Pigeon Forge sees $937M spending record in 2013

The Island in Pigeon Forge plans to turn on the lights for a new $3 million dollar fountain on New Year's Eve. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- For the second year in a row Pigeon forge saw gains in revenues with a final number of $937 million in gross revenue for 2013.

Pigeon Forge Mayor David Wear says the increase is about 4% over 2012. He says the news comes despite struggles in 2013 with flooding in the spring and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park closed during October, the busiest time of the year.

"The gross receipts is just a measure of the strength of our economy," said Wear. "We set records last year, we beat that this year and I attribute that to out businesses and our brand. What pigeon forge means to people."

Mayor Wear says the money will be used to invest in infrastructure. Like the Jake Thomas Road Extension that will lead to two major projects, the new Ripken experience and Dollywood's new DreamMore Resort.

Wear says the city plans other improvements to city parks and more investment in marketing and improving existing festivals and events.

He says local companies like Dollywood who spend millions each year to improve their properties is a sign of how strong the Pigeon Forge economy is.

Other cities and the county say they've seen increases in tax revenues as well.

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