Timber industry losses no longer drag on local economy
KETCHIKAN, ALASKA A massive decline in the Southeast Alaska timber industry is no longer a drag on Ketchikan's economy thanks to rapid growth in the tourism industry.
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#1 Sep 9, 2010
This statement is false! it may no longer be a drag on some sectors such as retail but many service related industries are still suffering from the loss of the timber industry; how many tourist do you think need hydraulic service or any kind of maintenance service? And look at housing, ever seen so many homes for sale, what about vacant buildings? much of Ketchikan's non-tourist area shops are empty buildings. No tourism helps but we need real industry to survive and that industry only comes with the use of natural resource development. Manufacturing jobs employ people and those people are local people, tourism employs the tourist companies people and them ship them in.
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