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What ails Brown County?

March 25, 2008
What Hoosier hasnâ??t been to Brown County for the fall colors, to shop in Nashville or tromp on the trails at Brown County State Park?

Yet, as IBJ correspondent Jonathan Hiskes reported in this weekendâ??s edition, prosperity is coming harder and harder for merchants. One indicator, hotel sales, has stalled at $10 million to $12 million a year.

Whatâ??s wrong? Shopkeepers, tourism officials and others disagree about how to keep the tourists coming and attract new ones. And they worry about competition from French Lick, which has a new casino and restored hotels.

How likely are you to visit Brown County? What needs to happen to make the cash registers ring with authority again?
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