Natural Resources Technical Support Program: Economic Impact Analysis as a Tool in Recreation Program Evaluation
ARMY WESTERN COMMAND FORT SHAFTER HI
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This report illustrates the process of incorporating economic impact analysis into management decision making at Corps of Engineers CE projects. The impact of current recreation use at Lake Shelbyville, Illinois, on the local and state economies is measured using IMPLAN an economic input-output model. The economic impacts of visitor spending for both trip expenditures and durable goods are measured in terms of local and state income and employment. The economic impact of increased recreational use resulting from the development of an additional campground at Lake Shelbyville is measured to illustrate the potential economic effects of management actions. Using visitor spending profiles generated from surveys conducted at Lake Shelbyville, the income and employment effects of the national CE recreation program are estimated.
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