Economic Benefits Report

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Date: May 6, 2015
Contact: Steve Theus, 229-824-4104

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 189,245 visitors to the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site and the Andersonville National Historic Site in 2014 spent $12.9 million in communities near the parks. That spending supported 182 jobs in the local area. "Jimmy Carter National Historic Site and Andersonville National Historic Site welcome visitors from across the country and around the world," said Superintendents Barbara Judy and Charles Sellars. "We are delighted to share the story of these places and the experiences they provide. The national parks introduce visitors to the history and culture of this part of the country, in partnership with state and local historic sites. National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service, and it's a big factor in our local economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping sustain local communities."

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and National Park Service economist Lynne Koontz. The report shows $15.7 billion of direct spending by 292.8 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 277,000 jobs nationally; 235,600 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U>S> economy was $29.7 billion.

 In 2014, 127,189 visitors to Andersonville NHS spent $8.7 million in communities near the park; that spending supported 122 jobs in the local area. In 2014, 62,056 visitors to Jimmy Carter NHS spent $4.2 million in communities near the park; supporting 60 jobs in the local area. According to the 2014 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging (30.6 percent) followed by food and beverages (20.3 percent), gas and oil (11.9 percent), admissions and fees (10.2 percent) and souvenirs and other expenses (9.9 percent).

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The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state. To learn lore about national parks in Georgia and how the National Park Service works with Georgia communities to help preserve local history , conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to

Last updated: May 6, 2015

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