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Study Shows Idaho Outfitters and Guides Industry Boosts the State’s Economy

MOSCOW, Idaho — Nov. 16, 2023 — Contributing nearly $600 million to Idaho’s economy in 2022 alone, the outfitters and guides industry creates over 4,900 jobs annually and brings in over $50 million in state and local taxes. These findings are part of an economic contribution study by University of Idaho and the Hayden Lake-based company GuideTime.

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The first of its kind in over 30 years, “The 2022 Contributions of the Outfitters and Guides Industry on Idaho” study shows the outdoor industry’s contributions to the state’s economy. U of I economics Professor Steve Peterson led the research process. Jimmy Bulger, an economics major, led a team of undergraduate students who contributed to the study.

Steve Peterson, U of I professor of economics. Credit: University of Idaho

Excursions such as guided fishing and rafting trips are a boost to Idaho’s economy, according to a new study. Credit: GuideTime

Excursions such as guided fishing and rafting trips are a boost to Idaho’s economy, according to a new study. Credit: GuideTime

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GuideTime was co-founded by father and son Sam and Danilo Jankovich. Sam attended U of I from 1979-80. They developed an app that provides a real-time database for future outdoor research projects. After meeting with Idaho Department of Commerce representatives and U of I Entrepreneur Director George Tanner, they realized that the data obtained from the app development could be included in a contribution study for the entire industry.

The Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association (IOGA) is completing a broader, more in-depth and comprehensive study, which is slated to be released next year.

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