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The Parks Recreation Tourism Management Department provides a technical assistance program for North Carolina’s park and recreation providers through Recreation Resources Service (RRS). RRS, which began in 1943, was the nation’s first state-funded technical assistance program for parks and recreation professionals.

These services are provided through a partnership with the Division of Parks and Recreation in the North Carolina Department of Environment & Natural Resources. Recreation Resources Service was established specifically to provide assistance to public and private segments of the leisure service industry within North Carolina, including municipal and county park and recreation departments, nonprofit agencies, private recreation agencies, recreation consumer groups, and recreation and park board and commission members.

Today, RRS concentrates on four types of services: technical assistance, field administration for the Land & Water Conservation Fund and the Park & Recreation Trust Fund, applied research and continuing education. Assistance is offered throughout the state by four field offices as well as the main office in Biltmore Hall on the NC State University campus.