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Greater Des Moines Water Trails Economic Impact Study

Greater Des Moines Water Trails will annually pour tens of millions of dollars into the regional economy, a new analysis shows.

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Des Moines Water Trails Economic Impacts Study


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

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