Greater Des Moines Water Trails will annually pour tens of millions of dollars into the regional economy, a new analysis shows.
Capital Crossroads, the incubator for the Greater Des Moines Water Trails Project, (‘the Client”) engaged Johnson Consulting to assist with creating a regional network of water trails and greenways that will reconnect residents of Central Iowa to their river roots in an effort to remain compeitive with other regions for workforce, and to provide first-class quality of life for its citizens. Johnson Consulting was specifically engaged to perform an economic impact analysis for the operations at three dams across downtown Des Moines – the Center Street Dam, the Fleur Dam, and the Scott Avenue Dam. With over 150 miles of water trails, these can be leveraged to increase the overall economic impact and tourism in Des Moines.
Published December 18, 2018
Whether hiking, bicycling, riding on horseback or participating in motorized recreation nearly everyone uses trails for a similar goal – to spend time outdoors. This time outside, whether a short walk down a paved trail to work in an urban setting, or a hike to a point reachable to only a few Americans makes trail users happier people.
South Dakota’s snowmobile trail system is maintained without any contribution from general fund dollars, but brings substantial economic activity into the state. This study estimates the magnitude of that economic activity and its effect on the overall state economy.
Snowmobiling provides a major recreational opportunity in Idaho given the State’s climatic conditions and mountainous terrain. In addition to the enjoyment provided by snowmobiling, it generates significant impacts in terms of employment and economic activity in many counties and for the State as a whole. In order to estimate the economic importance of snowmobiling in Idaho, the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) contracted with the Department of Economics at Boise State University (BSU) to perform this study of snowmobiling on a county by- county basis and statewide.
The Bureau of Business and Economic Research’s most recent surveys suggest that about 8 percent of the state's households include snowmobile recreationists. Nearly always, the whole family participates. With an average household size of about 2.5, perhaps as many as 100,000 Montanans participate in the sport each winter.