Business and workforce groups released a study last week pegging the size and effect of one of the region’s leading industries.
Studies like this, and events touting those studies, happen pretty regularly in town.
But unlike events examining the beer economy or the military, the industry under the microscope this time is relatively obscure.
The “Sports and Active Lifestyle Cluster,” as it’s called in the study, includes more than 1,200 businesses. It employs more than 23,000 people. It provides a $1.35 billion impact to the region. It’s added 700 jobs in just the last two years.