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Thanks to Think Out Loud for holding this forum in The Dalles. I just listened to the program on-line and would like to make the following comment:
Toward the end of the program Emily Harris said, "In economic terms we heard that tourism is just a tiny fraction of the economy here. . ."
In fact, tourism is a major component of the Gorge economy. I don't have hard numbers at my fingertips, but a quick search of documents turned up the following:
Hood River County's official website:
The many recreational attractions bring thousands of visitors to the county each year making tourism one of the largest economic sectors in the region.
Gorge Future Forum Report: (http://www.gorgecommission.org/client/FF_Final_Report_complete.pdf)
Top Changes Noted: economic shifts from natural resources to new businesses and tourism
In 2005, the top five employers of the Mid-Columbia (Hood River, Wasco, Skamania and Klickitat counties) were government, agriculture/forestry, leisure/hospitality, retail trade, education and health services.
And this from the Columbia River Gorge Commission:
2. Change in Orientation of the Gorge Economy (Broughton Final Order, PA 06-01, pages 15, 16)
Since 1991, the Gorge has experienced dramatic changes due to growth in the travel and tourism industry. Both Oregon and Washington have become increasingly reliant on tourism as a strong economic driver.
The most significant annualized growth is reflected in Skamania County, with an average increase of 11.8% for the years 1991 through 2005. The change is two to four times greater than the neighboring rural counties and the States. The considerable growth in travel and tourism in the Gorge confirms the significant socio-economic change since adoption of the Management Plan.
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