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Gorge has big economic impact

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Nearly 400,000 people attended concerts at The Gorge Amphitheater in 2013, generating $4.6 million in state and local taxes. That's according to an economic study created by the owners as they seek to expand the venue.

The Gorge is located on a cliff above the Columbia River in rural Grant County, about 140 miles east of Seattle. Despite the remote location, it draws some of the nation's top musical acts and festivals.

On concert days, the 22,000-capacity amphitheater becomes the largest community in the county.

The study says The Gorge employs about 1,500 people each concert weekend.

The economic analysis, which covers the 2009 to 2013 concert seasons, was created by former Washington State Revenue Director Donald R. Burrows.

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