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Local Tourism Economy Sees Growth in 2016

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Austin Cope
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KSJD

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.

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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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