State touts Durango as a model of economic resiliency

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State touts Durango as a model of economic resiliency

Quality of life, diversity and leadership are keys
Skiers and snowboarders go up the mountain on Lift 1 during Saturday’s opening day at Purgatory Resort. Tourism supports about 30 percent of the jobs in La Plata County. But leaders in Durango have worked hard for decades to diversify the town’s economy, and that has helped make it a model for economic resiliency, according a state study.
Passengers on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge train arrive back at the station. Preserving the train was one of the important early steps that has boosted the local economy for years. Investments in education and health care have also helped make the area attractive to newcomers.
The Animas Valley Balloon Rally north of Durango drew crowds in October. Tourism employs many people in the county, but a diversified economy helps makes Durango an economic model for other rural towns. Natural amenities like open space and the Animas River also help retain talent.
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State touts Durango as a model of economic resiliency

Skiers and snowboarders go up the mountain on Lift 1 during Saturday’s opening day at Purgatory Resort. Tourism supports about 30 percent of the jobs in La Plata County. But leaders in Durango have worked hard for decades to diversify the town’s economy, and that has helped make it a model for economic resiliency, according a state study.
Passengers on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge train arrive back at the station. Preserving the train was one of the important early steps that has boosted the local economy for years. Investments in education and health care have also helped make the area attractive to newcomers.
The Animas Valley Balloon Rally north of Durango drew crowds in October. Tourism employs many people in the county, but a diversified economy helps makes Durango an economic model for other rural towns. Natural amenities like open space and the Animas River also help retain talent.
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