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Colorado emerging as a national leader in developing a recreational-based economy

Jason Blevins
The Denver Post

The common refrain among businesses along Colorado's recreation-rich Interstate 70 mountain corridor over the past few years is "record breaking."

Soaring numbers of visitors are swelling private and public coffers in both summer and winter. Tourist-generated tax revenues are reaching peaks. The recreation season now stretches for almost 12 months with more opportunities for year-round play than ever before.

While outdoor recreation has long been an economic keystone in Colorado, it is only now getting recognized as a major economic driver nationwide, with proposed federal legislation aiming to bolster the industry that has long languished at the fiscal kids' table.

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