The forest, tourism and ranching industries form a strong, diversified economic base for the area. Forestry is the dominant economic activity but tourism is the fastest growing industry. The phenomenal growth of tourism is characterized by the substantial increase in tourism based businesses not only in Chase, but also throughout the trading area. Ranching, though small in scale, still represents substantial importance to the local economy.
The film industry is a budding economic sector for Chase and the entire region. Numerous movie and television productions have been shot in the region and the number will continue to grow as the TNRD's Film Commission continues to actively market the area as ideal for production.