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Jackson businesses gear up for summer

Jackson businesses gear up for summer

JACKSON, Wyoming - Businesses in Jackson, Wyo. are gearing up for their biggest season of the year.

Gabriel Koerber has worked for the Jackson Trading Co. for four years. He said they rely heavily on people just passing through town.

"Everybody is using us as one of their main points of entry into the parks: Grand Teton and Yellowstone," said Koerber.

Patrice Mayer came all the way from Chicago with her family. She said she couldn't wait to go inside the little shops nestled along the boardwalks in downtown Jackson.

"Now that I'm here I can't wait to come back," said Mayer.

Jeff Golightly, CEO of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, said this year has been better than usual.

"June typically is a little slower for us than July or August," said Golightly. "But it seems like we're closing ground for June."

He said 70 percent of Jackson's visitors come between mid-June and mid-September. That's about 2.8 million people in just 85 days.

"There's no question that without tourism the economy in Jackson would be very different than it is today," said Golightly.

He admits he was a little worried about the ongoing construction in Jackson, but said it doesn't appear to have hurt business. Though, he said the construction project will halt by July 1, and pick back up Aug. 20 to accommodate Jackson's busiest weeks.

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