarthLab will broaden and deepen its examination of how time outside impacts our health.
- Grand Canyon National Park's superintendent is under federal investigation into "undisclosed allegations," the Associated Press reported. Christine Lehnertz took over 10 years ago when the chief stepped down amid a sexual harassment scandal.
- Five ski shops in or near Whistler Village in Canada are set to transition into evo—the Seattle-based outdoor retailer—stores by next year. These stores will be the first outside the U.S.
- Yesterday, KEEN opened its Fan Engagement Center in Shepherdsville, Kentucky. The brand-new, 300,002-square-foot building is essentially a distribution center that is expected to provide better responsiveness to demand volatility and the capacity to process 30-percent to 50-percent more daily volume than KEEN’s previous distribution facility.
- An proposed amendment in Georgia would take sales tax from outdoor gear and put it toward preserving parks, trails, and hunting land.
- Gazelle Bikes, a 125-year-old Dutch brand, has hired Jim Mercier as Eastern Regional Sales Manager. He brings 30 years of experience in the cycling industry as a retail owner/operator, sales rep, and regional sales manager.