Dodge City diversified its economic base of agriculture by capitalizing on tourism and becoming the entertainment hub for Southwest Kansas and the region. Passing a sales tax campaign in 1997, Dodge City now boasts a racetrack, new softball complex and soccer complex. As part of the sales tax initiative, United Wireless Arena/Magouirk Conference Center began operations in February 2011. Boot Hill Casino and Resort, the first state-owned casino, opened its doors in December 2009.
A beneficial part of NLC membership is the ability to partner on national projects such as the NLC Service Line Warranty Program.