Deadwood community looks to the future after low gaming numbers - KOTA Territory News

Deadwood community looks to future after low gaming numbers, business closings

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2013 wasn't the most economically sound year for the city of Deadwood.  A year ago, the Gold Dust shut its doors, leaving a half city block vacant and 50 people out of work.

Not only is competition from neighboring states threatening the gaming town, but the October blizzard and a bitter cold spell also slowed traffic.

Gaming numbers were low this year. Overall, revenue is down by 3.26 percent for the year. But city and gaming officials have high hopes for 2014.    

Mike Rodman, Executive Director of the Deadwood Gaming Association, says it was a tough year for gaming and the economy in Deadwood. "Gaming numbers are going to ring out a little down this year for 2013, it's been a difficult year we've had some weather issues and it's been tough with a couple of closings on Main Street that have affected our numbers," said Rodman.   

Despite the economic hit Deadwood took this year the Mayor of Deadwood Chuck Turbiville is optimistic. "When you put all this together and the fact that we had record snow storm, we've had cold, we've had a number of things that have had an influence on people coming to Deadwood, so we were down in some areas and we were up in others but we're looking forward to 2014, I think it's going to be a much better year," said Turbiville.   

Rodman says he is excited about the new marketing plans the city is working on with the South Dakota Department of Tourism.

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