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Cuyahoga Valley National Park Equals Visitors, Money, and Jobs

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Date: March 2, 2012
Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, 440-546-5995

Brecksville, Ohio - A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 2.5 million visitors in 2010 spent $54.6 million in Cuyahoga Valley National Park and in communities near the park. That spending supported 829 jobs in the local area.

"The people and the business owners in communities near national parks have always known their economic value," park superintendent Stan Austin said. "Cuyahoga Valley National Park is clean, green fuel for the engine that drives our local economy."

Most of the spending/jobs are related to lodging, food, and beverage service (52 percent) followed by other retail (29 percent), entertainment/amusements (10 percent), gas and local transportation (7 percent) and groceries (2 percent).

The figures are based on $12 billion of direct spending by 281 million visitors in 394 national parks and nearby communities and are included in an annual, peer-reviewed, visitor spending analysis conducted by Dr. Daniel Stynes of Michigan State University for the National Park Service.

Across the U.S, local visitor spending added a total of $31 billion to the national economy and supported more than 258,000 jobs, an increase of $689 million and 11,500 jobs over 2009.

To download the report visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/products.cfm#MGM and click on Economic Benefits to Local Communities from National Park Visitation and Payroll, 2010.

The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.

For more information on how the NPS is working in Ohio, go to http://www.nps.gov/ohio.

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Did You Know?

Image courtesy of Cleveland Museum of Natural History

American Indians in the Cuyahoga Valley were influenced by the Hopewell Culture, which created large mound complexes in central Ohio from 100 B.C. – A.D. 500? In the Cuyahoga Valley, American Indians built small mounds rather than large ceremonial centers.