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Investment CEO Coalition Wants Goverment To Invest In Public Lands

Photo of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives, on Wikimedia Commons.

Members of a new national coalition say there's a link between start-up companies and the outdoors. And they are encouraging the federal government to expand national parks and monuments to accommodate the trend in the rising workforce. Conservation for Economic Growth Coalition includes a dozen CEO's of venture capital firms, and they say today's labor force wants an active, healthy lifestyle to accompany their work habits. Nancy Pfund is a Spokeswoman for DBL Investors. She says recreational opportunities on public land will help recruiting skilled workers for tech companies like hers.

Pfund: "It's very important in forming a company that your employees have a way to decompress and enjoy nature, and that's a big priority for a lot of folks. And so, it's important that we pay attention to that link."

Pfund balancing the mineral and logging industry should still be part of the land management. The Conservation for Economic Growth Coalition encourages reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which expires next year.