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Local Tourism Economy Sees Growth in 2016

Austin Cope

Tourism is an important part of the economy in southwestern Colorado. This past year brought an increase in the amount of visitors to Montezuma County. For a look at the state of the tourism economy in southwestern Colorado, KSJD's Austin Cope sat down with Kelly Kirkpatrick, executive director of local tourism marketing organization Mesa Verde Country.

Note: Mesa Verde Country is a financial supporter of KSJD.


Austin Cope is a former Morning Edition host for KSJD and now produces work on a freelance basis for the station. He grew up in Cortez and hosted a show on KSJD when he was 10 years old. After graduating from Montezuma-Cortez High School in 2010, he lived in Belgium, Ohio, Spain, northern Wyoming, and Himachal Pradesh, India before returning to the Cortez area. He has a degree in Politics from Oberlin College in Ohio.
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