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The Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) announced it inaugural “Together We Are a Force Awards” to celebrate the collaborative spirit of the outdoor industry. According to a press release, the awards will recognize individuals who have partnered cross-organizationally to spark innovation and progress through new processes, products, methods, systems, services, tools or other initiatives. Nominations are now open and will close May 14.
 
“OIA’s purpose is to be a convener and leader for the outdoor industry,” said Amy Roberts, OIA executive director. “Part of fulfilling that purpose is shining a light on the truly amazing work our members and partner organizations do. I encourage anyone who has a story of innovation or progress that was made possible through collaboration to submit a nomination.”
 
The “Together We Are a Force Awards” are building on the momentum of the “OIA Together We Are a Force” campaign, created to showcase the collaboration the outdoor industry thrives on.
 
“Through our ‘Together We Are a Force’ campaign, OIA has been able to tell some truly inspiring and important stories of the work that the outdoor industry and our members do,” said Jennifer Pringle, OIA VP of marketing and research. “The ‘Together We Are a Force Awards’ are a way to support that effort and unearth untold stories of pre-competitive, collaborative work that has benefitted the outdoor industry as a whole.”
 
Winners of the OIA Together We Are a Force Awards will receive recognition at the OIA industry breakfast in Denver on July 23 at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. Winning groups will also take part in a custom “Together We Are a Force” photoshoot, be promoted in print and digital media and get free tickets to Outsiders Ball, the unofficial kickoff party to Outdoor Retailer Summer Market and fundraiser for the Outdoor Foundation.