Local economy ‘sideways’

West Slope still trails metro east, expert says

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I’m not surprised at the negative comments at the end of this article. The difference between the front range, where growth is projected, and here is that we’ve been singing a one-note-samba. The only thing we seem to value is jobs in the extractive industries, yet what we need is to diversify our economy and put more focus on eco- and ag-tourism, promote our award winning wines, celebrate our fruit growers, promote our wonderful trail system, bring manufacturing jobs here. We need a symphony of sounds and melodies. To mix metaphors, putting all of our eggs in one basket is a guaranteed continuation of boom and bust cycles, with long periods of high unemployment. Look at the list of jobs created and company investments that have been helping grow our economy (side bar.) None of them are from extractive industries. Company towns rarely thrive; those with diverse economies do.

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