Tourism to Niobrara National Scenic River creates $2,078,600 in Economic Benefits
Thursday, 23 April 2015 07:34
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 53,444 visitors to Niobrara National Scenic River in 2014 spent $2,206,800 in communities near the park. That spending supported 35 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $2,078,600. National park site tourism is a significant driver in the national economy – returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service.
The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and National Park Service economist Lynne Koontz. The report shows $15.7 billion of direct spending by 292.8 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 277,000 jobs nationally; 235,600 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $29.7 billion.
According to the 2014 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging (30.6 percent) followed by food and beverages (20.3 percent), gas and oil (11.9 percent), admissions and fees (10.2 percent) and souvenirs and other expenses (9.9 percent).
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The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.
Turner Grant Recipients
Thursday, 23 April 2015 07:12
Valentine Youth Planning Commission is pleased to announce that the following groups are recipients of The Turner Community Youth Development Initiative funding:
American Legion Post #90 Baseball
Valentine Swim Team
Valentine Middle School 6th Grade Field trip
Valentine Public Library
Valentine Area Arts Council
Valentine Youth Activities
Valentine Volleyball Club
Valentine High School
Cherry County 4H
A representative of the group submitting the initial request may pick up the check from Mary at Young’s Western Wear next week.
A reminder that final paperwork should be submitted to Valentine Youth Activities upon completion of our projects.
Valentine Youth Planning Commission wishes these programs much success.