Dedicated to strengthening businesses, improving lives and stimulating local economies through Alaska’s outdoor recreation sector.

Our Beginning

Confluence began as a question. Was there enough energy and interest in coalescing around the idea that the state’s outdoor recreation economy was a sleeping giant worth awakening. The overwhelmingly resounding answer was, “Yes!”

“The public will no doubt be surprised at the economic importance of this industry as we release prototype statistics measuring the impact of activities like boating, fishing, RVing, hunting, camping, hiking, and more.”

— US Commerce Secretary wilbur ross, 2017

US Bureau of Economic Analysis: Updated Statistics for Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account 2012 - 2016.


The Mission:

Dedicated to economic diversification and rural economic development through empowering the outdoor recreation sector.


Percent of Alaskans who participate in some form of outdoor recreation each year.

$3.2 Billion

Consumer spending in Alaska tied to outdoor recreation.


Percent of US GDP attributed to the outdoor recreation economic sector.


Incubated in Valdez, Confluence has grown to include a database of some 600 businesses that depend on access to the outdoors.


Outdoor Recreation Economic Impacts study, released March 2019

Alaska Outdoor Products manufacturers study, released September 2018

Statewide Trails Assessment released April 2019 by a consortium of community-based trails programs from around the state

In Progress:

Rendezvous: A series of community-based conversations to share ideas, identify challenges and opportunities to help industry and communities thrive year-round.


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