Gems’ proposal won’t hurt economy |

Gems’ proposal won’t hurt economy

Dear Editor:

Nancy Williams criticizes the Hidden Gems Campaign for not conducting an economic impact study, and then blithely speculates, without a scrap of evidence, that the Hidden Gems proposal “has the potential to cost this valley millions of dollars in lost revenue and hundreds of jobs due to lost recreation opportunities.”

This is the type of thing retailers used to say about downtown pedestrian malls. This will kill our business! Where will our customers park? Tax revenues will plummet!

As we all know, pedestrian malls don’t kill business, they attract it. And so it is with wilderness. Keeping motorized recreation out of the Hidden Gems won’t hurt our economy. On the contrary, it will protect and enhance the environment that draws people to our area year after year, producing sustainable economic development.

Dave Reed


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