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Conservation Helps Build Tourism Dollars in Western States

Small towns and rural communities depend on recreation and tourism for large parts of their economy. This was obvious to me growing up. I’m from Wisconsin, where the summer tourism industry depends so heavily on student labor, public schools and universities can’t even start before September 1.

Western states also depend on recreation and tourism. Visitors to Bureau of Land Management(BLM) sagebrush landscapes spent an estimated $1 billion last year, according to a recent study.

Giving Thanks for Unexpected Things

Thanksgiving is when, as a nation, we give thanks for the important blessings in our lives. For many, that likely includes family, good health, a decent job, and the like. And we should be thankful if we enjoy any or all of those things.
 
For some in our society, however, working hard doesn’t always produce enough income to make ends meet. And many rural and small town Americans depend on something that the rest of us don’t likely think about that often, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), to help get through some of the tough times.
 

Go Beyond Buy Local. Think Invest Local Too!

Buy local. It’s a well known strategy for small towns. Keeping your grocery money close to home keeps the grocery store close to home. Economists tell us that every dollar spent at a locally owned business generates two to four times the economic benefit.

But what if we take it to the next level? What if we “invest local” too?

Beyond Buy Local, Invest Local

Buy local. It’s a well known strategy for small towns. Keeping your grocery money close to home keeps the grocery store close to home.
 
Economists tell us that every dollar spent at a locally owned business generates two to four times the economic benefit. But what if we take it to the next level? What if we “invest local” too?
 

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