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Business Buzz: Tourism at Dinosaur fuels $17.1 million in economic benefits

Xcel Energy delivers checks to local United Ways. Xcel Energy employees gave combined company-matched contributions that equalled $25,859 for Routt County United Way and $35,129 for Moffat County United Way. All dollars go back to both communities.

Uintah County, Utah and Moffat County —Uintah County, Utah and Moffat County — According to a National Park Service report, nearly 291,800 people visited Dinosaur National Monument in 2015, spending more than $17 million at local communities around the park. Such spending supported 233 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of around $19.3 million, according to Dinosaur National Monument news release. According to a National Park Service report, nearly 291,800 people visited Dinosaur National Monument in 2015, spending more than $17 million at local communities around the park. Such spending supported 233 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of around $19.3 million, according to Dinosaur National Monument news release.

Uintah County, Utah and Moffat County — According to a National Park Service report, nearly 291,800 people visited Dinosaur National Monument in 2015, spending more than $17 million at local communities around the park. Such spending supported 233 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of around $19.3 million, according to Dinosaur National Monument news release.

"National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service, and it's a big factor in our local economy as well," Superintendent Mark Foust said in a statement.

According to the 2015 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging (31.1 percent) followed by food and beverages (20.2 percent), gas and oil (11.8 percent), admissions and fees (10.2 percent) and souvenirs and other expenses (9.8 percent), according to the news release.

To learn more about national parks in both Colorado and Utah go to http://www.nps.gov/colorado or http://www.nps.gov/utah.

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The Downtown Business Association is currently hosting its Locals Love You More contest where shoppers are encouraged to shop local and collect receipts that can be turned in for cash prizes.

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Participants should collect receipts through June 2, and turn them into The Kitchen Shop.